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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 police ask for help solving spate of armed home invasion robberies

Authorities are alarmed at the timing and proximity of the robberies on the city's East Side.
St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat

Police said students in the building in the Highland Park neighborhood were moved to a nearby fire station while the building was cleared.
St. Paul police chief stops domestic assault during his commute to work

St. Paul police chief stops domestic assault during his commute to work

The police chief got to do some hands-on crime fighting after he witnessed an assault on Friday.
Judge denies dismissal of case against officer in Castile death

Judge denies dismissal of case against officer in Castile death

A Ramsey County district judge denied a motion Wednesday afternoon to dismiss the criminal case against officer Jeronimo Yanez in last year's fatal shooting of Philando Castile. It will now continue to trial.
Judge to hear arguments Wednesday in case against officer Yanez in Castile shooting

Judge to hear arguments Wednesday in case against officer Yanez in Castile shooting

A judge is expected to hear arguments Wednesday morning about whether the criminal case will continue to trial against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez…
Jurors reject self-defense claim, convict former Marine in fatal St. Paul shooting

Jurors reject self-defense claim, convict former Marine in fatal St. Paul shooting

Jurors reject self-defense argument after women killed, man wounded.
Jury to decide whether fatal St. Paul shooting was self-defense or murder

Jury to decide whether fatal St. Paul shooting was self-defense or murder

Scott A. Klund Jr. testified on his own behalf in the fatal shooting.
First of three men sentenced in double murder at St. Paul motel

First of three men sentenced in double murder at St. Paul motel

Victim's family members say they will be 'haunted until our own deaths.'
Defense says officer Yanez saw a gun the day he killed Philando Castile

Defense says officer Yanez saw a gun the day he killed Philando Castile

Attorneys for officer Jeronimo Yanez said Castile reached for the weapon before the officer fatally shot him.
Authorities seek public's help finding man charged in woman's fatal drug overdose

Authorities seek public's help finding man charged in woman's fatal drug overdose

Victor W. Lynch allegedly gave a mixture of narcotics to Trina Maurstad, who died last October.
Friends remember St. Paul teenager killed Wednesday as vibrant, loving

Friends remember St. Paul teenager killed Wednesday as vibrant, loving

Sadeya Hall's friends say she wasn't target of shooting that injured two.
St. Paul officer charged for punching girl is booked, released from county jail

St. Paul officer charged for punching girl is booked, released from county jail

Officer Michael P. Soucheray II was booked, photographed, fingerprinted and released on his own recognizance Friday.
St. Paul woman pleads guilty to smothering her baby to death in 2015

St. Paul woman pleads guilty to smothering her baby to death in 2015

Shwe Htoo's mental competency had been in limbo, but in 2016, she was found competent to stand trial.

St. Paul man charged in fatal shooting outside bar

Authorities believe the suspect has fled Minnesota.
St. Paul man laughed during 911 call reporting himself in fatal shooting

St. Paul man laughed during 911 call reporting himself in fatal shooting

Scott Klund's attorneys argue that he was acting in self-defense against two people high on meth who were trying to rob him.
Babysitter, 19, charged with killing St. Paul infant who suffered brain injuries

Babysitter, 19, charged with killing St. Paul infant who suffered brain injuries

The 5-month-old boy suffered bleeding in the brain and eyes, as well as bleeding and bruising in one lung.

Two men charged in elderly St. Paul woman's murder

One of the suspects had performed yard work for Myong Ki Gossel, and allegedly obtained $18,000 from her over time.
Critics: Downtown St. Paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged

Critics: Downtown St. Paul skyways are unsafe, unsightly, mismanaged

Tempers flared at a public meeting discussing crime, locked doors, harassment.
No criminal activity in St. Paul fire that killed woman and child, police say

No criminal activity in St. Paul fire that killed woman and child, police say

St. Paul police said Friday that no criminal activity has been linked to an apartment fire that killed a woman and her young son. Police…
Female officers in high demand at St. Paul police department

Female officers in high demand at St. Paul police department

St. Paul is taking concerted steps to recruit and mentor women, including with a new community engagement unit.
Child dies a day after St. Paul fire kills mother

Child dies a day after St. Paul fire kills mother

Family members said the two survivors are expected to recover but will need skin grafts.
Child is second to die in suspicious St. Paul residential fire

Child is second to die in suspicious St. Paul residential fire

Neighbor identifies the woman who died in the fire in the 100 block of Arkwright Street.

St. Paul officer charged with punching teen girl in handcuffs

The girl, 14, reportedly spat in the officer's face during call to shelter.

