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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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Arrest made in early morning fatal stabbing in St. Paul apartment building

Arrest made in early morning fatal stabbing in St. Paul apartment building

The victim was found early Friday morning near his apartment. The stabbing is St. Paul's 13th homicide this year.
Lakeville man charged with murder in disappearance of east metro woman

Lakeville man charged with murder in disappearance of east metro woman

The suspect allegedly told two people that he ran over Michelle Newell.
St. Paul police chief wants more officers, new forensics expert

St. Paul police chief wants more officers, new forensics expert

Budget plan includes new officers to focus on light rail corridor, downtown.

Charges dropped in St. Paul bus driver's molestation case

Criminal charges have been dropped against a bus driver formerly accused of inappropriately touching a special needs boy. The Ramsey County attorney’s office dismissed the…
Police: 2 dead for year-plus before bodies found in White Bear Lake home

Police: 2 dead for year-plus before bodies found in White Bear Lake home

The homeowner's son remains jailed on suspicion of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

St. Paul unveils new emergency alert system for residents

St. Paul police are rolling out a new emergency alert system that will notify residents via text message, phone call or e-mail. “The alert system…
Twin Cities man jailed for alleged exploitation after bodies found in home

Twin Cities man jailed for alleged exploitation after bodies found in home

Police say the bodies had been in the home for some time.
Students hurt when bus and truck collide in St. Paul

Students hurt when bus and truck collide in St. Paul

Seven of the 34 students on the bus suffered minor injuries.
Murder charges: St. Paul man shot while trying to disarm robber

Murder charges: St. Paul man shot while trying to disarm robber

Benjamin L. Harris is accused of second-degree murder in the shooting in St. Paul's North End.
Protesters take to St. Paul streets to call for justice in Castile shooting

Protesters take to St. Paul streets to call for justice in Castile shooting

Protesters block traffic during traveling march downtown; 1 is arrested.
Police responding to robbery report find man dead in St. Paul

Police responding to robbery report find man dead in St. Paul

St. Paul police responding to a robbery call in the city’s North End neighborhood about 4 a.m. Thursday found a man dead. Authorities have not…
Family, friends suspect old grudges in fatal St. Paul shooting

Family, friends suspect old grudges in fatal St. Paul shooting

Kin Reynolds, 26, was recently released from prison and keeping to himself

St. Paul police focus on crime at University and Snelling

St. Paul police have stepped up efforts after a spike in crime, including at least two brawls.
St. Anthony police officer who shot Philando Castile placed back on leave

St. Anthony police officer who shot Philando Castile placed back on leave

St. Anthony officials drew widespread protests over his recent reinstatement.
Three badly injured dogs possibly linked to St. Paul fighting ring, rescue group says

Three badly injured dogs possibly linked to St. Paul fighting ring, rescue group says

The unneutered male dogs were found on different days within a few miles of one another in St. Paul.
St. Paul police dog follows wandering boy's scent back to his home

St. Paul police dog follows wandering boy's scent back to his home

The boy had gotten out of his home while his sister was sleeping and his mother was at a doctor's appointment.

Aug. 5: Protesters gather again outside Choi's office over Castile death

Protesters said the criminal justice system is oppressing working class people.
St. Paul police union decries 'disgusting' protest conduct

St. Paul police union decries 'disgusting' protest conduct

The officers and business owners said the protesters were mostly peaceful, but that the media, city officials and the public have ignored those who antagonized police officers.

Alexandria residents await answers in officer-involved shooting death

Name of victim, officers still not released in shooting by agents in Alexandria, Minn.
Demonstrators call for special prosecutor to take over Castile case

Demonstrators call for special prosecutor to take over Castile case

They brought Ramsey County Attorney Choi petition with 7,000 names.
Choi adds special prosecutor to probe of Castile shooting

Choi adds special prosecutor to probe of Castile shooting

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has asked a veteran attorney with roots in St. Paul's Rondo community to join his office as a special prosecutor in the inquiry.
A flurry of meetings, events and handshaking on Chief Axtell's first day

A flurry of meetings, events and handshaking on Chief Axtell's first day

Todd Axtell is already making changes to put more emphasis on outreach.

Statewide effort boosts sex trafficking prosecutions

More than 1,700 officers in 33 cities have been trained in the effort.

Anonymous Legion claims attack on Minnesota courts website

State officials have alerted the FBI to Wednesday's cyberattack.
In unanimous vote, St. Paul City Council approves Todd Axtell as new police chief

In unanimous vote, St. Paul City Council approves Todd Axtell as new police chief

The St. Paul City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Todd Axtell as the city’s next police chief. In a short address following the vote,…
St. Paul woman gets 16 years for drowning 6-year-old daughter

St. Paul woman gets 16 years for drowning 6-year-old daughter

Kayla M. Jones will be civilly committed for being "mentally ill and dangerous" after serving her time.
Obituary: Sister Jean Thuerauf left North Side legacy with Cookie Cart

Obituary: Sister Jean Thuerauf left North Side legacy with Cookie Cart

Thomas Dixon grew up in a world where adults sometimes drank and partied too much, and children sometimes didn’t get the help they needed. One…
From trailer park to top cop, Axtell takes the reins in St. Paul

From trailer park to top cop, Axtell takes the reins in St. Paul

St. Paul's next police chief rose through the ranks, is known for community and diversity.
Anatomy of a murder investigation: From the inside, it's nothing like TV

Anatomy of a murder investigation: From the inside, it's nothing like TV

By CHAO XIONG, Star Tribune • Photographs by AARON LAVINSKY, Star Tribune June 12, 2016 Twenty-three hours into the St. Paul police investigation…
Ramsey County gives out free gun locks to prevent accidental shootings by children

Ramsey County gives out free gun locks to prevent accidental shootings by children

The locks will be available free-of-cost at 11 sites across the county.
Police identify Eagan woman as pedestrian killed in St. Paul

Police identify Eagan woman as pedestrian killed in St. Paul

St. Paul police identified the woman struck and killed by a minivan Tuesday as Channy Kek of Eagan. Kek, 55, was crossing Cauyga Street westbound…
Woman struck, killed in St. Paul crosswalk at Arkwright and Cayuga

Woman struck, killed in St. Paul crosswalk at Arkwright and Cayuga

St. Paul drivers have hit 65 pedestrians this year.

