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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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Reputed St. Paul gang member convicted in 2012 murder, acquitted of first-degree murder

Jurors on Wednesday convicted a reputed St. Paul gang member for firing the fatal shot in 2012 that killed Leonard Christian Sr., an innocent man…

Car theft victims take St. Paul scrap yard to court

Civil lawsuit accuses Metro Metals Corp. of buying vehicles from people charged with stealing them.
Father charged with abusing White Bear Lake infant nearly to death

Father charged with abusing White Bear Lake infant nearly to death

The 1-month-old boy was revived "and will have permanent disabilities as a result of the inflicted trauma," the charges said.

Blaine man who ejaculated into co-worker's coffee gets 45 days in workhouse

The woman who drank the semen-laced coffee successfully lobbied for new legislation.
St. Paul man cut down in gang feud called out, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy'

St. Paul man cut down in gang feud called out, 'Daddy, daddy, daddy'

Suspect faces 10 felony counts of gang activity and murder in 2012 case.
Suspect pleads guilty in 2012 gang-related St. Paul murder as trial begins for co-conspirator

Suspect pleads guilty in 2012 gang-related St. Paul murder as trial begins for co-conspirator

A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a 2012 gang-related murder and agreed to testify against his co-conspirator in a trial…
Suspect in fatal St. Croix stabbing charged with bail jumping for tweets

Suspect in fatal St. Croix stabbing charged with bail jumping for tweets

Authorities allege that Levi Acre-Kendall knew two friends who were with him the night of the stabbing would see his tweets.

Professors drop lawsuit against William Mitchell in tenure fight

The suit alleged an effort to cut faculty numbers before its fall merger with Hamline University School of Law by trying to change the tenure code.

St. Paul gang member sentenced in drive-by shootings, disposing of murder weapon

Ramone D. Smaller is scheduled to serve prison time until 2023.

St. Paul man sues city and police officer, alleging excessive force

Robin K. Neal claims officer in 2012 arrest did not get proper training.
Ex-St. Paul school custodian sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

Ex-St. Paul school custodian sentenced to 10 years for sexual abuse

Walter J. Happel has to serve seven years before he’s eligible for parole.

St. Paul city employee sold undercover agent fake insurance card, charges say

Natasha Howard has worked for the Department of Safety and Inspections since 2001.
Case against former White Bear Lake neighbor charged with harassment is dropped

Case against former White Bear Lake neighbor charged with harassment is dropped

White Bear Lake family asked Ramsey County to avoid trial.
Teen gets maximum sentence for brutal group attack on St. Paul man

Teen gets maximum sentence for brutal group attack on St. Paul man

Charles K. Redding was 15 when he attacked Ray Widstrand on the city’s East Side.
Little Canada man who crashed into the Bulldog Lowertown gets probation

Little Canada man who crashed into the Bulldog Lowertown gets probation

The judge said she spared him a year in prison because of his efforts at rehabilitation.
8-year-old highway driver in St. Paul had run away last week

8-year-old highway driver in St. Paul had run away last week

Ramsey County took custody of the boy as well as his two young passengers.
St. Paul seeks court ban on gang activity at Cinco de Mayo festival

St. Paul seeks court ban on gang activity at Cinco de Mayo festival

The city wants to keep Hit Squad members from disrupting this week’s Cinco de Mayo festival.
April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

April 17: Witnesses conflict in fatal St. Croix River stabbing

Two of Levi Acre-Kendall’s friends who were at the scene told authorities that Peter Kelly tried to pull the 19-year-old out of the car as the younger men tried to leave the confrontation.
William Mitchell tenure fight ramps up as school calls professors' claims 'inaccurate,' 'legally flawed'

William Mitchell tenure fight ramps up as school calls professors' claims 'inaccurate,' 'legally flawed'

William Mitchell says professors’ claims regarding merger plans are “inaccurate,” “legally flawed.”
Ex-White Bear man charged in wife's 1997 disappearance is in court

Ex-White Bear man charged in wife's 1997 disappearance is in court

The hearing is a continuation of Norman A. Bachman Jr.’s first appearance from last week.

Ramsey County authorities charge two men with paying for sex with trafficked minor

Authorities said that putting a dent in demand is the key to stopping sex trafficking.

Former White Bear Lake man charged with smothering girlfriend's baby

Austin B. Gustafson is at large, and police are asking for help in finding him.
18 years later, man charged in disappearance, death of wife in Minn.

18 years later, man charged in disappearance, death of wife in Minn.

Norman Bachman had long been suspected in his wife’s disappearance.
Rape victim tells her story in hopes of fighting stigma, shame

Rape victim tells her story in hopes of fighting stigma, shame

Sarah Super said she is going public with her story also as a call for change in how boys are raised to think about consent.

Judge OKs demolition of Crocus Hill house that family hopes to modify for disabled son

Family had invested more than $1 million in property after city’s preliminary approval.

