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Libor Jany

Reporter | Minneapolis Public Safety
Phone: 612-673-4064
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: Czech and French

Libor Jany is the Minneapolis crime reporter for the Star Tribune. He joined the newspaper in 2013, after stints in newsrooms in Connecticut, New Jersey, California and Mississippi. He spent his first year working out of the paper's Washington County bureau, focusing on transportation and education issues, before moving to the Dakota County team.

Jany got his start in journalism in the sports department of his hometown paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He attended Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Ore.) and Mississippi State University, majoring in communications with a minor in sociology. In his free time, he likes traveling, having visited 25 countries on six continents, including Pakistan in the summer of 2017. He was born in Czechoslovakia, and has lived in Gabon, France and seven U.S. states.
Recent content from Libor Jany
Protests were mostly peaceful outside of Target Center on Thursday.

Mpls. chief commends police for 'admirable restraint' in face of rowdy crowds

At the same time, critics questioned police use of chemical irritants on the crowds outside Target Center.
Trump volunteers were allowed into the Target Center in preparation for President Trump's visit.

Minneapolis awaits Trump, crowd of protesters downtown

Some estimate more than 10,000 people will flood downtown to oppose the president's visit, with two dozen disparate groups planning to protest. They'll be met by counterdemonstrators supporting the president. The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m . at Target Center.

Community, business leaders vent crime concerns with troubled N. Minneapolis street corner

N. 21st and Aldrich has been plagued by drugs, shootings and violence.
Linda Julik distributes clean needles and picks up used ones four to five times a week in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood in south Minneapolis.

Meet two foot soldiers in Minneapolis' opioid fight

'Moms' and 'Pops' do what they can to help homeless people struggling with addiction.
Police stayed at the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair late Sept. 2 after three men were shot, apparently in gang-related violence, said those

Mpls. gang factions split and evolve, fueled by social media and old beefs

The violence tied to factions spread to the Minnesota State Fair over Labor Day weekend, resulting in gunfire that wounded three men.
Susan Spiller

Hennepin County juvenile judge hears arguments in Susan Spiller murder case

No timetable has been announced for a decision in the matter.
Burhan Elmi, co-owner of the cafe, left, chatted with John Torgeson, right, who works in emergency glass services, who had come to measure the windows

Immigrant storefronts vandalized in Seward neighborhood; suspect arrested

Police are looking into whether bias is behind the damage.
A 911 operator answers emergency calls at a Minneapolis dispatch center. Diverting 911 calls deemed less serious to other government agencies could al

Mpls. officials consider if some 911 calls can be handled outside of police

The proposed move aims to allow police to focus on more urgent calls that demand immediate response.

Two hospitalized after stabbing, hammer attack in 'exceptionally chaotic' scene at Mpls. home

Police spokesman John Elder said the attack was not random.

Man suspected in 7 area bank robberies charged in two Minneapolis heists

Police say that more charges are forthcoming against the 37-year-old suspect, William Villaneuva.

2-year-old struck by wayward bullet in north Minneapolis neighborhood

No suspects had been arrested as of Tuesday afternoon.
A Minneapolis police bike patrol officer stood near the intersection of 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue downtown in 2017.

How safe is downtown Mpls.? Police stats feed the perception

Police officials say crime statistics back up the view that safety has deteriorated in the city's business center.
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Suspect arrested in downtown Minneapolis beating of Medtronic worker who later died

The research scientist at Medtronic was found hurt in July, died 26 days later.
"It’s important for me to ensure that the off-duty culture is one that is in line with our MPD core values,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria

Audit finds lax oversight of Minneapolis police off-duty program

Police officials say that the department has already started to implement many of the recommendations.

Suspect arrested in slaying of man whose body was found in a burning Minneapolis home

The 66-year-old suspect was arrested in St. Paul and booked into the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of murder, police said.
A man who told hospital staff that he intended to harm Minneapolis city employees put City Hall on high alert.

