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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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Appeals Court: No venue change for officer Yanez in trial in Castile's killing

Appeals Court: No venue change for officer Yanez in trial in Castile's killing

A district judge did not abuse his authority in issuing the first denial for a change of venue, the Court of Appeals ruled.

Charges: Ex-employee stole $160,000 from Hamline University

Reports cite the family's financial trouble as cause.
Arguments mount over proposed venue change in officer's trial for Castile killing

Arguments mount over proposed venue change in officer's trial for Castile killing

The defense and prosecution continue to argue over change of venue in the Court of Appeals.
St. Paul community leaders, officials call for end to gun violence

St. Paul community leaders, officials call for end to gun violence

The city has experienced a 75 percent increase in the number of shots fired calls.
Prosecutors aggressively push back against new effort to move officer's trial in Castile death

Prosecutors aggressively push back against new effort to move officer's trial in Castile death

The prosecution took the defense to task for misspelling Philando Castile's name in its court filing.
St. Paul police, Hamline University partner to improve how officers deal with mentally ill

St. Paul police, Hamline University partner to improve how officers deal with mentally ill

Police and actors hope the mock calls will aid officers in the real world.

Ex-Church of Scientology attendee allegedly sets church's books ablaze in St. Paul

The suspect had been previously removed from the church for being disorderly, police said.
Ex-Marine gets 32 years in prison for slaying woman, slicing man's neck in Lowertown apartment

Ex-Marine gets 32 years in prison for slaying woman, slicing man's neck in Lowertown apartment

Scott A. Klund said he believes he would've died had he not fired an assault rifle at two people in his apartment.
One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

Four Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were put on paid administrative leave after the shooting.
Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting ask higher court to intervene and move trial

Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting ask higher court to intervene and move trial

Request to move trial was rejected last month by Ramsey County judge.
Former St. Paul officer convicted of assaulting troubled boy in group home

Former St. Paul officer convicted of assaulting troubled boy in group home

Clemmie H. Tucker Sr., 66, was convicted of one count each of malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, and fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Mother of man killed by St. Paul police files suit, confronts chief

Mother of man killed by St. Paul police files suit, confronts chief

St. Paul police have a pattern of using excessive force against black men, an attorney for Cordale Handy's family said.
Suspect in killing of St. Paul family called mother before his suicide

Suspect in killing of St. Paul family called mother before his suicide

The shooter's brother told police he heard the gunshots and then fled the scene on foot.
Trial begins for former St. Paul cop accused of assaulting teen at group home

Trial begins for former St. Paul cop accused of assaulting teen at group home

The boy is on the autism spectrum and has a number of behavior issues due to prenatal exposure to alcohol.
No charges in triple murder; man arrested is released

No charges in triple murder; man arrested is released

Ramsey County attorney's office said more investigation needed.
Dad, two teenage daughters among dead in St. Paul shooting

Dad, two teenage daughters among dead in St. Paul shooting

Three people were fatally shot and a fourth victim was critically injured in an early morning shooting at an apartment building in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood, with one suspect in custody and the other dead, police said.
Trial for officer Yanez in Philando Castile case will remain in Ramsey County

Trial for officer Yanez in Philando Castile case will remain in Ramsey County

Yanez's attorneys wanted the trial moved due to "slanted" media coverage.
St. Paul officer fired for kicking man, K-9 bite should be rehired, arbitrator rules

St. Paul officer fired for kicking man, K-9 bite should be rehired, arbitrator rules

City will pay $2 million to bystander who was kicked by officer, dragged by K-9.
Yanez defense: BCA agents thought Castile shooting was justified

Yanez defense: BCA agents thought Castile shooting was justified

Defense attorneys representing the St. Anthony police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile contend that three law enforcement agents who investigated the…
Trial of officer who killed Philando Castile should stay in Ramsey County, prosecutors argue

Trial of officer who killed Philando Castile should stay in Ramsey County, prosecutors argue

The jury selection process will give attorneys an opportunity to weed out jurors who are biased, prosecutors said.
East metro authorities bust sex-trafficking ring operating across 29 states

East metro authorities bust sex-trafficking ring operating across 29 states

Foreign women were "brutalized" and expected to earn $800 a day, charges say.
Prosecutors: Officer Yanez statements should be admitted in Castile case

Prosecutors: Officer Yanez statements should be admitted in Castile case

Prosecutors also argued that the manslaughter charge should not be dismissed. Defense argues officer should have been given more time after shooting.
Prosecutors: Yanez attorneys in Philando Castile case seeking irrelevant evidence

Prosecutors: Yanez attorneys in Philando Castile case seeking irrelevant evidence

Defense made a broad request for any materials that could aid their case.
After Castile shooting, St. Anthony officials release goal, objectives for police study

