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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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Human remains found in N.D. may be missing Vadnais Heights woman

Human remains found in N.D. may be missing Vadnais Heights woman

Apparent partial human remains discovered Friday in the middle of a North Dakota farm field may be those of missing Vadnais Heights resident Michelle Newell,…

St. Francis man charged in shotgun attack on wife at work in North St. Paul

The woman escaped multiple attacks from her ex-husband, who is charged with attempted murder, and may have stopped the shooting by engaging the gun's safety lock.
Farmington woman guilty of manslaughter in daughter's death

Farmington woman guilty of manslaughter in daughter's death

Judge rules she was aware of abuse when she left her daughter in the man's care.
St. Paul man killed childhood friend after a night of drinking, charges say

St. Paul man killed childhood friend after a night of drinking, charges say

The victim, Thomas J. Rivard, had gone over to comfort the suspect about the recent death of his brother.
St. Paul aunt charged after nephew, 7, brings gun that goes off at school

St. Paul aunt charged after nephew, 7, brings gun that goes off at school

The woman left the gun where her nephew easily found it, charges say.
'Dream team vs. dream team' in Philando Castile shooting trial

'Dream team vs. dream team' in Philando Castile shooting trial

High-power teams will argue case of Jeronimo Yanez.
Officer Yanez's attorney blasts Choi's comments about Castile shooting

Officer Yanez's attorney blasts Choi's comments about Castile shooting

Thomas Kelly, a lawyer for officer Jeronimo Yanez, called John Choi's remarks to the media "unnecessary and prejudicial."
Officer charged in Philando Castile death turns himself in to jail

Officer charged in Philando Castile death turns himself in to jail

Jeronimo Yanez had agreed to turn himself in after being charged via summons Wednesday.
Philando Castile's girlfriend calls charges 'only the first step'

Philando Castile's girlfriend calls charges 'only the first step'

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that officer Jeronimo Yanez will face three charges for killing Philando Castile on July 6.
Deputy reinstated after beating dog allegedly made unwanted advances on bar patrons

Deputy reinstated after beating dog allegedly made unwanted advances on bar patrons

An internal affairs investigation shows that Brett A. Berry kissed and groped people at a casino lounge in 2015.

Farmington woman stands trial in toddler's death at hands of boyfriend

Authorities say she knew boyfriend was abusing the 17-month-old girl.
Demonstrators rally in downtown St. Paul to support Philando Castile's cousin

Demonstrators rally in downtown St. Paul to support Philando Castile's cousin

Louis Hunter was the only demonstrator to face felony charges for a protest on I-94.

St. Paul rape suspect linked to three attacks, possibly more

Authorities linked the suspect to three cases via DNA evidence.

St. Paul police investigate second homicide this week, identify victim in Sunday case

The two homicides in the North End neighborhood remain unsolved.
St. Paul officer who kicked man no longer with department

St. Paul officer who kicked man no longer with department

A dash cam video released Friday shows a police officer kicking a man during a search for an armed suspect, and unleashing a K-9 on him.
St. Paul police investigating 'gruesome' North End homicide

St. Paul police investigating 'gruesome' North End homicide

"We don't believe this was a random incident," a police spokesman said.

St. Paul bar's smack fest game turns real after closing

A woman was left with a bruised and bloody face after being attacked when Arnellia's closed.
Upset chief apologizes to man bitten by St. Paul police dog

Upset chief apologizes to man bitten by St. Paul police dog

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell has apologized and said he was disappointed by the video showing the dog biting and an officer kicking a man prone on ground. The injured man's lawyer said, "It's an absolute abomination. He didn't do anything wrong."
Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Berry, a 20-year veteran, will not get back pay.

Shooter convicted in St. Paul drive-by

Jurors convicted a Little Canada man Friday of all 20 felony charges filed against him in a fatal drive-by shooting in St. Paul. De’Aries C.…
No foul play suspected in case of missing St. Paul boy found safe, police say

No foul play suspected in case of missing St. Paul boy found safe, police say

The 9-year-old who had disappeared after a fishing trip at Beaver Lake was found nearby, police said.
St. Paul police reveal draft rules for body-cam use

St. Paul police reveal draft rules for body-cam use

On Nov. 9, the department will begin a pilot program for cameras in the Western District.

$224K in gold, jewelry and cash stolen from St. Paul home

The homeowner told police the 100 gold bars, a diamond ring and $60,000 in cash was her life's savings, which she hid in her house because she didn't trust banks.
St. Paul police seek armed man who forced woman into minivan, sexually assaulted her

St. Paul police seek armed man who forced woman into minivan, sexually assaulted her

St. Paul police are asking for the public’s help finding an armed man who forced a woman into the back of a minivan Tuesday night…

Source of heroin that killed two, hospitalized others remains elusive

Authorities want to know where the drug came from and why it was so deadly.
St. Paul man held woman captive as he drank beer, smoked, charges say

St. Paul man held woman captive as he drank beer, smoked, charges say

The suspect allegedly told police he had committed similar crimes twice, and sexually assaulted at least one victim.

