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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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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, middle, is flanked by his attorneys Peter Wold, left, and Thomas Plunkett, right, at the Hennepin Coun

Noor trial reveals deep fracture between Mpls. police, County Attorney's Office

Experienced attorneys say they have never seen such deep conflict between a law enforcement agency and prosecutor revealed in a Minnesota courtroom.
Eden Prairie Center in 2009.

Man accused of yelling racial epithet before pulling out gun at Eden Prairie mall

Eyewitnesses told police that the 55-year-old could have retreated, but instead escalated the encounter by pulling out a gun, the complaint said.
A pedal pub sits amid other vehicles at the Minneapolis impound lot.

Police: Dozens of cars stolen in northeast Minneapolis in recent weeks

No suspects have been identified, a police spokesman said.
Minneapolis police officer Matthew Harrity leaves the courtroom for lunch break with his attorney Fred Bruno.

Noor's former partner testifies he feared for life when silhouette appeared

Asked if the use of deadly force would've been premature, officer Matthew Harrity responded yes.
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

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

The teenager recorded a 29-second clip of the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor leaves the Hennepin County Government Center after the first day of trial in Minneapolis on Monday, Apr

Prosecutors assail fired Mpls. officer's supervisor for procedural missteps, secrecy

Questions of secrecy continue in Mohamed Noor's murder trial
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, and his attorney Thomas Plunkett made their way out of court at the Hennepin County Government C

Prosecutors in Noor case query officers about turning off body cams

Sgt. Jarrod Kunze took the stand Monday afternoon as Noor's murder trial entered its third week.
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Man allegedly snuck revolver into Minneapolis police station

Gun possession charges have been lodged against a man who allegedly sneaked a silver revolver into an interview room at a downtown Minneapolis police station.A…
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, has placed prosecutors in the position of relying on testimony of officers whose

Noor trial unfolding amid debate over 'blue wall of silence'

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.
A group of Somali volunteers including Abdirahman Mukhtar, left, and Abdullahi Farah gave out pizza and tea to young people from a stand Friday in the

East African community reeling from weekend shootings demands solutions

The violence is tied to a dispute between several South Side Somali gangs. Somali residents and businesses are calling on City Hall and the police to help curb the violence.

1 dead, 2 wounded in Cedar-Riverside shooting in Minneapolis

The gunfire came on a night when 6 people were shot in the city in 3 separate incidents.
Paramedics have used Narcan 160 times since Jan. 1 to treat suspected overdose victims, after using the opioid antidote 832 times all of last year, ac

Minneapolis police on pace to respond to record number of drug overdoses

With 200 overdoses so far this year, department projections are likely to top last year's total.
Minneapolis police officer Blayne Lehner.

Two more Minneapolis officers fired for unspecified misconduct

No reasons were offered for the firings. Both men had previous internal complaints.

Police: Burglar shot dog after kicking in front door of S. Minneapolis home

No arrests had been announced as of Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities: Mpls. raid turns up drugs, shotgun stuffed inside teddy bear

Authorities: Mpls. raid turns up drugs, shotgun stuffed inside teddy bear

No charges had been announced as of Monday morning.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo expects a new Fourth Precinct inspector to be named by April.

Minneapolis police narrow search for the next North Side inspector

A final decision is expected by April, Chief Medaria Arradondo says.
KG Wilson and his mother, Anita Echols.

Act of kindness reunites Minneapolis peace activist with dying mother

As his mom lay dying in Chicago, local activist KG Wilson got some unexpected support.
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Minneapolis police body-camera usage hits 90 percent

Results of the latest quarterly audit of the department's body camera program were revealed on Wednesday.
Jerry Westrom

Isanti businessman charged in 1993 stabbing released on $500K bail

Businessman is due back in court on March 13.

Four arrested after 17-year-old girl shot in north Minneapolis

The teen was injured as she sat in a parked car, police said.
Minneapolis police car

Minneapolis police officer fired over excessive force used during 2016 case

Pair seen on camera punching handcuffed man; second officer also faces dismissal.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor

Flurry of motions filed before murder trial for ex-Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor

Murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer is slated to start in April.
Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs

DNA, online genealogy website help police nab suspect in 1993 slaying of Minneapolis woman

Suspect faces charges in the stabbing death of Jeanne Ann Childs of Minneapolis.

Boy, 12, struck by errant bullet while playing inside St. Paul home

No arrests had been announced as of Tuesday morning.
Eileen Mark, left, and daughter Jennifer Angerhofer

Neighbor arrested in Minneapolis slaying of mother, daughter

Police on Monday night arrested a man on suspicion of murder in the killings of his neighbor and her daughter in a Minneapolis apartment last weekend.
Hewlett Packard printer inks are seen inside an HP printer on display at Best Buy in Mountain View, Calif., Monday, May 18, 2009. Hewlett-Packard Co.

Police: Andover man stole $240k worth of printer ink, tried to sell it on eBay

Authorities used eBay to identify Andover suspect.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo listened to concerns presented at a meeting at City Hall on Feb. 6.

