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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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First suspect sentenced in burglary, shooting death of St. Paul mother

First suspect sentenced in burglary, shooting death of St. Paul mother

Julie Zietlow, whose daughter Sarah Wierstad was killed last year, said the sentencing is part of her healing process.
Inspiration to St. Paul Latino officers, community calling it a career

Inspiration to St. Paul Latino officers, community calling it a career

Assistant Chief Bill Martinez came from humble roots to become a leader in St. Paul.
St. Paul man gets 20 years in prison for slashing ex-girlfriend's throat

St. Paul man gets 20 years in prison for slashing ex-girlfriend's throat

Jaide Lackner-Kulyas was nearly killed in the 2015 attack.

St. Paul Days Inn worker raped guest, charges say

The suspect was in charge of housekeeping, and allegedly told one maid he would clean the woman's room.
St. Paul attack victim, protector meet for first time since brutal beating

St. Paul attack victim, protector meet for first time since brutal beating

Ray Widstrand and Tanikqwa Givins met for the first time since she came to his rescue three years ago and likely saved his life.
St. Paul city, community leaders plead for a stop to gun violence

St. Paul city, community leaders plead for a stop to gun violence

As local leaders spoke out, Mayor Chris Coleman pledged to find money for more officers.
St. Paul mayor and police chief commit to curbing gun violence

St. Paul mayor and police chief commit to curbing gun violence

Two deaths hang over city as police chase an unusual outbreak in gun violence.
After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

It was not clear whether the shootings Sunday night and Monday were related. "We're still trying to figure that our ourselves," St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said.

Como High student agrees to plead guilty to punching teacher

The student pleaded to a misdemeanor count in exchange for the dismissal of a felony charge.
Ramsey County to review sex assault cases to improve reporting, prosecution rates

Ramsey County to review sex assault cases to improve reporting, prosecution rates

Initiative aims to improve reporting by victims and county prosecution rates.
St. Paul police recognize civilians for saving lives, assisting police in emergencies

St. Paul police recognize civilians for saving lives, assisting police in emergencies

Honored civilians include newlyweds who helped save a man's life.
Charges: Law clerk shot, killed after suspect couldn't reach lawyer

Charges: Law clerk shot, killed after suspect couldn't reach lawyer

Clerk Chase Passauer, 23, was shot six times in the stomach by a client upset with how his case was being handled, according to the complaint.
Woman jailed in dismissed trafficking case sues St. Paul for $12M

Woman jailed in dismissed trafficking case sues St. Paul for $12M

"We've been humiliated," Hambdi Ali Osman said after a Court of Appeals judge found a St. Paul police sergeant possibly fabricated evidence.
St. Paul Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen named interim police chief

St. Paul Assistant Chief Kathy Wuorinen named interim police chief

The city reopened its application process for chief candidates last month after one candidate was disqualified and another withdrew.

Homicide charges filed in 2015 head-on St. Paul crash that killed 85-year-old woman

Law Eh allegedly had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system at the time.

Charges: Former Ramsey County employee 'Mr. Movies' divulged private data, pirated movies

The man's apparent girlfriend allegedly used the data to leverage for benefits.
Boys' Totem Town on judges' radar before two juveniles escaped

Boys' Totem Town on judges' radar before two juveniles escaped

Concerns about the facility predate criminal charges filed in February against a therapist accused of aiding the escape of two juveniles.
Charges filed in 2015 St. Paul murder

Charges filed in 2015 St. Paul murder

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Melvin Holmes Jr. of St. Paul.

Hikers find skull in St. Paul's Battle Creek Regional Park

A father and son hiking through St. Paul's Battle Creek Regional Park Friday morning found the top portion of a human skull, police said Monday.The…
2 people are dead after shots fired at a St. Paul motel

2 people are dead after shots fired at a St. Paul motel

According to police scanner reports, the gunfire erupted at a party in a motel room.

Como Park athletic director investigated in theft of more than $100K

The athletic director -- now on leave -- is under investigation for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from athletic ticket sales over several years, according to police and court documents.
Obituary: Natalie Atkin, 105, of St. Louis Park, was a woman 'before her time'

Obituary: Natalie Atkin, 105, of St. Louis Park, was a woman 'before her time'

Three months after 15-year-old Aliza Sevillia arrived in Minneapolis from Greece in 1958, she found herself at Natalie Atkin’s kitchen table sipping tea and trying…

Crystal woman identified in fatal car-pedestrian collision in St. Paul

St. Paul starts safety campaign as police probe a death in Brooklyn Park.

Minneapolis pastor charged in Pennsylvania child sex abuse case

The charges against three Franciscan brothers marks the first time leaders in a religious order have been charged in such cases.

