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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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Dao Moua, left, and his attorney, Paul Applebaum, discuss a class-action lawsuit Monday afternoon outside of the federal courthouse in downtown St. Pa

Supporters of convicted fraudster who promised new Hmong homeland demand their money back, but continue to support his cause

Lawsuit asks government to return cash to donors.
Last month, Jenny Vance, far left, and her mother, Ann Jahnke, demanded answers for the death of her son Darren and for his body to be released.

No charges against Ramsey County deputy who fatally shot man last year

The use of force was justified, said a statement from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.

Caregiver sexually assaulted resident at Little Canada group home, charges say

Female staffer became suspicious of colleague.
Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Mother of stillborn baby thrown out with the laundry settles lawsuit with Regions

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

St. Paul man charged with assaulting one officer, spitting on others

The suspect allegedly spat on five officers and struck one in the head with a key.

State Patrol trooper, St. Paul police officer assaulted in unrelated cases

Days later, a man allegedly "brutally" struck a St. Paul officer eight times in the head with a car key.
Christopher Stowe left the jail Monday evening.

Vadnais Heights man charged in relation to son's threat to school

The father of a Vadnais Heights boy who allegedly threatened to shoot up his school owned several illegal firearms and kept loaded guns out in…
Jose Hernandez Solano

Mother, son charged in death of St. Paul bicyclist leaving work at Brasa

Authorities initially identified them as suspects last year.
An arsenal of weapons found in the home of a Vadnais Heights teen after threats were reported.

Three arrested after weapons found in Vadnais Heights home

Boy, 13, and parents arrested after threat leads to search of Vadnais Heights home.
The damaged Metro Transit bus after the July crash in St. Paul.

At sentencing, families forgive drunken driver in fatal bus crash in St. Paul

A survivor and family members of the man who were killed said they forgave the driver, who was traveling close to 100 mph.
St. Paul Police Officer Antwan Denson responded to a call about cars racing on a residential street off Rice St.

Serious crime up in St. Paul last year

Infractions against property rose the most amid the citywide uptick.
Ann Jahnke demanded answers Tuesday in the death of her son Darren, shot by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies, and for his body to be released.

Family of man killed by Ramsey County deputies demand answers, body

Darren Jahnke's family said there's no reason authorities should have withheld his remains for 10 months.
Kim Ambers’ son, Richard, was murdered in 2016 while selling marijuana. More Minnesotans are dying in pot transactions.

Marijuana deals turn deadly for many in Minn., even as attitudes relax

There aren't a lot of concrete answers as to why marijuana transactions are deadlier, but there are theories.
John Nasseff, a local philanthropist who started his career at West Publishing.

Caretaker accused of stealing more than $1 million from prominent St. Paul philanthropist

Nicholas Lofquist-Sprangel also failed to provide basic care, the victim's family said.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao spoke to volunteers before the start of the Payne Arcade Harvest Festival and Parade. ] Shari L. Gross ï

St. Paul's Thao charged with illegally marking elderly voter's ballot

Lawyer for council member said his actions to help voter were "perfectly legal."
Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach and her lawyers contested a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to force her out of the Legislature.

Decision in Fischbach lawsuit pending as legislative session looms

Judge John Guthmann declined to say whether he would decide on lieutenant governor's bid to stay in Senate before session starts Feb. 20.

Child fires Maplewood officer's gun; no one injured

Maplewood cop was in a school gym; no one hurt.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said “this is my life’s work.”

Ramsey County attorney, sheriff races announced

The top prosecutor has yet to draw any opposition.

Lawsuit: Fridley police let K-9 bite, injure handcuffed man lying on ground

Trevor Olesen was on the ground and handcuffed when the dog was deployed, his attorney said.

Stolen dog returned to St. Paul Animal Humane Society

Ace went missing after a man signed him out to go for a walk, a common practice meant to allow potential adopters to bond with a dog.

Suspect altered ID to steal dog from St. Paul Humane Society

The dog, 10-month-old Ace, remains missing.
Emily Anne Staples Tuttle

Emily Staples Tuttle, pioneer in Minnesota politics, dies at 88

Among her trailblazing accomplishments, she was the first DFL woman to win a seat in the Minnesota Senate when she did so in 1976.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan

Charge: Ex-student set fires on St. Catherine campus to protest U.S. military intervention

"You guys are lucky that I don't know how to build a bomb," Tnuza Hassan allegedly said.
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Woman arrested after eight fires set at St. Catherine University in St. Paul

The suspect is a former student who stopped going to class last fall. Authorities believe she worked alone.
Nicholas C. Barghini

Fourth sexual misconduct case filed against St. Paul man who lured girls at libraries

Police found videos that allegedly show Nicholas Barghini touching a girl's feet and pleasuring himself.
New Ramsey County District Judge Sophia Vuelo posed for pictures with mother-in-law Li Lo, left, and relative Kia X Lo, right.