St. Paul man left bedridden mother in porch with no food or water, charges say

The victim said her son locked her out of the house because she couldn't pay $400 a month in rent.
Murder charges dropped against Lakeville man in woman's disappearance

Murder charges dropped against Lakeville man in woman's disappearance

The woman's body has not been found and she is believed to have been killed far from Ramsey County, where Timothy J. Barr was facing charges in her death.
Obituary: Varjo Jurisoo, drafted by three armies, immigrated to U.S.

Obituary: Varjo Jurisoo, drafted by three armies, immigrated to U.S.

"He went through more in his first 25 years of life than I ever will in my whole life," said his son David Jurisoo.
Ex-Boys Totem Town contract therapist gets probation for sexual assault on juvenile patient

Ex-Boys Totem Town contract therapist gets probation for sexual assault on juvenile patient

Karen A. Meyer could face up to three years in prison if she violates her probation.

Warrantless urine tests are unconstitutional, says state Supreme Court

Urine testing "involves a greater invasion of privacy in terms of embarrassment," the court wrote.

Authorities plead for public's help in finding missing Vadnais Heights woman

With the start of the hunting in the Dakotas, Ramsey County officials ask people to be watchful for clues.
Police 'quite a distance behind' when fleeing driver crashed, killing 2

Police 'quite a distance behind' when fleeing driver crashed, killing 2

The suspect was wanted for a minor hit-and-run in Savage; he died in the crash, as did a woman in an SUV.
Justice in Castile shooting is better safety for everyone, uncle says

Justice in Castile shooting is better safety for everyone, uncle says

Philando Castile's uncle said he and Castile's mother want to change state laws and policies to improve police training.

St. Paul landlord alert program proves popular

The program, Landlord Alert, hopes to get ahead of problems by sending landlords daily e-mail updates about police calls to their properties.
In emotional hearing, St. Paul man gets life for law clerk's murder

In emotional hearing, St. Paul man gets life for law clerk's murder

The 37-year-old shot his attorney's law clerk eight times in the office in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
St. Anthony applies for federal program to improve police-community relations

St. Anthony applies for federal program to improve police-community relations

St. Anthony has applied to join a federal program aimed at improving trust between police and the community, the city announced Wednesday.
Law clerk's killer admits to shooting, says it wasn't planned

Law clerk's killer admits to shooting, says it wasn't planned

Ryan D. Petersen, charged with fatally shooting St. Paul law clerk Chase Passauer in April, told a judge that he is only contesting the premeditation element of the shooting.
'My head exploded,' St. Paul man says of law clerk killing

'My head exploded,' St. Paul man says of law clerk killing

Ryan D. Petersen said stresses in his personal and work life contributed to his state of mind that day.
Fourth suspect charged in fatal shooting of Minnetonka teenager in St. Paul

Fourth suspect charged in fatal shooting of Minnetonka teenager in St. Paul

Vincent Harris allegedly told police he knew the girls were going to be robbed.
St. Paul chief: First 100 days on job 'incredibly challenging time'

St. Paul chief: First 100 days on job 'incredibly challenging time'

Chief Todd Axtell took office just before the city became ground zero for protesters.
3 charged, 1 more arrested in St. Paul killing of Minnetonka student

3 charged, 1 more arrested in St. Paul killing of Minnetonka student

Two of three people charged with shooting Samantha Burnette in St. Paul had been released from custody this year.
Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Samantha Burnette, 16, was gunned down around 7:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Sims Avenue. Her sister, Brittany Rock, was injured and taken to Regions Hospital.
Arrest made in early morning fatal stabbing in St. Paul apartment building

Arrest made in early morning fatal stabbing in St. Paul apartment building

The victim was found early Friday morning near his apartment. The stabbing is St. Paul's 13th homicide this year.
Lakeville man charged with murder in disappearance of east metro woman

Lakeville man charged with murder in disappearance of east metro woman

The suspect allegedly told two people that he ran over Michelle Newell.
St. Paul police chief wants more officers, new forensics expert

St. Paul police chief wants more officers, new forensics expert

Budget plan includes new officers to focus on light rail corridor, downtown.

Charges dropped in St. Paul bus driver's molestation case

Criminal charges have been dropped against a bus driver formerly accused of inappropriately touching a special needs boy. The Ramsey County attorney’s office dismissed the…
Police: 2 dead for year-plus before bodies found in White Bear Lake home

Police: 2 dead for year-plus before bodies found in White Bear Lake home

The homeowner's son remains jailed on suspicion of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

St. Paul unveils new emergency alert system for residents

St. Paul police are rolling out a new emergency alert system that will notify residents via text message, phone call or e-mail. “The alert system…
Twin Cities man jailed for alleged exploitation after bodies found in home

Twin Cities man jailed for alleged exploitation after bodies found in home

Police say the bodies had been in the home for some time.
Students hurt when bus and truck collide in St. Paul

