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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
Judge Kathryn Quaintance listened as Mohamed Noor read a statement before his sentencing in June.

Citing media interest, judge seals Noor juror list a fourth time

Judge Kathryn Quaintance cited public interest and ongoing media coverage of the former Minneapolis police officer as key reasons to keep jurors' names private.
Elsa E. Segura

Attorney: Ex-probation officer charged in Realtor kidnapping, murder attracting attention in jail

An attorney for Elsa Segura asked that her client be relocated in the county jail due to an unusual amount of interest from fellow inmates in her case.
Minnesota Department of Commerce Commisioner Steve Kelley speaks at a morning news conference about felony charges against Leroy and Joyce Merit, who

Minnesota drywall company accused of cheating workers out of insurance

A husband-wife team are accused of cheating dozens of employees out of workers' compensation insurance.
Monique Baugh

Charges: Woman lured Mpls. Realtor to home before New Year's Eve kidnapping, murder

A former Hennepin County probation officer and I-35W bridge collapse survivor is accused of luring Monique Baugh to her death.
PolyMet Mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

Cameras will be allowed at PolyMet mine hearing, judge rules

The Star Tribune, MinnPost and KSTP TV objected to PolyMet's attempt to ban cameras.
Monique Baugh

2nd suspect arrested in New Year's Eve kidnapping, killing of Mpls. Realtor

Authorities have not said what the second suspect's possible role was.
Ricardo Batres

Crystal contractor gets jail time over labor trafficking

Activists said it's the first case of its kind in Hennepin County and one of a few in the state.

Mpls. masseur charged with sexual assault, admitted to touching 50 men, charges say

The suspect worked at a high-end downtown Minneapolis spa for about six years.
Bjorn Iverson

Plymouth man used alcohol, drugs to sexually assault several women, charges say

A Plymouth man used alcohol and drugs to prey on women as young as 17 over several years, according to charges. Bjorn B. Iverson, 36,…
Yuridia Hernandez Linares is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30.

Eden Prairie woman pleads guilty to faking robberies to obtain temporary visas

Four victims from 2019 told police they paid Yuridia Hernandez Linares a total of $5,000 to stage the robberies and worked with her to file false police reports.

Bullets fired by suspect in Dayton, Minn., barely missed officers, charges say

Police were searching the suspect's home for a theft case linked to the purchase of a snowblower.

Minneapolis woman charged in 10-year-old's methadone overdose death

The death occurred after the woman treated her daughter's cough and took methadone herself.

Charges: Minneapolis student brought loaded handgun to school

The school district said there was no threat to students or staff members.
Monique Baugh

Man charged in New Year's Eve kidnapping, murder maintains innocence

A judge upheld the $2 million bail for Cedric Berry, accused in the shooting death
Protesters supporting suspended Hennepin County public defender blocked at state office

Protesters supporting suspended Hennepin County public defender blocked at state office

Protesters supporting suspended Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty were told they needed an appointment.
Monique Baugh

Search warrant: North Minneapolis woman apparently abducted, bound before killing

A suspect arrested in Monique Baugh's killing is allegedly a "rival" drug dealer to her boyfriend, court documents said.
Julia Johnson, Gustav Christianson’s older sister, and her daughter Angelina Flores (left), and Christianson’s older bother Gomer Thompson gathere

Mpls. man gets life term for fatally shooting man and baby in 2016

Jquan McInnis, who was 17 when he killed a man and an infant in Minneapolis' Phillips neighborhood, will have to serve 60 years before he is eligible for parole.
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Minneapolis, St. Paul police make arrests in first homicides of 2020, including realtor's killing

Both incidents occurred hours into the new year,
County Attorney Mike Freeman introduced the office's first ever emotional support animal, a golden doodle named Barrett. Barrett's trainer, Kathryn Ne

Hennepin County Attorney's Office adds emotional support dog

Barrett, a golden doodle, is training to become the office's first emotional support dog.
Justin Braulick

Attorney hospitalized after client punches him in Hennepin court

Client reportedly attacked him during sentencing in a sexual assault case.
In this June 9, 2014, photo is a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Minneapolis VA Medical Center employee hid camera in bathroom, charges say

Police identified 11 alleged victims who were filmed over four days.
Gable Steveson

Gophers lift suspension of wrestlers after officials decline to file sexual assault charges

Star wrestler Gable Steveson competed and won Friday night as Minnesota beat South Dakota State.
The shooting scene on N. Russell Avenue near N. 16th Avenue in Minneapolis on Thursday night.

Two charged in connection with shooting death of man in north Minneapolis

The charges did not specify a motive for the attack.
Bullet holes marked the front of the house on N. Thomas Avenue in Minneapolis, the scene of an officer-involved shooting Sunday that killed a man.

Dozens of bullet casings recovered from Minneapolis shooting scene, documents reveal

Search warrant affidavits show that 11 casings matching the gun allegedly used by Chiasher Fong Vue were recovered inside and outside his home.

Minneapolis police officer fired for punching handcuffed man sues city for job, wages

Alexander Brown, who was fired for beating a man, alleges the city backed out of an agreement to rehire him.
Investigators on the scene of a shooting where a man was shot and critically wounded by Minneapolis police responding to a domestic-related assault on

Lawsuit: Minneapolis violated data law in withholding information in fatal police shooting

Communities United Against Police Brutality is asking a judge to intervene and compel the city to release information.
Joseph Gomm

Inmate ruled competent to stand trial in death of Stillwater correctional officer

Edward M. Johnson's ability to understand and participate in the criminal case against him had been at question since last year.
April 15, 1984: Director John Tester, left, and resident manager Dave Bosanko surveyed part of the Cedar Creek Natural History Area.

