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Libor Jany

Reporter | Minneapolis Public Safety
phone: 651-925-5033
Libor Jany covers crime and punishment in Minneapolis as part of the Star Tribune's public safety team. He joined the newspaper in 2013, covering community events in Washington and Dakota counties. He's also worked for newspapers in Mississippi, California, New Jersey and Connecticut. Follow @StribJany
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Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

The driver has been convicted of several crimes and had two warrants out for his arrest at the time of the crash.
Documents: Mpls. police commander waited months to report alleged stalking of officer

Documents: Mpls. police commander waited months to report alleged stalking of officer

A cache of documents released Friday shed new light on an internal investigation into Lt. Michael Friestleben's handling of a case involving one of his officers.
Female Mpls. cops changing tone with de-escalation skills

Female Mpls. cops changing tone with de-escalation skills

The Minneapolis Police Department is rethinking its use-of-force policies, while stepping up its efforts to recruit female officers. Officers are now being trained in alternative ways to control violent or uncooperative suspects before resorting to physical means.
Mpls. police undercount domestic violence cases, watchdog says

Mpls. police undercount domestic violence cases, watchdog says

Police Chief Janeé Harteau disputes the study's data and sample size.

Texas man files excessive force lawsuit for 2016 arrest at Vikings stadium

The Texas man is asking for $75,000 in damages.
Mpls. to revive partnering with other agencies on crime hot spots

Mpls. to revive partnering with other agencies on crime hot spots

The beefed-up patrols will begin May 26 and continue until Sept. 2, officials say.
Man gets 5-year sentence in toddler's drive-by shooting death

Man gets 5-year sentence in toddler's drive-by shooting death

Sentencing was for firearms charge. No one is charged with the killing.

A new second-in-command named for Minneapolis police

Medaria Arradondo replaces the departing Mpls. assistant chief.
Proposed settlement reached in lawsuit against ex-cop who kicked gas station attendant

Proposed settlement reached in lawsuit against ex-cop who kicked gas station attendant

Minneapolis has reached potential settlement in Christopher Reiter case.
Woman shot outside Mpls. motorcycle hangout dies; was mother of man killed by Chicago Amtrak officer

Woman shot outside Mpls. motorcycle hangout dies; was mother of man killed by Chicago Amtrak officer

She was shot in Twin Cities Sunday; he was shot in Feb. by Chicago police.
Community rallies behind transferred Minneapolis commander

Community rallies behind transferred Minneapolis commander

Commander was force for good in troubled district, residents and officials say.
Mpls. police on track to make fewest arrests since 2000

Mpls. police on track to make fewest arrests since 2000

The decrease in arrests and stops had some communities breathing a sigh of relief, while City Council President Barb Johnson suspects the trend is the result of a phenomenon where demoralized cops are reluctant to do their jobs.
Minneapolis police watchdog office is still fending off concerns

Minneapolis police watchdog office is still fending off concerns

City's revamped police review board is still dismissing more than half of its citizen claims.
Lt. Bob Kroll wins race for Minneapolis police union presidency

Lt. Bob Kroll wins race for Minneapolis police union presidency

He gets a second two-year term after 423-184 vote.
Suspect in shooting of grandmother Birdell Beeks indicted on first-degree murder charges

Suspect in shooting of grandmother Birdell Beeks indicted on first-degree murder charges

Joshua Ezeka faces life in prison on tougher charges.
Mpls. police see new database as tool; privacy advocates worry

Mpls. police see new database as tool; privacy advocates worry

The new system could be online as soon as next fall, department sources say.
Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Amber Alert canceled: Abducted child found after woman stabbed

Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert after a 2½-year-old boy who was kidnapped during a domestic situation early Tuesday in Minneapolis was found and is safe. The suspect in the abduction has been arrested.
Mpls. suspect bit and knifed man, saying 'I hate Muslims,' charges say

Mpls. suspect bit and knifed man, saying 'I hate Muslims,' charges say

He is jailed after being charged with assault.
Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges, Harteau say conflict helped bring them closer

Hodges enters her fourth year as mayor amid skepticism that she and the chief have the close-knit relationship needed to adequately police a big city.

Robbinsdale CVS worker faces 25 felony charges in prescription pill theft

A worker at a Robbinsdale CVS was charged with 25 felonies on Tuesday, accused of pocketing thousands of pills to treat everything from anxiety to…

Man charged with murder over drug debt in 2013 Minneapolis cold case

The suspect, 50-year-old Marvin Washington, has been arrested and faces a second-degree murder charge.

Minneapolis man sentenced to probation in controversial cavity search case

The defendant, Guntallwon Brown, was sentenced to three years of probation and three months of home confinement.

