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

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 disciplined for 'intimidation,' retaliating against subordinate

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

The case is one of five workplace conduct complaints against Chief Tim Butler.
Regions Hospital sued four years after sending stillborn baby out with dirty laundry

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

'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 man killed by police had history of attacking girlfriend

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: Man fatally shot had fired gun at woman with five children nearby

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.
St. Paul police ask for help in downtown rape case

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 residents have new tool for sharing views about Police Department

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.

South St. Paul woman critical after being struck by possible drunk driver

A St. Paul Parks and Recreation employee performed CPR on the woman before medics arrived.

St. Paul police wrongly seized gun, federal suit alleges

A Twin Cities man has been trying to retrieve his gun from St. Paul police for two years.

Three teens charged in gun flashing incident at St. Paul's Central High School

Police said the airsoft gun looked like a standard gun.
Eye candy? Art on Grand Ave. honors St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald

Eye candy? Art on Grand Ave. honors St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 500-pound, 9-foot-tall and 17-foot-long steel sign stopped some pedestrians in their tracks.
Civilians, officers recognized for saving lives in St. Paul

Civilians, officers recognized for saving lives in St. Paul

"The guy said, 'I'm not going to give up my knife,' " and, 'I'm going to stab you if I have to,' " recalled one of two store security guards honored for saving a St. Paul officer struggling with suspect with a knife.
Small anti-Trump rally staged outside U.S. Bank Stadium before Vikings game Sunday

Small anti-Trump rally staged outside U.S. Bank Stadium before Vikings game Sunday

A rally formed outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis just before game time Sunday, with a small group of protesters carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs.…

St. Paul homeowner fights with intruder for control of rifle

No one was injured, but the suspect remains at large.
NAACP laments wounded St. Kate's security officer lying about black gunman

NAACP laments wounded St. Kate's security officer lying about black gunman

NAACP says officer's false shooter story is rooted in years of racism in U.S.
Amid staffing debate, Ramsey County sheriff says he will run for post next year

Amid staffing debate, Ramsey County sheriff says he will run for post next year

Sheriff Jack Serier faces possible challenges from three longtime public servants.
St. Paul police roll out first body cameras

St. Paul police roll out first body cameras

The city wants about 450 of its 620 officers wearing cameras by the end of the year.

St. Paul police kill dog while executing search warrant

A pit bull "charged" at an officer, police said.

Minnesota failed to protect abuse survivor's new identity, suit vs. state public safety officials alleges

The woman alleges that she was repeatedly attacked and threatened by her ex-husband and associates, using driver database.
For beat cops, scrutiny and pushback higher than ever

For beat cops, scrutiny and pushback higher than ever

Police balance community safety with scrutiny by the community.

St. Paul woman rescued after sending selfie while being assaulted

Peter Vang is charged with holding his girlfriend down and pressing a knife to her neck for six hours.
Valerie Castile awarded entire settlement in son's death

Valerie Castile awarded entire settlement in son's death

One of Philando Castile's half brothers wrote the court praising her work with a foundation for victims of gun violence.

6 arrested in roving fights in St. Paul

Up to 200 youths fought outside a rec center and at several intersections.
I-94 protesters plead guilty in demonstration after Castile's death

I-94 protesters plead guilty in demonstration after Castile's death

The three waited until Louis Hunter felony case was resolved before pleading guilty

Two charged in robbery, shooting of St. Paul gas station clerk

The clerk survived being shot in the stomach.
Judge expects to approve $2 million distribution to Valerie Castile

Judge expects to approve $2 million distribution to Valerie Castile

Judge Susan Robiner was concerned that Philando Castile's sister did not make a claim on the $3 million settlement.
Philando Castile's father fights for part of $3 million settlement

Philando Castile's father fights for part of $3 million settlement

From prison, Phelix H. Frazier Sr. asserted he deserves part of settlement in Philando's death.
St. Paul man charged in second case of lewd conduct in front of girl at library

St. Paul man charged in second case of lewd conduct in front of girl at library

The St. Paul man caught on camera for lewd behavior next to a child in a city library has been charged in a second, similar…
Fugitive in Mendota Heights murder captured after more than 3 days

Fugitive in Mendota Heights murder captured after more than 3 days

Lucifer Nguyen was captured late Monday night after a manhunt that lasted more than three days, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office confirmed. He was charged with murder as part of a violent crime spree in the Mendota Heights area over the weekend.
'Lewd conduct' in front of minors alleged in acting class at St. Paul library

