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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

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.
Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda

Minneapolis man pleads guilty to throwing boy off MOA balcony

Emmanuel Aranda will serve 19 years in prison for the April 12 attack in which he threw the boy over a third-floor balcony.
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance’s decision comes on the heels of a Friday filing by prosecutors who requested that none of the evi

Noor trial evidence can be viewed; copying uncertain

But the judge will issue an order later on whether the data can be copied.
Dow

Murder charge filed four years after woman's disappearance

Adelle "Addie" Jensen's body has never been found.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks through the skyway with his attorney Thomas Plunkett, right, on the way to court for the verdict

State BCA facing intense new scrutiny in wake of Noor trial

The state agency that investigates officer-involved shootings is facing intense new scrutiny for alleged missteps in its investigation into the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, as critics ranging from activists to the governor demand answers.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, walked into the Hennepin County Courthouse for the verdict in the shooting death of Justine Ru

Noor guilty of third-degree murder, manslaughter in killing of Justine Damond

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks through the skyway with his attorney Thomas Plunkett, left, on the way to court for his second da

Noor's fate in Damond case is in jury's hands

Jurors are debating two versions of the 2017 killing that reverberated around the world: An officer who acted recklessly when he fired at a woman who had called 911, and one who used his training to stop a possible threat to him and his partner.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walked through the elevator lobby of the Hennepin County Government Center with his legal team on Frida

Surprise Noor witnesses testify about the noises they heard

The defense for the former Minneapolis police officer contends that a sudden sound startled the officer before the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
This courtroom sketch Thursday depicts former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on the witness stand.

Noor breaks silence, recalls making 'split-second decision'

Former Minneapolis police officer's testimony marked the first time he has spoken publicly about the night Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed in her south Minneapolis alley.
Flanked by his lawyers, Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor made his way into court on April

Use-of-force expert: No force, not even Taser, justified in Noor's fatal encounter with Damond

Witnesses said Justine Damond was shot because of bad decisions; defense questions their credentials.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Noor trial: BCA agent is pressed on his probe into sounds before Damond was shot

The prosecution aggressively questioned the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about its inquiry into Justine Damond's killing.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Noor trial testimony: No fingerprints on squad belonged to Damond

A fingerprint specialist testified that none of the 51 prints belonged to Justine Ruszczyk Damond. But she said that doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility Damond slapped the vehicle.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, at the Hennepin Coun

Noor trial reveals deep fracture between Mpls. police, County Attorney's Office

Experienced attorneys say they have never seen such deep conflict between a law enforcement agency and prosecutor revealed in a Minnesota courtroom.
Minneapolis police officer Matthew Harrity leaves the courtroom for lunch break with his attorney Fred Bruno.

Noor's former partner testifies he feared for life when silhouette appeared

Asked if the use of deadly force would've been premature, officer Matthew Harrity responded yes.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Noor jury sees teen's 29-second video of shooting's aftermath

The teenager recorded a 29-second clip of the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor leaves the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of trial in Minneapolis on Monday, Apr

Prosecutors assail fired Mpls. officer's supervisor for procedural missteps, secrecy

Questions of secrecy continue in Mohamed Noor's murder trial
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, and his attorney Thomas Plunkett made their way out of court at the Hennepin County Government C

Prosecutors in Noor case query officers about turning off body cams

Sgt. Jarrod Kunze took the stand Monday afternoon as Noor's murder trial entered its third week.
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, has placed prosecutors in the position of relying on testimony of officers whose

Noor trial unfolding amid debate over 'blue wall of silence'

Prosecution's witnesses include officers whose credibility they question.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, on Tuesday, April 9,

Noor trial: Supervisor testifies fear of ambush was on officers' minds

After several incidents across the country, officers were on high alert, he said.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, as he breaks for lun

Noor trial: Fellow officers told Noor to keep quiet, contacted union officials

A chaotic scene unfolded immediately after Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

'Even very quick' medical intervention would not have saved Justine Damond

Jurors heard 911 audio and saw video and photos of the crime scene in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
Media members approach Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, second from right, and Zach Damond, right, Damond's son, as they arrive for

'I was in shock': Justine Damond's fiance gives emotional testimony at Noor trial

Don Damond was overwhelmed by tears at times when he recalled the night in 2017 Justine was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, who is on trial for murder.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, headed into court last week for the beginning of a trial on murder charges for killing Justine Ruszczyk D

Jury seated in Noor trial; opening statements on Tuesday

No one in the pool of 12 men and four women said they followed news of officer-involved shootings, including the 2016 fatal shooting of Philando Castile.
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing

Jurors' implicit biases on minds of attorneys in Noor trial

With race expected to play a key role — Noor is black, Damond was white — attorneys have gone to some lengths to tease out racial bias among potential jurors, stemming from news coverage and personal experiences.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, heads into court to stand trial Monday on murder charges for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneap

Tensions rise again over questioning of potential jurors in Noor trial

Prosecutors challenged defense's wording in the trial of Mohamed Noor.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, arrived for the first day of jury selection with his attorney's Peter Wold, left, and Thomas P

Challenge to judge's limits on viewing body camera footage in Noor trial to be heard Friday

Attorneys from either side took no clear position on the media's objections.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, arrives for the first day of jury selection with his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Pl

Prosecution, defense spar as Noor jury selection continues

Tense exchanges and an oblique accusation of "prosecutorial misconduct" marked the proceedings.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, Peter Wold, and Tom Plunkett left after a probable cause hearing for the ex-Minneapolis cop Thursday at t

Noor trial clashes over use of 3-D reconstruction evidence

Prosecutors say it's key evidence, while the defense says it could confuse jurors.
This courtroom sketch depicts jury selection Monday in Minneapolis in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, second from right.

At Noor trial, attorneys begin research on prospective jurors

Social media and other data are fair game, experts say.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, heads into court to stand trial Monday on murder charges for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneap

About 75 prospective jurors introduced in Noor trial; judge cites 'threatening phone calls' in order

About 75 prospective jurors convened Monday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor and answered questionnaires that will be used…
This courtroom sketch depicts jury selection Monday, April 1, 2019, in Minneapolis in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, sec

After backlash, seven new seats added for media at Noor trial

More seating for media outlets will be added for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, in response to concerns from journalists and…
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, heads into court to stand trial Monday on murder charges for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneap

Jury selection begins today in Mohamed Noor's police shooting trial

The scrutinized case against Mohamed Noor in the fatal 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond promises to be difficult on all fronts.
Sketch of Judge Kathryn Quaintance addressing the courtroom during Friday's pretrial hearing for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who i

Body cam footage in Noor trial won't be seen by media, gallery

"I don't see any value in that being shown outside the people directly involved in the case," Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance said at a pretrial hearing.

Charges: U of M employee used university funds to buy computers he resold for profit

Michael J. McDaniel allegedly said robbers who threatened him coerced him into making the purchases.
Former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, left, leaves the Hennepin County Government Center Friday, March 1, 2019 in Minneapolis with attorney

Prosecutors want body camera policy, other officers' experience admitted at Noor trial

The prosecution also wants to examine potential bias in police witnesses if necessary.

Waconia wrestling coach investigated over drug allegation involving student

A Waconia high school wrestling coach and his wife are under investigation for allegedly giving a student prescription medication to treat a herpes rash in an apparent attempt to avoid disqualification from competition.
A St. Paul police officer, seen at the scene of a suspected crime in 2017

Public access to hundreds of St. Paul police reports was restricted by 'lockdown' policy

Officials say policy protects sensitive cases from prying eyes; most have been released.
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