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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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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, shown in August during a National Night Out celebration, made a public plea last month for help in prevent

Even with crime rates down, Mpls. bloodshed seems endless

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo has called a recent spate of shootings a "public health crisis."
Those reacting to the report on traffic stops included, from left, Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Minneapolis

Hennepin County report finds stark racial disparities in traffic stops

The report also made several specific policy recommendations, including discouraging stopping vehicles for an equipment violation unless there is an immediate threat to public safety.
Loren “Jake” Jacobson

Loren Jacobson, Sun Country co-founder, dies at 85

Relatives say that love of flying never left Jacobson, who eschewed the family business to get his pilot's license.
Police responded in September to the scene of a shooting near 21st Street and Bloomington Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

Arrest warrant issued for suspect in south Minneapolis slaying

The 28-year-old man, identified in surveillance video, remains at large.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, Peter Wold and Tom Plunkett, left following a probable cause hearing for the ex-Minneapolis cop last mont

Judge delays wrongful death lawsuit against ex-Mpls. officer Noor until after criminal proceedings

U.S. magistrate judge wrote that he was forced to weigh how Noor's decision to invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination might affect both cases.

Man shot at by Minneapolis cop is charged with assault, gun possession

The teen, Antonio Rule, is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.
Minneapolis police Cmdr. Charlie Adams, shown in 2001.

Project brings together Minneapolis police, black men in quest for understanding

The idea for the Police and Black Men Project grew out of the fallout from a series of police killings of black men in 2015 and 2016, organizers say.
Mohamed Noor, center, accompanied by his legal team, Peter Wold, left, and Tom Plunkett, right, arrived to argue pretrial motions at a probable cause

Noor will stand trial in April in Damond shooting

A Hennepin County judge ruled that there was enough evidence to bring the former Minneapolis police officer to trial for the death of the 40-year-old Australian woman last summer.
Police responded to the scene of a shooting near 21st Street and Bloomington Avenue S. in Minneapolis.

Gunman fires into a car in south Minneapolis, killing man inside

A gunman was reported running to a waiting car, according to accounts from the scene.
Janee Harteau was named Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.

Former Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau named president of policing app company

The former Minneapolis chief of police will start immediately in her new position.

Suspect charged in string of Minneapolis cellphone store robberies

Ananias Taylor made his initial court appearance on Monday.
Minneapolis Police Union President Lt. Bob Kroll.

Minneapolis police union chief Lt. Bob Kroll under fire over campaign event

Lt. Bob Kroll argued that his status as union president affords him certain protections.
FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, May 22, 2014, Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, CEO of JD.com, raises his arms to celebrate the IPO

Mpls. police turn over rape allegations against Chinese tycoon to prosecutors

Liu Qiangdong, who also goes by Richard Liu, was arrested on Aug. 31 and booked into jail, but released the following day.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, appeared in Hennepin County District Court with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett in May.

Prosecutors in Noor case seek to seal evidence vs. ex-Mpls. officer

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office argued that the move is necessary to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.
A deeper look at Minneapolis crime rates

A deeper look at Minneapolis crime rates

Data show an overall decrease in Minneapolis crime, but also reveal recent upticks in rates for various violent crimes.
After police fatally shot Thurman Blevins on June 23, 2018, in Minneapolis, several blocks were taped off as residents gathered to express their sadne

Police complaints surge in 2018, but officials at a loss for why

Complaints about Minneapolis police misconduct to a civilian review board have surpassed last year's total with more than three months left in 2018, with no singular explanation as to why.
In this May 8, 2018, file photo, former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing in Minn

No ruling after lawyers in Mohamed Noor case debate delaying civil suit

Judge offered no decision on $50M lawsuit in the death of Justine Damond.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, appeared in Hennepin County District Court with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett.

