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Chao Xiong

Reporter | Regional
Phone: 612-673-4391
Location: St. Paul City Hall/courthouse office
Other languages: Hmong

Chao Xiong is a public safety reporter for the Star Tribune covering St. Paul and Ramsey County. He previously worked as a state reporter and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.

Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.
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Dave Titus, left, shown in 2008 with Bob Fletcher.

St. Paul police union chief to join Ramsey County sheriff-elect's team

Dave Titus sent an e-mail to St. Paul officers announcing that he was not stepping down from the police union office or election.
David Martinez

Former St. Paul City Council candidate charged with posting nude photo of estranged wife

The image was allegedly posted on his campaign website in July.
Sgt. Dave Strecker with the St. Paul Police Department retrieved a package containing a GPS tracker in it that was placed on a resident's front steps

With porch piracy on rise, St. Paul police use GPS to find package thieves

The department believes there is a "substantial" increase this year in package thefts.
Chy Nou Lee

Ramsey County sheriff-elect appoints Hmong-American deputy to top spot

Chy Nou Lee will be the state's highest-ranking Hmong-American officer, Bob Fletcher said.
FILE -- Former St. Paul Police Chief William Finney

Ramsey County Sheriff-elect Bob Fletcher picks leadership team

The incoming sheriff picked St. Paul police Senior Cmdr. Tina McNamara to fill a key role on his staff.

St. Paul City Council approves $75,000 settlement in police dog attack

The settlement was reached even though no lawsuit or claim had been filed.
Peter Berge

Driver in fatal crash takes St. Paul police to court for return of car, belongings

St. Paul attorney Peter Berge alleges that the city violated his constitutional right to due process.
Anti-Semitic slurs were reported in St. Paul on Thursday.

Anti-Semitic slur reportedly written in snow on car in St. Paul

Police said they will investigate to determine whether it's a crime before deciding if it's a hate crime.
Justin M. Girling

St. Paul man gets 15 years in prison for killing brother in the family home

Justin Girling promised to start a ministry if he received probation instead of prison time.

St. Paul man charged in assault outside State Fair that left victim brain damaged

The men fought after allegedly calling each other a homophobic slur.

Shoreview man charged in second sex abuse case

The victim was unconscious when the alleged abuse occurred.

St. Paul man sentenced to prison for indecent exposure

Shawn M. Tillman allegedly exposed himself twice while out of custody awaiting his sentencing.

Minnesota mother fed 'emaciated' baby laxatives, charges say

The baby suffered a seizure likely due to the alleged abuse.
Jeffrey M. Eldred (Ramsey County Jail)

Woman exposes Shoreview man's cache of alleged sexual assault videos

Authorities are attempting to identify an unspecified number of women shown in about 40 videos.
St. Paul firefighters work the scene of a house explosion.

St. Paul firefighters recount pulling resident from rubble after house explosion

Investigators are looking for a cause; injured St. Paul man remains hospitalized.

Police investigating alleged assault of St. Paul assistant principal by student

In St. Paul, court cases have gone from 15 in 2015 to 2 so far this year.
A photo of a young John Kwiecien.

John Kwiecien, Scout leader who raised four Eagle Scouts, dies at 93

John Kwiecien courted Carol Watson from the middle of the Pacific Ocean during World War II by writing letters daily for more than a year,…
A bloody paw print was left outside the home of Jennifer Hankerson. While looking for a man with a warrant, Minneapolis police went to the St. Paul ho

Minneapolis police kill dog, wound a second while executing arrest warrant in St. Paul

The shooting occurred early Tuesday while they were executing an arrest warrant in St. Paul.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell has final authority over the Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission recommendations.

St. Paul civilian review commission recommended few police misconduct allegations for discipline

Results released Tuesday show few St. Paul cases forwarded for discipline.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao, left, walked with his attorney Joe Dixon, right, from the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center following a hear

Judge: St. Paul council member acted legally in helping voter

St. Paul council member had faced charges over helping a woman vote.

Sex trafficker who served as 'operational control center' for ring gets 13 years in prison

The group targeted vulnerable women from Korea and China.

Minneapolis woman guilty of burglarizing home, killing dog

Elizabeth Osterbauer had unrequited romantic feelings for pet's owner.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan

Former St. Catherine University student capable of understanding terrorism charges, doctor testifies

A federal judge did not immediately rule on Tnuza Hassan's competency to stand trial.
Perrin Cooper Jr.

Second suspect sentenced for role in robbery, murder of St. Paul widow

One of three men who plotted to rob a St. Paul woman last year was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for his role in a crime that eventually led to her murder.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao, left, walked with his attorney Joe Dixon, right, from the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center following his he

Judge will decide culpability in St. Paul Council Member Dai Thao's case

St. Paul City Council member is charged with unlawfully helping a voter.
Lawrence N. Mokaya is charged with sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman in the group home where he worked.

