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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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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.
David Martinez

St. Paul City Council candidate Martinez released from jail

Martinez has said he will not drop out of the race for St. Paul's 4th Ward seat.
Tim O’Malley, director of the Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, and Janell Rasmussen, deputy director of the Office of Ministeri

Clergy abuse survivors may use counseling payouts as they wish

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis presented its fifth update to the court on Wednesday morning.

St. Paul schools janitor left crude notes, underwear in 10-year-old student's desk, charges say

The janitor was charged with two counts of aggravated stalking.
St. Paul police are joining a national movement by drafting the department's first policy dedicated to the treatment of transgender and gender-nonconf

St. Paul police release draft policy on interacting with transgender, gender nonconforming people

The public can weigh in on the policy at a July 31 community meeting.
Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, went to a meeting with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in the Russell Sena

After U.S. Supreme Court nomination, attention turns back to Kavanaugh's U speech

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's remarks made little impact at the time, but are being scrutinized as authorities investigate President Trump's ties with Russia.
An officer does a demonstration with a dog.

Former St. Paul Chief Finney to lead audit of city's K-9 unit

He said further dog bites could cause public unrest.
President Donald Trump listens as Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, speaks in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018,

Watch Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's 2008 speech at University of Minnesota

During the address, Kavanaugh argued sitting presidents should be immune from investigations and prosecution.
St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao, right, walked with a group of men into the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center for his hearing in March.

Case against St. Paul Council Member Dai Thao should proceed, prosecutor says

Thao broke the law when, as a mayoral candidate, he helped a woman vote, authorities say.
An officer does a demonstration with a dog.

St. Paul dramatically limits use of K-9s after attack on bystander

After bystander attacked by loose police dog, chief and mayor order changes.
St. Paul police officer Mark Lundquist left, explained to Shari Wagner the finger printing process as he removed a glass panel form a cabinet at the h

Lost grandson's fleeting imprint painstakingly preserved by St. Paul police

"Every morning I'd wake up and check on it," a little smudged handprint left by Abraham Flynn, who was hit and killed by a van in April.

2 arrested in shooting death of 19-year-old at Hmong Freedom Festival

St. Paul police have not described a motive for the gunfire at popular festival.

White Bear Lake lacrosse coach sent boy lewd photos, charges say

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Amber Cron, citing her as a public safety threat to children.
Surveillance video shows one of the bike theft suspects sought by St. Paul police.

St. Paul police seek help finding repeat bicycle thieves

More than a dozen bicycles have been reported stolen from apartment complexes.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, right of center, spoke to the media about the settlement reached between abuse survivors and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and

Archdiocese files plan for repaying sex abuse survivors

An attorney for survivors said it was "another step toward resolution."
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Charges dropped against Vadnais Heights man implicated in son's alleged school threat

Attorney said the case was government overreach. Sheriff says it's not over.
Pedro Ruiz III

Boyfriend urged on woman in fatal YouTube stunt, new evidence shows

Video and transcripts show Pedro Ruiz repeatedly urging her on.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell

St. Paul police chief wants to hire 50 new officers over two years

City Council signals support for Axtell's two-year rollout plan.
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 new body c

St. Paul releases first study of police body cameras

In first three months of 2018, officers recorded more than 87,000 videos.

St. Paul man accused of torching police car, charges say

Brian L. Liston, 45, was charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count each of second-degree arson and first-degree property damage. The charges did not mention a possible motive.
Steve Hammer was fired in 2016 for sending sexually explicit e-mails.

Fired prison warden should not be reinstated, Appeals Court rules

An arbitrator wrongfully reinstated a state prison warden who was fired for sending sexually explicit e-mails to employees and lashing out at others, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled.
Nineteen dogs and their human partners from area police departments graduated from K-9 training in May. Suspect apprehension was demonstrated at the e

St. Paul police K-9 bite cases leave a trail of questions

After reviewing bite reports, St. Paul limits dogs' use for apprehending people.
A light-rail train outside Union Depot in St. Paul in 2014.

Green Line service at St. Paul's Union Depot reopens after investigation of 'suspicious' item

Metro Transit police continue to investigate the item, and no further details were immediately available.

St. Paul woman threatened to shoot officers who killed husband, charges say

Kay M. Smith allegedly said she had been drinking and was feeling suicidal.
Six-year-old Kendrea Johnson was found hanging from a jump rope in her foster home four years ago.

Hennepin Co. settles for $1.5M with family of girl who died in foster care

Attorneys said the death of 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson will improve treatment for other foster children.
Marcus Fischer

Man shot by Minneapolis police in interrogation room pleads guilty to pulling knife on officers

Marcus Fischer admitted in court Wednesday that he brandished the knife while being questioned by Minneapolis police about a shooting.
Days after the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, protesters blocked part of Interstate 94 west of downtown St. Paul.

Feds say they caught 'Vigilance' hacker who broke into several state databases

The Lino Lakes man, 19, was allegedly upset about the officer's acquittal in Philando Castile case.
Bob Fletcher

Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher will run for old post

One candidate dropped out of the race to support Fletcher's campaign.
Bob Fletcher

Controversial ex-Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher plans political event

Bob Fletcher won't confirm whether he will seek his old office.
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, who livestreamed his shooting on Facebook, arrives in court to resume her turn on the witness st

Diamond Reynolds sentenced to probation for assaulting woman

She continued to deny responsibility for the crime, which didn't sit well with a judge.
Ramsey County District Court Judge G. Tony Atwal was arrested on New Year's Day for alleged drunken driving.