Merging law schools causes tenure fight at William Mitchell

Two professors challenge proposed rule changes as the school unites with Hamline and cuts staff.
Blaine man pleads guilty to ejaculating in co-worker's coffee

Blaine man pleads guilty to ejaculating in co-worker's coffee

John R. Lind, 34, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to indecent exposure, defined as engaging in lewd or indecent behavior.

Brooklyn Park couple bilked $300K from Minnesota, charges say

A Brooklyn Park couple is charged with bilking more than $300,000 from the Department of Human Services, according to charges filed Tuesday.Sandra R. Bakare and…
St. Paul has unwritten policy of indifference to police violations, lawyer in skyway arrest suit says

St. Paul has unwritten policy of indifference to police violations, lawyer in skyway arrest suit says

Christopher Lollie’s attorney claims that the mayor and police chief allow an unwritten policy to pervade police culture.
Shoreview man charged with kidnapping teen after dragging her to car for marriage

Shoreview man charged with kidnapping teen after dragging her to car for marriage

Kong Meng Xiong wanted to marry the 15-year-old.
Wells Fargo worker accused of stealing customers' data

Wells Fargo worker accused of stealing customers' data

The woman, working from a call center in Shoreview, allegedly sold the data to a stranger who had befriended her on Facebook.
Murder conviction upheld in Jeffery Trevino case

Murder conviction upheld in Jeffery Trevino case

The Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision Monday upholding the murder conviction of Jeffery Trevino, who killed his wife in February 2013 and disposed of her body in the Mississippi River.

St. Paul pizza parlor delivered more than pizza, drug charges say

Charges allege that Papa Dimitri’s in St. Paul was a family-run marijuana operation.

St. Paul boy, shoeless and in PJs, escapes abuse by fleeing into school

Nine-year-old’s stepmom allegedly attacked him with a baseball bat.

Seven charged in St. Paul skyway, light rail attacks

The attacks were an effort to benefit and further a gang, authorities allege.

Drug reform bills hit dead end at Capitol

Two competing bills failed to get a hearing before deadline.
Ex-St. Paul schools custodian pleads guilty, gets 10 years

Ex-St. Paul schools custodian pleads guilty, gets 10 years

Walter J. Happel agreed to a 10-year prison term.
Ty Hoffman gets 25 years for killing ex-lover, business partner

Ty Hoffman gets 25 years for killing ex-lover, business partner

Ty Hoffman was captured late last summer after a manhunt that spanned a month, included a suspected bank robbery and ended near an Arby’s drive-through in Shakopee.

Last suspect in brutal St. Paul attack pleads guilty

The last suspect charged in the brutal 2013 beating of Ray Widstrand pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to throwing the first punch, testifying that he attacked for “no reason.”

St. Paul man charged in fatal collision with pedestrian

Nu Poe, 19, was charged Monday by the St. Paul city attorney’s office with failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, and failure to drive with due care, both misdemeanors.

Charges filed against driver who struck schoolboy in St. Paul

A St. Paul man has been charged for the October car crash that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy. Jess H. Benthin, 23, was charged Thursday…
Five St. Paul residents charged in multistate sex-trafficking ring

Five St. Paul residents charged in multistate sex-trafficking ring

Authorities believe there are more victims than those listed in the charges.
Couple sentenced for prostituting 15-year-old in St. Paul home

Couple sentenced for prostituting 15-year-old in St. Paul home

Despite pleas for leniency, judge sentenced Kauser Yusuf to 7½ years and Johnathan Edwards to 20.
'Cavalier' guilty plea to ex-girlfriend's murder in St. Paul ends with 36-year sentence

'Cavalier' guilty plea to ex-girlfriend's murder in St. Paul ends with 36-year sentence

Kevin S. Evans has been convicted twice of murder.

Illegal betting operation working out of St. Paul garage busted

A Wisconsin couple were stopped in St. Paul last year with more than $81,000 in cash from illegal college and professional football bets, according to…

St. Paul woman admits to more than $200,000 in tax fraud

A St. Paul woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to filing more than $200,000 in false tax returns. Cindy L. Linebaugh, 48, pleaded guilty…
Charges: Man hid in apartment, raped ex-girlfriend before Twin Cities police chase

Charges: Man hid in apartment, raped ex-girlfriend before Twin Cities police chase

Alec E. Neal was arrested after Thursday morning a high-speed chase in Dakota County.
Mother of slain toddler remembers daughter as beautiful, happy

Mother of slain toddler remembers daughter as beautiful, happy

Maplewood police reports show that murder suspect Leb Mike Meak had a violent history.
Bail set for Maplewood man charged with killing toddler

Bail set for Maplewood man charged with killing toddler

He is charged in death of girlfriend’s child.

