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Chao Xiong

Reporter | Hennepin County Courts
Phone: 612-673-4391
Location: St. Paul City Hall/courthouse office
Other languages: Hmong

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.

Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.
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"It's devastating," said Zola Richardson as she held her son Gabriel 11, close as she stood to pay respect near the site where a middle-aged black man

'World needed to see,' says woman who took video of man dying under officer's knee

"My video proves what really happened" to George Floyd, said the woman who was among several witnessing the incident.
People mourn the loss of shooting victim Kevin Beasley in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Beasley was the man shot to death at a house party in

Man charged in slaying of Minneapolis civil rights leader's grandson

The shooting occurred after a confrontation between multiple people at a party.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

Accused serial rapist could be linked to more crimes, authorities say

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said authorities are investigating three or four other cases.
FILE - In an April 30, 2020 file photo, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz answers questions while holding his mask at a news conference inside the Department of

88 cases charged for violating Walz's COVID-19 executive orders

New cases are filed against people accused of breaking state's stay-at-home guidelines.
Matthew Knutson

Driver charged with killing pedestrian in Bloomington in December

The Burnsville man showed signs of impairment, the charges said, and had a breath test at the scene that registered a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.129 percent.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference on Monday, May 4, 2020 in St.

6 newly charged with violating stay-at-home order, totaling 67

A drunken driver and a tobacco shop owner are among new offenders.
Jory D. Wiebrand

Accused serial rapist charged in 10th Hennepin County case

The victim screamed and honked her car horn to thwart the attack.

Charges: Brooklyn Park residents' dog brutally attacked woman, dog

The woman needed 10 staples in her head and her dog's ear had to be reattached.
Former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor reads a statement in Minneapolis, before being sentenced by Judge Kathryn Quaintance in the fatal shoot

Judge in Noor trial concerned about media interest in jury deliberations

Star Tribune is asking for jurors' names, related information.
Maria Fury's mother, Lissa Weimelt, center, spoke Wednesday after her son-in-law, Joshua Fury, appeared in court on charges that he murdered his wife.

Family of slain Maple Grove woman raises money to help others

Maria's Voice aids in work on domestic violence.
Maria Fury

Charges: Maple Grove man killed wife, buried her in crawl space, reported her missing

Maria Fury's reported disappearance led to a search involving a helicopter on April 30 and a large-scale search May 1.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks at a news conference concerning the new coronavirus, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in St. Paul.

61 cases of COVID-19 executive order violations filed

Most of the new cases include other charges, from stalking to theft.
Judge Toddrick S. Barnette

First chief judge of color elected in Hennepin County

Hennepin County District Court’s first chief judge of color will take the post this summer. Hennepin County District Judge Toddrick S. Barnette was elected to…
In the first three months of this year, Metro Transit bus drivers and light-rail operators have been assaulted 42 times on the job.

Metro Transit bus drivers want more protection from riders' attacks

Recent incidents also have some drivers and operators questioning how Metro Transit communicates with employees.

Youth wrestling coach charged with sexually assaulting girl in Eden Prairie

Mustafa Shabazz, a former high school assistant, has a history of inappropriate conduct with underage girls, authorities allege.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks at a news conference concerning the new coronavirus, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star

Total of 44 charged with violating Walz's COVID-19 executive orders

An allegedly intoxicated woman who pushed and kicked EMTs was among those newly charged.
Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, shown in 2019.

Hennepin County court plans to resume some hearings

The Hennepin County Public Defender's Office is concerned there aren't enough safety measures in place.
Mae Gam as a young woman

Mae Gam, Arden Hills woman, built schools for refugee children

As a refugee, Mae Gam fled several times when the Japanese bombed her native China during WWII, and ran for her life at least once…
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor read a statement before being sentenced June 7 by Judge Kathryn Quaintance in the fatal shooting of Jus

Mohamed Noor's attorneys call for new trial in killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, citing improper decisions

Mohamed Noor's constitutional right to a public trial was violated, his attorneys argued.
DeMarea D. Clay

St. Paul man charged in girlfriend's brutal death

Monique Robbins had obtained an order of protection against the suspect a few weeks before he killed her.

Charges: Passenger punched Metro Transit driver in face

The 39-year-old Minneapolis man has since been released from jail.
A total of 33 Minnesotans have been charged with violating Gov. Walz's COVID-19 orders.

Biker gang, underage parties are latest busted for violating stay-at-home order

A total of 33 Minnesotans have been charged with violating Gov. Walz's COVID-19 orders.
Hennepin County District Judge Martha Holton Dimick

Hennepin judge defies orders, appears by phone for hearings

Judges must appear in-person for defendants who are in jail.
Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Mary Moriarty

Hennepin County chief public defender is reprimanded over social media posts

Failure to comply with the terns of her reprimand could result in further discipline for Mary Moriarty.
Casey V. Moses

Metro Transit bus driver sexually assaulted; in separate case, passenger grabs at bus steering wheel

The two cases come months after Metro Transit announced new safety measures for drivers and operators.
Metro Transit police dispersed a group of people after responding to a disturbance on a Green Line train outside Union Depot in St. Paul on March 28,

23 charged with violating Walz's stay-at-home orders

Police and prosecutors often added the charge to unrelated offenses that included drunken driving, shooting paintballs at houses and driving with a canceled license.
Martin Scheerer, Senior Director of Hennepin EMS, discusses how first responders plan to handle calls to protect themselves and others from the spread

Walz order gives out COVID-19 locations to Minn. first responders

Law enforcement agencies say it's imperative to keep responders safe.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott spoke to supporters during his inauguration ceremony in January 2019.

