Reporter | Hennepin County Courts

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.


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.


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

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


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 judge restores public access to two hearings

The judge declined to open up all hearings in the county to full public access.


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.


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.


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.


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

Mary Moriarty was placed on leave in December.


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.