Noor's defense responds to the prosecution's claims about him

Former cop's test results are being distorted, they say.
One killing in Minneapolis since Friday occurred in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

Mpls. grasps for answers after 10 shot, four killed over weekend

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday vowed to redouble efforts to curb shootings and other violent crimes, seeking to calm a city still reeling from an exceptionally bloody weekend.
FILE -- Richard Liu, the JD.com founder who was arrested in the United States on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, in Shanghai, Jan. 4, 2015. Liu,

Mpls. police continue to investigate sex assault allegations against Chinese billionaire

They've declined to provide details and will send the case to the Hennepin County attorney.
DeSean Daggs

Murder charges filed nine months after Dinkytown slaying

Police suspect that victim was shot over a previous attempted robbery.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, appeared in Hennepin County District Court with his attorney Thomas Plunkett in May.

Filing: Noor raised red flags with trainers, psychiatrists

According to prosecutors, the former Minneapolis officer was flagged by two psychiatrists during the pre-hiring evaluation in early 2015, according to the records.
The Minneapolis Police Department's records unit is seeing more requests for body camera footage, even as it has taken on more duties, such as a “qu

Minneapolis officials blame growing police records backlog on tech troubles, staffing shortages

A learning curve, new technology and a surge in requests lead to delays.
The Minneapolis Police Department is expected to run $1.9 million over budget this year, driven by overtime costs and extra staff put in place during

Report projects Mpls. police running $1.9M budget deficit

The overrun is blamed on "large planned events" such as the Super Bowl and X-Games and would likely be absorbed by a Super Bowl sales taxes bump, city officials said.

Wrongful arrest suit against Minneapolis cop can proceed, appeals court rules

Woman sued after officer said she kicked him during an arrest when she hadn't.
Police tape laid on the street

Minneapolis police see sharp drop in crime from 2017

Violent and property crimes are down 17 percent over this time last year, recent shootings aside.
Resmaa Menakem last year started offering counseling services for the Minneapolis Police Department. He says every call an officer goes on can take a

'Soul Medic:' From the battlefield to Minnesota, a therapist continues to listen

After years with military, therapist Resmaa Menakem works with Minneapolis police
The Federal Reserve building in downtown Minneapolis.

Charges: Postal employee fired shots at Minneapolis Fed building

The July incident, which caused $40,000 in damage, may have been ideologically motivated, prosecutors say.
Mayor Jacob Frey listened Thursday as Sgt. Grand Snyder, the Minneapolis Police homeless liaison, spoke at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

Mpls. leaders unveil plan for tackling growing homeless camp

Mayor Jacob Frey pledged to eliminate the encampment, which as doubled in size in recent weeks, by the end of September.

Three shot in Minneapolis, continuing violent stretch

No arrests have been announced in any of the nonfatal cases this week.
Sexual assault survivors told their stories to the Star Tribune, from left, Sarah Ortega, Florkime Payne, Melody Walton, Andrea Gram and Brooke Morath

Mpls. police to hire full-time victim advocate to work with sex crimes investigators

The advocate, from the Sexual Violence Center, will work with sex crimes victims as they bring their cases to police.
Jesse Brown (Hennepin County Jail)

Charges filed in Uptown Minneapolis shooting, chase

The suspect remained jailed Tuesday on charges of first-degree assault and fleeing police in a motor vehicle, jail records show.

Authorities: Security guard charged with impersonating state trooper to impress friend

The defendant is slated to make his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, left, and attorney Thomas Plunkett in May.

Attorneys for ex-Mpls. officer ask for charges to be dropped in Damond death

Mohamed Noor's attorneys say his attempts to revive victim with CPR vindicate him.
Lonzo Allen Washington

Prosecutors: Minneapolis murder suspect pulled gun during fistfight

The suspect was identified through witness statements and surveillance video.
City Attorney Susan Segal said the settlement was in the best interest of “all involved,” and that the department has changed its contractor used

Minneapolis must pay $190,000 to spurned police recruit over psychological screen

Police recruit, a veteran who served in Iraq, was rejected over PTSD diagnosis.
Protesters marched July 31, two days after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released the police body camera footage from the fatal shooting of Thurman Ble

Blevins video exposes divide between police, communities of color

The police body-camera video showing the final moments of Thurman Blevins' life was supposed to provide clarity and answers surrounding his death. Instead, it has reignited the debate about how police interact with minority residents.
Relatives and friends remembered Lonzo Washington on Friday. The 28-year-old was shot and killed Thursday night in Minneapolis.