'Lewd conduct' in front of minors alleged in acting class at St. Paul library

Surveillance video from St. Paul library shows the suspect with two victims.
109-year-old Dorothy Hall McFarland was dedicated to music, children, community

109-year-old Dorothy Hall McFarland was dedicated to music, children, community

Stephen Crawford turned 9 the same day his great aunt, Dorothy Hall McFarland, took him to the only show the Beatles ever played in Minnesota…

Woman arrested in St. Paul after child finds loaded gun, shoots 4-year-old

The child, shot in the leg, is expected to survive.
Settlement in Philando Castile's death proposed to go to mother alone

Settlement in Philando Castile's death proposed to go to mother alone

Philando Castile's father, serving life in prison, made no claim on settlement over son's death
St. Paul man charged with killing man, leaving body to decompose

St. Paul man charged with killing man, leaving body to decompose

The suspect said he was investigating a noise after tools were stolen.

Man knocked unconscious in racially motivated bar fight in Maplewood

A group of white bar patrons allegedly made racial comments to a group of black patrons.
Former St. Paul schools custodian seeks to withdraw pleas in sex abuse case

Former St. Paul schools custodian seeks to withdraw pleas in sex abuse case

Meanwhile, a former Linwood Monroe student is suing Walter Happel and the school district, alleging "repeated instances of sexual abuse."
Minnesota authorities ask families to provide DNA to identify human remains

Minnesota authorities ask families to provide DNA to identify human remains

Four collection dates have been set across the state this summer.
City of St. Anthony, officer Jeronimo Yanez part ways

City of St. Anthony, officer Jeronimo Yanez part ways

Yanez will re­ceive a lump sum of $48,500 to leave the po­lice de­part­ment.
Reflection and worry on anniversary of Philando Castile's shooting

Reflection and worry on anniversary of Philando Castile's shooting

Castile's death, and the acquittal of the officer who shot him, resonated far and wide.
Judge Leary writes a letter of support to jurors in Yanez trial

Judge Leary writes a letter of support to jurors in Yanez trial

Judge William H. Leary said public outcry over the acquittal in the death of Philando Castile was due to "a failure to understand what you had to do."
2-year-old still critical after Father's Day celebration in St. Paul

2-year-old still critical after Father's Day celebration in St. Paul

The suspect and motive remain under investigation.
Diamond Reynolds pleads not guilty in assault, will travel for TV appearances

Diamond Reynolds pleads not guilty in assault, will travel for TV appearances

She and her daughter will travel to London for an art exhibit about Castile.
Two charged in weekend St. Paul marijuana deal that turned deadly

Two charged in weekend St. Paul marijuana deal that turned deadly

Prosecutors plan to certify a 17-year-old as an adult in the case.
Philando Castile family reaches $3 million settlement in death

Philando Castile family reaches $3 million settlement in death

The mother of Philando Castile has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city of St. Anthony, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve.
'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

'Don't...get shooted,' girl pleads with mom after Castile is shot

The exchange is captured in the latest videos released from the investigation into the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. On Friday, officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting.
Dashcam video: Before shots, Yanez yells, 'Don't pull it out!'

Dashcam video: Before shots, Yanez yells, 'Don't pull it out!'

The case file was released Tuesday following Jeronimo Yanez's acquittal Friday in the July 6 killing that thrust Minnesota into the national debate over police use of force and racial profiling.
Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Activists and police say the case's outcome adds to longstanding tensions.
Protesters take to streets, I-94 after Yanez is found not guilty

Protesters take to streets, I-94 after Yanez is found not guilty

After 27 hours of deliberation, a jury of seven men and five women reached a verdict in Philando Castile's death. Eight hours later, after a march in St. Paul, hundreds faced off with police on I-94 before 18 were arrested.