Construction companies sue Brooklyn Center after projects postponed due to COVID-19

The delays will cause the companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, the lawsuit said.
A small group of Minneapolis police officers joined other emergency responders at a news conference at the state Capitol on Thursday, March 27, where

Minnesota police want location data on infected residents

Law enforcement groups say members are testing positive after coming in contact with those with COVID-19, but ACLU says the request raises privacy concerns.
After Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a stay-at-home order, eight Minnesotans as of Friday have been charged with violating it, a misdemeanor punish

Several charged across Minnesota with violating stay-at-home order

The ACLU of Minnesota questioned police tactics in charging some cases.
Matthew Tuhkanen

No charges against St. Louis Park officer who fatally shot man

Matthew Tuhkanen was unarmed, but his movements caused officers to fear he was reaching for a weapon, authorities said.
Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding, shown in June.

Hennepin County judge restores public access to two hearings

The judge declined to open up all hearings in the county to full public access.
A small group of Minneapolis police officers joined fellow members of the state's emergency response community last month at the State Capitol to ask

First responders urge Minnesota lawmakers to ease path to workers' compensation for those with COVID-19

The measure impacts those on the front line who are at risk of contracting the disease.
Kyle Culberson

Altercation at birthday party preceded fatal Minneapolis shooting, charges say

Christopher Brown, 23, was charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Gildea.

Defendant challenges statewide restrictions to courtroom access in light of COVID-19

Barring the public from courtrooms violates the state and federal constitutions, the defendant argued.
Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Mary Moriarty

Hennepin County chief public defender is issued written reprimand, allowed to return to post

Mary Moriarty was placed on leave in December.
Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea.

Minnesota Department of Corrections seeks to stop in-person hearings for inmates

Some judges "have insisted" that inmates appear in court, instead of with remote hearings, the agency said.

Two teens charged after man shot in face in Bloomington drug deal

The court has been asked to certify as an adult a 16-year-old charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree assault.
Trials that are underway will continue, but no new trials will be scheduled before April 22, Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea ordered.

Minnesota courts chief postpones all new trials until late April

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea broadened protective measures in a new order issued Friday.
Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea has ordered the closure of computer terminals where the public can access court records such

Minnesota courts limit public access to records, proceedings

Some court records will not be independently available as public computer terminals close.
Under recommendation from county attorneys, local law enforcement officials are focusing their energy on detaining violent individuals who represent a

Low-level jail bookings, court hearings and fines suspended to avoid spread of virus

Public defenders are also rallying to release nonviolent inmates
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'Matthew's Law' seeks to reform police use of informants across Minnesota

"Matthew's Law" would set standards to protect those who help officers.

State Public Defender pushes for release of jail inmates because of coronavirus

The State Public Defender’s Office is rallying its staff to demand the release of jail inmates across Minnesota to protect them from the spread of…

Federal courts suspend all trials; Minnesota state courts limit some

The federal court system in Minnesota has suspended all jury trials for civil and criminal cases, effective immediately through late April in response to the novel coronavirus.
Washington County Deputy Brian Krook, in 2013.

Prosecutors: Washington County deputy fired unnecessarily after peaceful negotiation

Video shows Brian Krook shot suicidal man as he was being talked down.
Kipp W. Baldwin

Charges: Airport electrician made $126,000 selling copper stolen from contractors

Kipp W. Baldwin made more than $126,000 in five years selling copper as scrap.
Myon Burrell, convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl pierced in the heart by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing homework at he

Freeman kicks years-old Myon Burrell case back to Klobuchar

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Monday called for Sen. Amy Klobuchar to request a federal investigation into a years-old murder case that dogged her in the final days of her presidential bid, pushing back on her request for him to seek an outside review.

Maple Grove woman killed her boyfriend after he assaulted her, charges say

The victim's identity has not been released. He suffered several gunshot wounds to his back, side and the back of his head, the charges said.
Varnell David Allen

Man pleads guilty to Mpls. pistol-whipping, shooting of stranger

Varnell Allen pleaded guilty to shooting Enzo Herrera-Garcia in the chest.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the scene after Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning on the 2400 block

No charges for Mpls. officer who killed man who shot ex-girlfriend

County attorney said the cop "reasonably believed" the man was an immediate threat to ex-girlfriend, others.
Myon Burrell, convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl pierced in the heart by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing homework at he

Freeman defends Klobuchar's handling of 2003 Burrell case

Hennepin County attorney says senator not responsible for Burrell murder conviction.
Three people were found dead in this home in the 13600 block of Upper Elkwood Court in Apple Valley.