Arrest announced in shooting death in Minneapolis' Near North neighborhood

Friends and family identified the victim as Lonzo Washington.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, left, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, center, and Sgt. Grant Snyder, right, visited a homeless encampment near Hiawatha

Minneapolis police are taking different approach to homeless

The program gives voice to the city's neediest residents, they say.
Nathan Hampton was killed last month at North Commons Park.

Follow-up attacks at Minneapolis vigils keep mourners on edge

Gunshots at a gathering for Nathan Hampton reinforced the concern.

Minneapolis police urging vigilance after string of car break-ins

Between July 1 and July 30, police say that at least 26 vehicles in two neighborhoods were burglarized or targeted by thieves.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman spoke Monday about body camera footage that was released over the weekend in the Thurman Blevins case and his de

No charges for Mpls. officers who fatally shot Blevins

No charges will be filed against two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot an armed Thurman Blevins during a chase last month, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday.

Charges filed in recent shootings around Minneapolis

Four people have been charged in connection with three recent shootings.
Minneapolis police issued a report Thursday showing its officers are routinely turning on their devices as required,while responding to calls and duri

Report: Minneapolis police body camera usage remains steady

The department plans to debut a data dashboard this fall that will track individual officer's body camera use, officials said.
Attorney Bob Bennett spoke during a news conference after the family of Justine Ruszcyk Damond filed a lawsuit Monday July 23, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

Damond family's lawsuit alleges conspiracy, 'blue wall of silence'

The suit alleges that the police officer who fired the shot that killed Justine Damond in a Minneapolis alley, and his partner that night, conspired to keep their body-worn cameras from collecting potential incriminating evidence.
Tyna'ja Hornsby 6, held a photo of her sister Tyneshia Pate with her mother, Michelle, at the family home in Brooklyn Park.

Unsolved Twin Cities killings leave open wounds for families

About 22 homicides a year remain unsolved in Minnesota, leaving families in an agonizing limbo of grief.
Isaiah Brown, 11, held a photo of Thurman Blevins, the man killed by Minneapolis police.

Minneapolis releases 911 transcript from Thurman Blevins shooting

"You gotta move around before he shoots somebody!" the caller said, the caller said, adding that the man had fired at least two rounds.

Police response to Cedar-Riverside gun call raises racial tensions

Mpls. police had ordered men out of car at gunpoint; chief says they were responding to a credible threat.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo listened to protesters following the shooting death of Thurman Blevins.

Minneapolis police chief now facing a test of leadership

Just over 10 months after being sworn in as chief, Medaria Arradondo is facing the first serious challenge of his leadership skills.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Jeff Egge, shown in 2011, has been inducted into the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy’s hall of fame.

Minneapolis police data guru recognized by national think tank

The honor for Sgt. Jeff Egge was announced at a symposium put on by the Evidence-Based Crime Policy.
Fifth Precinct Inspector Kathy Waite : “The jail is no place for people that are struggling with mental illness.”

Minneapolis police look to expand mental-health pilot program

The co-responder model has been operating in south Minneapolis; downtown may be next.
Aaron Allen

St. Paul mother at forefront of search for her son, missing since Sunday

Aaron Allen, 18, hasn't been seen since Sunday, according to his mother and St. Paul police.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, shown earlier in the week in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Thurman Junior Blevins.

Mpls. to release video in Blevins shooting after interviews

Mayor Jacob Frey's decision breaks with precedent by releasing video while the investigation continues.
James Lark, who said he witnessed the confrontation between police and Thurman Blevins, told the crowd how Blevins raised his arms and told police he

Push for bodycam footage in Mpls. police shooting swells

Sources say a handgun was discovered next to the body of the victim, who died of gunshot wounds. The officers involved were identified.
Thurman Blevins' brother Manuel Moore, left, escorted his father Thurman Moore to their car after speaking during a protest and rally at the Fourth Pr

Police killing met by anguish and anger in north Minneapolis

Hundreds mourned and protested over the weekend as the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension dug in to its investigation of the 31-year-old black man's death.
Dayigin Broadus, 18, was fatally shot at Lowry and Fremont avenues N. in Minneapolis.