After Castile shooting, St. Anthony officials release goal, objectives for police study

Feds hope the review's outcomes are a blueprint for other small agencies.
30 years later, murder charges filed in slaying of St. Paul woman, 81

30 years later, murder charges filed in slaying of St. Paul woman, 81

Lillian Kuller, 81, was found dead in her St. Paul home on Feb. 1, 1987.
After fatal police shooting, St. Paul NAACP and others urge patience

After fatal police shooting, St. Paul NAACP and others urge patience

At least two officers fired their weapons during domestic call; gun recovered at site.
Yanez defense asks prosecutors for evidence of bias, witness unreliability

Yanez defense asks prosecutors for evidence of bias, witness unreliability

Defense attorney Earl Gray said they are "covering all bases" by asking for the information.
Attorney was involved in fender-bender minutes before fatal pedestrian crash

Attorney was involved in fender-bender minutes before fatal pedestrian crash

Peter H. Berge has brain cancer, friend says.

St. Paul man sentenced for attack on victim celebrating 40th birthday

Eduardo Alberto Figueroa helped a bar owner quiet a loud group that later attacked him and his daughter.
Deputy Minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in St. Paul prostitution sting

Deputy Minn. commerce commissioner out of job after arrest in St. Paul prostitution sting

Michael Deal had served in the state government role for more than three years.
New St. Paul police program aims to mentor recruits

New St. Paul police program aims to mentor recruits

Between 20 to 25 recruits will receive financial assistance and mentorship during the 2 1/2-year program.
Vadnais Heights student charged with stalking teacher, making slurs

Vadnais Heights student charged with stalking teacher, making slurs

A Vadnais Heights student allegedly made racial slurs and gestures at one of his teachers whom he is accused of stalking, according to charges filed…
Judge sets $40K bail for Diamond Reynolds in hammer attack

Judge sets $40K bail for Diamond Reynolds in hammer attack

A judge on Monday set bail at $40,000 for Diamond Reynolds, who live-streamed her boyfriend Philando Castile’s fatal encounter with police last year and who…

St. Paul police warn of phone scammers posing as law enforcement, IRS

Some also claim to be from IRS, and demand purchase of gift cards.

St. Paul police ask for help solving spate of armed home invasion robberies

Authorities are alarmed at the timing and proximity of the robberies on the city's East Side.
St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

Police said students in the building in the Highland Park neighborhood were moved to a nearby fire station while the building was cleared.
St. Paul police chief stops domestic assault during his commute to work

St. Paul police chief stops domestic assault during his commute to work

The police chief got to do some hands-on crime fighting after he witnessed an assault on Friday.
Judge denies dismissal of case against officer in Castile death

Judge denies dismissal of case against officer in Castile death

A Ramsey County district judge denied a motion Wednesday afternoon to dismiss the criminal case against officer Jeronimo Yanez in last year's fatal shooting of Philando Castile. It will now continue to trial.
Judge to hear arguments Wednesday in case against officer Yanez in Castile shooting

Judge to hear arguments Wednesday in case against officer Yanez in Castile shooting

A judge is expected to hear arguments Wednesday morning about whether the criminal case will continue to trial against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez…
Jurors reject self-defense claim, convict former Marine in fatal St. Paul shooting

Jurors reject self-defense claim, convict former Marine in fatal St. Paul shooting

Jurors reject self-defense argument after women killed, man wounded.
Jury to decide whether fatal St. Paul shooting was self-defense or murder

Jury to decide whether fatal St. Paul shooting was self-defense or murder

Scott A. Klund Jr. testified on his own behalf in the fatal shooting.
First of three men sentenced in double murder at St. Paul motel

First of three men sentenced in double murder at St. Paul motel

Victim's family members say they will be 'haunted until our own deaths.'
Defense says officer Yanez saw a gun the day he killed Philando Castile

Defense says officer Yanez saw a gun the day he killed Philando Castile

Attorneys for officer Jeronimo Yanez said Castile reached for the weapon before the officer fatally shot him.
Authorities seek public's help finding man charged in woman's fatal drug overdose

Authorities seek public's help finding man charged in woman's fatal drug overdose

Victor W. Lynch allegedly gave a mixture of narcotics to Trina Maurstad, who died last October.
Friends remember St. Paul teenager killed Wednesday as vibrant, loving

Friends remember St. Paul teenager killed Wednesday as vibrant, loving

Sadeya Hall's friends say she wasn't target of shooting that injured two.
St. Paul officer charged for punching girl is booked, released from county jail

St. Paul officer charged for punching girl is booked, released from county jail

Officer Michael P. Soucheray II was booked, photographed, fingerprinted and released on his own recognizance Friday.
St. Paul woman pleads guilty to smothering her baby to death in 2015

St. Paul woman pleads guilty to smothering her baby to death in 2015

Shwe Htoo's mental competency had been in limbo, but in 2016, she was found competent to stand trial.

