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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
Crowds looted the Saks Off Fifth store in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday, Aug. 26, after rumors swirled that police had shot a man, when in fact th

26 now charged in connection with downtown Mpls. looting

26 now accused of crimes including burglary, assault and drug possession.
Attorney Earl Gray filed two body-worn camera (BWC) videos in court about a week ago as evidence supporting his motion to dismiss the charges against

Media coalition calls for immediate release of body camera footage in George Floyd killing

It can be viewed only by appointment at the courthouse, not recorded.
Del Shea Perry, the mother of an Apple Valley man who died in the Beltrami County jail in 2018 spoke to the early crowd at the demonstration in front

DOC chief calls for criminal investigation of Beltrami County jail inmate's death

Letters by health care professional alleged neglect of inmate at Beltrami County jail.
Aaron J. Hjermstad

Former youth basketball coach charged in third case of child sex abuse

A former Minneapolis grade-school teacher and youth basketball coach was charged Thursday for the third time with sexually abusing a child under his care. Aaron…
East Phillips neighborhood group sues Mpls. to stop project over concerns for residents of color

East Phillips neighborhood group sues Mpls. to stop project over concerns for residents of color

Lawsuit says it would disproportionately harm communities of color.

Minneapolis youth basketball coach charged with sexual assault of preteen boy

Aaron J. Hjermstad had worked at a Minneapolis charter school and coached with a youth outreach group.

Charges: St. Paul man shot, killed in Minneapolis after going to sister's aid in fight

A 23-year-old man is charged with one count of second-degree murder with intent. His girlfriend was fighting with the victim's sister at the time of the shooting.
The Lowry Avenue bridge in Minneapolis closed for about five hours Monday as police investigate a fatal crash at Lowry Avenue and Marshall Street NE.

Charges: Minneapolis man sped, ran red light before causing fiery fatal crash

Abdullahi A. Mohamed, 22, was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of criminal vehicular operation.

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.
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.
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.
Yuridia Hernandez Linares ORG XMIT: MIN2001101652540198

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.