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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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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.
Trial opens for Minnesota man in fatal stabbing of St. Croix fisherman

Trial opens for Minnesota man in fatal stabbing of St. Croix fisherman

April altercation led to Levi Acre-Kendall stabbing Peter Kelly, but some believe it was self-defense.

Former DHS employee sues agency, alleging pressure to delete protected data and records

Lawsuit says he was fired after being pressured to remove information.
Suspect charged with killing man whose body was found in burned car in St. Paul

Suspect charged with killing man whose body was found in burned car in St. Paul

Victim reportedly shot amid pot deal in St. Paul.

St. Paul mom smothered baby to death, then tried suicide, charges say

Shwe Htoo put the boy, already dead, in a car and ran into a pole, authorities said.

St. Paul man gets 22 years in prison for rape

A St. Paul man was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in prison for breaking into a woman’s apartment and raping her. Jacob M. McKinley, 27,…

Deputy, officer won't face charges in 2014 I-94 rest stop shooting

A Ramsey County grand jury found that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge a Hennepin County deputy and a Brooklyn Center police officer in the…

Duluth priest files show bishops were aware of predatory priests

Officials were aware of sexual predators. Now attorneys hope other victims come forward.

DWI device maker claims breach of contract with state

Guardian Interlock must remove hundreds of breath analyzers from cars in state.

St. Paul woman gets 15 years in prison for killing fiancee

A St. Paul woman was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing her fiancée in May. Sherry A. Henderson, 48, tearfully apologized…
Minnesota man to testify about fatally stabbing St. Croix River angler

Minnesota man to testify about fatally stabbing St. Croix River angler

Levi Acre-Kendall will say he acted in self-defense in the death of Peter S. Kelly.
Minnesota suspect in St. Croix River stabbing case to appear in court

Minnesota suspect in St. Croix River stabbing case to appear in court

Levi Acre-Kendall is scheduled to stand trial in December for the killing of fellow fisherman Peter S. Kelly.

$8.1M award against Duluth Diocese, order in child sex abuse case grabs attention

The verdict, rendered after less than a day of deliberations, is the first for a trial under the Child Victims Act.
Oct. 23: Slain St. Paul mother's last words were about daughter, charges say

Oct. 23: Slain St. Paul mother's last words were about daughter, charges say

Charges say she told the burglars her daughter was due home soon; then a bullet pierced her heart.

Two men charged in fatal 2014 Maplewood bar fight

Two St. Paul men were charged Thursday with murdering a man nearly a year ago. Ronald D. Smaller and Brandon J. Smith, both 24, were…

Second man charged in St. Paul murder possibly tied to gang rivalry

The suspected gunman in last week’s killing of a “high-ranking” St. Paul gang member was charged Thursday with firing the fatal shot. Dearies C. Collins,…

Minnesota boy sought refuge in church, was sexually abused instead

The Diocese of Duluth does not dispute that the boy was abused. It asserts, however, that it wasn't responsible because the predatory priest belonged to a religious order and was not a diocesan priest.

Duluth Diocese ordered to release more documents in abuse trial

The diocese does not challenge the former altar boy's allegations of sexual abuse.
Ramsey Co. man pleads guilty to killing wife who vanished in 1997

Ramsey Co. man pleads guilty to killing wife who vanished in 1997

Norman A. Bachman, Jr., 53, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in Toni Bachman's death.

Lawsuit accuses 4 St. Paul officers of excessive force in August arrest

The man arrested had his case dropped the same day.

Trying to dodge child care, man survives 70 mph ride on SUV's roof

Mother of his children charged with assault.

