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Chao Xiong

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

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state 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.
Recent content from Chao Xiong
Johanna L. Lamm

Minnetonka psychologist sexually abused client, charges say

Johanna Lamm allegedly accused her client of assaulting her until police discovered evidence against her, the charges said.
Charges say Waymon H. Murphy told police his son had ingested a Tylenol pill.

St. Louis Park couple charged in infant's fentanyl poisoning

St. Louis Park couple's 1-year-old son survived after six days in hospital.
Anti-Trump Willy Jenkins, left, and Trump supporter Chris Windego, right, gave each other a hug as they waited outside the Target Center in preparatio

Outside Trump's Minneapolis rally, some tried to bridge bitter divide

Between the raised middle fingers, the burning banner and the bellowing bullhorns came a few friendly moments.
Mall of America.

Police investigating hidden cameras in MOA, Maplewood Mall fitting rooms

The suspect allegedly told police he's hidden cameras about 10 times at the Mall of America and other metro malls.
21-year-old Enzo Herrera Garcia, of Apple Valley, was beaten and fatally shot in downtown Minneapolis.

Man threw punches, companion fired fatal shot in downtown Minneapolis confrontation, charges say

Tyler D. Walker allegedly initiated the physical confrontation.
A still from surveillance video showed an Aug. 3, 2019, attack near Target Field in downtown Minneapolis in which the suspects kicked and punched the

Teen is latest charged in downtown attacks, claims he was called racial slur

The 17-year-old suspect alleged that the victim had used a racial slur.
Sarah Lindahl-Pfieffer

In Hennepin County, text and e-mail reminders of court dates reduce number of warrants

Hennepin courts report fewer missed hearings.
A Newport man is the latest suspect charged in a brutal group robbery and attack outside of Target Field in August.

20th suspect charged in violent attacks in downtown Minneapolis

The 17-year-old allegedly admitted that he jumped on a man who was being attacked by about 12 people on Aug. 3.
Suspect charged in group attack near Target Field in Minneapolis

Suspect charged in group attack near Target Field in Minneapolis

At least 19 people have been charged in two random attacks on strangers.

Murder charges: Seward neighborhood shooter was upset over a woman

Abdirahman M. Farah allegedly tried to flee the country and was arrested at an airport in Connecticut.
A driver smashed into a bakery at 17th Avenue and Lake Street on Monday after carjacking a vehicle and injuring at least five people, Minneapolis poli

Charges: Man smashed car window with his head before carjacking, running over teens

One of the siblings hit by the fleeing suspect is in critical condition.
Trevon X.M. McMorris was sentenced before Judge Kathryn L. Quaintance for driving with a revoked license and hiding drugs when he caused a pileup that

15 years in prison for man who caused fatal north Mpls. crash

Martha Perea Orozco said her husband was "a marvelous man who was hardworking, calm and quiet, uncomplicated." Trevon X.M. McMorris of Brooklyn Park was sentenced to 15 years in prison for causing the crash that killed him.

Lawsuit alleges misdiagnosis of inmate's prostate cancer, leading to death

Elbert Larkins, 54, died of prostate cancer on May 7, 2018, because staff at the Steele County jail and at state prisons in Rush City and Faribault, Minn., didn't take his concerns seriously, said a wrongful-death and medical malpractice suit.
Sarah Klein, the attorney of the victim, speaks to the media after the sentencing hearing of figure skating coach Thomas J. Incantalupo.

Ex-coach sentenced to 24 years for sexual abuse of teen skater

A former Eden Prairie ice skating coach was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for sexually abusing one of his students beginning when the girl was 14. A judge said Thomas J. Incantalupo's apologies rang "hollow."

Duo defrauded state Medicaid of more than $400,000, charges allege

They allegedly billed for services that were not provided, and used people's identities without their consent.
Levi W. Jorgensen

Hennepin judge reverses decision, allows frostbite surgery before man's sentencing

A Hennepin County district judge reversed course Monday, hours after she denied a defendant’s request to postpone his sentencing so he could undergo surgery Tuesday…

Judge makes surprise reversal on defendant's surgery

Judge Regina Chu initially denied a defendant's ability to undergo surgery, then changed her mind hours later.
Hennepin County's first juvenile warrant forgiveness event will be held at 1256 N. Penn Av. in Minneapolis, at what had been Thor Construction.

