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Chao Xiong

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Chao Xiong covers public safety news in St. Paul and Ramsey County for the Star Tribune.
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New trial sought in New Brighton murder case

New trial sought in New Brighton murder case

Neal Zumberge’s attorney said in a motion that the court made two errors that should compel a new trial.

St. Paul man pleads guilty to shooting police officer in the face

A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to shooting a police officer in the face with an air rifle during a “suicide by cop” standoff…
No charges in fatal St. Paul shooting of alleged teen robber in park

No charges in fatal St. Paul shooting of alleged teen robber in park

Alleged robber was shot after brandishing a handgun at two people at Shadow Falls Park in St. Paul.
Shooting victim won't forgive New Brighton man found guilty

Shooting victim won't forgive New Brighton man found guilty

Jennifer Cleven, girlfriend of the man killed and wounded herself in the shooting, also expressed frustration with the legal system after Neal Zumberge was convicted of first-degree murder and three other counts.
Zumberge testifies about fatal shooting: 'The gun ... just kept going off'

Zumberge testifies about fatal shooting: 'The gun ... just kept going off'

Zumberge testified he read neighbor’s lips during argument that preceded New Brighton shootings.
New Brighton man: 'they should give me a medal' in neighbor's shooting

New Brighton man: 'they should give me a medal' in neighbor's shooting

The defense in Neal Zumberge's murder trial could start calling its first witnesses Friday afternoon, continuing with its case next week.
'I just had enough,' Zumberge says in 911 call reporting New Brighton shooting

'I just had enough,' Zumberge says in 911 call reporting New Brighton shooting

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Friday.
New Brighton murder trial: Cold-blooded killing or self-defense?

New Brighton murder trial: Cold-blooded killing or self-defense?

Just minutes after he squeezed off four shotgun cartridges at his New Brighton neighbors last year, spraying the couple with 32 projectiles, Neal Zumberge called…

Council on Black Minnesotans sues state, alleging retaliation

New law changed name; group alleges retaliation.
White Bear Township infant badly abused by father, charges say

White Bear Township infant badly abused by father, charges say

A White Bear Township man abused his 2-month-old son so badly that the infant could suffer permanent brain and eye damage, according to a criminal…
St. Paul man charged with issuing nearly $200K in bad checks

St. Paul man charged with issuing nearly $200K in bad checks

The St. Paul man faces 39 charges from three years.

Ramsey County sheriff, former deputy sued for high-speed crash that ignited blaze

The former deputy was traveling at 101 miles per hour before crashing into a Vadnais Heights building, the suit alleges.

St. Paul man charged with trying to kill pregnant girlfriend by slashing neck

A St. Paul man is charged with trying to kill his pregnant girlfriend by slashing her neck and critically injuring her. Steven M. Gutierrez, 30,…

St. Paul man arrested in Monday shooting death

St. Paul police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with Monday’s homicide at the Roosevelt Homes on the city’s East Side. The suspect, who has…
Police: St. Paul victim had gun permit when he killed armed suspect

Police: St. Paul victim had gun permit when he killed armed suspect

Shots were fired during a vigil two nights later at the robbery scene, but no one was hit; five were arrested.

St. Paul gang member gets nearly 38 years in prison for 2012 murder

A St. Paul gang member was sentenced Thursday to nearly 38 years in prison for fatally shooting an innocent man caught in the middle of…

St. Paul woman now found competent to stand trial in daughter's murder

Kayla M. Jones’ mental fitness was re-evaluated as a matter of course, a prosecutor said.
Minneapolis man gets 12 years for raping ex-girlfriend at knifepoint

Minneapolis man gets 12 years for raping ex-girlfriend at knifepoint

Rape survivor Sarah Super said she is ‘stronger, more alive and more inspired than ever before.’

Ramsey Co. defender attacked by female teen client, officials say

The experienced attorney was hospitalized with a concussion after being punched about 10 times in the head and chest.
Attorney: 'Hillbilly hell,' not deer feeding, led to New Brighton shooting

Attorney: 'Hillbilly hell,' not deer feeding, led to New Brighton shooting

Neal C. Zumberge, charged with killing his neighbor after a long-standing dispute, is scheduled to go to trial next month.

St. Paul man charged in arson, gunfire at apartment

A St. Paul man is charged with lighting his own apartment on fire and shooting off guns inside because he thought people were after him.…
Man acquitted in Widstrand attack charged in drive-by shooting

Man acquitted in Widstrand attack charged in drive-by shooting

When Issac O. Maiden was acquitted in 2013 in the brutal attack on Ray Widstrand, a judge had said, “I have no doubt you’ll be back.”
Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council deny role in alleged sex abuse of current county board chairman

Boy Scouts of America, Northern Star Council deny role in alleged sex abuse of current county board chairman

Boy Scouts, council say they had “no duty” to protect victim from scoutmaster’s “unforeseeable conduct.”
St. Croix River stabbing trial will pull jury from different county

St. Croix River stabbing trial will pull jury from different county

Intense pretrial publicity surrounding the case prompts judge to grant request for outside jury pool.