Ex-Minneapolis employee arrested for allegedly threatening former colleagues, sources say

He meant to harm those in Public Works after losing his job, police say.
Kacey Feiner

1 dead in overnight shooting in St. Paul's Battle Creek area

Family members identified the victim as 22-year-old Kacey Feiner.
Police vehicles remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Avenue near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair grounds late Mon

Police hunt for suspects in 'brazen,' 'lawless' shooting outside fair

Gov. Tim Walz decried the gunfire, which left 3 hurt, and fair officials said safety is their top priority.
Police vehicles remained at the intersection of Midway Parkway and Snelling Ave. near the main entrance to the Minnesota State Fair grounds late Monda

Three shot, one run over outside front gate as State Fair ends

The chaotic scene erupted around 10:20 p.m. outside the gate at Snelling Avenue and Midway Parkway as the fair was closing for the year.

Violence stalked family of young father gunned down in Minneapolis

The 23-year-old victim had lost several immediate family members to gun violence before he himself was gunned down on Saturday.
Diego, one of the longest serving horses in the Minneapolis Police Department’s mounted patrol unit, was put down after suffering a serious leg inju

Minneapolis police mounted patrol mourns loss of 'kind, gentle' steed

The 20-year-old buckskin gelding was put down after suffering a serious leg injury on Sunday.

Minneapolis family loses a second son to gunfire

City's 25th homicide of the year comes on a violent weekend with two other shootings.
Jamar Clark

Mpls. Council approves $200,000 settlement in Jamar Clark case

Settlement brings end to emotional police shooting.

Lawsuit alleges off-duty Mpls. police officer assaulted man at bar, causing brain injury

In a federal lawsuit, Lucas McDonough contends that the run-in nearly two years ago at a popular cop hangout left him with an injury that deprived him of his sense of smell and taste.

Police arrest suspect in Minneapolis apartment slaying

The slaying was the city's 23rd homicide of the year.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates the scene after Minneapolis police fatally shot a man suspected of shooting and wounding a woma

Mpls. council member wonders if post-shooting trauma goes unaddressed too often

An exchange of e-mails shed light on the issue.

Friends, family identify teenager fatally shot in north Minneapolis

It was the third homicide in the city in a week and the 22nd so far this year.
Minneapolis police officer Keia Pettis stood inside the Third Precinct building for a portrait.

Minneapolis all-female police leadership academy aims to increase diversity

The academy from Oct. 14-18 is a first for the department.
Shannon Lavelle Blackman

Arrest made in shooting of Minneapolis girl, 5, hit in the foot by wayward bullet

The 27-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday, online jail records show.

One arrested after three stabbed in south Minneapolis

The arrest following the incident, which occurred about 2 a.m. Wednesday at a home in the 3500 block of Nicollet Avenue.

Man charged with sparking Minneapolis fight that ended with friend's shooting death

The suspect was at least the second person charged in connection with the case.

Residents, merchants feeling squeezed by drug trade on south Minneapolis block

Residents say they need more police help at E. 29th St. and Bloomington Av.
A police chase involving officers from multiple agencies in the north metro turned into an intense manhunt in a neighborhood on the Columbia Heights-F

Prosecutors: Minneapolis man who fired fatal shots at party in self-defense will not be charged

The man is still charged with fleeing the police.