Jurors in Yanez trial span generations, professions

Jurors in the Yanez trial An 18-year-old female college student who immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia at age 10 and a pipe fitter…
Jurors unable to reach Yanez verdict are facing 5th day of deliberations

Jurors unable to reach Yanez verdict are facing 5th day of deliberations

Jurors are scheduled to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
After impasse and judge's advice, Yanez jury heads back to work

After impasse and judge's advice, Yanez jury heads back to work

After 14 hours of deliberation, jurors in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile heard from Judge William Leary III, who urged the panel to keep at it.
Yanez interview becomes issue as jury gets ready for 3rd day

Yanez interview becomes issue as jury gets ready for 3rd day

Prosecutors made one more failed attempt to introduce video of an interview that the St. Anthony officer gave BCA investigators.
Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

In closing arguments, a prosecutor painted Officer Jeronimo Yanez as someone whose testimony wasn't credible, arguing that Philando Castile "never reached for his gun, let alone put his hand on it."
Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

The officer took the stand to defend his shooting of Philando Castile in a traffic stop. "I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions," Yanez said.
Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense lawyers called St. Anthony Police Chief John Mangseth to the stand, where he offered praise for Officer Jeronimo Yanez, but did not comment about Yanez's actions in the fatal shooting.
Expert: Officer's actions in killing Philando Castile were 'objectively unreasonable'

Expert: Officer's actions in killing Philando Castile were 'objectively unreasonable'

Attorneys for officer Jeronimo Yanez expect to start presenting their case Thursday, even as the prosecution continues with an expert on the use of force.
Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Diamond Reynolds wiped away tears as she recounted the night that her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot by officer Jeronimo Yanez. Later, the defense seized on Reynolds' marijuana use during cross-examination.
Dashcam footage of Castile shooting played as trial begins

Dashcam footage of Castile shooting played as trial begins

About a minute after the traffic stop began, Officer Jeronimo Yanez fired seven shots, startling his fellow officer who was providing backup and killing Philando Castile.
23 prospective jurors advance to final round of selection in Yanez trial

23 prospective jurors advance to final round of selection in Yanez trial

Opening statements and testimony are expected to begin Monday afternoon.
14 prospective jurors approved, nine excused in officer Yanez trial

14 prospective jurors approved, nine excused in officer Yanez trial

Among them is a biology professor who said he cried at Castile's vigil
2 potential jurors through to next round, 2 excused in officer Yanez trial

2 potential jurors through to next round, 2 excused in officer Yanez trial

One woman told attorneys she only shared recipes on Facebook, but was later revealed to have shared "pro-law enforcement" posts.
50 prospective jurors sworn in as officer Yanez's trial opens

50 prospective jurors sworn in as officer Yanez's trial opens

Potential jurors will be questioned individually starting Wednesday morning.
Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

On eve of trial, Yanez and Castile families acknowledge lives altered forever by shooting.
Impact of trial in Castile's death to resonate beyond officer's fate

Impact of trial in Castile's death to resonate beyond officer's fate

The case to start this week in Ramsey County District opens national wounds of police shootings and racial injustices.
Maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church

Maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church

Mark Huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relationship with a married woman he had been counseling.
State lawmaker robbed at gunpoint near Grand Avenue in St. Paul

State lawmaker robbed at gunpoint near Grand Avenue in St. Paul

Rep. Dennis Smith, Maple Grove Republican, lost his wallet and cellphone but was not injured.
St. Paul man sentenced in Indian Mounds Park killing

St. Paul man sentenced in Indian Mounds Park killing

Rayvion T. Brooks was among a group of rival gang members who argued at the park, leading to gunfire that killed Bobby D. Collins in April 2016.

Construction worker injured when struck by equipment in St. Paul

A construction worker was seriously hurt Wednesday when he was struck by a Bobcat front-end loader in St. Paul. Chester C. Mcswain, 30, of Minneapolis,…
Yanez can't reenact Castille shooting during trial, judge rules

Yanez can't reenact Castille shooting during trial, judge rules

The judge will allow testimony on whether Castile was intoxicated when he was killed.
Yanez defense should not present 'irrelevant' evidence on Castile, prosecutors say

Yanez defense should not present 'irrelevant' evidence on Castile, prosecutors say

Defense in officer's trial wants to admit arrest and driving records, Facebook pages.
Charges: St. Paul marijuana deal gone bad ends in fatal shooting

Charges: St. Paul marijuana deal gone bad ends in fatal shooting

Brock Larson, 36, of Minneapolis, was shot late Tuesday.
Maple Grove woman charged in crash killing 2 Mounds View High teens

Maple Grove woman charged in crash killing 2 Mounds View High teens

Investigators believe the crash could have been avoided had the suspect been driving the speed limit.
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