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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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2 months after officer shoots dogs, Mpls. trains police recruits on dangerous dogs

2 months after officer shoots dogs, Mpls. trains police recruits on dangerous dogs

Police recruits get tips on confronting dogs on the job after two were shot in a Minneapolis backyard.
NTSB: Minnehaha school worker tried to sound alarm before fatal blast

NTSB: Minnehaha school worker tried to sound alarm before fatal blast

A preliminary report about the explosion says a maintenance worker smelled natural gas and used a radio to tell others to evacuate just a minute before the blast.
Now Minneapolis' top cop, Medaria Arradondo brings useful skills to big task

Now Minneapolis' top cop, Medaria Arradondo brings useful skills to big task

As a national debate about race and policing swells, having someone in the chief's seat who understands both sides is important, observers say.

Minneapolis City Council to vote Friday on Arradondo as next police chief

The Minneapolis City Council will vote Friday on whether to give interim police Chief Medaria Arradondo the permanent job.If confirmed, as expected, Arradondo would become…

Bouncer on video punches man in handcuffs as police watch

Minneapolis police say they are looking into the incident Saturday night outside Augie's Cabaret.

Two suspects in Minneapolis home invasion slaying arrested in Nebraska

Investigators are working on having both men extradited to Minnesota.

Home slaying of 28-year-old man caps violent weekend

Relatives identified the victim as Anthony Prowell, 28, a house painter shot in his Mpls. home.
Restraining order filed vs. former FBI agent accused of assaulting Stanek

Restraining order filed vs. former FBI agent accused of assaulting Stanek

John Guandolo, who was cited for battery on the Hennepin County sheriff at a Reno conference, has come under fire in recent months for comments about Muslims.

Brazen robber knocks off south Minneapolis bank across from police station

The Wells Fargo branch sits across the corner from 5th Precinct headquarters.
Amid calls for change, Arradondo one step closer to becoming Mpls. chief

Amid calls for change, Arradondo one step closer to becoming Mpls. chief

Dozens of people spoke at the City Hall hearing, expressing concerns about the department.
Public will be able to track race, other data on Mpls. police stops

Public will be able to track race, other data on Mpls. police stops

The online tool shows the demographic characteristics of people detained in traffic and suspicious-persons stops across the city.

Minneapolis cop sued in excessive-force case

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, is seeking $200,000 in damages.
Public hearing for Minneapolis police chief confirmation set for Wednesday afternoon

Public hearing for Minneapolis police chief confirmation set for Wednesday afternoon

Acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo is set to appear before the Public Safety committee at 1:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Parking lot death casts spotlight on after-hours parties in Mpls.

The shooting death of a 25-year-old man during a parking lot party in north Minneapolis over the weekend has shaken residents.

Newly sworn-in Minneapolis cop charged with threatening his wife

Ahmed Jama's wife said she feared for her life.
Feds interview father, son moving meter from Mpls. school during blast

Feds interview father, son moving meter from Mpls. school during blast

A memorial service has been scheduled for one of two Minnehaha Academy staff members killed in a Wednesday natural gas explosion at the school, while federal investigators begin their first day of their probe into the blast's origin.
Work to move gas meter is focus after deadly blast at Minnehaha Academy

Work to move gas meter is focus after deadly blast at Minnehaha Academy

Fire officials are looking at whether workers turned off gas inside the building, rather than the street, ahead of the explosion at Minnehaha Academy. School officials said classes won't start until Sept. 5.
Ex-Mpls. Chief Harteau named top female law enforcement executive

Ex-Mpls. Chief Harteau named top female law enforcement executive

The former chief was ousted in the wake of the controversial police shooting of an Australian woman in a south Minneapolis alley last month.
Hours after gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, second body is found

Hours after gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, second body is found

The discovery came hours after the explosion at the academy's upper school. Two died in the blast; nine were injured and went to HCMC. They were remembered at a prayer service.

Man charged with fatally shooting Minneapolis man in front of his children

James Woodard, also wanted in Scott County, is accused of killing Divittin Hoskins in front of his children.
Arradondo's nomination as Minneapolis police chief heading to public hearing

Arradondo's nomination as Minneapolis police chief heading to public hearing

Public hearing and City Council vote are still ahead before the acting chief's promotion is OK'd.
Arradondo's nomination as Minneapolis police chief heading to public hearing

Arradondo's nomination as Minneapolis police chief heading to public hearing

The next step is a public hearing, tentatively scheduled for the Aug. 9 Public Safety committee meeting.
Hodges' pick for Minneapolis police chief rose through ranks

Hodges' pick for Minneapolis police chief rose through ranks

Arradondo promises to change police culture, but some prefer an outsider.
Video shows Mpls. police, passersby pulling people from burning car on I-94

Video shows Mpls. police, passersby pulling people from burning car on I-94

The car jumped the curb and went airborne through a guardrail, then plunged an estimated 16 feet onto the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 below.
Leaders call for permanent appointment of Arradondo as Mpls. police chief

Leaders call for permanent appointment of Arradondo as Mpls. police chief

Spike Moss, the Rev. Jerry McAfee and other faith and community leaders addressed reporters at a news conference on Minneapolis' North Side.
Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

Officer personnel records released in Damond shooting

Newly released personnel records shed some additional light on the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an incident that…
Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

Shootings leave 6 wounded in Minneapolis over the weekend, ambulance struck by gunfire

None of the weekend injuries are thought to be life-threatening.
Medaria Arradondo steps into MPD chief role

Medaria Arradondo steps into MPD chief role

Urgent questions abound for the 28-year veteran, who would be the city's first black police chief if he wins the job permanently.
Minneapolis police chief resigns; protesters shout down mayor