Mpls. police will receive pay raises after striking a deal with city

The new deal includes back pay for the two years spent on negotiations.
Kroll draws challenger in bid for second term as Mpls. police union head

Kroll draws challenger in bid for second term as Mpls. police union head

Ballots for the police union election are usually mailed in mid-April.
Months after son's shooter walks free, a mother wants justice

Months after son's shooter walks free, a mother wants justice

Prosecutors say Derrick Mack was shot in Minneapolis in self-defense. Candice Lynch says otherwise.

Tentative Minneapolis police contract clears another hurdle

The wage scales of Minneapolis police officers would increase 15 percent over five years while their chief would have more leeway to manage problem cops…
Philando Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds charged with assault in hammer attack

Philando Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds charged with assault in hammer attack

Reynolds appeared in Ramsey County District Court to face charges of second- and third-degree assault, according to online records.

Brooklyn Center man sentenced for fatal shooting outside Minneapolis nightclub

Sherman Alexander admitted to fatally shooting a woman and wounding a man outside the Pourhouse last fall.

Minneapolis man arrested on suspicion of shooting roommate in the face

The 41-year-old suspect was booked into Hennepin County jail on suspicion of assault.

Minneapolis council committee moves police contract discussion behind closed doors

The Minneapolis City Council’s Executive Committee was expected to consider the specific terms of a new police contract at its public meeting in council chambers…
Minneapolis police launch new division aimed at community outreach

Minneapolis police launch new division aimed at community outreach

The new division will be run by Cmdr. Charlie Adams, newly promoted from the department's internal affairs unit.

Police investigating alleged rape of U fraternity pledge

The case remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

City of Minneapolis, police officers reach tentative contract deal

The specifics of the deal have not been released.
Feds charge U student with trafficking ecstasy from his dorm room

Feds charge U student with trafficking ecstasy from his dorm room

Spencer Nichols, 18, faces charges of a first-degree drug sale of 50 or more grams of a narcotic in a 90-day span, plus second-degree drug possession.
Mpls. police second-in-command Arneson set to retire

Mpls. police second-in-command Arneson set to retire

Her replacement hasn't been named, officials said.
For those aging out of Twin Cities gang life, retirement isn't so easy

For those aging out of Twin Cities gang life, retirement isn't so easy

North Side gang leader says he seeks to distance himself from his criminal past. It's not easy.
Chicago Amtrak officer who killed Mpls. man charged with murder

Chicago Amtrak officer who killed Mpls. man charged with murder

LaRoyce Tankson, 31, turned himself in to authorities.
Lawyer: Minneapolis man shot by transit police in Chicago has died

Lawyer: Minneapolis man shot by transit police in Chicago has died

Family will now consider a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Family: Mpls. man shot in Chicago by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

Family: Mpls. man shot in Chicago by Amtrak officer is paralyzed

Authorities have so far released few details about the shooting.
Mpls. police: Man jailed in murder case also is suspect in April road-rage shooting

Mpls. police: Man jailed in murder case also is suspect in April road-rage shooting

A woman was shot four times in April while driving in a congested construction zone on Hennepin Avenue.
Mpls. police draw praise for nearly invisible role at recent marches

Mpls. police draw praise for nearly invisible role at recent marches

Minneapolis authorities trying to stay nonconfrontational.

Woman alleges excessive force used in 2016 traffic stop in Minneapolis

The accusations are contained in a lawsuit filed in federal court.
Slain former St. Paul hoops star embodied the East Side's toughness

Slain former St. Paul hoops star embodied the East Side's toughness

If you ask anywhere on St. Paul's East Side, "somebody'll have a story about Big Walt," a longtime friend said.

Parents of children at center of church child abuse case charged

It's unclear whether the parents, Khun Kyaw Swa Moe and Lu Pan were in custody as of Monday afternoon.
Gang member charged in grandmother's crossfire slaying in Mpls.

Gang member charged in grandmother's crossfire slaying in Mpls.

The 20-year-old suspect, Joshua Ezeka, made a brief appearance in court, and a warrant was issued for the driver of the getaway car.
Mpls. police arrest suspect in death of grandmother caught in gang crossfire

Mpls. police arrest suspect in death of grandmother caught in gang crossfire

The shooting of Birdell Beeks last May had galvanized her North Side neighborhood.
Father of two slain outside Mpls. club Jan. 8 remembered as family man who avoided trouble

Father of two slain outside Mpls. club Jan. 8 remembered as family man who avoided trouble

Friends and relatives described William Irvin, 35, as a dedicated family man, who lived quietly in his North St. Paul apartment.