St. Paul police investigate sexual assault near Wabasha St. Bridge

Police say woman feared for her life during attack on Wabasha St. Bridge.
UCLA shooter entered ex-wife's home through broken window, Brooklyn Park police say

UCLA shooter entered ex-wife's home through broken window, Brooklyn Park police say

Ashley Hasti's grandmother said she was likely home alone because she liked studying in solitude.

North St. Paul man sentenced in gang-related murder, St. Paul's first homicide

A North St. Paul man was sentenced Friday to 13½ years in prison for a gang-related murder that was St. Paul’s first homicide of the…

Maplewood woman charged with tossing flaming cup of gas on romantic rival

Suspect's romantic rival suffered serious burns.
St. Paul police chief candidates field questions about use of force, diversity

St. Paul police chief candidates field questions about use of force, diversity

Wednesday's forum is one of two Q&A sessions vetting candidates for the job.
St. Paul man shot, killed by police, officer who fired identified

St. Paul man shot, killed by police, officer who fired identified

Authorities said Eugene Francis Smith was fatally shot by officer Joshua Raichert, a 10-year veteran.

Rape, kidnapping charges dropped against St. Paul man accused of chaining victim in basement

Wilbert Glover still faces weapons charges related to the case.

Ramsey County resumes referrals to Boys Totem Town

Boys Totem Town enforced several new changes, including the installation of more than 100 security cameras.
St. Paul police body camera pilot program slated for August

St. Paul police body camera pilot program slated for August

The department will begin with 40 to 60 cameras in August and hopes to reach 400 in fall 2017.

Record-setting prison term for sex trafficker handed down in Ramsey County

Rashad R. Ivy received 58 years, effectively life.

Couple jailed in suspected abduction attempt at St. Paul's Indian Mounds Park

It's the third attempted abduction or abduction of a young girl in St. Paul this month.

Public forums set for St. Paul police chief candidates

Residents can meet and question five candidates vying to become St. Paul’s next police chief at two public forums in June. The finalists are: St.…

Second student pleads guilty in assault on St. Paul teacher

The student pleaded to a lesser count than the felony third-degree assault charge he initially faced.

Ramsey County refers review of St. Paul officer-involved fatal shooting to Washington County

A Ramsey County investigator is the father of one of the officers involved in Monday's fatal shooting.
Hearing for suspect in law clerk killing postponed to Friday

Hearing for suspect in law clerk killing postponed to Friday

Tim Saari said he had looked up the man now accused of killing a St. Paul law clerk.
Charges: 3 Minn. women had $3M of heroin, opium in luggage at O'Hare

Charges: 3 Minn. women had $3M of heroin, opium in luggage at O'Hare

They were arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday

Roseville man admits to stealing from vulnerable mother

A Roseville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing nearly a half million dollars from his vulnerable, elderly mother. James E. Moon, 65, pleaded guilty in…
Grand jury indicts on first-degree murder charge in St. Paul law clerk killing

Grand jury indicts on first-degree murder charge in St. Paul law clerk killing

Ryan D. Petersen's attorney, Gary Wolf, has vowed to challenge a first-degree murder indictment.
St. Paul man charged in Saturday homicide, assault in Lowertown

St. Paul man charged in Saturday homicide, assault in Lowertown

Scott A. Klund allegedly laughed about the shooting while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and, later, when interviewed by police.
Suspect in Monday's fatal encounter with St. Paul police shot woman, fired at police

Suspect in Monday's fatal encounter with St. Paul police shot woman, fired at police

Authorities identified the man shot and killed by police Monday as Jaffort Demont Smith of St. Paul.
St. Paul Police Chief Smith steps down after a career building community trust

St. Paul Police Chief Smith steps down after a career building community trust

St. Paul Police Chief Thomas Smith said he has " a lot of options" for work after retirement.
Arrest made in 2nd child abduction, sex assault in St. Paul this week

Arrest made in 2nd child abduction, sex assault in St. Paul this week

St. Paul police say girl's abduction, rape is not related to Monday case.
St. Paul mom pleads guilty to drowning daughter in bathtub

St. Paul mom pleads guilty to drowning daughter in bathtub

Kayla M. Jones will be sentenced to a little over 16 years in prison for the 2014 murder of Azaria Jones.
Teenager in crosswalk hit by school bus in St. Paul

Teenager in crosswalk hit by school bus in St. Paul

15-year-old is in critical condition at Regions Hospital.
St. Paul man gets maximum prison term for violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

St. Paul man gets maximum prison term for violent Maplewood home invasion robbery

Judge Jennifer Frisch admonished Deandre Wims' lack of remorse for robbing and choking an elderly woman.

$500,000 grant will fund St. Paul police community outreach

The Otto Bremer Trust awarded $500,000 to the St. Paul Police Foundation to fund community programs.
May 4: St. Paul police investigate bus stop assault of 5-year-old girl

May 4: St. Paul police investigate bus stop assault of 5-year-old girl

Police say the girl was discovered Monday bleeding from the nose and mouth.
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.
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