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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 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.
Dashcam video: Before shots, Yanez yells, 'Don't pull it out!'

Dashcam video: Before shots, Yanez yells, 'Don't pull it out!'

The case file was released Tuesday following Jeronimo Yanez's acquittal Friday in the July 6 killing that thrust Minnesota into the national debate over police use of force and racial profiling.
Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Yanez verdict is only widening the police, community divide

Activists and police say the case's outcome adds to longstanding tensions.
Protesters take to streets, I-94 after Yanez is found not guilty

Protesters take to streets, I-94 after Yanez is found not guilty

After 27 hours of deliberation, a jury of seven men and five women reached a verdict in Philando Castile's death. Eight hours later, after a march in St. Paul, hundreds faced off with police on I-94 before 18 were arrested.

Jurors in Yanez trial span generations, professions

Jurors in the Yanez trial An 18-year-old female college student who immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia at age 10 and a pipe fitter…
Jurors unable to reach Yanez verdict are facing 5th day of deliberations

Jurors unable to reach Yanez verdict are facing 5th day of deliberations

Jurors are scheduled to return to court at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
After impasse and judge's advice, Yanez jury heads back to work

After impasse and judge's advice, Yanez jury heads back to work

After 14 hours of deliberation, jurors in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the killing of Philando Castile heard from Judge William Leary III, who urged the panel to keep at it.
Yanez interview becomes issue as jury gets ready for 3rd day

Yanez interview becomes issue as jury gets ready for 3rd day

Prosecutors made one more failed attempt to introduce video of an interview that the St. Anthony officer gave BCA investigators.
Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

Jurors in Yanez trial reconvene Tuesday morning

In closing arguments, a prosecutor painted Officer Jeronimo Yanez as someone whose testimony wasn't credible, arguing that Philando Castile "never reached for his gun, let alone put his hand on it."
Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeronimo Yanez takes stand: 'I thought I was going to die'

The officer took the stand to defend his shooting of Philando Castile in a traffic stop. "I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions," Yanez said.
Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense shifts responsibility for fatal shooting onto Castile

Defense lawyers called St. Anthony Police Chief John Mangseth to the stand, where he offered praise for Officer Jeronimo Yanez, but did not comment about Yanez's actions in the fatal shooting.
Expert: Officer's actions in killing Philando Castile were 'objectively unreasonable'

Expert: Officer's actions in killing Philando Castile were 'objectively unreasonable'

Attorneys for officer Jeronimo Yanez expect to start presenting their case Thursday, even as the prosecution continues with an expert on the use of force.
Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Attorneys for officer Yanez challenge Castile's girlfriend

Diamond Reynolds wiped away tears as she recounted the night that her boyfriend Philando Castile was shot by officer Jeronimo Yanez. Later, the defense seized on Reynolds' marijuana use during cross-examination.
Dashcam footage of Castile shooting played as trial begins

Dashcam footage of Castile shooting played as trial begins

About a minute after the traffic stop began, Officer Jeronimo Yanez fired seven shots, startling his fellow officer who was providing backup and killing Philando Castile.
23 prospective jurors advance to final round of selection in Yanez trial

23 prospective jurors advance to final round of selection in Yanez trial

Opening statements and testimony are expected to begin Monday afternoon.
14 prospective jurors approved, nine excused in officer Yanez trial

14 prospective jurors approved, nine excused in officer Yanez trial

Among them is a biology professor who said he cried at Castile's vigil
2 potential jurors through to next round, 2 excused in officer Yanez trial

2 potential jurors through to next round, 2 excused in officer Yanez trial

One woman told attorneys she only shared recipes on Facebook, but was later revealed to have shared "pro-law enforcement" posts.
50 prospective jurors sworn in as officer Yanez's trial opens

50 prospective jurors sworn in as officer Yanez's trial opens

Potential jurors will be questioned individually starting Wednesday morning.
Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

Castile, Yanez families inextricably linked by tragedy

On eve of trial, Yanez and Castile families acknowledge lives altered forever by shooting.
Impact of trial in Castile's death to resonate beyond officer's fate

Impact of trial in Castile's death to resonate beyond officer's fate

The case to start this week in Ramsey County District opens national wounds of police shootings and racial injustices.
Maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church

Maplewood priest cleared of sexual misconduct is dismissed from church

Mark Huberty was tried before jurors in 2014 on one count each of fourth and fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly starting a sexual relationship with a married woman he had been counseling.
State lawmaker robbed at gunpoint near Grand Avenue in St. Paul

State lawmaker robbed at gunpoint near Grand Avenue in St. Paul

Rep. Dennis Smith, Maple Grove Republican, lost his wallet and cellphone but was not injured.
St. Paul man sentenced in Indian Mounds Park killing

St. Paul man sentenced in Indian Mounds Park killing

Rayvion T. Brooks was among a group of rival gang members who argued at the park, leading to gunfire that killed Bobby D. Collins in April 2016.