One shot on St. Paul street; area schools briefly locked down

One person was injured in a shooting Thursday morning in St. Paul that briefly resulted in the lockdown of several nearby schools, police said. The…

Ramsey County jail inmate sexually assaulted by fellow inmate, charges say

The assault suspect was in custody for allegedly fondling and propositioning other men.
Evidence supports charges against officer in Castile shooting, prosecution argues

Evidence supports charges against officer in Castile shooting, prosecution argues

A judge will hear defense and prosecution arguments on Feb. 15, and is expected to decide that day whether the case proceeds.
Overall crime down in St. Paul last year, focus on guns in 2017

Overall crime down in St. Paul last year, focus on guns in 2017

St. Paul police chief says gun violence is top priority; department will add officers to gang and gun unit.

Woman's trafficking charge challenges 'victim-centered' approach

St. Paul case raises questions about how authorities determine when a woman is a victim and when she's a willing participant.

Neighbors ID St. Paul woman whose death is considered suspicious

The woman's friends told neighbors that the home appears to have been burglarized.
New judge assigned to trial of officer charged in Philando Castile shooting

New judge assigned to trial of officer charged in Philando Castile shooting

Judge William H. Leary to preside over officer's case.

Ramsey County corrections officers say interim sheriff dodged staffing concerns

Ramsey County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jack Serier was selected as interim sheriff Tuesday.

Lawsuit: St. Paul schools retaliated against sub who spoke about assault

Candice Egan said the district barred her from working in its schools after she spoke to the media about being assaulted by a student in March.

Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting remove judge from case

No reason is required for the request – in case against officer who shot Philando Castile.

Charges: Woman read text just before causing fatal I-35W crash

Destiny Y. Xiong had dropped her phone.

Civil commitment likely for suspect in St. Paul abduction, sexual assault of girl

Man accused of grabbing girl off street in St. Paul called 'sexually dangerous.'
Officer charged in Castile case makes brief court appearance, no plea yet

Officer charged in Castile case makes brief court appearance, no plea yet

A trial judge will hear the officer's pleas and a motion to dismiss the case at a later date.
Officer Yanez to appear in court in Philando Castile killing

Officer Yanez to appear in court in Philando Castile killing

No plea is expected from Jeronimo Yanez in Ramsey County as he waits to see which judge will get case.

33 cars stolen from St. Paul streets as drivers warmed them up

One woman allegedly stole a car out of St. Paul and drove herself to the airport, where she was arrested at a boarding gate.
U police officer grabbed woman by the neck, charges say

U police officer grabbed woman by the neck, charges say

Officer Phillip Lombardi is accused in a July confrontation.
St. Anthony police to undergo 2-year federal study of policies, practices

St. Anthony police to undergo 2-year federal study of policies, practices

The move comes several months after one of its police officers fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black drivers stopped at higher rates in St. Paul, data shows

Black leaders said the findings provide empirical weight to the anecdotes and troubling police encounters the black community has long experienced.
Ramsey County Board will field applications in search for new sheriff

Ramsey County Board will field applications in search for new sheriff

Commissioners decided against appointing a successor themselves.
Embezzlement investigation opened at Town & Country Club

Embezzlement investigation opened at Town & Country Club

Authorities and club officials said they couldn't release many details about the investigation, which began Monday.
Guilty verdict, life sentence in St. Paul murder

Guilty verdict, life sentence in St. Paul murder

A St. Paul man was convicted Thursday night in the murder of Renaldo Terez McDaniel earlier this year. Jurors received the case against Daryl N.…

Human cremains mysteriously abandoned outside St. Paul cemetery

It's unknown who left a plastic container with apparent human ashes outside a St. Paul cemetery.

Unlicensed North St. Paul day care provider charged in accidental death

Amy Jo Englebretson had 10 children in her home when one became entangled in her car seat.
Matt Bostrom resigning as Ramsey County sheriff

Matt Bostrom resigning as Ramsey County sheriff

Bostrom is taking a post as project leader for a study at the University of Oxford in England.
Human remains found in N.D. may be missing Vadnais Heights woman

Human remains found in N.D. may be missing Vadnais Heights woman

Apparent partial human remains discovered Friday in the middle of a North Dakota farm field may be those of missing Vadnais Heights resident Michelle Newell,…

St. Francis man charged in shotgun attack on wife at work in North St. Paul

The woman escaped multiple attacks from her ex-husband, who is charged with attempted murder, and may have stopped the shooting by engaging the gun's safety lock.
Farmington woman guilty of manslaughter in daughter's death

Farmington woman guilty of manslaughter in daughter's death

Judge rules she was aware of abuse when she left her daughter in the man's care.
St. Paul man killed childhood friend after a night of drinking, charges say