Ramsey County judge reprimanded for drunken driving

Judge G. Tony Atwal violated the law and judicial code of conduct, a board found.
“Little progress, I’ve always believed, is still progress, so I felt proud,” said St. Catherine student Liza Leja, one of three who worked on th

St. Catherine student project prompts St. Paul police policy change

The students zeroed in on St. Paul's outdated guidelines for deaf and hard of hearing.
According to St. Paul Police the school bus belonging to First Student was transporting students from St. Paul Ramsey Middle School when it struck and

No charges in fatal St. Paul crash between bus, bicyclist

Two witnesses told investigators that the bus driver had the right of way when the collision occurred, a St. Paul police spokesman said.

St. Paul police investigating stun gun attacks

The suspects were wearing masks or obscured their faces with clothing.
Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier

Potential rival challenges Ramsey County sheriff's residency

Sheriff Jack Serier denied the allegations brought forward by former Sheriff Bob Fletcher.
Alan Grahn was killed while he was riding his bicycle and was struck by a school bus in St. Paul.

Bicyclist killed in crash with school bus identified as active grandfather

Alan Grahn, 75, was big outdoorsman; police continue investigation.
St. Paul police at Snelling and Summit avenues investigated a fatal crash involving a school bus and a bicyclist on Wednesday afternoon.

Bicyclist killed in crash with school bus in St. Paul

The collision occurred at the intersection of Snelling and Summit avenues. About 30 students from Ramsey Middle School were aboard, and some witnessed the crash
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

2-year review of Ramsey County rape cases finds few are convicted

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says "we are falling short."
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Caregiver who stole from prominent St. Paul philanthropist gets two years in prison

Nicholas Lofquist-Sprangel said he should be ordered to pay restitution and community service instead.

Minnesota FBI agent who leaked secret documents pleads guilty

Terry J. Albury appeared in court and said giving reporter classified data was "act of conscience."
Albert Loehlein

Life in prison for man who killed 95-year-old Anoka resident

Man had pleaded guilty to murder for killing the 95-year-old Anoka resident with flashlight and clock.
Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, who live streamed his shooting on Facebook, arrives in court to resume her turn on the witness s

Diamond Reynolds convicted of misdemeanor, cleared of more serious counts

A Ramsey County jury on Friday convicted Diamond Reynolds of a misdemeanor for assaulting a woman last year, but cleared her on more serious charges.Reynolds…

Permit-to-carry holder shoots, wounds alleged robber in St. Paul

Police said the suspect pulled a gun on the victim and robbed him of $500 before the victim fired at him.

St. Paul boy charged with bringing loaded gun to school

A school staffer had reported the boy's gun talk Monday, but was ignored, her son said.

Ramsey County jail checks were out of compliance at time of inmate's suicide

The state Department of Corrections said the county has since rectified the issues.

Student with loaded handgun arrested at Como Park High School

Police said there was no known threat made by the 16-year-old boy.
St. Paul Chief of Police Todd Axtell

St. Paul police release updated use-of-force policy

Some community groups say the policy doesn't go far enough in protecting civilians.
Dao Moua, left, and his attorney, Paul Applebaum, discuss a class-action lawsuit Monday afternoon outside of the federal courthouse in downtown St. Pa

Supporters of convicted fraudster who promised new Hmong homeland demand their money back, but continue to support his cause

Lawsuit asks government to return cash to donors.
Last month, Jenny Vance, far left, and her mother, Ann Jahnke, demanded answers for the death of her son Darren and for his body to be released.

No charges against Ramsey County deputy who fatally shot man last year

The use of force was justified, said a statement from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.

Caregiver sexually assaulted resident at Little Canada group home, charges say

Female staffer became suspicious of colleague.
Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Mother of stillborn baby thrown out with the laundry settles lawsuit with Regions

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

St. Paul man charged with assaulting one officer, spitting on others

The suspect allegedly spat on five officers and struck one in the head with a key.

State Patrol trooper, St. Paul police officer assaulted in unrelated cases

Days later, a man allegedly "brutally" struck a St. Paul officer eight times in the head with a car key.
Christopher Stowe left the jail Monday evening.

Vadnais Heights man charged in relation to son's threat to school

The father of a Vadnais Heights boy who allegedly threatened to shoot up his school owned several illegal firearms and kept loaded guns out in…
Jose Hernandez Solano

Mother, son charged in death of St. Paul bicyclist leaving work at Brasa

Authorities initially identified them as suspects last year.
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Three arrested after weapons found in Vadnais Heights home

Boy, 13, and parents arrested after threat leads to search of Vadnais Heights home.
The damaged Metro Transit bus after the July crash in St. Paul.

At sentencing, families forgive drunken driver in fatal bus crash in St. Paul

A survivor and family members of the man who were killed said they forgave the driver, who was traveling close to 100 mph.
St. Paul Police Officer Antwan Denson responded to a call about cars racing on a residential street off Rice St.

Serious crime up in St. Paul last year

Infractions against property rose the most amid the citywide uptick.
Ann Jahnke demanded answers Tuesday in the death of her son Darren, shot by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies, and for his body to be released.

Family of man killed by Ramsey County deputies demand answers, body

Darren Jahnke's family said there's no reason authorities should have withheld his remains for 10 months.
Kim Ambers’ son, Richard, was murdered in 2016 while selling marijuana. More Minnesotans are dying in pot transactions.

Marijuana deals turn deadly for many in Minn., even as attitudes relax

There aren't a lot of concrete answers as to why marijuana transactions are deadlier, but there are theories.
John Nasseff, a local philanthropist who started his career at West Publishing.

Caretaker accused of stealing more than $1 million from prominent St. Paul philanthropist

Nicholas Lofquist-Sprangel also failed to provide basic care, the victim's family said.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao spoke to volunteers before the start of the Payne Arcade Harvest Festival and Parade. ] Shari L. Gross ï

St. Paul's Thao charged with illegally marking elderly voter's ballot

Lawyer for council member said his actions to help voter were "perfectly legal."
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