Students hurt when bus and truck collide in St. Paul

Seven of the 34 students on the bus suffered minor injuries.
Murder charges: St. Paul man shot while trying to disarm robber

Murder charges: St. Paul man shot while trying to disarm robber

Benjamin L. Harris is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting in St. Paul's North End.
Protesters take to St. Paul streets to call for justice in Castile shooting

Protesters take to St. Paul streets to call for justice in Castile shooting

Protesters block traffic during traveling march downtown; 1 is arrested.
Police responding to robbery report find man dead in St. Paul

Police responding to robbery report find man dead in St. Paul

St. Paul police responding to a robbery call in the city’s North End neighborhood about 4 a.m. Thursday found a man dead. Authorities have not…
Family, friends suspect old grudges in fatal St. Paul shooting

Family, friends suspect old grudges in fatal St. Paul shooting

Kin Reynolds, 26, was recently released from prison and keeping to himself

St. Paul police focus on crime at University and Snelling

St. Paul police have stepped up efforts after a spike in crime, including at least two brawls.
St. Anthony police officer who shot Philando Castile placed back on leave

St. Anthony police officer who shot Philando Castile placed back on leave

St. Anthony officials drew widespread protests over his recent reinstatement.
Three badly injured dogs possibly linked to St. Paul fighting ring, rescue group says

Three badly injured dogs possibly linked to St. Paul fighting ring, rescue group says

The unneutered male dogs were found on different days within a few miles of one another in St. Paul.
St. Paul police dog follows wandering boy's scent back to his home

St. Paul police dog follows wandering boy's scent back to his home

The boy had gotten out of his home while his sister was sleeping and his mother was at a doctor's appointment.

Aug. 5: Protesters gather again outside Choi's office over Castile death

Protesters said the criminal justice system is oppressing working class people.
St. Paul police union decries 'disgusting' protest conduct

St. Paul police union decries 'disgusting' protest conduct

The officers and business owners said the protesters were mostly peaceful, but that the media, city officials and the public have ignored those who antagonized police officers.

Alexandria residents await answers in officer-involved shooting death

Name of victim, officers still not released in shooting by agents in Alexandria, Minn.
Demonstrators call for special prosecutor to take over Castile case

Demonstrators call for special prosecutor to take over Castile case

They brought Ramsey County Attorney Choi petition with 7,000 names.
Choi adds special prosecutor to probe of Castile shooting

Choi adds special prosecutor to probe of Castile shooting

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has asked a veteran attorney with roots in St. Paul's Rondo community to join his office as a special prosecutor in the inquiry.
A flurry of meetings, events and handshaking on Chief Axtell's first day

A flurry of meetings, events and handshaking on Chief Axtell's first day

Todd Axtell is already making changes to put more emphasis on outreach.

Statewide effort boosts sex trafficking prosecutions

More than 1,700 officers in 33 cities have been trained in the effort.

Anonymous Legion claims attack on Minnesota courts website

State officials have alerted the FBI to Wednesday's cyberattack.
In unanimous vote, St. Paul City Council approves Todd Axtell as new police chief

In unanimous vote, St. Paul City Council approves Todd Axtell as new police chief

The St. Paul City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Todd Axtell as the city’s next police chief. In a short address following the vote,…
St. Paul woman gets 16 years for drowning 6-year-old daughter

St. Paul woman gets 16 years for drowning 6-year-old daughter

Kayla M. Jones will be civilly committed for being "mentally ill and dangerous" after serving her time.
Obituary: Sister Jean Thuerauf left North Side legacy with Cookie Cart

Obituary: Sister Jean Thuerauf left North Side legacy with Cookie Cart

Thomas Dixon grew up in a world where adults sometimes drank and partied too much, and children sometimes didn’t get the help they needed. One…
From trailer park to top cop, Axtell takes the reins in St. Paul

From trailer park to top cop, Axtell takes the reins in St. Paul

St. Paul's next police chief rose through the ranks, is known for community and diversity.
Anatomy of a murder investigation: From the inside, it's nothing like TV

Anatomy of a murder investigation: From the inside, it's nothing like TV

By CHAO XIONG, Star Tribune • Photographs by AARON LAVINSKY, Star Tribune June 12, 2016 Twenty-three hours into the St. Paul police investigation…
Ramsey County gives out free gun locks to prevent accidental shootings by children

Ramsey County gives out free gun locks to prevent accidental shootings by children

The locks will be available free-of-cost at 11 sites across the county.
Police identify Eagan woman as pedestrian killed in St. Paul

Police identify Eagan woman as pedestrian killed in St. Paul

St. Paul police identified the woman struck and killed by a minivan Tuesday as Channy Kek of Eagan. Kek, 55, was crossing Cauyga Street westbound…
Woman struck, killed in St. Paul crosswalk at Arkwright and Cayuga

Woman struck, killed in St. Paul crosswalk at Arkwright and Cayuga

St. Paul drivers have hit 65 pedestrians this year.
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