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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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Community is key for new police inspector in north Minneapolis

Community is key for new police inspector in north Minneapolis

Aaron Biard takes over one of MPD's toughest jobs with a goal of building trust and community ties.
Audit: Mpls. police using body cameras more; some still not adhering to policy

Audit: Mpls. police using body cameras more; some still not adhering to policy

Police don't always turn cameras on, but use has spiked under new rules.

Man shot at south Minneapolis bus stop is identified

Police say a long-simmering feud between two men is to blame for a fatal shooting at a busy south Minneapolis intersection last week.
Minneapolis officers often don't use body cameras, audit shows

Minneapolis officers often don't use body cameras, audit shows

Council Member Linea Palmisano called the results of the report, which are expected to be presented to the full council Tuesday morning, "damning."
Witnesses: Angry confrontation preceded fatal Mpls. shooting

Witnesses: Angry confrontation preceded fatal Mpls. shooting

Friends and relatives said the victim was shot during an angry confrontation at a bus stop Friday morning.
Pedestrian hit by SUV driver in downtown Minneapolis has died

Pedestrian hit by SUV driver in downtown Minneapolis has died

The driver, who hasn't been identified, was cooperating with investigators, police said.

Manslaughter charges filed in March accidental shooting in Minneapolis: authorities

The charges stem from the accidental shooting death of Kamani Davis on the night of March 17.
Minneapolis cop charged with molesting son's teen girlfriend is relieved of duty without pay

Minneapolis cop charged with molesting son's teen girlfriend is relieved of duty without pay

Prosecutors said the abuse stretches back months and occurred in hotel rooms around the metro and during ridealongs.
Charges announced in decades-old slaying of Minneapolis teenager

Charges announced in decades-old slaying of Minneapolis teenager

Jail records show that 62-year-old Darrell Rea was booked around midday Monday into Hennepin County jail on murder charges.

Search is on in Mpls. for serial robber who chokes victims

Police said last week they don't know yet whether the incidents are related.
New Minneapolis police chief vows to lead with integrity, dignity and respect

New Minneapolis police chief vows to lead with integrity, dignity and respect

Medaria Arradondo was sworn in as city leaders and activists alike looked on.
Minneapolis student accused of assault on school resource officer, football coach

Minneapolis student accused of assault on school resource officer, football coach

The student was released, "pending further actions," police said.

Man, woman charged in Minneapolis robbery, kidnapping

One suspect, Keshawn Jones, is currently in custody in Dakota County on an unrelated charge, police said.
Pedestrian seriously hurt in downtown Minneapolis crash

Pedestrian seriously hurt in downtown Minneapolis crash

The man, whose name wasn't released, was taken to a nearby hospital, police said.
BCA gets personnel files, psych evals of officers in Damond case

BCA gets personnel files, psych evals of officers in Damond case

Investigators continue to dig into the backgrounds of the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in a Minneapolis alley nearly two months ago.
Pediatric nurse practitioner Sarah Gutknecht, who died at age 54, left smiles as she traveled globe

Pediatric nurse practitioner Sarah Gutknecht, who died at age 54, left smiles as she traveled globe

She made frequent trips overseas with Operation Smile, an international charity that provides free surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.
Minneapolis police consider carrying opioid antidote naloxone

Minneapolis police consider carrying opioid antidote naloxone

Officers in the south Minneapolis 3rd Precinct would carry the drug.

31-year-old arrested after death of man at Mpls. parking lot party

He is being held without bail on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Man found fatally shot in Minneapolis' Seven Corners area

No arrests have been made in the city's 25th homicide this year.
City to study incentives for cops to live in Minneapolis

City to study incentives for cops to live in Minneapolis

A recent Star Tribune analysis showed that only about 8 percent of Minneapolis police officers live within the city. Some residents and community organizers argue cops would be better able to serve the city if they lived in it.
New Chief Arradondo announces more Minneapolis police leadership changes

New Chief Arradondo announces more Minneapolis police leadership changes

The changes announced Wednesday included the reshuffling of some of Arradondo's command staff, and the promotion of a longtime lieutenant to commander.
Man is fatally shot in vehicle in Minneapolis; shooter at large

Man is fatally shot in vehicle in Minneapolis; shooter at large

Police say they believe the killer knew the victim.
Freeman says decision to charge in Damond killing months away

Freeman says decision to charge in Damond killing months away

Citing pressure to file charges, County Attorney Mike Freeman said he's following procedure.
Minneapolis police chief announces new leadership team

Minneapolis police chief announces new leadership team

The changes come about a week after Medaria Arradondo was confirmed as the city's 53rd police chief.

Victim of June fatal beating at Minneapolis homeless camp identified

A 42-year-old man was charged in the slaying and remains in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Eight years in, Bike Cops for Kids rolling strong in Minneapolis

Eight years in, Bike Cops for Kids rolling strong in Minneapolis

Community-building program has expanded its reach during a tense time.
Only about 8% of Minneapolis police officers live in city limits

Only about 8% of Minneapolis police officers live in city limits

Of the department's 873 officers, 72 live in ZIP codes that cover most of Minneapolis, according to a Star Tribune analysis of city records.
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.
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