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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 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

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, 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 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.
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