Construction worker injured when struck by equipment in St. Paul

A construction worker was seriously hurt Wednesday when he was struck by a Bobcat front-end loader in St. Paul. Chester C. Mcswain, 30, of Minneapolis,…
Yanez can't reenact Castille shooting during trial, judge rules

Yanez can't reenact Castille shooting during trial, judge rules

The judge will allow testimony on whether Castile was intoxicated when he was killed.
Yanez defense should not present 'irrelevant' evidence on Castile, prosecutors say

Yanez defense should not present 'irrelevant' evidence on Castile, prosecutors say

Defense in officer's trial wants to admit arrest and driving records, Facebook pages.
Charges: St. Paul marijuana deal gone bad ends in fatal shooting

Charges: St. Paul marijuana deal gone bad ends in fatal shooting

Brock Larson, 36, of Minneapolis, was shot late Tuesday.
Maple Grove woman charged in crash killing 2 Mounds View High teens

Maple Grove woman charged in crash killing 2 Mounds View High teens

Investigators believe the crash could have been avoided had the suspect been driving the speed limit.
Attorneys for Yanez want him to act out and explain fatal Castile traffic stop

Attorneys for Yanez want him to act out and explain fatal Castile traffic stop

The defense also wants to introduce evidence about Castile's alleged marijuana use and "lies" on his conceal and carry gun permit.
Yanez defense to present Castile's driving and arrest records at trial

Yanez defense to present Castile's driving and arrest records at trial

The defense has said that Castile should not have been driving that day because he was high on marijuana.

St. Paul school employee on leave for 'inappropriate communications and actions' with student

The school principal sent a letter to parents Monday, about two weeks after he first filed a police report.
Change-of-venue fight continues in Yanez trial for Castile shooting

Change-of-venue fight continues in Yanez trial for Castile shooting

Prosecutors in the Castile shooting case assail third attempt by defense.
Judge bans facial expressions for attendees of Yanez trial

Judge bans facial expressions for attendees of Yanez trial

It's not unusual for judges to limit attendees' verbal and physical expression in court.
Murder charges filed against 2 St. Paul men in Frogtown killing

Murder charges filed against 2 St. Paul men in Frogtown killing

The two suspects were at a gang fight several days before the killing.
Jurors acquit St. Paul officer charged with punching suicidal girl

Jurors acquit St. Paul officer charged with punching suicidal girl

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said the department will move forward with its "internal process" regarding the incident.
St. Paul officer on trial for allegedly punching girl testifies he used distraction technique

St. Paul officer on trial for allegedly punching girl testifies he used distraction technique

A staffer at a shelter for sexually exploited girls said she called for an ambulance that never arrived — not police.
St. Paul officer on trial for allegedly punching handcuffed teen girl

St. Paul officer on trial for allegedly punching handcuffed teen girl

Girl, 14, leaves in tears after testifying in case authorities call assault.
Appeals Court: No venue change for officer Yanez in trial in Castile's killing

Appeals Court: No venue change for officer Yanez in trial in Castile's killing

A district judge did not abuse his authority in issuing the first denial for a change of venue, the Court of Appeals ruled.

Charges: Ex-employee stole $160,000 from Hamline University

Reports cite the family's financial trouble as cause.
Arguments mount over proposed venue change in officer's trial for Castile killing

Arguments mount over proposed venue change in officer's trial for Castile killing

The defense and prosecution continue to argue over change of venue in the Court of Appeals.
St. Paul community leaders, officials call for end to gun violence

St. Paul community leaders, officials call for end to gun violence

The city has experienced a 75 percent increase in the number of shots fired calls.
Prosecutors aggressively push back against new effort to move officer's trial in Castile death

Prosecutors aggressively push back against new effort to move officer's trial in Castile death

The prosecution took the defense to task for misspelling Philando Castile's name in its court filing.
St. Paul police, Hamline University partner to improve how officers deal with mentally ill

St. Paul police, Hamline University partner to improve how officers deal with mentally ill

Police and actors hope the mock calls will aid officers in the real world.

Ex-Church of Scientology attendee allegedly sets church's books ablaze in St. Paul

The suspect had been previously removed from the church for being disorderly, police said.
Ex-Marine gets 32 years in prison for slaying woman, slicing man's neck in Lowertown apartment

Ex-Marine gets 32 years in prison for slaying woman, slicing man's neck in Lowertown apartment

Scott A. Klund said he believes he would've died had he not fired an assault rifle at two people in his apartment.
One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

One dead in officer-involved shooting in Vadnais Heights; four Ramsey Co. deputies on leave

Four Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were put on paid administrative leave after the shooting.
Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting ask higher court to intervene and move trial

Attorneys for officer in Philando Castile shooting ask higher court to intervene and move trial

Request to move trial was rejected last month by Ramsey County judge.
Former St. Paul officer convicted of assaulting troubled boy in group home

Former St. Paul officer convicted of assaulting troubled boy in group home

Clemmie H. Tucker Sr., 66, was convicted of one count each of malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor, and fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Mother of man killed by St. Paul police files suit, confronts chief

Mother of man killed by St. Paul police files suit, confronts chief

St. Paul police have a pattern of using excessive force against black men, an attorney for Cordale Handy's family said.
Suspect in killing of St. Paul family called mother before his suicide

Suspect in killing of St. Paul family called mother before his suicide

The shooter's brother told police he heard the gunshots and then fled the scene on foot.
Trial begins for former St. Paul cop accused of assaulting teen at group home

Trial begins for former St. Paul cop accused of assaulting teen at group home

The boy is on the autism spectrum and has a number of behavior issues due to prenatal exposure to alcohol.
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