Shoreview group home caregiver sexually abused vulnerable resident, charges say

The woman told authorities that Lawrence Mokaya abused her in multiple areas of the Shoreview group home.
Lillian Kuller was found murdered in her St. Paul home on Feb. 1, 1987.

At sentencing, St. Paul widow's killer accuses judge, county attorney of staging 'media circus' for political gain

Michael Withers offered no apology or remorse for strangling an 81-year-old woman in 1987.

Suspect sentenced to life in prison for fatal beating of St. Paul widow

Man maintains innocence; he is eligible for parole.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao.

Judge: Dai Thao's assistance of St. Paul voter allowed by federal law

The judge did not rule on the St. Paul City Council member's guilt or innocence in the state case.
About 17 police officers, civilian employees and community members spent several days in Washington, D.C., visiting sites dealing with race and histor

Community members, St. Paul police confront painful history on D.C. trip

Third annual trip is an effort to forge community-police understanding and bonds.
Richard Joles

Last suspect pleads guilty in 2017 beating death of St. Paul widow

But Richard Joles insisted he didn't touch the victim during the 2017 robbery.

St. Paul U student likely choked to death after drinking, autopsy shows

Dylan Fulton was a sophomore studying animal science.
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After second review, Ramsey County attorney clears deputies in fatal shooting

A cellphone recording made by Darren Jahnke, who was killed, corroborates the deputies' statements, authorities said.
Friend Alicia Smith,left, comforts Melissa Waukazo, the sister of William "Billy" Hughes after a ceremony for her brother on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 in S

St. Paul officers acted legally in fatal shooting, county attorney says

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the shooting of William Hughes in August was "objectively reasonable."
Senior commander Axel Henry demonstrated how to turn on the new body cameras during a press conference on the first day of training for the police bod

St. Paul Police Federation sues chief for ban on muting body cameras

The chief banned muting body-worn cameras, and disabled the function on all devices.
Lisa Marie Stowe

Attorney challenges warrant in Maplewood school threat that turned up arsenal

Information was omitted from search warrant that led to discovery of arsenal.
Kevin Reek

After brief deliberation, jurors convict man in beating death of elderly St. Paul woman

Fueled by a meth binge, Kevin Reek ransacked 79-year-old Myong Ki Gossel's St. Paul home last year looking for cash, dragged her into the…
St. Paul officer Justin Tiffany works on a new unit designed to help people in need get appropriate medical care or referral.

St. Paul police mental health unit doubles social worker staffing

The increased staffing allows the team to respond to calls of people in crisis, not just follow up afterward.

Driver pleads guilty to killing two Mounds View students, injuring third

Rachel Kayl was traveling 82 mph in a 50-mph zone when she struck the girls on their way to school.

St. Paul police investigate alleged sexual assault at Crossroads Elementary

The incident, from this past January, remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made.
A St. Paul police officer's body camera footage shows Desiree Collins' attack by "Gabe," a St. Paul police K-9.

Bystander attacked by St. Paul police dog to get $520,000

Desiree Collins was taking out the trash when K-9 Gabe attacked her without warning or orders from his handler.

Charges against mother dropped in exchange for son's plea in death of St. Paul bicyclist

Abbey Hegner originally was charged with helping her son evade police after he killed Jose Hernandez Solano.

St. Paul boy, 14, killed by freight train

A 14-year-old St. Paul boy was struck and killed by a freight train Friday morning, police said Monday.
Kevin Reek

Man who allegedly beat St. Paul widow to death stands trial

Authorities said three men conspired to bilk money from a woman known to keep large amounts of cash in her home.

St. Paul schools push for testimony in sex abuse lawsuit

Attorney says the alleged victim of former custodian is too traumatized to testify.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Ramsey County attorney has case of St. Paul man killed by police

The Minnesota BCA turned over its findings for review in the officer-involved shooting.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi recently opened a newly painted children’s interview room, created by Artist Ara Elizabeth Schmidt, that is named a

Late Ramsey County prosecutor's work honored with children's interview room

County's interview room gets a colorful remodel in honor of late prosecutor.
Antoine J. Grasty

Minneapolis man charged in St. Paul slaying near BCA headquarters

The suspect and victim were on opposite sides of a recent homicide.
Lillian Kuller was found murdered in her St. Paul home on Feb. 1, 1987.

Suspect pleads guilty to killing elderly St. Paul woman in 1987

Convict confesses to killing 81-year-old St. Paul woman during a burglary.
The University of Minnesota .

Student found dead at frat house near U's St. Paul campus identified

Police do not believe foul play or hazing were involved in the 20-year-old's death.

Minneapolis police officer found not guilty of threatening ex-sister-in-law

In hearing, three witnesses contradicted victim's story.
Ivan Dan Walker

Alleged rapist charged with murdering St. Paul woman in July

Final autopsy results showed that Shana Lynne Branch suffered hemorrhaging in her eyes and neck.

Teen charged in marijuana deal turned homicide in St. Paul

Jayvon Malone allegedly shot at the purported dealer and then fled after his friend was killed.