Hennepin County hosts juvenile warrant forgiveness day

Adults also may resolve nonfelony juvenile cases at "trust-building" event.
Richard E. Bullock

Man charged with attempted murder for lighting woman on fire in Minneapolis

The woman drove herself to the hospital after the flames were extinguished.
Streaks of blood in the street and two small bouquets of flowers were the only remnants Monday of the chaotic scene Sunday night at the site of an off

Investigators continue questioning after St. Paul officer fatally shoots man

St. Paul police officer involved in fatal shooting yet to be ID'd.

Golden Valley man charged in fatal headbutting of downtown Mpls. bar patron

Authorities allege that the attack on Aleksandre Sambelashvili appeared unprovoked.

Burnsville man charged in brutal stabbing of man found dead in burning Minneapolis house

The victim, Daniel M. Bradley, suffered more than 100 blunt-force and sharp-force injuries.

Murder charges filed in August north Minneapolis shooting

The suspect allegedly fired into a group of men, and told police the victim was his friend.
R. Kelly

Arrest warrant issued in Minneapolis for jailed R&B star R. Kelly

Authorities expect that once Kelly's federal case in Illinois resolves, he'll be asked to appear in court in Minnesota.
Police look over the scene where a van slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis on July 9. George Reeves Jensen of Champlin, who c

Driver in north Minneapolis bus shelter crash appears in court

George Jensen did not enter any pleas to the charges, which typically occurs at a later hearing.
Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson.

Sheriff: No new information to be immediately released on police killing of Richfield man

The Sheriff's Office said it's premature to release videos or other details of the incident.
A photo of the man seen in a police pursuit livestreamed on the Facebook page of Brian J. Quinones.

Police dashcam footage of man's shooting death after pursuit will be released in 'near future'

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office refused to name the officers involved or comment on the case.

Brooklyn Park man charged with killing 2-month-old son

Injuries were consistent with abuse, charges say.

Brooklyn Park woman charged with killing son after locking him in garage in winter

She's accused of locking 8-year-old in a garage overnight in February.
Police remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair late Monday night after a

Gang violence marred final hours of Minnesota State Fair

With residents alarmed over gang violence outside gate, officials stress the event's safety.
Robert Earl Buckingham

Man accused of targeting Latino families in Minneapolis home invasion burglaries is charged in two new cases

Authorities believe Robert Buckingham and accomplices targeted Latino families in south Minneapolis.
Emmanuel Aranda, the man who threw a 5-year-old boy over a Mall of America balcony, and his lawyer Paul Sellers, right, listened to Judge Jeannice Red

Family of boy thrown over MOA railing says he is home; attacker appeals

The Woodbury boy, Landen, completed inpatient rehabilitation, his family said.
Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Mary Moriarty says a new state-produced juror orientation video glosses over the topic of implicit bias.

Minnesota courts lag federal counterpart in using implicit bias video

Defense attorneys are pushing for more detail on implicit bias in state court video.
At least six people were hurt, including three critically, when a van slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis. All six were trans

Champlin man charged after running over men at Mpls. bus shelter

An 83-year-old Champlin man has been charged with crashing into a Minneapolis bus shelter in July, injuring six people, some of them seriously.
A Minnesota state trooper pointed a gun at the suspect in the shooting of a school bus driver on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis.

Guilty plea in shooting of school bus driver on snowy Minneapolis interstate

Driver of school bus is permanently injured; young child aboard was not physically harmed.

Drunk Minneapolis man rolled over onto infant son, killing him, charges say

His blood alcohol level was 0.32 three hours after 911 call, charges say.

Man charged with killing woman outside hair salon at Brooklyn Park mall

Two Mpls. suspects were arrested and charged.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, shown after former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor had been found guilty of third-degree murder and sec

Hennepin County attorney, activists clash over proposals for police shooting investigations

Activists said they've proposed similar reforms but been ignored.