Pioneering ecologist John Tester was driven by love for Minnesota

Tester, who died last month, helped invent radio tracking of wildlife and was early to sound the climate alarm.

One father charged, another sentenced in death of Twin Cities metro infants

A witness in the Hennepin County case said the parents had been drinking and using cocaine.
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Shooter convicted in drive-by that wounded 5-year-old Minneapolis girl

Surveillance video captured the suspect car driving by the crime scene.
Sexual assault evidence collection kits.

$2 million grant awarded to Minnesota for sex assault investigations

The money is intended for testing rape kits, aiding victims and other uses.
Adelle "Addie" Jensen

Minneapolis man sentenced to 20 years for 2015 killing, dismembering of estranged girlfriend

Joshua Dow was set to be released from prison in February for a related offense.
Sherrie and Bryce Dirk.

Brooklyn Park woman gets 32 years, husband 12 1/2 for malnourished foster child's death

Arianna Hunziker didn't grow during her approximately 16 months with the Dirks.
Judge Kathryn Quaintance listened in June as former Minneapolis police office Mohamed Noor read a statement before sentencing.

Attorneys question third sealing of Mohamed Noor jury list

Longtime attorneys could not recall juror information being sealed this long.

Case dismissed in rape of Valleyfair employee after mixed up DNA test

His attorney discovered that DNA tests had been mixed up.
Rodney D. Jackson

Murder sentencing delayed while Hennepin County jury will be questioned about deliberations

Defense attorneys said a juror inappropriately discussed the duty to retreat and conceal carry gun classes during deliberations.
John Tester with his groundbreaking book on Minnesota ecology.

John Tester, pioneering U ecology prof who wrote the book on Minnesota, dies at 89

John Tester grew up in Gibbon, Minn., tagging along each summer with conservation researchers restoring oak savannas in the area.But Tester, then about 9, wasn't…
Skylar E. Labarge

Murder charges filed against two men in Minneapolis man's death

Police say suspect, victim were romantically involved with the same woman.
Surveillance footage shows an incapacitated Hardel Sherrell collapsing into a wheelchair as a Beltrami County jail staffer looks on on Sept. 2, 2018.

Wrongful death suit claims Beltrami County jail ignored inmate's concerns

Del Shea Perry is calling for an investigation of the jail after her son died there last year despite raising alarms about his health issues.
Susan Spiller

Brooklyn Park man certified as an adult in 2015 slaying of Minneapolis activist

A Brooklyn Park man charged in juvenile court for the brutal 2015 murder of north Minneapolis activist and artist Susan Spiller was certified Wednesday…
An Eden Prairie woman is accused of masterminding fake assaults in a scam aimed at obtaining visas issued to crime victims who cooperate with police,

Eden Prairie woman accused of faking crimes to obtain visas

Authorities say she cut four people who were in on the scam.
Ricardo Batres

Twin Cities contractor pleads guilty to coercing undocumented laborer

A Twin Cities contractor pleaded guilty Monday to coercing an undocumented man into working for his company.Ricardo E. Batres, 47, pleaded guilty in Hennepin…
Diamond Reynolds

Castile's girlfriend files defamation suit after 'crack cocaine' tweet

Tom McBroom tweeted in 2017 that Diamond Reynolds would spend her settlement money on "crack cocaine."
Kenneth Lilly

Shooter who wounded school bus driver on Mpls. interstate sentenced to 7 years

A judge said that Kenneth Lilly's argument that he feared for his life was not credible.
A 6-year-old girl was injured in 2017 after receiving improper laser treatment for a port wine stain birthmark on the left side of her face, according

University of Minnesota doctor scarred child's face with laser treatment, lawsuit says

It came in treatment for the 6-year-old's birthmark.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he was "certain" the revelation would lead defense attorneys to request dismissing charges in cases involvi

Firing of HCMC nurse prompts review of sexual assault cases

County Attorney's Office waited months to reveal expert witness's dismissal.

Alleged anti-Muslim attack reported in west metro, group says

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for a hate crime investigation.

Charges: Rogers couple deprived injured employee of full workers' compensation

The injured employee had been pinned by machinery in a partly frozen pond.
Plaintiff Jennifer Schroeder, a drug and alcohol counselor, spoke at a news conference at the ACLU of Minnesota, Monday, October 21, 2019 in Minneapol

ACLU of Minnesota sues state to restore voting rights for felons

The organization said that more than 52,000 Minnesotans can't vote because of state law, which restores the right to vote for felons only by court order or the completion of a sentence.
Stephen Frenz and attorney Douglas Turner walked through City Hall in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. ] Shari L. Gross • shari.gross@startri

Former Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz convicted of felony perjury

Prosecutors might seek jail time for Stephen Frenz; defense plans to appeal.
Stephen Frenz

Jurors deliberating in perjury trial of Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

The jury of five women and seven men is expected to resume talks at 9 a.m. Friday.
Stephen Frenz

Testimony begins in perjury trial of former Minneapolis landlord Stephen Frenz

Stephen Frenz's attorneys said he was never read an oath before he signed the court document that led to the criminal case against him.
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.