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

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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

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The awards ceremony was held Tuesday at City Hall.
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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

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Minneapolis Police Department squad car

Audit finds length of Minneapolis police hiring process is a hurdle in recruiting women, minorities

Issues present hurdle to recruiting women, minority police officers, review finds.
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Mpls. police rethink pursuit policy after string of chases

The discussion comes after a string of high-speed police pursuits that ended in crashes involving injuries and even death.
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Police, health officials on high alert after Mpls. has record 50 ODs in a week

Police say that further testing was needed to determine which drugs were involved, though opioids are strongly suspected.

Police urge vigilance after garage burglars strike south Minneapolis neighborhood

The overnight crime spree targeted at least nine garages or homes.
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Victim of fatal shooting near Midtown Greenway identified

Authorities on Monday identified a 23-year-old man who was killed in an apparent ambush as he sat in a parked car last week on Minneapolis'…
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Minneapolis police promote 17 to leadership roles

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1 dead after late-night shooting in Minneapolis

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Chuck Turchick spoke in opposition to the Vikings stadium during a Minneapolis City Council event in April 2012.

Minneapolis police 'behind the ball' on years-old Department of Justice report

Department was advised to alter discipline policies.
V.J. Smith, Minneapolis chapter president of MAD DADS, said Wednesday he was still gathering information about the raid, while insisting that the epis

Two members of MAD DADS arrested on drugs, weapons counts

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Minneapolis looks at strains of off-duty cop work

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St. Paul cop Benny Williams remembered for making a difference

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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, walked into the Hennepin County Courthouse for the verdict in the shooting death of Justine Ru

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Guns seized during a raid by law enforcement officials.

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Minneapolis Police are seeking this vehicle in connection with a homicide on May 3.

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Multiple sources at City Hall and police headquarters say Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman had acted strangely at a meeting at the Urban League�

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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walked through the elevator lobby of the Hennepin County Government Center with his legal team on Frida

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This courtroom sketch Thursday depicts former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor on the witness stand.

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Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll said that he consulted with the police union’s attorneys, who said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s

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Union president said he consulted with attorneys, who said Jacob Frey's directive was unlawful.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

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The prosecution aggressively questioned the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension about its inquiry into Justine Damond's killing.
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Experienced attorneys say they have never seen such deep conflict between a law enforcement agency and prosecutor revealed in a Minnesota courtroom.
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A pedal pub sits amid other vehicles at the Minneapolis impound lot.

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Minneapolis police officer Matthew Harrity leaves the courtroom for lunch break with his attorney Fred Bruno.

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Noor jury sees teen's 29-second video of shooting's aftermath

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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor leaves the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of trial in Minneapolis on Monday, Apr

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Man allegedly snuck revolver into Minneapolis police station

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The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, has placed prosecutors in the position of relying on testimony of officers whose

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Prosecution's witnesses include officers whose credibility they question.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, on Tuesday, April 9,

Noor trial: Supervisor testifies fear of ambush was on officers' minds

After several incidents across the country, officers were on high alert, he said.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, as he breaks for lun

Noor trial: Fellow officers told Noor to keep quiet, contacted union officials

A chaotic scene unfolded immediately after Justine Ruszczyk Damond was shot.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo greeted cadets in November.

Mpls. police chief names new deputy, inspectors in leadership shakeup

Three of the appointees were women.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

'Even very quick' medical intervention would not have saved Justine Damond

Jurors heard 911 audio and saw video and photos of the crime scene in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
Hennepin County District Judge Kathryn Quaintance

Judge's filing offers new details in Damond shooting aftermath

Within seconds, Noor's partner rushed from SUV to help Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Media members approach Don Damond, the fiance of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, second from right, and Zach Damond, right, Damond's son, as they arrive for

'I was in shock': Justine Damond's fiance gives emotional testimony at Noor trial

Don Damond was overwhelmed by tears at times when he recalled the night in 2017 Justine was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer, who is on trial for murder.
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing

Jurors' implicit biases on minds of attorneys in Noor trial

With race expected to play a key role — Noor is black, Damond was white — attorneys have gone to some lengths to tease out racial bias among potential jurors, stemming from news coverage and personal experiences.
A Minneapolis police officer and a Hennepin County sheriff were on duty outside of the Armory on Friday.

Police beards now allowed in Minneapolis, but not at the Final Four

Old policy still applies to new hires, honor guard and community service.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, arrives for the first day of jury selection with his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Pl

Prosecution, defense spar as Noor jury selection continues

Tense exchanges and an oblique accusation of "prosecutorial misconduct" marked the proceedings.
This courtroom sketch depicts jury selection Monday in Minneapolis in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, second from right.

At Noor trial, attorneys begin research on prospective jurors

Social media and other data are fair game, experts say.

Police: Minneapolis shooting injures man holding infant in arms

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday evening.
Members of the crime lab collected evidence from around the car were one man was shot to death and another wounded on 7th St. N heading into downtown

'Things are heated' after fatal drive-by shooting in Mpls. Sunday, with investigation underway

The homicide may have been related to an earlier shooting in north Minneapolis that left two women wounded.
Phillip J. Lombardi

Arbitrator: U must rehire fired cop who confronted woman that slapped his car

University officials didn't respond to an inquiry about the officer's current employment status.
At Minneapolis City Hall on Thursday, Mayor Jacob Frey and other officials talked about security issues related to the NCAA Final Four.

Minneapolis authorities promise 'family-friendly' security at Final Four

Unlike last year's Super Bowl, the police presence at the NCAA games will be more relaxed but still robust.
A woman holds a program at a celebration of life service for Le'Vonte King Jason Jones, 2, shot and killed in 2016 in a drive-by shooting in Minneapol

Grand jury convened to investigate 2016 shooting death of toddler in north Minneapolis

Boy's infant sister was also injured in the shooting, which remains officially unsolved.
Marijuana flower at Pharm Labs in San Diego.

Minneapolis police to continue making pot arrests

Police say it's a low-level priority, but it's their job to enforce the law.
Minneapolis police Cmdr. Melissa Chiodo

Minneapolis police commander named new Inver Grove Heights police chief

Commander in Mpls. Police Department selected as new chief.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, with Mayor Jacob Frey in November.

Minneapolis police chief seeks front office reorganization

Plan now heads to the City Council.
The pilot program will offer after-hours and weekend home visits in response to domestic disturbance calls.

$100,000 state grant to fund new Minneapolis-based domestic violence pilot program

The Minneapolis partnership connects victims to services.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Mpls. police chief repeats desire for department to grow to 1,000 officers, despite resistance

The issue of understaffing resurfaced at a public meeting in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood last week.
Cmdr. Melissa Chiodo (Minneapolis Police Department)

Mpls. Police Department may lose one of its few high-ranking female officers

Five are in the running to replace Paul Schnell in Inver Grove Heights.

Minneapolis cop who might have averted school shooting is among honorees

He was among dozens of rank-and-file officers and civilians honored at the MPD's annual awards ceremony.
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University of Minnesota bioethicist John Song dies at 55

Song, an internist, for years ran a free medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured.
Abdirahman Mukhtar spoke with a man as he and Abdullahi Farah, left, gave out pizza and tea to young people from a stand Friday in the Cedar-Riverside

Authorities identify 17-year-old shot and killed on violent night in Minneapolis

Abdiwasa Farah died of multiple gunshot wounds.
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