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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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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.
Obituary: Varjo Jurisoo, drafted by three armies, immigrated to U.S.

Obituary: Varjo Jurisoo, drafted by three armies, immigrated to U.S.

"He went through more in his first 25 years of life than I ever will in my whole life," said his son David Jurisoo.
Ex-Boys Totem Town contract therapist gets probation for sexual assault on juvenile patient

Ex-Boys Totem Town contract therapist gets probation for sexual assault on juvenile patient

Karen A. Meyer could face up to three years in prison if she violates her probation.

Warrantless urine tests are unconstitutional, says state Supreme Court

Urine testing "involves a greater invasion of privacy in terms of embarrassment," the court wrote.

Authorities plead for public's help in finding missing Vadnais Heights woman

With the start of the hunting in the Dakotas, Ramsey County officials ask people to be watchful for clues.
Police 'quite a distance behind' when fleeing driver crashed, killing 2

Police 'quite a distance behind' when fleeing driver crashed, killing 2

The suspect was wanted for a minor hit-and-run in Savage; he died in the crash, as did a woman in an SUV.
Justice in Castile shooting is better safety for everyone, uncle says

Justice in Castile shooting is better safety for everyone, uncle says

Philando Castile's uncle said he and Castile's mother want to change state laws and policies to improve police training.

St. Paul landlord alert program proves popular

The program, Landlord Alert, hopes to get ahead of problems by sending landlords daily e-mail updates about police calls to their properties.
In emotional hearing, St. Paul man gets life for law clerk's murder

In emotional hearing, St. Paul man gets life for law clerk's murder

The 37-year-old shot his attorney's law clerk eight times in the office in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
St. Anthony applies for federal program to improve police-community relations

St. Anthony applies for federal program to improve police-community relations

St. Anthony has applied to join a federal program aimed at improving trust between police and the community, the city announced Wednesday.
Law clerk's killer admits to shooting, says it wasn't planned

Law clerk's killer admits to shooting, says it wasn't planned

Ryan D. Petersen, charged with fatally shooting St. Paul law clerk Chase Passauer in April, told a judge that he is only contesting the premeditation element of the shooting.
'My head exploded,' St. Paul man says of law clerk killing

'My head exploded,' St. Paul man says of law clerk killing

Ryan D. Petersen said stresses in his personal and work life contributed to his state of mind that day.
Fourth suspect charged in fatal shooting of Minnetonka teenager in St. Paul

Fourth suspect charged in fatal shooting of Minnetonka teenager in St. Paul

Vincent Harris allegedly told police he knew the girls were going to be robbed.
St. Paul chief: First 100 days on job 'incredibly challenging time'

St. Paul chief: First 100 days on job 'incredibly challenging time'

Chief Todd Axtell took office just before the city became ground zero for protesters.
3 charged, 1 more arrested in St. Paul killing of Minnetonka student

3 charged, 1 more arrested in St. Paul killing of Minnetonka student

Two of three people charged with shooting Samantha Burnette in St. Paul had been released from custody this year.
Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Sister says Minnetonka student killed in St. Paul was set up

Samantha Burnette, 16, was gunned down around 7:30 a.m. in the 700 block of Sims Avenue. Her sister, Brittany Rock, was injured and taken to Regions Hospital.
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.
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