Minneapolis man shot girlfriend's ex five times, murder charges allege

Isiah L. Smith, 29, was shot five times, including once in the back, according to the criminal complaint against Derrick D. Blanton.
Gregory J. Garth

Charges: Driver under influence when he struck 11-year-old getting off bus, severely injuring her

Gregory Garth allegedly had alcohol, cocaine and a compound found in marijuana in his blood.

Rap battle turned stabbing leads to murder conviction

Quinten Osgood Jr. told jurors he acted in self-defense; they convicted him Friday.
Traffic moved along Hennepin Avenue near West 24th Street Tuesday during the evening commute. ] Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com City

Metro Transit officers under investigation after man critically burns himself in police car

The man was critically injured in the May incident that occurred in downtown Minneapolis.
Quay Felton

Second shooter charged with murder in July killing of teen in north Minneapolis

A second alleged shooter was charged Friday in the killing of a 16-year-old boy in north Minneapolis last month. Andre Owens, 20, was charged in…
A former University of Minnesota employee was sentenced to eight years’ probation for stealing more than $100,000 from the university.

Former 'rising star' employee receives probation for stealing from U via reselling computers

Michael McDaniel has to repay the university $134,544 for buying and reselling computers to support his gambling.
Robert Earl Buckingham

Suspect linked to violent Mpls. home invasions charged in one case

Authorities believe up to 23 home burglaries targeting Latino families with children could be linked.
John and Denise Klaus were “confused and upset” on learning of their son’s work in police-orchestrated drug buys.

Informant's death in Rochester raises questions

Matthew Klaus, who died of an overdose in March, had a long history with Rochester police.
R. Kelly was indicted last month in New York state on 18 counts. He's also charged in Illinois, and faces multiple lawsuits.

Hennepin County charges singer R. Kelly with sexual misconduct

The R&B singer, whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is charged with soliciting a minor in 2001 after she sought an autograph during a promotional event at City Center in Minneapolis.
Anaa Jibicho has been named Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Youth of the Year.

St. Paul teen earns regional Boys & Girls Clubs recognition

Anaa Jibicho was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Youth of the Year, earning a $40,000 scholarship.
Miller-Brantley

Murder charge filed in shooting of St. Paul mother of three

Jessica Williams broke up with the suspect, kicked him out, charges said.
The St. Paul house Saturday morning where a woman was found dead Friday night in the 500 block of Charles Avenue.

Woman is killed in St. Paul, children nearby; suspect held

In a discovery that police called "gut-wrenching," a woman was found dead in a St. Paul house late Friday while two children were found unharmed…
Police closed off the intersection of Highpoint Road and Windsor Lane following an officer-involved shooting Sunday in Woodbury.

Authorities ID Woodbury officers in shooting; man was taunting 'Come kill me'

The unidentified man suffered injuries that were not life-threatening in the Sunday incident.

Longtime defense attorney faces possible discipline

Attorney Joseph Kaminsky has been disciplined 13 times in the past.

After restraining order dismissed, Christian Action League suspends seven-year campaign against City Pages

Christian group sent postcards and e-mails deterring advertisers.
Minneapolis attorney R. Leigh Frost

Christian Action League to challenge Minneapolis lawyer's restraining order over City Pages ads

The league will ask the judge to dismiss a restraining order.

Groups urge Hennepin County to host Mpls. warrant resolution event

A popular event in St. Paul last month drew about 700 people and cleared about 1,400 misdemeanor warrants.
Kelly Renee Hill

Kelly Renee Hill, lifelong North Sider who traveled world with Navy Reserve, dies at 57

When Kelly Renee Hill returned home from work, she came bearing Japanese kimonos for her two daughters and stories from international locales such as the…
A record $20 million settlement in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond will go to her family members, her fiance and attorneys.