Charges: St. Paul man died in shootout between gang members in marijuana deal

Pot dealer allegedly opened fire after thinking he was going to be robbed.
The scene of a death investigation in St. Paul on Friday.

St. Paul police investigating man's shooting death

The circumstances and motive remain under investigation.
St. Paul Police officer Rob Zink visited in 2015 with Devont'e Ray-Burns, 12, who has autism and other disabilities, outside Ray-Burns' home in St. Pa

St. Paul police recognized for work with autistic community

Cops Autism Response Education volunteers hope to spread their teachings across the country.
Hardel Sherrell

Apple Valley man dies of 'unknown medical condition' in Beltrami County jail

Hardel Sherrell's pleas for help weren't taken seriously by jail staff or the nurse, family members said.
Officers from multiple agencies waited in a hotel room during a prostitution sting in St. Peter, Minn.

Authorities face new challenges as sex trafficking moves to new sites, mobile apps

Police and advocates are scrambling to adapt after Backpage and Craigslist personals were shut down.
Attorney Jeff Anderson, pictured at a news conference in May, on Wednesday asked Gov. Mark Dayton to convene grand jury investigations across Minnesot

Attorney for Minnesota clergy sex abuse survivors calls for investigations into priests

Jeff Anderson said outstate dioceses refuse to publicly share their files on priest sex abuse.

St. Paul's black leaders call for public's help ending gun violence

Activists said community members can contact them for help sharing information or turning themselves into police.

St. Paul man with history of abuse charged in wife's murder

Dah Dah Ray had filed an order for protection against her alleged killer.
During a Friday news conference about the shooting death of Billy Hughes, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said his goal is to release future bodycam

Video shows gun raised before St. Paul officers fire fatal shots

Police Chief Todd Axtell said he released the video amid calls for transparency in the wake of the Aug. 5 shooting, when police were called to William "Billy" Hughes' apartment for a report of shots fired.
Georgia Meyers, left, and Maraeka Hoover comforted each other. Both women gave testimony to Jose Hernandez Solano’s character as a friend. Dustin Ro

'You ripped out a piece of our hearts:' St. Paul man sentenced to four years for killing beloved cook, bicyclist

The judge said it was unclear whether Dustin Hegner Royce was remorseful for his actions or for being caught.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson at the DFL gubernatorial debate held at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul on Friday.

No wrongdoing in Swanson's release of ex-aide's criminal records, judge rules

D'Andre Norman's criminal records are public data, and Swanson had no duty to protect them, a judge said.
Seventeen police canines and their human partners graduated from St. Paul's K-9 training program. A program featuring obedience, agility and suspect a

In rare move, St. Paul City Council meets to discuss pending K-9 bite litigation

Records show that the city pushes back on claims stemming from serious injuries.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter gave an update Tuesday on the police shooting that killed William "Billy" Hughes.

St. Paul officials vow to release police shooting footage soon

Mayor Melvin Carter said the data will made public after all witnesses, including officers involved, provide a statement, and after it is privately played for relatives. The police chief said that could be within 10 days.
Friend Alicia Smith,left, comforted Melissa Waukazo, the sister of William "Billy" Hughes after a ceremony for her brother.

Family of man shot and killed by St. Paul police demand bodycam footage

At a vigil, family members identified the man killed by St. Paul police Sunday.
John Thompson looked on as the BCA processed the scene were a person was killed by St. Paul Police in the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue Sunday Augus

Son of St. Paul activist John Thompson shot, wounded

John Thompson's son, 25, suffered non-life threatening wounds.

Minnesota courthouses become battleground in immigration arrests

Swift, sometimes secret, arrests by federal agents alarm immigration advocates.

Women's group calls for stronger oversight of rape investigations

Advocacy groups call for more accountability in rape case investigations.
Protestors and St. Paul police officers face off at Oxford and Summit Ave. following arrests of protestors outside Gov. Mark Dayton's mansion Tuesday,

Charges dropped against remaining 17 people who protested Castile killing

The dismissed cases were awaiting trial.
Social workers will work in tandem with the St. Paul police's mental health unit, which launched in March, to respond to active police calls and provi

St. Paul police partner with mental health social workers

Activists, mental health professionals and police hope the effort saves lives and improves care.
Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Park interim-Superintendent Mary Merrill and Abdirahman Mukhtar the Parks' community outreach and access coordinator t

No charges in Minnehaha Park 911 call that led to arrest of four teens

Minneapolis also released the transcripts of the call that triggered the incident.

Those evacuated in Edina due to natural gas leak get all-clear to return

Authorities briefly evacuated some homes in Edina Wednesday afternoon due to a natural gas leak. Edina police reported on social media sometime after 4 p.m.…
Police officers investigated the scene of a shooting between a suspect and a South St. Paul police officer in South St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, July 19

Man charged in shooting of South St. Paul officers was angry over eviction

Dustin A. Bilderback allegedly fired the shots after officers began discussing placing him on a 3-day mental health hold.
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