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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
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor

Flurry of motions filed in as murder trial for ex-Minneapolis officer looms

A final motions hearing is slated for March 1, with trial expected to begin on April 1.
Jerry Westrom

Bail set at $500,000 for Isanti businessman charged in 1993 stabbing

The next court date is set for March 13.
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.

Toy giveaway brings cheer to family of middle-schooler injured in Minneapolis shooting

Minneapolis police chief, activist led effort to help Elijah Boswell's family.

7 robberies, 4 cities: Men charged in string of crimes spanning Mpls., Dakota County

Two men remain jailed in Dakota County related to crimes this fall in four cities.
Suspect charged in slaying of man found in north Minneapolis alley

Suspect charged in slaying of man found in north Minneapolis alley

Tyree Johnson already faced attempted-murder charges in connection with an apparently unrelated shooting outside of a McDonald's.

Investigation of fatal N. Mpls. police shooting continues

No timeline has been offered in the case.

Charges filed in Minneapolis woman's kidnapping, shooting

Authorities are looking into the possibility that the incident was connected to a Nov. 27 homicide in northeast Minneapolis.
Michael Frank Simon

Prolific burglar charged with breaking out of Hennepin County jail

Michael Simon, 57, faces a single count of escape from custody.
The FBI's special agent in charge for Minneapolis, Jill Sanborn.

Arrest made in 27-year-old Minneapolis cold case murder

The 56-year-old suspect was booked into jail, pending criminal charges.

Police arrest two in N. Minneapolis kidnapping-turned-shooting

Woman was forced into an SUV at gunpoint but later escaped.
Former Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor, middle, left Hennepin County jail with his attorney, Thomas Plunkett, after posting bail in March.

Ex-Minneapolis officer Mohamed Noor dismissed as defendant from mental health hold lawsuit

In dropping the officers from the suit, the judge deemed the department policy on mental health holds unconstitutional.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo with Mayor Jacob Frey in 2017.

Proposal to give Minneapolis City Council more police control suffers another setback

The Charter Commission will adopt a final report on the proposal at its Jan. 2 meeting, before making a recommendation to the City Council.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo joined colleagues from around the state Wednesday to discuss the challenges of recruiting, hiring and retai

Minnesota police look to combat crisis of statewide shortage in recruits

Chiefs are trying new tactics on recruiting and retaining officers.
Minneapolis police are combing through witness statements, surveillance video and other evidence to determine what led to a shooting Monday evening th

Police comb for clues in north Minneapolis triple shooting that injured teen in caught in crossfire

No suspects or motive have been publicly divulged.
Tyree Johnson, top left, and Karul Brown were arrested on Halloween. Minneapolis police said Darren P. Watkins was found Oct. 28 with multiple gunshot

Suspect in N. Minneapolis shooting a person of interest in two other shootings

Casings match those found at shootings on Oct. 22 and 28, police say.
Assistant Chief Mike Kjos, bottom left, will run the station for now after Aaron Biard, top left, was demoted over the Christmas tree controversy at t

Controversy ends another leader's tenure at Mpls.' Fourth Precinct

Five of last six inspectors have left north Minneapolis station following controversy.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Chauntyll Allen, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Twin Cities, spoke outside the Fourth Precinct po

Minneapolis City Council unanimously reappoints Arradondo as police chief

The 29-year department veteran breezed through the council vote.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, second from right, at a protest outside the Fourth Precinct headquarter in response to the shooting death

Footage shot of offensive tree at Mpls. police station reviewed

Internal affairs investigators are examining the video for evidence about tree decorated with racist items.

