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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

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.

Investigation continues into Minneapolis funeral shooting that left two injured

At least one suspect was arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.
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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Man fatally shot near Mpls. police station was trying to break up fight

The shooting happened behind the Gay 90's — and steps from police precinct.
A view of the crash, with the victims' blue pickup truck wrapped around a pole outside of Matt's Bar.

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.
Bags of Narcan kits were also available in a dinner line sponsored by Natives Against Heroin at a homeless encampment near Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues

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.
Trejon Sands

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'…
Inspector Kelvin Pulphus received his promotion certificate from Chief Medaria Arradondo. ] GLEN STUBBE • Monday, June 3

Minneapolis police promote 17 to leadership roles

In all, 17 Minneapolis police officers were promoted into leadership positions.

1 dead after late-night shooting in Minneapolis

The victim of an earlier homicide was identified as a 28-year-old northern Minnesota man.
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

Guns and drugs found in apartment of outreach workers, authorities say. Neither had been charged as of Wednesday afternoon.
Chief Medaria Arradondo said research shows that officers who are overworked are less productive, more injury-prone, and may prompt more public compla

Minneapolis looks at strains of off-duty cop work

The amount of OT paid out rose by $1.3 million in 2018.
Benny Williams

St. Paul cop Benny Williams remembered for making a difference

It only seemed like everyone in St. Paul knew Benny Williams. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, for whom Williams was a driver, recently described how…

Police: 8 people shot across Minneapolis over 48-hour span

Police report an arrest in one of the incidents after a violent weekend.
Shuaib Osman

Authorities believe man fatally shot in south Minneapolis was not intended target

Early-morning altercation escalated into gunfire.

Man dies after south Minneapolis altercation escalates into gunfire

His death was the city's eighth homicide of 2019.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, center, walked into the Hennepin County Courthouse for the verdict in the shooting death of Justine Ru

Noor attorneys file motion for acquittal on murder, manslaughter charges

Such motions are common after convictions.
Guns seized during a raid by law enforcement officials.

Access to guns a concern as Mpls. police seize more than 700 in 2018

North Side, Northeast rose so far this year; overall, numbers fell a third in past decade.
Minneapolis Police are seeking this vehicle in connection with a homicide on May 3.

Police seek help on finding car involved in downtown Minneapolis slaying

No arrests made in downtown homicide.
Multiple sources at City Hall and police headquarters say Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman had acted strangely at a meeting at the Urban League�

Mike Freeman goes on medical leave a day after erratic behavior

The Hennepin County attorney's announcement that he needs "time away from the high stress running" of his office came the day after he was reportedly seen acting erratically at a crime prevention meeting in north Minneapolis.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walked through the skyway with his attorney Thomas Plunkett, right, on the way to court for the verdict

In Noor case, Minneapolis police shooting policy was also on trial

But whether this will lead to changes to police use of force is in question.
Hennepin County Judge Kathryn Quaintance said she will revisit the issue in 90 days.

Citing potential for harassment, judge in Noor case seals juror identities

Judge Kathryn Quaintance wrote that she will revisit the issue in 90 days.
Mindy Barry and Marcia Yeung embraced after former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree m

Noor case spurred uncomfortable conversation about race and justice

Race lurked in the shadows of the monthlong trial.
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks through the skyway with his attorney Thomas Plunkett, left, on the way to court for his second da

Mohamed Noor's story began in Somalia, an ocean away

His testimony began to pull away the shroud of mystery that has surrounded the 33-year-old who repeatedly declined to speak with state investigators or a grand jury
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