13-year-old girl shot in Minneapolis home during apparent attempted robbery

No arrests had been announced.
Arrest made after 3 shot, wounded in Maplewood; Regions Hospital briefly locked down

Arrest made after 3 shot, wounded in Maplewood; Regions Hospital briefly locked down

The brief hospital lockdown was due to family member tensions.
Blessing Caldwell got a boost as she places the star atop the community Christmas tree outside the Fourth Precinct headquarters in Minneapolis. The ne

2 officers in north Mpls. Christmas tree controversy fired

The officers were put on administrative leave shortly after a photo of the tree surfaced on social media. The police union is appealing the firings.
An intense manhunt is underway in a neighborhood on the Columbia Heights-Fridley border where officers from multiple agencies are going yard to yard i

Suspect who led police on high-speed chase was wanted in Minneapolis party slaying

Fleeing charges were filed against the suspect, who has since been released from custody.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Latest Minneapolis police leadership shakeup announced includes two new precinct inspectors

Police union president applauds promotions.
Minneapolis police car

Auto thefts up 22% across Minneapolis, police say

Police say that more than eight out of every 10 stolen vehicles are eventually recovered.
Yusuf Salaam, who was wrongly convicted as one of the Central Park Five, joined a discussion on race and criminal justice Monday in Minneapolis.

Speaking in Minneapolis, member of Central Park Five doesn't let anger consume him

Yusef Salaam was on panel with state's top law enforcement officials.
As many as 100 boats dotted the water around Lake Minnetonka’s Big Island on Saturday, July 27.

Can Lake Minnetonka's Big Island problem be fixed?

Booze and loud music are the least of the worries after a mysterious outbreak sickened 116 people who had been in the water during the July 4th weekend.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the scene after Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning on the 2400 block

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man at apparent domestic call

Officials said that the man shot a woman, who is expected to survive.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the scene after Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning on the 2400 block

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man at apparent domestic call

The officers opened fire after repeatedly instructing the man to drop his weapon, although the circumstances and timeline that preceded the shooting are not yet known.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo spoke during a community event.

Minneapolis police chief promises 'transformational' change as staffing debate continues

The debate over police manpower has only intensified with budget season approaching.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told the council committee that oversees public safety that over a 12-month period dating back to last summ

Minneapolis officials say they undercounted delayed police responses by 5,525 calls

The mix-up was attributed to confusion about the way some of the calls were coded.

Minneapolis police investigating shooting during phone sale gone wrong

No arrests have been announced as of Tuesday morning.
Minneapolis Chief Medaria Arradondo cautioned against employing too few police officers: “We can’t continue to expect our officers to work in cond

No police were available for 1,200 911 calls in Minneapolis over year

Over a 12-month period going back to last summer, police officials counted 1,251 instances in which no squads were immediately available to respond to a Priority 1 call.

One man dead after a night of three shootings in Minneapolis

The latest homicide capped a violent week in the city.
At least six people were hurt, including three critically, when a van slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis on July 9.

Search warrant: Video contradicts driver's account in Minneapolis bus shelter crash

No charges have been brought to date against the driver.
Quay Felton

Second shooting in a week on troubled Minneapolis block leaves police searching for answers

No arrests have been announced in any of the incidents.

Suspect identified in south Minneapolis home invasions targeting Latino families with kids

The 22-year-old was brought in for questioning after his fingerprint was reportedly found at one of the crime scenes, police say.

Rogers woman charged with causing newborn's death during drinking binge

Toxicology testing showed the newborn had 0.234 percent blood-alcohol level, according to the criminal complaint.
Kibbie Walker

Minneapolis police await cause of death ruling in June shooting, while fears of gang violence escalate

No arrests have been announced in the shooting of 28-year-old Kibbie Walker.
Bishop Harding Smith led a vigil for the victim of a fatal shooting on Plymouth Avenue in north Minneapolis. ] Fatal shooting early Sunday in north Mi

Violence-weary residents turn to Mpls. leaders for answers

North Side seeks answers from city, police after recent homicides.
Grainy surveillance footage may lead to a culprit — or to someone who resembles him.

Minneapolis official wants to get ahead of police use of facial recognition

Citing concerns about privacy and civil liberties, he plans to push for tight regulations on any future use of the technology by police.
The victim was identified Friday night by his sister as 16-year-old Quay Felton.