Man charged with murder after homicide in Minneapolis apartment building

Police believe the victim may have died of a heart attack as part of an altercation.
Aaron Biard

North Mpls. precinct chief demoted after Christmas tree uproar

The lieutenant in charge of the day shift was also replaced after a photo of the tree surfaced on social media, sparking a public backlash.
Mohamed Noor, accompanied by his legal team, Peter Wold, and Tom Plunkett left following a probable cause hearing for the ex-Minneapolis cop Thursday,

Prosecutors seek second-degree murder charge vs. fired Mpls. officer Noor

Mohamed Noor already faces charges in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo stood beside Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as Frey addressed the media bout police-community relations at No

Minneapolis City Council trims police budget increase to fund anti-violence efforts

City officials seek to quiet criticism of law enforcement while exploring alternatives to traditional policing.
President Donald Trump with Chief Paul Cell, of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, left, during an announcement of his support for a c

First Step Act draws mixed reviews among Minnesota justice observers

Some advocates say "it's a step in the right direction."
Police tape lay on the street

Crime is down in most parts of Minneapolis

Overall crime has fallen about 19 percent in the Third Precinct, with a big drop in downtown's First Precinct as well.

Pokémon Go player, pregnant woman victims of Mpls. shootings, police say

No arrests have been made in weekend violence in Minneapolis.
Johnnie C. Fenn Jr.

Authorities ID man fatally shot, left at HCMC

Authorities on Monday identified a man who was fatally shot and dropped off at a Minneapolis hospital.Johnnie C. Fenn Jr., 38, of Troy, Ala., was…
Sa’Lesha Beeks, whose mother was killed by a stray bullet in north Minneapolis, listened to ideas during an advisory board meeting for Project LIFE.

New Minneapolis anti-violence program is showing positive results

For gang members, experimental Project LIFE offers an alternative to the streets.
Travis Jordan

BCA identifies Minneapolis police officers in fatal North Side shooting

Travis Jordan was shot when officers responded to a wellness check. Both officers have been with the department 11 months.
Nearly 200 people marched Thursday night down Plymouth Avenue N. in Minneapolis toward the Fourth Precinct police station as part of a tribute to Jama

200 gather to honor Jamar Clark on third anniversary of his death

The group later disrupted a community meeting held by Council Member Jeremiah Ellison.
Travis Jordan (Facebook)

N. Mpls. police shooting renews push for better mental health response

Mpls. is testing co-responder program for mental health calls, but the budget is limited.
Man found guilty in twin slayings of man, baby in south Minneapolis

Man found guilty in twin slayings of man, baby in south Minneapolis

Jquan McInnis, 19, is expected to be sentenced later.
Minneapolis City Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, shown after a shooting in north Minneapolis this summer. In a Facebook post posted shortly after

Tension follows as Minneapolis police investigate flurry of shootings

Police patrols were stepped up in areas where gang violence is suspected.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, second from right, listened as north Minneapolis community members held a protest and rally outside the Fo

Move considered for north Minneapolis police station

The proposal, long dormant, is getting new life, due in part to ongoing efforts to spur economic development on the North Side.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo greeted cadets following of a news conference Thursday held by Mayor Jacob Frey to announce he had appointed Arradondo

Minneapolis mayor formally puts forward Arradondo for police chief job

Medaria Arradondo likely will hold the title for the next three years.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo

Frey intends to reappoint Arradondo as Mpls. police chief

Top cop in Minneapolis will go from temporary fill-in to full 3-year term.
Terrance Franklin

Wrongful-death lawsuit from police shooting can proceed after Supreme Court refuses city of Minneapolis appeal

Michael Padden, an attorney for the family of Terrance Franklin, says the high court's decision means the civil case against the city and several police officers can proceed.
Cesar Altieri Sayoc, in a 2005 booking photo supplied by the Hennepin County Jail.

Court records: Bombing suspect had Minn. criminal charges dropped

Cesar Sayoc was charged with theft and drug possession in cases that were later dismissed.

Grandson of pioneering black Minneapolis cop sues police department

The suit seeks more than $50,000 in damages for using excessive force and failing to intervene.

Grandson of pioneering black Minneapolis cop sues police department

The suit seeks more than $50,000 from the city, claiming excessive force.
Jayme Closs, 13, has been missing since her parents were found dead in their Barron, Wisconsin, home.

Thousands of tips pour in as search for Jayme Closs enters sixth day

On Day 6 of the search for Jayme Closs, Barron County sheriff's deputies said they have had sifted through more than 800 of the thousands of tips that have come in since the 13-year-old vanished.

Police say Brooklyn Center grandmother, 75, shot grandson over cup of tea

The 75-year-old suspect, Helen Washington, was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.
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

2018: 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.
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