Man charged with sex assault at hearing-impaired group home in Richfield

Adrian Wesley, 25, allegedly accosted the staff member as she checked on him.
After 19 years, justice finally is delivered in Mpls. couple's murders

After 19 years, justice finally is delivered in Mpls. couple's murders

A detective's determination with a cold case led to a sentencing last week in the 1998 Northeast killings. Few such cases end in an arrest and even fewer in someone getting locked up.
Man, 35, fatally stabbed in Mpls. apartment; 59-year-old man arrested

Man, 35, fatally stabbed in Mpls. apartment; 59-year-old man arrested

A suspect who lives in unit was arrested Sunday.

Second person charged in Mpls. murder-for-hire plot

Deontae Jackson, 28, is the latest charged in the Dec. 19 drive-by shooting that left a man and a woman wounded.

Excessive force suit filed in north Minneapolis drug raid

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court, alleges brain injuries, trauma and a dead dog.

Man charged with raping, robbing woman near Uptown bus shelter

The suspect, 22-year-old Elonge Akale, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the October 2016 assault.

Two more arrested in N. Mpls religious beatings of young boy and girl

Four now face charges in church punishment case.

Settlement reached in case of Minneapolis cop who fired at carful of people

Efrem Hamilton remains on leave pending internal probe of Nov. 20 incident.
Mpls. officers frustrated by psychological screening process

Mpls. officers frustrated by psychological screening process

Critics say Minneapolis police screenings unfairly disqualify some, lack transparency.
Minneapolis violent crime edged up in 2016, stats show

Minneapolis violent crime edged up in 2016, stats show

Homicides are down, but other violent crimes show an uptick.
Heroin overdoses surge at Little Earth housing complex in Mpls.

Heroin overdoses surge at Little Earth housing complex in Mpls.

911 calls to help drug users spike in other neighborhoods, too.

Finance officer charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Anoka County charter school

The 44-year-old defendant, Bernard Fox, faces a single count of theft by swindle, according to court records.

Woman charged with hiring gang members to kill ex-boyfriend

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with hiring four gunmen to kill her former lover, a plot that police say nearly succeeded when…
Former police captain suspected in Faribault murder-suicide

Former police captain suspected in Faribault murder-suicide

A man and woman were found dead of gunshot wounds in the Rice County town's Chamber of Commerce office.

Charges: Mpls. pastor beat boy with 2-by-4 as religious discipline

Dong Wook Kim, who faces felony charges, said boy was misbehaving.
For car thieves, it's the most wonderful time of the year

For car thieves, it's the most wonderful time of the year

Thieves find easy pickings with vehicles left running in the cold weather, police warn.

Mpls. man charged with possessing high-powered rifle with 100-bullet clip

A 36-year-old man arrested in northwestern Minnesota earlier this year on drug and weapons charges now faces an additional charge in a separate case after…

Three wounded in separate shootings across Minneapolis

All three victims are expected to survive, police say.
Police: Woman robbed of pit bull puppy at gunpoint in Minneapolis

Police: Woman robbed of pit bull puppy at gunpoint in Minneapolis

The suspect got away before police arrived, officials said.

Mpls. officer relieved of duty during probe into firing shot at car

Efrem Hamilton is the subject of complaints for firing his service gun after a car accidentally backed into his squad car.
Mayor's plan to add Minneapolis cops faces community pushback

Mayor's plan to add Minneapolis cops faces community pushback

Neighborhood organizers say it's not the answer; Mpls. council is ready to vote today.
As authorities ID father of two killed in Mpls., grief flows

As authorities ID father of two killed in Mpls., grief flows

Speeding vehicle stopped by police; two men jailed for parole violation.
Police putting workhorse Crown Vics on the road to retirement

Police putting workhorse Crown Vics on the road to retirement

At a recent city auction, the black-and-white 2008 Ford Crown Victoria was unmistakable. Stripped of its decals, radio, lights and siren, its glory days as…

Man, woman charged with burglaries in Minneapolis, Eagan

The pair, who haven't been charged, are being questioned in connection with a string of church burglaries in south Minneapolis.

S. Mpls man charged in neighbor's stabbing death

Nineteen-year-old Robinson Fabricio Palacios-Castro has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Friends, relative mourn man attacked, stabbed to death in south Mpls.

Friends, relative mourn man attacked, stabbed to death in south Mpls.

Police found the 29-year-old Minneapolis man outside an apartment building in south Minneapolis.
Police: Four suspects in custody in Prior Lake slaying

Police: Four suspects in custody in Prior Lake slaying

Charges are expected to be filed early next week, police say.

Man, woman jailed in connection with Prior Lake slaying

The suspects were each booked on suspicion of second-degree murder.
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