Boy, 16, fatally shot on north Minneapolis street

The victim had recently abandoned gang activity and been the subject of threats, his family said.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, shown in February, told the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday that the department’s

Minneapolis chief wants to add 400 street cops by 2025

Medaria Arradondo cites increased pressures and workload.
Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison, shown in 2018. After many sleepless nights, neighbors started calling and e-mailing Ellison’s offi

On troubled north Mpls. corner, drugs flow and neighbors worry

Beefed-up patrols have only moved the activity a block, residents say.
The scene near 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis in 2018.

Couple indicted in fatal shooting at south Minneapolis gas station

The couple had previously been charged in the murder of 18-year-old Mohamed Abdi.
North Minneapolis activist Susan Spiller was killed in her home in July 2015.

After arrest in 2015 slaying of Mpls. activist, questions persist

Prosecutors say they will ask to have the now-18-year-old suspect tried as an adult in the death of Susan Spiller.
An incident involving Park Board Commissioner Londel French and a Minneapolis police officer shared on Facebook is now under department investigation.

Tense encounter between Mpls. officer, parks official leads to internal probe

Park Board Commissioner Londel French said he hopes others will learn from the incident.
Pallbearers walk with the casket of Le'Vonte King Jason Jones, 2, shot and killed in a drive-by shooting, to a horse drawn hearse following a celebrat

Murder charges filed in 2016 drive-by shooting of toddler

Le'Vonte King Jason Jones, 2, was fatally shot in 2016, as he rode in a van with his 15-year-old sister and their father. The suspect charged Monday is currently serving a federal prison term on unrelated gun charges.
As the city of Minneapolis consolidates many of its offices in a new building across from City Hall, police officials say the time is ripe to move fro

Officials eye move for downtown Mpls. police station

Officials say they have identified several replacement locations, notably the site of the Public Service Center.

Suspect in St. Paul homicide in custody, police say

Prosecutors have until noon Tuesday to file charges against the 37-year-old suspect, police say.

One killed, five wounded in shootings on St. Paul's East Side

The homicide was the city's 12th of the year.

Shootings leave one dead, five injured on St. Paul's East Side

The homicide is the city's 12th of the year.

3 shot in short span overnight on Minneapolis' North Side

The incidents tied up all of the police precinct's available squad cars.
Tom Arneson, managing attorney for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office juvenile division, spoke at a press conference to announce the arrest of a su

Police arrest suspect in 2015 slaying of north Mpls. activist

Police officials said they arrested an 18-year-old suspect in the murder of Susan Spiller. He was 14 at the time.
Darrell Rea

Suspected serial rapist receives 10 years in prison in Mpls. cold case

Suspected serial rapist was convicted in 1983 killing of Lorri Mesedahl, 17.
Salvador Pacheco of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center in Minneapolis prepared to discard a used syringe. Minneapolis is on pace to log 45

Minneapolis police take Compstat-like approach to drug overdoses

Jurisdictions share information to help identify trends before they escalate into major problems.

Minneapolis names Sasha Cotton new violence prevention director

Cotton has served as the city's youth violence prevention coordinator since 2014.
Katie Miller worked in the nonprofit world for 19 years before becoming a LGBTQIA community liaison for the Minneapolis Police Department.

New Minneapolis police liaison works to build bridges to LGBTQ community

Katie Miller is part of a new unit helping Minneapolis police seek broader solutions.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo honored officers and civilians for heroism and courage in the line of duty, including a pair of beat cops w

Minneapolis police honor sworn, civilian heroes

The awards ceremony was held Tuesday at City Hall.
Destiny Hill Church

Minnetonka man investigated for harassment against all-black church

Black church in Minnetonka targeted.
Minneapolis Police Officer Michael Kirchen was more than happy to pass along a free helmet to Jahnyra Lane, 10, cq, while she visited a community outr

Founder of Bike Cops for Kids named Minnesota Officer of the Year

Mike Kirchen helped the popular Bike Cops for Kids program get started.