Minnesota swears in first Hmong-American judge

Sophia Vuelo will serve on the Ramsey County District Court bench.
Tom Johnson

Ex-Hennepin County Attorney Tom Johnson to serve as ombudsman for clergy abuse victims

"I have friends who have been the victims of clerical abuse," Tom Johnson said.
Steve Hammer

Ex-Stillwater prison warden sues for job back

Steven Hammer sued the state and the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) and Minnesota Department of Management and Budget in Ramsey County District Court on Monday.
Donald J. Bell

Suspect charged in Thanksgiving Day shooting of St. Paul gas station employee

Authorities traced DNA found on sunglasses at the scene to a Le Sueur, Minn., man.
Denea C. Griffo

Wife charged in knife assault on husband in Little Canada

The victim carried part of his bowels in one hand as he fled for help.

Man found dead, exposed to cold in St. Paul on New Year's Day

St. Paul police are investigating the death of a man found outside on New Year’s Day in the Summit-University neighborhood. Police were called to the…
Ramsey County District Judge G. Tony Atwal was arrested on New Year's Day for alleged drunken driving.

Ramsey County judge pleads guilty to driving drunk on New Year's Day

Judge G. Tony Atwal registered a blood-alcohol-content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit to drive.
St. Paul police officer Greg Williams talked with a group of residents including Craig Schusbel, center, during breakfast.

Living in public housing, St. Paul officers work to build trust

Sixteen officers live in public housing in St. Paul, working to build trust.
“Honestly, I would be OK if they never catch the guy. Maybe he just needed to get food for his family,” said Jason Gatrell, shot by a robber on Th

St. Paul man recovering from shooting: 'I'm just thankful to be here'

Jason Gatrell waited nearly a month to eat his first nonliquid meal after being shot in the neck by a robber on Thanksgiving. When…
Brent Ahlers arrived at the St. Paul Courthouse. The former St. Kate’s guard who shot himself and blamed it on a non-existent black man will be sent

Ex-St. Kate's guard gets probation for false story

Brent Ahlers was charged with fabricating a story of being shot by black man.
Attorney Jim Fleming, Ramsey County's chief public defender in his St. Paul office last month.

Contempt finding rescinded for Ramsey County public defender who challenged court

Jim Fleming was protesting the court's practices.
Dorothy Noga, the civilian who helped break the case, sits with retired St. Paul police officers Patrick Scott and Richard Klein on Wednesday as they

Informant, retired officers recognized for solving St. Paul girl's 1981 murder

A key witness was nearly killed by the man convicted of strangling 6-year-old Cassie Hansen.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has been elected president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

Choi to lead state county attorneys association

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has been elected president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, becoming the first person of color to take the post.…
Jose Hernandez Solano

Family of Brasa employee killed in hit-and-run pleads for help in solving case

St. Paul police believe only one person was in the vehicle at the time of the crash and the suspect's driving was "erratic" and "reckless."
A St. Paul police officer’s body camera footage shows Desiree Collins’ attack by “Gabe,” a St. Paul police K-9. Collins was injured and is sui

St. Paul police dog attacked innocent woman, suit says

Gabe, the police dog, ignored more than 10 commands to release the woman, the suit said.
Gary Sarppo

Roseville massage therapist charged with sexually assaulting client

New Brighton man calls it a "misunderstanding."
Thomas M. Luby

South St. Paul man convicted of drunkenly killing girlfriend gets new trial

The Minnesota Supreme Court reversed a South St. Paul man’s murder convictions after finding that his attorney conceded elements of guilt against the defendant’s wishes.…

Woodbury man charged in woman's overdose death

A Woodbury man was charged with murder for allegedly providing heroin that led to a woman’s overdose death, according to court documents. John R. Williams,…
Attorney Jim Fleming, Ramsey County's Chief Public Defender in his St. Paul office.

Public defender shakes up Ramsey County courts

Jim Fleming sees system as shortchanging his clients.

Staffer on leave after boy's arm broken in Ramsey County facility

County and state authorities declined to confirm that the boy was injured during a "takedown" maneuver.
Michael Fleming

St. Paul settles with man over police use of force

The city of St. Paul has settled with a man who sued police for excessive use of force in an incident that his attorney…
The orange pylon shows where eight people entered St. Paul's cave system before they were rescued Tuesday morning.

Stern warnings follow rescue of eight from St. Paul cave

Authorities warned citizens to stay out of St. Paul's river bluff cave system after eight people were rescued Tuesday morning from a cave across from Watergate Marina.

St. Paul officer acquitted for allegedly punching handcuffed teen resigns

His lawyer said he didn't have department support.
State Sen. Dan Schoen did not go to a news conference Wednesday. Instead his lawyer, Paul W. Rogosheske, raised questions about the harassment allegat

Schoen lawyer: Senator 'never meant to sexually harass anybody'

Attorney Paul Rogosheske presented the DFL state senator's resignation letter, but he said Schoen never sexually harassed anyone intentionally and suggested that the claims were politically motivated.