Man who dated St. Paul cop convicted in 3 shootings

No one was injured in gang-related incidents.
Sister of man charged with child molesting testifies he may have been abused

Sister of man charged with child molesting testifies he may have been abused

Alleged child molester goes to trial May 18.
St. Paul's Daily Diner, and training program, closes

St. Paul's Daily Diner, and training program, closes

The eatery and second-chance training program suffered from a lack of trainees — and sales.
St. Paul police secretly obtained DNA evidence from cop dating a suspect

St. Paul police secretly obtained DNA evidence from cop dating a suspect

An attorney for former officer Ruby Diaz calls the test “concerning.”

Former St. Paul cop testifies she rented car for purported gang member

Ramone D. Smaller is on trial for 10 felony counts in three shootings.
Ramsey County: No charges in two cases of alleged clergy sex abuse

Ramsey County: No charges in two cases of alleged clergy sex abuse

The move comes as more priests accused of abuse are identified in lists released by Archdiocese and plaintiffs’ attorney.
Falcon Heights mother charged with choking 8-year-old, trying to kill 3-year-old

Falcon Heights mother charged with choking 8-year-old, trying to kill 3-year-old

Suspect told police she was having trouble after breakup with their father.

Former Cottage Grove City Council member attacked wife, charges say

The alleged victim and suspect’s attorney both said there were factual errors in the criminal complaint.

Sisters attacked victims at St. Paul bus shelter as mom with tire iron watched, charges say

Two St. Paul sisters attacked people in a bus shelter while their mother stood watch armed with a tire iron, according to charges filed Wednesday.Chellnea…

Couple sue St. Paul over stopping demolition of their Crocus Hill house

Crocus Hill couple said the city violated their rights, law.
Former St. Paul police officer sentenced in identity theft case

Former St. Paul police officer sentenced in identity theft case

Officer Ruby Diaz got five years probation and 30 days in the workhouse for using a friends’ identity to wire money to a boyfriend in prison.

St. Paul man guilty of fatally shooting cousin

Jurors convicted a St. Paul man Friday of fatally shooting his cousin last year in a dispute over money. Chevaze D. Ward, 25, was convicted…

Charges filed against driver over friend's skateboarding death in St. Paul

A Dellwood, Minn., man was charged with two misdemeanors after a friend who was skateboarding died while attempting to hitch a ride by holding onto…
Alleged victims testify in sex-misconduct case of St. Paul school custodian

Alleged victims testify in sex-misconduct case of St. Paul school custodian

In hearing, five alleged victims said former St. Paul custodian sexually assaulted them.
Jeffery Trevino seeks new trial in Kira Steger case

Jeffery Trevino seeks new trial in Kira Steger case

St. Paul man seeks reversal of his 2013 conviction for murdering his wife.
Ex-Visitation tennis coach pleads guilty to sexual conduct with student

Ex-Visitation tennis coach pleads guilty to sexual conduct with student

Daniel Erik Hubbard Wilson agreed to serve one year in jail and 15 years’ probation.

Minn. church officials ordered to provide documents about alleged clergy abuse

Judge orders dioceses in Duluth, New Ulm to give up sex abuse information.

Maplewood man charged with attacking ex-girlfriend; she shot him during incident

Ex-girlfriend, who shot him in the chest and called 911, won’t be charged.
St. Paul police: Man had loaded gun when killed by officers

St. Paul police: Man had loaded gun when killed by officers

Thursday's account offered some of the first details of what allegedly played out in the seconds before Marcus Golden’s death.
Suspected cop killer had allegedly said he'd shoot police if stopped

Suspected cop killer had allegedly said he'd shoot police if stopped

According to search warrant applications, Brian G. Fitch Sr. allegedly told ex-girlfriend a day before officer Scott Patrick's death that "he would go so far as shooting a police officer.”
With charges filed, officer's widow is thankful for support

With charges filed, officer's widow is thankful for support

According to the murder charges, Brian Fitch allegedly told a cop supervising him at the hospital, “Just to let you know, I hate cops and I’m guilty.”
St. Paul mother ruled incompetent to stand trial in daughter's drowning

St. Paul mother ruled incompetent to stand trial in daughter's drowning

The St. Paul woman charged with drowning her 6-year-old daughter days before Christmas has been found incompetent to stand trial. The results of a mental…
Chiropractic Board keeps executive director

Chiropractic Board keeps executive director

  In a report released in December, the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners said it won’t ask its executive director to resign because of his…
Dec. 2014: Lee seeks compensation for wrongful imprisonment

Dec. 2014: Lee seeks compensation for wrongful imprisonment

Koua Fong Lee could receive a minimum of $50,000 for each year of his imprisonment plus restitution and damages.

St. Paul police officers cleared in 2014 fatal shooting of carjacking suspect

A Ramsey County grand jury has decided not to indict St. Paul police officers who shot and killed carjacking suspect Yee Vang last year. The…

St. Paul police officer, city sued for 2013 collision that killed 101-year-old

The officer involved had been reprimanded for other accidents that were deemed preventable.
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