Teacher reports assault at St. Paul's Johnson High School

This time it was Johnson H.S., the third such St. Paul incident in four months.

Murder charges filed in St. Paul's first homicide of the year

A gang feud fueled by a different murder years ago apparently led to the March 5 shooting.
Wrongful death suit filed in 2013 murder of Kira Steger

Wrongful death suit filed in 2013 murder of Kira Steger

Kira Steger's mother is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from her former son-in-law.

Como Park High School teacher assaulted by two students

The assault Wednesday morning allegedly was filmed and posted on Facebook after two male students punched teacher Mark Rawlings and threw him to the ground.

St. Paul police sergeant returns after allegations she lied in federal case

Sgt. Heather Weyker returned to work Wednesday in a non-investigative capacity.
St. Paul police's first-ever intelligence analysts key to fighting crime

St. Paul police's first-ever intelligence analysts key to fighting crime

St. Paul police Senior Cmdr. Matt Toupal is crafting a summer plan for the eastern district in anticipation of the inevitable climb in crime that…

St. Paul officer's work under review after scathing court decision

A St. Paul police sergeant who led an investigation into an alleged multistate sex-trafficking ring has been put on leave after a federal court accused her of lying to a grand jury.

Woman found dead in St. Paul apartment fire

A woman was found dead in a St. Paul apartment Thursday afternoon when firefighters responded to a call about smoke in the unit. The cause…
St. Paul City Council approves $100k settlement in skyway arrest, tasing

St. Paul City Council approves $100k settlement in skyway arrest, tasing

The video shot by Christopher Lollie went viral

Child care providers sue Dayton, state employees over unionization

The labor vote excludes too many, lawsuit says.

Charges filed against suspect in attack on good Samaritan in St. Paul

A St. Paul man was charged Monday with robbing and injuring a good Samaritan he had tricked into giving him a ride.
St. Paul police seek help finding man who robbed elderly Good Samaritan

St. Paul police seek help finding man who robbed elderly Good Samaritan

St. Paul police are asking for help in finding a suspect who robbed an elderly good Samaritan on Thursday night, breaking the man’s leg and…
Therapist helped teens flee Ramsey County facility, charges say

Therapist helped teens flee Ramsey County facility, charges say

The therapist at a Ramsey County treatment facility provided the teenagers with money and transportation, charges say.
Grand jury clears St. Paul police in fatal shooting of man with screwdriver

Grand jury clears St. Paul police in fatal shooting of man with screwdriver

Police have said an officer fatally shot Philip Quinn last year when Quinn advanced on him with a screwdriver.

St. Paul officer who urged drivers to run over protesters resigns

Sgt. Jeff Rothecker's comments were widely condemned.
School bus company was unaware of driver's record, attorney says

School bus company was unaware of driver's record, attorney says

The driver's violations weren't serious enough to terminate his bus driving privileges.
School bus driver fired after St. Paul crash has troubled record on road

School bus driver fired after St. Paul crash has troubled record on road

Mohamed Wasuge had at least 11 traffic violations before Monday's crash.

Former St. Paul man stole more than 100 identities, charges say

Chu N. Thao wrote counterfeit checks at several metro stores, often on consecutive days.
School bus with 20 kids crashes into parked cars in St. Paul

School bus with 20 kids crashes into parked cars in St. Paul

Portion of Minnehaha Avenue in St. Paul was closed after the accident. Two children were taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.
Retired St. Paul cop repeatedly punched juvenile in group home, charges say

Retired St. Paul cop repeatedly punched juvenile in group home, charges say

The suspect, Clemmie H. Tucker, Sr., previously pleaded guilty in federal court on drug charges.
State auditor sues over state law allowing counties to use private auditors

State auditor sues over state law allowing counties to use private auditors

Rebecca Otto says auditing counties' finances is a "core function" of her office.

St. Paul police K-9 attacked bystander, lawsuit alleges

A St. Paul woman said the dog bit her three times and refused to obey orders from its human partner.

Driver accused of sexually assaulting special needs boy in his care

The 5-year-old special needs boy was in his care.
Police consider releasing video in officer-involved shootings earlier

Police consider releasing video in officer-involved shootings earlier

More law officials support early release of footage in officer-involved shootings.

In future police-involved shootings, St. Paul to use independent investigators

St. Paul latest to outsource officer-involved cases to improve public's trust.
Transparency, trust key for St. Paul's next police chief

Transparency, trust key for St. Paul's next police chief

Residents weigh in on what the city needs in a replacement for retiring police chief.
Two charged in fatal Maplewood home invasion robbery

Two charged in fatal Maplewood home invasion robbery

Ernest D. Atchison Jr., 32, of St. Paul, and Bradley J. Cook, 35, of North Branch, were charged in Ramsey County District Court with one count each of second-degree murder without intent.