Minneapolis police chief resigns; protesters shout down mayor

Protesters interrupted Mayor Betsy Hodges' news conference at City Hall. Earlier, Hodges said she would name Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo to replace Janeé Harteau, who resigned.
Minneapolis police union silent after Justine Damond shooting

Minneapolis police union silent after Justine Damond shooting

Lt. Bob Kroll, breaking from past practice, said he will wait for investigation.
Failure to turn on body cameras flouted policy

Failure to turn on body cameras flouted policy

The officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Justine Damond late Saturday apparently violated his department’s rules on the use of body cameras when he…
Fugitive boyfriend caught after two months, charged in Mpls. killing

Fugitive boyfriend caught after two months, charged in Mpls. killing

Iesha Wiley's mother grieves and regrets not doing more, even after repeated warnings.
Suspect in Minneapolis stabbing was acting erratically hours before slaying, police told

Suspect in Minneapolis stabbing was acting erratically hours before slaying, police told

David Hall, of Minneapolis, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 34-year-old man renting a room from him.
Minnesota first arrives: Liquor stores legally open on a Sunday

Minnesota first arrives: Liquor stores legally open on a Sunday

Minnesotans rolled out of bed Sunday, and, for the first time in state history, had the option of making a trip to their local liquor store.
Crime rate in Minnesota hits a 50-year low, new BCA data show

Crime rate in Minnesota hits a 50-year low, new BCA data show

Serious crimes in Minnesota dropped by more than 3 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the FBI.
Behind Minneapolis school officer's badge beats the heart of a balladeer

Behind Minneapolis school officer's badge beats the heart of a balladeer

By day, officer Phillip Xiong patrols the hallways of south Minneapolis' Transition Plus Services; but at night, he still occasionally returns to his first love: singing.

Man charged in Uptown Minneapolis bar shooting that left another paralyzed

The 21-year-old victim was possibly paralyzed for life, authorities said.
Top north Minneapolis lieutenant is appointed Fourth Precinct inspector

Top north Minneapolis lieutenant is appointed Fourth Precinct inspector

Lt. Aaron Biard will assume the post on Aug. 20, department officials said on Tuesday.

Downtown Mpls. block reopened after daycare bomb threat

Transit was disrupted along Marquette Avenue, according to online scanner reports.
Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

Minneapolis cops retreat from stricter deadly-force policy

Union and rank-and-file complained that the new rules would hamper effective policing.
Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Twin Cities Pride parade officials discuss reversing ban on police marching

Pride's parade ban is "divisive," Minneapolis police chief says, and she isn't alone in the criticism.

Two officers slightly injured by fireworks in confrontation outside north Minneapolis police station

Two men were arrested following a confrontation between police and residents.
Man faces murder charge in robbery turned slaying near Minneapolis park

Man faces murder charge in robbery turned slaying near Minneapolis park

Chance Adams is expected to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Richfield police discover pot growing operation, small arsenal

More than 30 weapons were discovered, and two men were arrested.
Minneapolis launches hate-crime hot line

Minneapolis launches hate-crime hot line

Residents can report acts of intolerance through the city's 311 help number.
At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

At Mpls. peace summit, Stevie Wonder joins plea to end street violence

Young people mired in poverty need help to build more peaceful lives, attendees said.

Murder charges announced in two recent Minneapolis slayings

Charges were filed in the June 8 beating death of a homeless man and the June 13 fatal shooting of a teenager.

Minneapolis police appeal for help in teen's homicide, 14th of year

The incident bore a grim resemblance to another slaying earlier this week.

At least 6 people shot, two fatally, in Minneapolis over weekend

Two people were killed and at least four others wounded during a 24-hour burst of violence across Minneapolis over the weekend, according to police reports.…
Minneapolis cop who disarmed suspect named 'Officer of the Year'

Minneapolis cop who disarmed suspect named 'Officer of the Year'

Officer Brent Rasmussen showed "incredible restraint, solid decisionmaking skills and great courage" in the face of danger.
Family of Jamar Clark sues two Minneapolis police officers, alleging excessive use of force

Family of Jamar Clark sues two Minneapolis police officers, alleging excessive use of force

Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze are accused of using excessive force in 2015 death.
17-year-old victim identified from weekend fatal shooting in Minneapolis

17-year-old victim identified from weekend fatal shooting in Minneapolis

The teen was standing near the corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue S. when he was shot on Sunday afternoon.

Minneapolis police investigate killings of cooperating witnesses

Investigators continue to probe connections of two recent homicides.
Man kicked in face by ex-Minneapolis cop sues for $4 million

Man kicked in face by ex-Minneapolis cop sues for $4 million

The suit was filed this week in Hennepin County District Court.
Friends, relatives ID man killed in shooting outside Minneapolis school

Friends, relatives ID man killed in shooting outside Minneapolis school

No arrests have been announced, though police say they are following several leads.

Man sitting in a van in Minneapolis is shot in the head and killed

It happened about 2:30 p.m. in the area of 30th and Irving Avs. N, near Jordan Park and a school.
After tragedy strikes twice, a grieving family struggles to stay afloat

After tragedy strikes twice, a grieving family struggles to stay afloat

Within a month, a son and his mother fall victim to gun violence.
Mpls. officers on the street told to clean up their language

Mpls. officers on the street told to clean up their language

The Minneapolis Police Department is pushing its officers to clean up their language, while also training them to use their mouths — rather than their muscle — to bring a dangerous person under control.
Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Mayor Hodges rejects police chief's pick to lead 4th Precinct

Police Chief Harteau responded Thursday morning, saying she was "disappointed" in the mayor's move and that she chose Lt. John Delmonico because of his leadership credentials.
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.
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