Charges: Ex-Ramsey Co. sheriff's investigator pawned crime evidence

Retired Ramsey County sheriff's investigator was going through a divorce at the time.
Veterans praise Ramsey County veterans court as life-changing

Veterans praise Ramsey County veterans court as life-changing

The special court operates much like mental health, drug and DWI courts, focusing on therapy, programming and hands-on involvement from case managers, mentors and attorneys, among others.
Religious order releases names of 7 'credibly accused' priests

Religious order releases names of 7 'credibly accused' priests

It took 13 years, but Joe McLean finally felt vindicated Tuesday when the priest who he said sexually abused him decades ago was publicly named as a “credibly accused” predator.
Charges in fatal St. Croix River stabbing should be dismissed, attorney says

Charges in fatal St. Croix River stabbing should be dismissed, attorney says

Levi-Acre Kendall is charged in death of Peter Kelly during a fight along river.
May 16: Suspect in fatal St. Croix stabbing charged with bail jumping for tweets

May 16: Suspect in fatal St. Croix stabbing charged with bail jumping for tweets

Authorities allege that Levi Acre-Kendall knew two friends who were with him the night of the stabbing would see his tweets.
St. Paul woman charged with murdering longtime boyfriend

St. Paul woman charged with murdering longtime boyfriend

The St. Paul suspect is seven weeks pregnant with the victim’s child.
St. Paul man charged with breaking into apartment, raping woman

St. Paul man charged with breaking into apartment, raping woman

Jacob M. McKinley has a history of burglary and sex crimes.

St. Paul man kidnapped, raped 17-year-old former neighbor, charges say

The suspect once lived downstairs from the victim.
Man charged after pulling gun on officer at St. Paul Wal-Mart

Man charged after pulling gun on officer at St. Paul Wal-Mart

James R. Frei allegedly tried to steal a wireless speaker from a St. Paul Wal-Mart before he was stopped by an off-duty officer.
St. Paul woman charged in hit-and-run that put driver in a coma

St. Paul woman charged in hit-and-run that put driver in a coma

The driver was allegedly drunk and gaining speed.
Archdiocese: Resignation will lead to 'ability to move forward'

Archdiocese: Resignation will lead to 'ability to move forward'

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.
Ramsey attorney persistent in pursuing charges against archdiocese

Ramsey attorney persistent in pursuing charges against archdiocese

Ramsey County attorney took a lot of heat in his archdiocese investigation
St. Paul man admits to trafficking women and girls

St. Paul man admits to trafficking women and girls

He claims he arranged prostitution for 100 sex workers in 14 states.

Eagan man who let 8-year-old drive is charged with child endangerment in St. Paul crash

Blake D. Folson allowed his 8-year-old cousin to operate the pedals of his SUV while he steered it from the front passenger seat.
Sexual assault survivor starts support group in Minneapolis

Sexual assault survivor starts support group in Minneapolis

  When Laurie Dixon was sexually assaulted two years ago by a massage therapist, she found herself suddenly immersed in the confusing, drawn-out world of…
Fired nuclear plant worker arrested with explosives

Fired nuclear plant worker arrested with explosives

The fired employee told police he planned an attack on a St. Paul union hall. "Boom. Tick tock tick tock,” he reportedly told police about his plan.
St. Croix River stabbing suspect's intent in tweets at heart of new charges

St. Croix River stabbing suspect's intent in tweets at heart of new charges

The Minnesota man charged with fatally stabbing a fisherman along the St. Croix River in April will proceed to trial on allegations that he violated the terms of his bond when he tweeted about his victim.

Car theft victims take St. Paul scrap yard to court

Civil lawsuit accuses Metro Metals Corp. of buying vehicles from people charged with stealing them.
St. Paul couple kept children in squalid home, charges say

St. Paul couple kept children in squalid home, charges say

The 4- and 2-year-olds wandered alone to a store to find food, according to charges filed Wednesday.

Reputed St. Paul gang member convicted in 2012 murder, acquitted of first-degree murder

Jurors on Wednesday convicted a reputed St. Paul gang member for firing the fatal shot in 2012 that killed Leonard Christian Sr., an innocent man…
Father charged with abusing White Bear Lake infant nearly to death

Father charged with abusing White Bear Lake infant nearly to death

The 1-month-old boy was revived "and will have permanent disabilities as a result of the inflicted trauma," the charges said.

Blaine man who ejaculated into co-worker's coffee gets 45 days in workhouse

The woman who drank the semen-laced coffee successfully lobbied for new legislation.
St. Paul man cut down in gang feud called out, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy'

St. Paul man cut down in gang feud called out, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy'

Suspect faces 10 felony counts of gang activity and murder in 2012 case.
Suspect pleads guilty in 2012 gang-related St. Paul murder as trial begins for co-conspirator

Suspect pleads guilty in 2012 gang-related St. Paul murder as trial begins for co-conspirator

A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a 2012 gang-related murder and agreed to testify against his co-conspirator in a trial…

Professors drop lawsuit against William Mitchell in tenure fight

The suit alleged an effort to cut faculty numbers before its fall merger with Hamline University School of Law by trying to change the tenure code.