St. Paul cop had previous Facebook interactions with community

November comment over running over I-94 blockers had same Facebook name.
St. Paul police honor officers for heroic deeds

St. Paul police honor officers for heroic deeds

Eleven officers were given the department's Life Saving Award Wednesday.
Obituary: Crusading attorney William Orth had unconventional path to law

Obituary: Crusading attorney William Orth had unconventional path to law

Minneapolis attorney William "Bill" Orth kept his one-man law office open up to the end, asking in his last week of life to make one…
St. Paul officer on leave after allegedly telling drivers to run over marchers

St. Paul officer on leave after allegedly telling drivers to run over marchers

St. Paul sergeant is put on leave in connection with posted comment.

St. Paul man pleads guilty to killing longtime partner who planned to leave him

The victim had planned to end the relationship.

Central High student hospitalized after medical emergency

A Central High School student was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon after experiencing a medical emergency, according to school and fire officials.
Last two suspects charged in violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

Last two suspects charged in violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

One suspect was charged via arrest warrant and remains at-large.

State court website was attacked from Asia and Canada

Attacks from Canada, Asia interrupted service, but no data was stolen, state says.
Police arrest second suspect in violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

Police arrest second suspect in violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

Authorities know the identity of the third and final suspect, and continue looking for him.

Former White Bear Lake man admits to killing girlfriend's baby

Austin Gustafson testified that he "threw her down" and "walked away" because the child wouldn't stop crying.

Suspect charged in connection with violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

Police are still looking for two suspects in the Jan. 2 robbery of a 75-year-old Maplewood woman.
St. Paul teen gets 90 days' house arrest for attack on teacher

St. Paul teen gets 90 days' house arrest for attack on teacher

The Central High School teacher, who suffered a concussion, has alleged that the school district created an unsafe environment. The teen's attorney said in court Tuesday that the teacher used physical force first.

Robbers choke Maplewood woman, 75, during home invasion

Maplewood police are asking for the public's help in finding two men and a woman who allegedly robbed a 75-year-old woman and then choked her to the point of unconsciousness.
911 transcripts in St. Paul officer-involved shooting released

911 transcripts in St. Paul officer-involved shooting released

The family of Philip Quinn has questioned the use of deadly force in the fatal Sept. 24 shooting.
After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

After fatal St. Paul shooting, brother says police 'were supposed to help'

Philip Quinn knew he needed help. After recently telling St. Paul hospital staff that he planned to kill himself, Quinn tried to get into a…

St. Paul man sues state for medical aid in gender change surgery

Evan Thomas sued because Minnesota law forbids state medical assistance programs from paying for the double mastectomy surgery he feels will complete his transition.
Fisherman not guilty in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

Fisherman not guilty in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

Judge had been warned Sunday that a unanimous decision appeared unlikely.
Jury will resume Monday in Wis. stabbing case

Jury will resume Monday in Wis. stabbing case

Jurors are deciding the fate of a Minnesota man charged with killing a fellow fisherman along the St. Croix River.
Jury in St. Croix stabbing trial has resumed deliberations this morning

Jury in St. Croix stabbing trial has resumed deliberations this morning

The jury in the trial of Levi Acre-Kendall has stopped deliberations after impassioned closing arguments and will resume Sunday morning. In an unusual move, an additional charge also was added Saturday.
St. Croix stabbing suspect waited to call police 'to see what happened'

St. Croix stabbing suspect waited to call police 'to see what happened'

For two hours Friday morning, Levi Acre-Kendall carefully recounted the night he fatally stabbed a fellow fisherman along the St. Croix River, bolstering the key narrative his friends have already testified to.
Contradictions abound in fatal St. Croix stabbing trial

Contradictions abound in fatal St. Croix stabbing trial

Witnesses differ on who pushed Levi Acre-Kendall to the ground before he stabbed a Wisconsin man once in the chest.
Prosecution uses friends' passivity against suspect in St. Croix fatal stabbing

Prosecution uses friends' passivity against suspect in St. Croix fatal stabbing

A forensic scientist testified that Peter Kelly's blood was found throughout the interior of a car.
Minnesota man's defense strategy in limbo in St. Croix fatal stabbing

Minnesota man's defense strategy in limbo in St. Croix fatal stabbing

Levi Acre-Kendall's attempt to use Wisconsin's "castle doctrine" to evade homicide charges will be harder, a judge said.
Wis. man struggled in vain to save friend stabbed on St. Croix

Wis. man struggled in vain to save friend stabbed on St. Croix

"I tried to hold the blood in," fishing buddy testified as St. Croix murder trial began.
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