As Minneapolis homicide investigation continues, family and friends grieve

No one has been arrested in the shooting death of Dayigin Broadus, 18.
Police in Minneapolis have overhauled the way they keep tabs on criminal activity with a new system for reports and other info.

Minneapolis Police Department unveils new records system to help it keep up with modern crime

The department says the change will help it keep pace with modern crime.
Tyrone Williams

Arrest made in fatal shooting of prominent Mpls. community activist

Suspect booked in county jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Minnesota State Patrol investigated the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground and hit a

Life-threatening injuries suffered by 2 kids after SUV crash at Mpls. park

The driver was fleeing from the State Patrol when he crashed into a playground where a group of children was playing.

Some caught in Mpls. marijuana stings still face unknown fates

Charges are dropped against 31 of the 47, but prosecutors still must decide how to deal with 16 people who have already been convicted.

Minneapolis mom accused of sexually abusing kids was on Hennepin County's radar

Since January 2014, the woman's children have been the subject of at least six child protection reports.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Thursday he discontinued stings targeting low-level marijuana sales at the request of Mayor Jacob Frey

Mpls. cops halt minor marijuana stings, citing racial disparity

All charges were dropped after reports show 46 of 47 arrested were black. "While the intention was good, it had an unintended consequence," Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said.

Charges: Minneapolis woman robs roommate of $20K, forces him to take sleeping pill

The 22-year-old suspect, Wendy Escobar, remained in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Mpls. mom faces new charges of sexually assaulting, torturing children

The new complaint adds on to accusations of child abuse she's already facing.
The scene at the FAA Building in Minneapolis was quiet by 5 p.m. Tuesday with no sign of emergency responders. Earlier, four people were hospitalized

Letter with suspicious material found at FAA Mpls. office; 4 treated

Authorities have released few details about the incident.
This vehicle was one of many to be vandalized over the weekend in one section of northeast Minneapolis.

Windows on many vehicles busted out in northeast Mpls.

Police say they have taken reports so far of damage to 20 vehicles. No arrests have been announced.
Eddie Frizell, shown during his run for Hennepin County sheriff.

Minneapolis police inspector is a finalist for Seattle police chief

Eddie Frizell ran for Hennepin County sheriff and was in running to be top cop in St. Paul.
Hands type on a computer keyboard.

Report: Tech company hack affected Minnesota law enforcement

Minnesota officials claim local impact was minimal.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo highlighted several possible reasons for the falling use-of-force incidents over the last few years, includ

Use-of-force police incidents show 10-year decline in Mpls.

Some say stats don't tell full story of encounters.
Minneapolis officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in a wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from the 2013 fatal police shooting of Terra

Minneapolis city attorneys ask U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on Terrance Franklin lawsuit

A decision by the country's high court on whether to review the case is likely months away.
Jack Weyrens

Former judge John Weyrens remembered as compassionate, fair

When John Weyrens first became a judge in Meeker County in the 1970s, he adopted a simple credo: If he ever stopped agonizing over sending…

Minneapolis drug raid uncovers 40 pounds of meth in bedroom closet, police say

Such a large amount of meth would have a street value of up to $400,000.
This post promoting a November 2016 rally in memory of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis was among the sponsored posts on Facebook. It was targeted both in M

Minnesota's Clark, Castile cases were used in Russian-made Facebook posts

Campaign used police shootings of Castile, Clark to deepen Minnesota's racial divide.
This was the scene of a 2017 shooting at Minneapolis’ Little Earth housing complex that left a 13-year-old boy with permanent injuries. The suspect

Two plead guilty in separate Minneapolis shootings, one that left boy permanently injured

The cases stem from separate shootings last year.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor appears in court on May 8, 2018.

Former officer Noor enters no plea in Justine Damond death

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor appeared in Hennepin County District Court on Tuesday. The hearing lasted only a couple of minutes.
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