Judge approves distribution of $20M to Justine Ruszczyk Damond's family

Of record payout, Justine Ruszczyk Damond's fiancé will receive $1 million.
Amy Koopman

Minneapolis woman should not be prosecuted for filming Robbinsdale police, judge rules

Robbinsdale police cited Amy Koopman after she livestreamed an arrest last year.
In this 2012 file photo, Thom Pham toured Azia Market Bar & Restaurant as it was being prepared for its grand opening.

Former restaurateur Thom Pham given probation, house arrest for false tax returns

Thom Pham pleaded guilty to 38 felony counts of filing false tax returns.
Beverly Burrell

Maplewood heroin dealer pleads guilty in last two of five deaths linked to her

Sentence is concurrent with the 23 years she is serving for three others.

Murder conviction in 2018 Minneapolis shooting

The shooting on the edge of downtown last year came after an argument over blocking the sidewalk.

Murder charge filed in Monday killing in downtown Minneapolis

A second victim survived, but is permanently paralyzed after a bullet severed his spine.
AnnDee Gunderson, left, and Natasha Gunderson became emotional recalling their cousin Kimberly Gunderson, who died in a crash last September in front

Mpls. man given 32 years in prison for crash outside Matt's Bar that killed 3

Three people were killed and five were injured in the Sept. 2018 crash.
Attorneys representing ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor filed dozens of letters from community members supporting their case for probation i

Dozens of supporters file letters supporting probation for Mohamed Noor in Justine Damond killing

A Minneapolis police supervisor who testified at Noor's murder trial wrote in support of a lighter sentence.
Emmanuel Aranda, the man who threw a 5-year-old boy over a Mall of America balcony, and his lawyer Paul Sellers, right, listened to Judge Jeannice Red

Man who threw boy at MOA offers no apology, explanation

Emmanuel Aranda received a 19-year prison sentence for throwing 5-year-old Landen over the railing in April.
Cha Vang

Son of revered Hmong general charged in theft case

Cha Vang is accused of stealing $160,000 in a gold-selling deal.
Ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, right, with attorneys Peter Wold, center, and Thomas Plunkett, left walk out of the the Hennepin County Go

Cameras allowed in Friday sentencing of ex-officer Mohamed Noor

Judge insists on minimal distractions from media during Friday proceedings.
Waste Management worker Daniel Westerhaus collected trash from the alleys of the Snelling Hamline neighborhood of St Paul’s yellow zone on the first

St. Paul trash collection system will go to voters, judge orders

The judge said the City Council violated the city charter by denying a referendum. Residents have until June 30 to contract with garbage haulers pending the vote.
Officer Jesse Lopez's body cam video of Mohamed Noor after the shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017.

Video and audio evidence in Mohamed Noor trial is released

The recordings include Justine Ruszczyk Damond's 911 calls and a video recorded by a bicyclist immediately after she was shot.
An SUV rammed this bus shelter on E. Lake Street over the weekend.

Charges: Mpls. man used drugs before crashing into bus shelter, hurting 3

One man's leg was amputated due to injuries caused by the crash at Lake Street and S. 22nd Avenue on Sunday night.
Christopher D. Stallings

Charges: Passenger threatened Metro Transit bus driver, forced her off route

A man allegedly brandished what appeared to be a weapon at a Metro Transit bus driver, threatened her and forced her to drive off her…
Kathryn Quaintance

Judge: Key body camera videos in Noor trial will be altered; other evidence can be copied

Judge Kathryn Quaintance ordered that the public can have access to exhibits.
Luann M. Johnson

Motorist pleads guilty to driving drunk in 2017 crash that killed woman walking with her mother

Luann M. Johnson drove drunk after a fundraiser and killed Mary C. Singleton.
Mohamed Noor’s Department of Corrections booking photo. ORG XMIT: MIN1905031206443004

Prosecutors say 'overwhelming evidence' should be reason to deny Mohamed Noor's request for acquittal

Jurors did not have to find that Noor acted with a "depraved mind," prosecutors said.
Deonte Lawson

As her rapist and kidnapper was sentenced, this survivor said it won't dictate her future

"I am smarter, braver and stronger than Mr. Lawson ever counted on," the rape survivor said.