St. Paul man killed childhood friend after a night of drinking, charges say

The victim, Thomas J. Rivard, had gone over to comfort the suspect about the recent death of his brother.
St. Paul aunt charged after nephew, 7, brings gun that goes off at school

St. Paul aunt charged after nephew, 7, brings gun that goes off at school

The woman left the gun where her nephew easily found it, charges say.
'Dream team vs. dream team' in Philando Castile shooting trial

'Dream team vs. dream team' in Philando Castile shooting trial

High-power teams will argue case of Jeronimo Yanez.
Officer Yanez's attorney blasts Choi's comments about Castile shooting

Officer Yanez's attorney blasts Choi's comments about Castile shooting

Thomas Kelly, a lawyer for officer Jeronimo Yanez, called John Choi's remarks to the media "unnecessary and prejudicial."
Officer charged in Philando Castile death turns himself in to jail

Officer charged in Philando Castile death turns himself in to jail

Jeronimo Yanez had agreed to turn himself in after being charged via summons Wednesday.
Philando Castile's girlfriend calls charges 'only the first step'

Philando Castile's girlfriend calls charges 'only the first step'

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced that officer Jeronimo Yanez will face three charges for killing Philando Castile on July 6.
Deputy reinstated after beating dog allegedly made unwanted advances on bar patrons

Deputy reinstated after beating dog allegedly made unwanted advances on bar patrons

An internal affairs investigation shows that Brett A. Berry kissed and groped people at a casino lounge in 2015.

Farmington woman stands trial in toddler's death at hands of boyfriend

Authorities say she knew boyfriend was abusing the 17-month-old girl.
Demonstrators rally in downtown St. Paul to support Philando Castile's cousin

Demonstrators rally in downtown St. Paul to support Philando Castile's cousin

Louis Hunter was the only demonstrator to face felony charges for a protest on I-94.

St. Paul rape suspect linked to three attacks, possibly more

Authorities linked the suspect to three cases via DNA evidence.

St. Paul police investigate second homicide this week, identify victim in Sunday case

The two homicides in the North End neighborhood remain unsolved.
St. Paul officer who kicked man no longer with department

St. Paul officer who kicked man no longer with department

A dash cam video released Friday shows a police officer kicking a man during a search for an armed suspect, and unleashing a K-9 on him.
St. Paul police investigating 'gruesome' North End homicide

St. Paul police investigating 'gruesome' North End homicide

"We don't believe this was a random incident," a police spokesman said.

St. Paul bar's smack fest game turns real after closing

A woman was left with a bruised and bloody face after being attacked when Arnellia's closed.
Upset chief apologizes to man bitten by St. Paul police dog

Upset chief apologizes to man bitten by St. Paul police dog

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell has apologized and said he was disappointed by the video showing the dog biting and an officer kicking a man prone on ground. The injured man's lawyer said, "It's an absolute abomination. He didn't do anything wrong."
Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Ramsey County deputy who mistreated K-9 can keep job, arbitrator says

Berry, a 20-year veteran, will not get back pay.

Shooter convicted in St. Paul drive-by

Jurors convicted a Little Canada man Friday of all 20 felony charges filed against him in a fatal drive-by shooting in St. Paul. De’Aries C.…
No foul play suspected in case of missing St. Paul boy found safe, police say

No foul play suspected in case of missing St. Paul boy found safe, police say

The 9-year-old who had disappeared after a fishing trip at Beaver Lake was found nearby, police said.
St. Paul police reveal draft rules for body-cam use

St. Paul police reveal draft rules for body-cam use

On Nov. 9, the department will begin a pilot program for cameras in the Western District.

$224K in gold, jewelry and cash stolen from St. Paul home

The homeowner told police the 100 gold bars, a diamond ring and $60,000 in cash was her life's savings, which she hid in her house because she didn't trust banks.
St. Paul police seek armed man who forced woman into minivan, sexually assaulted her

St. Paul police seek armed man who forced woman into minivan, sexually assaulted her

St. Paul police are asking for the public’s help finding an armed man who forced a woman into the back of a minivan Tuesday night…

Source of heroin that killed two, hospitalized others remains elusive

Authorities want to know where the drug came from and why it was so deadly.
St. Paul man held woman captive as he drank beer, smoked, charges say

St. Paul man held woman captive as he drank beer, smoked, charges say

The suspect allegedly told police he had committed similar crimes twice, and sexually assaulted at least one victim.

St. Paul man left bedridden mother in porch with no food or water, charges say

The victim said her son locked her out of the house because she couldn't pay $400 a month in rent.
Murder charges dropped against Lakeville man in woman's disappearance

Murder charges dropped against Lakeville man in woman's disappearance

The woman's body has not been found and she is believed to have been killed far from Ramsey County, where Timothy J. Barr was facing charges in her death.
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