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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.
Recent content from Chao Xiong
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…
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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.
Monique Baugh

Charges: Woman lured Mpls. Realtor to home before New Year's Eve kidnapping, murder

A former Hennepin County probation officer and I-35W bridge collapse survivor is accused of luring Monique Baugh to her death.
PolyMet Mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn.

Cameras will be allowed at PolyMet mine hearing, judge rules

The Star Tribune, MinnPost and KSTP TV objected to PolyMet's attempt to ban cameras.
Monique Baugh

2nd suspect arrested in New Year's Eve kidnapping, killing of Mpls. Realtor

Authorities have not said what the second suspect's possible role was.
Ricardo Batres

Crystal contractor gets jail time over labor trafficking

Activists said it's the first case of its kind in Hennepin County and one of a few in the state.

Mpls. masseur charged with sexual assault, admitted to touching 50 men, charges say

The suspect worked at a high-end downtown Minneapolis spa for about six years.
Bjorn Iverson

Plymouth man used alcohol, drugs to sexually assault several women, charges say

A Plymouth man used alcohol and drugs to prey on women as young as 17 over several years, according to charges. Bjorn B. Iverson, 36,…
Yuridia Hernandez Linares is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 30.

Eden Prairie woman pleads guilty to faking robberies to obtain temporary visas

Four victims from 2019 told police they paid Yuridia Hernandez Linares a total of $5,000 to stage the robberies and worked with her to file false police reports.

Bullets fired by suspect in Dayton, Minn., barely missed officers, charges say

Police were searching the suspect's home for a theft case linked to the purchase of a snowblower.

Minneapolis woman charged in 10-year-old's methadone overdose death

The death occurred after the woman treated her daughter's cough and took methadone herself.

Charges: Minneapolis student brought loaded handgun to school

The school district said there was no threat to students or staff members.
Monique Baugh

Man charged in New Year's Eve kidnapping, murder maintains innocence

A judge upheld the $2 million bail for Cedric Berry, accused in the shooting death
Protesters supporting suspended Hennepin County public defender blocked at state office

Protesters supporting suspended Hennepin County public defender blocked at state office

Protesters supporting suspended Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty were told they needed an appointment.
Monique Baugh

Search warrant: North Minneapolis woman apparently abducted, bound before killing

A suspect arrested in Monique Baugh's killing is allegedly a "rival" drug dealer to her boyfriend, court documents said.
Julia Johnson, Gustav Christianson’s older sister, and her daughter Angelina Flores (left), and Christianson’s older bother Gomer Thompson gathere

Mpls. man gets life term for fatally shooting man and baby in 2016

Jquan McInnis, who was 17 when he killed a man and an infant in Minneapolis' Phillips neighborhood, will have to serve 60 years before he is eligible for parole.
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Minneapolis, St. Paul police make arrests in first homicides of 2020, including realtor's killing

Both incidents occurred hours into the new year,
County Attorney Mike Freeman introduced the office's first ever emotional support animal, a golden doodle named Barrett. Barrett's trainer, Kathryn Ne

Hennepin County Attorney's Office adds emotional support dog

Barrett, a golden doodle, is training to become the office's first emotional support dog.
Justin Braulick

Attorney hospitalized after client punches him in Hennepin court

Client reportedly attacked him during sentencing in a sexual assault case.
In this June 9, 2014, photo is a sculpture portraying a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.

Minneapolis VA Medical Center employee hid camera in bathroom, charges say

Police identified 11 alleged victims who were filmed over four days.
Gable Steveson

Gophers lift suspension of wrestlers after officials decline to file sexual assault charges

Star wrestler Gable Steveson competed and won Friday night as Minnesota beat South Dakota State.
Bullet holes marked the front of the house on N. Thomas Avenue in Minneapolis, the scene of an officer-involved shooting Sunday that killed a man.

Dozens of bullet casings recovered from Minneapolis shooting scene, documents reveal

Search warrant affidavits show that 11 casings matching the gun allegedly used by Chiasher Fong Vue were recovered inside and outside his home.

Minneapolis police officer fired for punching handcuffed man sues city for job, wages

Alexander Brown, who was fired for beating a man, alleges the city backed out of an agreement to rehire him.
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

Lawsuit: Minneapolis violated data law in withholding information in fatal police shooting

Communities United Against Police Brutality is asking a judge to intervene and compel the city to release information.
Joseph Gomm

Inmate ruled competent to stand trial in death of Stillwater correctional officer

Edward M. Johnson's ability to understand and participate in the criminal case against him had been at question since last year.
April 15, 1984: Director John Tester, left, and resident manager Dave Bosanko surveyed part of the Cedar Creek Natural History Area.

Pioneering ecologist John Tester was driven by love for Minnesota

Tester, who died last month, helped invent radio tracking of wildlife and was early to sound the climate alarm.

One father charged, another sentenced in death of Twin Cities metro infants

A witness in the Hennepin County case said the parents had been drinking and using cocaine.
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Shooter convicted in drive-by that wounded 5-year-old Minneapolis girl

Surveillance video captured the suspect car driving by the crime scene.
Sexual assault evidence collection kits.

$2 million grant awarded to Minnesota for sex assault investigations

The money is intended for testing rape kits, aiding victims and other uses.
Adelle "Addie" Jensen

Minneapolis man sentenced to 20 years for 2015 killing, dismembering of estranged girlfriend

Joshua Dow was set to be released from prison in February for a related offense.
Sherrie and Bryce Dirk.

Brooklyn Park woman gets 32 years, husband 12 1/2 for malnourished foster child's death

Arianna Hunziker didn't grow during her approximately 16 months with the Dirks.
Judge Kathryn Quaintance listened in June as former Minneapolis police office Mohamed Noor read a statement before sentencing.

Attorneys question third sealing of Mohamed Noor jury list

Longtime attorneys could not recall juror information being sealed this long.

Case dismissed in rape of Valleyfair employee after mixed up DNA test

His attorney discovered that DNA tests had been mixed up.