St. Paul woman pleads guilty to fatally stabbing fiancé, sleeping next to body

Sherry A. Henderson said she didn't realize her fiancé was dead until the morning after she had stabbed him in the chest.
'My wife! My wife!' Woman run over, killed at St. Paul intersection

'My wife! My wife!' Woman run over, killed at St. Paul intersection

Police had the busy intersection blocked off as of 8:30 a.m.
St. Paul man gets 30 years in prison for killing girlfriend

St. Paul man gets 30 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Dozens of family members, friends and supporters packed the courtroom for victim Samirria White.
90-year-old Maplewood man, charged in son's murder, incompetent to stand trial

90-year-old Maplewood man, charged in son's murder, incompetent to stand trial

Kenneth Bowser will be referred for civil commitment.
Champion show dog's neutering at stake in nasty legal battle

Champion show dog's neutering at stake in nasty legal battle

With nearly six figures pumped into his care and training, Beau Lemon, a bichon frisé from Minnesota, rose through the dog show ranks to become the second best of his breed in the nation.
Settlement reached in legal fight over neutered show dog

Settlement reached in legal fight over neutered show dog

Beau's owner, John Wangsness, said he wants to move on from the emotional distress of the situation and subsequent lawsuit.
Maplewood man charged with killing wife while kids listened

Maplewood man charged with killing wife while kids listened

Larry Todd Tennin fled after the shooting and was arrested in the Chicago area earlier this month.
St. Paul man allegedly shot partner because she planned to leave him, according to charges

St. Paul man allegedly shot partner because she planned to leave him, according to charges

John G. Weisner Jr. fatally shot his longtime companion before stabbing himself in the torso several times.
New Brighton man sentenced to life in prison for killing neighbor

New Brighton man sentenced to life in prison for killing neighbor

Neal Zumberge received a life sentence Wednesday for the fatal shooting of neighbor Todd Stevens outside their New Brighton homes last year.
Ahead of murder sentencing, Neal Zumberge says he's sorry

Ahead of murder sentencing, Neal Zumberge says he's sorry

The apology rang false to Jennifer Cleven, who was hurt in the shooting and won't be at the sentencing Wednesday. "It's just too late," she said.
Zumberge family speaks about murder, shootings: 'It has been very hard'

Zumberge family speaks about murder, shootings: 'It has been very hard'

Neal Zumberge faces life in prison when he is sentenced next week for killing one neighbor and wounding another.
New trial sought in New Brighton murder case

New trial sought in New Brighton murder case

Neal Zumberge's attorney said in a motion that the court made two errors that should compel a new trial.

St. Paul man pleads guilty to shooting police officer in the face

A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to shooting a police officer in the face with an air rifle during a “suicide by cop” standoff…
No charges in fatal St. Paul shooting of alleged teen robber in park

No charges in fatal St. Paul shooting of alleged teen robber in park

Alleged robber was shot after brandishing a handgun at two people at Shadow Falls Park in St. Paul.
Shooting victim won't forgive New Brighton man found guilty

Shooting victim won't forgive New Brighton man found guilty

Jennifer Cleven, girlfriend of the man killed and wounded herself in the shooting, also expressed frustration with the legal system after Neal Zumberge was convicted of first-degree murder and three other counts.
Zumberge testifies about fatal shooting: 'The gun ... just kept going off'

Zumberge testifies about fatal shooting: 'The gun ... just kept going off'

Zumberge testified he read neighbor's lips during argument that preceded New Brighton shootings.
New Brighton man: 'they should give me a medal' in neighbor's shooting

New Brighton man: 'they should give me a medal' in neighbor's shooting

The defense in Neal Zumberge's murder trial could start calling its first witnesses Friday afternoon, continuing with its case next week.
'I just had enough,' Zumberge says in 911 call reporting New Brighton shooting

'I just had enough,' Zumberge says in 911 call reporting New Brighton shooting

The prosecution is expected to rest its case Friday.
New Brighton murder trial: Cold-blooded killing or self-defense?

New Brighton murder trial: Cold-blooded killing or self-defense?

Just minutes after he squeezed off four shotgun cartridges at his New Brighton neighbors last year, spraying the couple with 32 projectiles, Neal Zumberge called…

Council on Black Minnesotans sues state, alleging retaliation

New law changed name; group alleges retaliation.
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