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

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."
St. Paul police dog attacked innocent woman, suit says

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.
Roseville massage therapist charged with sexually assaulting client

Roseville massage therapist charged with sexually assaulting client

New Brighton man calls it a "misunderstanding."
South St. Paul man convicted of drunkenly killing girlfriend gets new trial

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,…
Public defender shakes up Ramsey County courts

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.
St. Paul settles with man over police use of force

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…
Stern warnings follow rescue of eight from St. Paul cave

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

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

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'

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

The victim was shot twice and suffered 45 stab wounds.
St. Paul woman killed for helping wife leave husband, charges say

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 police: Dai Thao 'involved' in voter fraud case

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

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.
Ramsey County public defenders clash with courts over scheduling

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

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

Missed deadline costs sheriff's office funding.
St. Paul police union leader keeps post despite discontent

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

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.
Bruce Bacon, farming and local food pioneer, dies at 76

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

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

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.
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.
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