Three found apparently shot dead in Apple Valley home

Officers at the single-family home found two males and one female dead from apparent gunshot wounds. All were adults.

Seven juveniles charged with attacking St. Paul man, stealing car with children inside

An 8-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl were not harmed, but their dad suffered scrapes and bruises.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor read a statement before being sentenced June 7 by Judge Kathryn Quaintance in the fatal shooting of Jus

Hubbard Broadcasting joins Star Tribune call to release juror names in Noor trial

The companies requested juror names, juror profiles and juror questionnaires, among other information, be made public for "news gathering and reporting."
Monique Baugh

Parents of slain Mpls. Realtor speak out as suspect makes court appearance

Monique Baugh's parents thanked the community for its support in the evolving case.
Rapper Jon Mitchell-Momoh, with his late partner, Monique Baugh, and one of their two daughters, 3-year-old Legend.

Two suspects indicted in New Year's Eve killing of Minneapolis real estate agent

Two of four people charged in the New Year's Eve kidnapping and killing of real estate agent Monique Baugh have been indicted on first-degree murder charges.
Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson.

Hennepin County Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson will retire this year

Bernhardson was appointed to the bench in May 2007 and was elected in 2008 and 2014. Her term was set to expire next year.

Charge: St. Louis Park woman drank, took pills before baby suffocated in bed

Mikaela E. Devitt, 38, was charged with one count of second-degree manslaughter.

St. Louis Park man charged in woman's overdose death

Calvonzo D. Burnett, 29, was charged with one count of third-degree murder.

Man with street name 'Suspect' pleads guilty to fatally shooting teen in Minneapolis

Quayshun Felton, 16, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Judge Kathryn Quaintance listened as Mohamed Noor read a statement before his sentencing.

Star Tribune challenges sealing of juror information after Noor trial

It comes after Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance issued a fourth order in January sealing their names.
North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.

Charge: Lives on the line, North Memorial raced clock to restore oxygen

Engineers quickly fixed the problem, averting deadly consequences.
Star Tribune file photo: The Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.

Wis. teacher charged with hiding cameras in Minneapolis hotel rooms

Authorities allege that David Kruchten hid cameras in two air freshener cans and one smoke detector.
Teddy Wong

Teddy Wong, who opened Roseville institution House of Wong, dies at 95

Wong died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 25 of age-related health issues.
George Jensen, who crashed his vehicle into a north Minneapolis bus shelter in July, severely injuring several occupants, entered court before pleadin

Champlin man pleads guilty in north Mpls. bus shelter crash

Three men were left in critical condition and three others were injured on July 9.
Investigators on the scene of a shooting where a man was shot and critically wounded by Minneapolis police responding to a domestic-related assault on

Woman in December police shooting treated for 'superficial injury,' authorities say

Minneapolis officers killed Chiasher Vue at family's home in December.
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Probation for Eden Prairie woman who faked attacks for temporary visas

Yuridia Hernandez Linares is undocumented and could face deportation because of her conviction, her attorney said.
Michael Toussaint, father of Myon Burrell, spoke about his son being sent to prison for life at the age of 16.

Activists call on Amy Klobuchar to withdraw over 2003 murder case

Case has been tried twice, but new report raises questions over evidence, informants.
The shooting scene on N. Russell Avenue near N. 16th Avenue in Minneapolis on Thursday night.

Two charged in connection with shooting death of man in north Minneapolis

The charges did not specify a motive for the attack.

Third suspect charged with murder in Minneapolis marijuana robbery scheme

Two men and a woman set up victim Malik Tyree Dewayne Lamont Smith last December.

Minneapolis woman charged in partner's 2018 murder in Northeast

A Minneapolis woman who was kidnapped and shot weeks after her romantic partner was killed in 2018 was charged Friday in his death, as court…
Suspect shut off all oxygen at North Memorial hospital, search warrant says

Suspect shut off all oxygen at North Memorial hospital, search warrant says

A man scaled a fence at North Memorial Health Hospital in December and shut off oxygen to the entire hospital, causing a situation that could…
Judge Kathryn Quaintance listened as Mohamed Noor read a statement before his sentencing in June.

Citing media interest, judge seals Noor juror list a fourth time

Judge Kathryn Quaintance cited public interest and ongoing media coverage of the former Minneapolis police officer as key reasons to keep jurors' names private.
Elsa E. Segura

Attorney: Ex-probation officer charged in Realtor kidnapping, murder attracting attention in jail

An attorney for Elsa Segura asked that her client be relocated in the county jail due to an unusual amount of interest from fellow inmates in her case.
Minnesota Department of Commerce Commisioner Steve Kelley speaks at a morning news conference about felony charges against Leroy and Joyce Merit, who

Minnesota drywall company accused of cheating workers out of insurance

A husband-wife team are accused of cheating dozens of employees out of workers' compensation insurance.