Minneapolis police plan listening session for open North Side commander position

Event will seek community input on filling North Side police commander job.
2 women found shot and killed in southeast Minneapolis apartment building

2 women found shot and killed in southeast Minneapolis apartment building

Minneapolis police detectives canvassed the neighborhood, near Central and University avenues, for witnesses well into the night.
Kenneth Lilly, right, charged with shooting a school bus driver on Interstate 35W, made his first court appearance Friday. At left is lawyer Thomas Pl

Man charged in bus shooting had killed armed robber in 2015

No charges were filed against Kenneth Lilly, 31, in the fatal 2015 shooting of 16-year-old Lavauntai Broadbent at Shadow Falls Park in St. Paul.
From left, Minneapolis City Council Members Steve Fletcher, Andrea Jenkins and Jeremiah Ellison during a public safety meeting last year.

Proposal to halt some Mpls. traffic stops gets a City Hall debate

A recent report in Minneapolis found racial disparities in the stops. But police leaders say such enforcement is integral to removing drugs and guns from the streets.
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing

Attorney seeks answer to question of whether Minneapolis will cover potential civil damages in Noor case

Counsel wants to know if Minneapolis will pick up cost of any civil damages.
Le’Vonte King Jason Jones, 2, was fatally shot in north Minneapolis in 2016.

New leads emerge in 2016 drive-by slaying of 2-year-old in Minneapolis

The case remains officially unsolved.

Man charged with assault, rape of girlfriend at downtown Minneapolis apartment

DNA samples were taken from the scene and sent for forensic testing, according to court filings.

Search on for suspect who robbed, tied up Eden Prairie restaurant manager

No suspect has been identified so far, police said.
Cliff Johnson sat on his steps where he was tasered by two Minneapolis Police officers Monday January 28, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.] Jerry Holt • Jer

Lawsuit: Mpls. police used taser on man in 'full blown bipolar episode'

Suit against city, officers says police mishandled mental health episode.

Two injured after police chase in north, northeast Mpls., according to scanner

Officers ended pursuit in northeast Mpls., but the vehicle then struck a minivan.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo greeted cadets following the announcement that he had been appointed to another term.

In Minneapolis Police Chief Arradondo, housing reformists see unlikely ally

Police chief calls it not just a moral obligation, but a matter of public safety.
Sgt. Andy Stender

Lawsuit claims supervisors did nothing when Minneapolis K-9 officer complained of harassment

The suit, filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court, seeks $50,000 in damages.
The Crystal Court at IDS Center.

Scanner reports: Man robs IDS Center bank branch in downtown Minneapolis

The suspect had a distinctive tattoo under his right eye, according to scanner reports.
Police lights

Suspects arrested in Fridley homicide

Two suspects in the shooting death last week of 17-year-old Keimonte White in Fridley were picked up by police Monday and booked into the…

Prosecutors: Robbery suspect, victim too drunk to remember bloody incident

Surveillance video shows men attacking victim.

Minneapolis child-care worker charged with brutal assault on toddler

The girl still has seizures and paralysis nearly a year later, the complaint says.

Victim of Fridley homicide identified as Minneapolis teen

No one has been arrested in Keimonte White's shooting death.
Brian S. Williams

Serial burglar suspected in more than 100 cases faces new charges

Brian S. Williams made his initial court appearance Thursday after being charged with third-degree burglary.
Tommy C. Johnson

Minneapolis man charged after 7 pounds of cocaine delivered to home

The defendant, Tommy C. Johnson, is next expected to appear in court on Feb. 14.
Sgt. Eric Hagel showed off the rowing machine that could be part of a new fitness test that is being evaluated for current officers and recruits.

Minneapolis police weighing new fitness standards

Situps and pushups could be replaced by a rowing machine.
Volunteer Abdirahman Mukhtar, left, gave out pizza and tea Friday in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

In Minneapolis, pizza and tea buys a connection with Somali youth 'crying for help'

On any given Friday night, even in the bone-chilling cold, Abdirahman Mukhtar stands at an outdoor plaza in Minneapolis, offering young passersby free pizza and…
Mohamed Noor, left, and his legal team will be allowed to inspect a Minneapolis squad car at Fifth Precinct headquarters, under close supervision.

Judge, city rule Noor's attorneys can inspect squad car

Defense team seeking independent analysis; trial set to start in April.

CenturyLink outage plaguing customers in Minnesota, other parts of U.S.

911 emergency calls could be affected in some parts of Minnesota, officials said.

Longtime Hill-Murray announcer Paul Koller remembered for fervor, kindness, dies at 94

For the past 15 years, Paul Koller’s voice was a regular feature at Hill-Murray High School hockey games. Koller, or “Mr. Thursday” as he was…

Wisconsin pair charged with injuring trooper while fleeing southern Minnesota drug stop

The officer was punched, dragged before tumbling onto the highway.
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