St. Paul man charged in fatal shooting outside bar

Authorities believe the suspect has fled Minnesota.
St. Paul man laughed during 911 call reporting himself in fatal shooting

St. Paul man laughed during 911 call reporting himself in fatal shooting

Scott Klund's attorneys argue that he was acting in self-defense against two people high on meth who were trying to rob him.
Babysitter, 19, charged with killing St. Paul infant who suffered brain injuries

Babysitter, 19, charged with killing St. Paul infant who suffered brain injuries

The 5-month-old boy suffered bleeding in the brain and eyes, as well as bleeding and bruising in one lung.

Two men charged in elderly St. Paul woman's murder

One of the suspects had performed yard work for Myong Ki Gossel, and allegedly obtained $18,000 from her over time.
Critics: Downtown St. Paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged

Critics: Downtown St. Paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged

Tempers flared at a public meeting discussing crime, locked doors, harassment.
No criminal activity in St. Paul fire that killed woman and child, police say

No criminal activity in St. Paul fire that killed woman and child, police say

St. Paul police said Friday that no criminal activity has been linked to an apartment fire that killed a woman and her young son. Police…
Female officers in high demand at St. Paul police department

Female officers in high demand at St. Paul police department

St. Paul is taking concerted steps to recruit and mentor women, including with a new community engagement unit.
Child dies a day after St. Paul fire kills mother

Child dies a day after St. Paul fire kills mother

Family members said the two survivors are expected to recover but will need skin grafts.
Child is second to die in suspicious St. Paul residential fire

Child is second to die in suspicious St. Paul residential fire

Neighbor identifies the woman who died in the fire in the 100 block of Arkwright Street.

St. Paul officer charged with punching teen girl in handcuffs

The girl, 14, reportedly spat in the officer's face during call to shelter.

One shot on St. Paul street; area schools briefly locked down

One person was injured in a shooting Thursday morning in St. Paul that briefly resulted in the lockdown of several nearby schools, police said. The…

Ramsey County jail inmate sexually assaulted by fellow inmate, charges say

The assault suspect was in custody for allegedly fondling and propositioning other men.
Evidence supports charges against officer in Castile shooting, prosecution argues

Evidence supports charges against officer in Castile shooting, prosecution argues

A judge will hear defense and prosecution arguments on Feb. 15, and is expected to decide that day whether the case proceeds.
Overall crime down in St. Paul last year, focus on guns in 2017

Overall crime down in St. Paul last year, focus on guns in 2017

St. Paul police chief says gun violence is top priority; department will add officers to gang and gun unit.

Woman's trafficking charge challenges 'victim-centered' approach

St. Paul case raises questions about how authorities determine when a woman is a victim and when she's a willing participant.

Neighbors ID St. Paul woman whose death is considered suspicious

The woman's friends told neighbors that the home appears to have been burglarized.
New judge assigned to trial of officer charged in Philando Castile shooting

New judge assigned to trial of officer charged in Philando Castile shooting

Judge William H. Leary to preside over officer's case.

Ramsey County corrections officers say interim sheriff dodged staffing concerns

Ramsey County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jack Serier was selected as interim sheriff Tuesday.

Lawsuit: St. Paul schools retaliated against sub who spoke about assault

Candice Egan said the district barred her from working in its schools after she spoke to the media about being assaulted by a student in March.

Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting remove judge from case

No reason is required for the request – in case against officer who shot Philando Castile.

Charges: Woman read text just before causing fatal I-35W crash

Destiny Y. Xiong had dropped her phone.

Civil commitment likely for suspect in St. Paul abduction, sexual assault of girl

Man accused of grabbing girl off street in St. Paul called 'sexually dangerous.'
Officer charged in Castile case makes brief court appearance, no plea yet

Officer charged in Castile case makes brief court appearance, no plea yet

A trial judge will hear the officer's pleas and a motion to dismiss the case at a later date.
Officer Yanez to appear in court in Philando Castile killing

Officer Yanez to appear in court in Philando Castile killing

No plea is expected from Jeronimo Yanez in Ramsey County as he waits to see which judge will get case.

33 cars stolen from St. Paul streets as drivers warmed them up

One woman allegedly stole a car out of St. Paul and drove herself to the airport, where she was arrested at a boarding gate.
U police officer grabbed woman by the neck, charges say

U police officer grabbed woman by the neck, charges say

Officer Phillip Lombardi is accused in a July confrontation.
St. Anthony police to undergo 2-year federal study of policies, practices

St. Anthony police to undergo 2-year federal study of policies, practices

The move comes several months after one of its police officers fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black leaders said the findings provide empirical weight to the anecdotes and troubling police encounters the black community has long experienced.
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