Saint Paul Almanac searching for stolen Storymobile trailer

Donor offers $500 for return of "Storymobile."

St. Paul 'acting teacher' charged in third sexual misconduct case

The St. Paul man who allegedly posed as an acting teacher in order to lure young girls was charged in a third case after police…

Charges: St. Paul man killed girlfriend, chanted 'demon, demon'

The victim was shot twice and suffered 45 stab wounds.
Htoo Day

St. Paul woman killed for helping wife leave husband, charges say

Paw Boh Htoo, 29, of St. Paul, died of a single stab wound to the heart.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Dai Thao, shown in October. St. Paul police said they received a report of alleged voter fraud involving Thao, who lost his

St. Paul police: Dai Thao 'involved' in voter fraud case

A police spokesman declined to specify the allegation and what role Thao allegedly played. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating to avoid any conflicts.
Kevin D. Ashford

Man with gun-carry permit shoots suspected robber in St. Paul

The suspect had his gun pointed at three people in a car in Lowertown, police said.
The area outside the St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse.

Ramsey County public defenders clash with courts over scheduling

Two public defenders were found in contempt of court the same day the office rolled out reforms.

Maplewood man bound boy's legs, hands and mouth with tape, charges say

The boy was allegedly punished for knocking over a can of pop.
Interim Ramsey County Sheriff Jack Serier

Ramsey County sheriff out nearly $200K after missing paperwork deadline

Missed deadline costs sheriff's office funding.
St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus, at the center of the building controversy in the mayor's race, has held his post for nearly two decad

St. Paul police union leader keeps post despite discontent

Rank-and-file St. Paul police officers tried to distance themselves Friday from the controversial statements regarding mayoral candidate Melvin Carter.
St. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter, shown in September. In a letter dated Tuesday, the St. Paul Police Federation made note of two recent homici

St. Paul police union, Carter campaign spar over guns stolen from his home

Melvin Carter's campaign called the Police Federation's letter raising questions about the theft a "racist attack" and called for other candidates to condemn it.

Two shot, wounded in St. Paul Monday following violent week

Police said it's unclear whether the shootings are related to recent homicides or other shootings.
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Bruce Bacon, farming and local food pioneer, dies at 76

Local food writer Beth Dooley was attending a meeting on food and nutrition in St. Paul schools about 20 years ago when a burly, bearded…
James J. Lopez, pictured after his 2016 arrest in Scott County.

Minneapolis cop charged with threatening sister-in-law, wife

James J. Lopez's wife alleged that he had threatened to kill her in the past, and once put a gun to her head.
Larobin S. Scott

St. Paul man charged with breaking into mayoral candidate's home

The suspect was captured after Melvin Carter followed him out of his yard.

Lawsuit: Excessive force by St. Paul police caused 'massive' facial trauma

Michael Fleming was visiting friends at an apartment when he was caught up in a police raid.
FILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, marchers block part of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., during a protest sparked by the recent police killing

St. Paul man sues police after detainment in wake of Philando Castile protest

Osha Joseph vomited and complained about the heat during his hourlong arrest.
St. Paul Fire Chief Tim Butler listened to St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman as he gave his final budget address at St. Paul College, Tuesday, August 15, 2

St. Paul fire chief disciplined for 'intimidation,' retaliating against subordinate

The case is one of five workplace conduct complaints against Chief Tim Butler.
Chris Boese, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, talked at a news conference about the discovery

Regions Hospital sued four years after sending stillborn baby out with dirty laundry

Regions Hospital sent the stillborn boy out with the laundry in 2013.
Firefighters battled a fire at a fully engulfed historic home on Dayton Avenue in St. Paul Tuesday.

'My dad spent his life fixing this place,' daughter says of fire-destroyed St. Paul home

No one was injured, but two cats died in the blaze.
St. Paul Police and the Minnesota BCA investigate an officer involved shooting crime scene on Euclid Street.

St. Paul man killed by police had history of attacking girlfriend

Phumee Lee was convicted in 2013 of attacking the woman who called police on him Thursday.
St. Paul police escorted children from a home while investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday night on the 400 block of Earl Street.

St. Paul police: Man fatally shot had fired gun at woman with five children nearby

St. Paul police fatally shot a man Thursday night outside a home in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood after he fired a gun at a woman with five small children nearby, according to a police spokesman.
Police are searching for a suspect in an assault and rape in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul police ask for help in downtown rape case

Authorities released a photo of the suspect Thursday.

Bayport woman critically injured in knife attack allegedly by brother

The victim's daughter intervened and yelled at the attacker, who fled.

Ramsey County denied deaf man access to technology to communicate with family, suit alleges

He says TTY machine denied for personal use.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, with mic, and Police Chief Todd Axtell in February.

St. Paul residents have new tool for sharing views about Police Department

The department is introducing a standardized survey available online and in paper form.
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