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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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OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.

Overdose death of girl, 10, puts spotlight on growing opioid problem in Mpls.

Minneapolis has logged a decade-high 1,416 overdoses, 78 of which were fatal, according to police records.
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Firing of Minneapolis officer who struck handcuffed man reduced to 2-week suspension

The status of officer Peter Brazeau's former partner wasn't immediately known on Tuesday.
Kjersten Schladetzky, with sons William, 11, and Nelson, 8.

No outward signs of discord before triple murder, suicide

David Schladetzky, 53, is suspected of shooting 39-year-old Kjersten Schladetzky, their two sons and then himself Sunday at a home in south Minneapolis.
Police investigated the scene where a shooting victim was found dead in north Minneapolis in October.

As Minneapolis homicides rise, rate of arrest is dropping

Counting a jailed suspect in Thanksgiving night shooting, police have closed 23 of 41 slayings in 2019.
Raven Gant

Friends, relatives identify woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis domestic dispute

Raven Gant's daughter was by her side at the time of the shooting.

Authorities: Youth arrested after threatening students at Andover High

He wasn't a student at the Anoka County school.
This undated photo provided by Village of Buffalo Grove in Buffalo Grove, Ill., shows Anatoliy Ermak. Authorities say Ermak, a suburban Minneapolis ma

Edina man wanted in Illinois double slaying dies days after shooting himself

A Twin Cities man suspected of killing his ex-wife and her husband outside their Illinois home has died days after shooting himself during a…
Linda, known as “Moms” on the streets, handed out clean syringes in the Phillips community in September. Linda and her fiance, Mark, go out four t

Minneapolis sees spike in overdoses, with opioids causing most deaths

Heroin, opioids No. 1 killer on city streets as this year's overall cases surpass 2018's total.

Police investigate BB-gun incidents in north Minneapolis

One woman was injured and windows of Metro Transit buses were shot out.
Caleb Livingston in November 2019. He was shot in the head in May 2019.

For mom of Mpls. shooting victim, saving life is just half the battle

Thanks to advances in medical care, more gunshot victims are surviving serious injury than ever before. But as one Minneapolis case shows, the road to recovery can leave families facing severe financial straits,

Mpls. officer who talked suicidal woman off bridge honored for on-the-job bravery

A veteran Minneapolis gang investigator who saved a woman who had planned to jump off a bridge two years ago was among those honored by…

Police: Bicyclist killed in collision with truck in downtown Minneapolis

The bicyclist's identity wasn't immediately known on Wednesday.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, shown in August.

Mpls. police discover 1,700 untested rape kits over 30 years

Minneapolis police revealed Friday that the department is sitting on a backlog of 1,700 untested rape kits spanning 30 years, far surpassing the 194 initially reported during a 2015 audit.
Council Member Linea Palmisano, shown in 2018, said she was encouraged by the group’s progress and added that it will require substantial additional

Minneapolis task force suggests alternatives to police for low-risk 911 calls

The group presented its final recommendations at a City Council committee on Wednesday.

Police: Woman pistol-whipped in S. Minneapolis home invasion

No arrests had been announced as of Tuesday morning.
Minneapolis police investigated the scene last month where a shooting victim was found dead on N. Lyndale Avenue near 18th. .

Crime rises in Minneapolis, but is it part of a larger trend?

Both violent and property crimes are up across the board, Police Department data show.
Abdoulaye Cisse

Fatal stabbing of National Guardsman leaves family, community seeking answers

Mpls. soldier's family is desperate for answers.
Minneapolis police union president Lt. Bob Kroll at the union's headquarters.

Amid attention and controversy, Minneapolis police union head has no regrets

Nearing the end of his term, Lt. Bob Kroll is still full of fight.
In 2017, Medaria Arrodondo, then acting Minneapolis police chief, shook hands with Dave Bicking with Communities United Against Police Brutality.

Accountability group sues for Minneapolis police disciplinary records

The group has long argued that such records should be public after arbitration.
Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Michael Kjos, left, and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Mpls. police no longer pursuing fleeing suspects in lesser crimes

Under the new policy, officers can only give chase in situations where they believe a suspect has committed or is about to commit "a serious and violent felony or gross misdemeanor."

Man accused of twice running over crowd outside Minneapolis bar faces attempted murder charge

Some victims were hit twice outside Mpls. bar at closing time, charges say.
Some residents in the Hawthorne neighborhood of Minneapolis worry that more officers would lead to more harassment of black residents. Above, Keontray

As Mpls. debates police numbers, some residents wonder if more cops are the answer

Residents of crime-weary areas are skeptical.
A minivan was on its side after being hit by a vehicle on the 1300 block of North Newton Avenue.

5 killed, many injured in series of horrific metro area crashes

A driver has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a Minneapolis crash that killed a pregnant woman.
Minneapolis police union President Lt. Bob Kroll. Police officers have been working under a contract set to expire in December.

Activists urge Minneapolis City Council to consider 'sensible and significant' changes to police contract

Traditionally, the council has rubber-stamped police contracts without pushing for provisions that increased officer accountability, argued several speakers.
Minneapolis police investigated the scene where a shooting victim was found dead on Lyndale Avenue N. near 18th Avenue on Friday night.

Murder charges filed in north Minneapolis gang shooting

The suspect, 18-year-old Mahad Ali, is expected to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday.
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.