St. Paul gang member sentenced in drive-by shootings, disposing of murder weapon

Ramone D. Smaller is scheduled to serve prison time until 2023.

St. Paul man sues city and police officer, alleging excessive force

Robin K. Neal claims officer in 2012 arrest did not get proper training.
Ex-St. Paul school custodian sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

Ex-St. Paul school custodian sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

Walter J. Happel has to serve seven years before he’s eligible for parole.

St. Paul city employee sold undercover agent fake insurance card, charges say

Natasha Howard has worked for the Department of Safety and Inspections since 2001.
Case against former White Bear Lake neighbor charged with harassment is dropped

Case against former White Bear Lake neighbor charged with harassment is dropped

White Bear Lake family asked Ramsey County to avoid trial.
Teen gets maximum sentence for brutal group attack on St. Paul man

Teen gets maximum sentence for brutal group attack on St. Paul man

Charles K. Redding was 15 when he attacked Ray Widstrand on the city’s East Side.
Little Canada man who crashed into the Bulldog Lowertown gets probation

Little Canada man who crashed into the Bulldog Lowertown gets probation

The judge said she spared him a year in prison because of his efforts at rehabilitation.
8-year-old highway driver in St. Paul had run away last week

8-year-old highway driver in St. Paul had run away last week

Ramsey County took custody of the boy as well as his two young passengers.
St. Paul seeks court ban on gang activity at Cinco de Mayo festival

St. Paul seeks court ban on gang activity at Cinco de Mayo festival

The city wants to keep Hit Squad members from disrupting this week’s Cinco de Mayo festival.
April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

Two of Levi Acre-Kendall’s friends who were at the scene told authorities that Peter Kelly tried to pull the 19-year-old out of the car as the younger men tried to leave the confrontation.
William Mitchell tenure fight ramps up as school calls professors' claims 'inaccurate,' 'legally flawed'

William Mitchell tenure fight ramps up as school calls professors' claims 'inaccurate,' 'legally flawed'

William Mitchell says professors’ claims regarding merger plans are “inaccurate,” “legally flawed.”
Ex-White Bear man charged in wife's 1997 disappearance is in court

Ex-White Bear man charged in wife's 1997 disappearance is in court

The hearing is a continuation of Norman A. Bachman Jr.’s first appearance from last week.

Ramsey County authorities charge two men with paying for sex with trafficked minor

Authorities said that putting a dent in demand is the key to stopping sex trafficking.

Former White Bear Lake man charged with smothering girlfriend's baby

Austin B. Gustafson is at large, and police are asking for help in finding him.
18 years later, man charged in disappearance, death of wife in Minn.

18 years later, man charged in disappearance, death of wife in Minn.

Norman Bachman had long been suspected in his wife’s disappearance.
Rape victim tells her story in hopes of fighting stigma, shame

Rape victim tells her story in hopes of fighting stigma, shame

Sarah Super said she is going public with her story also as a call for change in how boys are raised to think about consent.

Judge OKs demolition of Crocus Hill house that family hopes to modify for disabled son

Family had invested more than $1 million in property after city’s preliminary approval.

Merging law schools causes tenure fight at William Mitchell

Two professors challenge proposed rule changes as the school unites with Hamline and cuts staff.
Blaine man pleads guilty to ejaculating in co-worker's coffee

Blaine man pleads guilty to ejaculating in co-worker's coffee

John R. Lind, 34, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to indecent exposure, defined as engaging in lewd or indecent behavior.

Brooklyn Park couple bilked $300K from Minnesota, charges say

A Brooklyn Park couple is charged with bilking more than $300,000 from the Department of Human Services, according to charges filed Tuesday.Sandra R. Bakare and…
St. Paul has unwritten policy of indifference to police violations, lawyer in skyway arrest suit says

St. Paul has unwritten policy of indifference to police violations, lawyer in skyway arrest suit says

Christopher Lollie’s attorney claims that the mayor and police chief allow an unwritten policy to pervade police culture.
Shoreview man charged with kidnapping teen after dragging her to car for marriage

Shoreview man charged with kidnapping teen after dragging her to car for marriage

Kong Meng Xiong wanted to marry the 15-year-old.
Wells Fargo worker accused of stealing customers' data

Wells Fargo worker accused of stealing customers' data

The woman, working from a call center in Shoreview, allegedly sold the data to a stranger who had befriended her on Facebook.
Murder conviction upheld in Jeffery Trevino case

Murder conviction upheld in Jeffery Trevino case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision Monday upholding the murder conviction of Jeffery Trevino, who killed his wife in February 2013 and disposed of her body in the Mississippi River.

St. Paul pizza parlor delivered more than pizza, drug charges say

Charges allege that Papa Dimitri’s in St. Paul was a family-run marijuana operation.

St. Paul boy, shoeless and in PJs, escapes abuse by fleeing into school

Nine-year-old’s stepmom allegedly attacked him with a baseball bat.
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