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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

Officials: 19 people shot in Minneapolis since unrest over George Floyd killing

While only one of the shootings has been linked to protests, the shooting tally was nearly five times greater than during the same span last year.
George Floyd

BCA sought access to police training, medical records in Floyd death

State investigators looking into the killing of George Floyd have requested the training records of all the former Minneapolis officers who were present, as well…
Minneapolis Police Federation president Bob Kroll has praised member officers and blamed politicians for exacerbating the rioting that have raged in M

Kroll, Minneapolis police union head, blasts city's riot response in letter to officers

In his first substantial comments since the killing of George Floyd, fiery Minneapolis police union president Lt. Bob Kroll blasted the city's handling of the…
Protesters on Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis on Saturday.

After four nights without police presence, Mpls. neighborhoods protect themselves

Days of violence and damage led up to Saturday.
Fran Evenson, left, and Chris Knutson carried a load of water and blankets for residents of a homeless encampment near the Sabo bridge.

Coronavirus creates new layer of risk for opioid addicts

Depression amid COVID-19 may be creating uptick in drug use.
A fire burned in a building on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis early Thursday.

As Frey calls for officer's arrest, violence intensifies

During a second night of violent protests in south Minneapolis, one person died after being shot by a store owner, police said. Many businesses were looted and some were in flames early today. Earlier, Mayor Jacob Frey called for a fired officer's arrest in George Floyd's death.
Police clashed with protesters outside the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct station on Tuesday night after a march to express anger over the death of G

Mpls. police, marchers clash over man's death in custody

Four officers were fired after a video showed one of them kneeling on a handcuffed black man's neck and ignoring pleas that the man couldn't breathe. The FBI is joining the Minnesota BCA in the investigation into George Floyd's death. "Being black in America should not be a death sentence," said a visibly shaken Mayor Jacob Frey. A protest included tense confrontations with police, who responded with tear gas.
Rosalie Kirby, 7, did a cartwheel as her cousin Sophia watched as they walked through Minnehaha Falls Park with their families on Memorial Day.

Sunshine helps pandemic worries recede in a Minneapolis park

The summerlike weather, less-restrictive guidelines added to the attraction.
Commander Katie Blackwell, right

With human contact a no-no, Mpls. police are getting creative with officer training

Minneapolis department keeps social distancing front and center.
An image of an "MBox pill," which authorities say are more frequently laced with deadly fentanyl. (Image: Drugs.com)

Minneapolis man indicted for manufacturing, selling fentanyl pills

The bust comes amid an intensifying effort to get the pills off the street.

Medical examiners: Man, 40, died in Mpls. alley after being shot multiple times

No arrests have yet been announced in the city's 14th homicide of 2020.

Man dead after shooting Saturday night in Minneapolis' Hawthorne neighborhood

What led up to the shooting was not clear; no arrests have been announced.

Man seriously injured by flash bang grenade sues Minneapolis police in federal court, seeking $6 million

At least one of the officers was reassigned following the March 2 incident.

2 Minneapolis shootings wound at least 5

Two people were shot at a gas station, and four three at a house party.
Patrolman Richard A. Kroger and Patrolman Donald M. Hallberg showed the new winter uniforms in October 1963.

Two Minneapolis cops start 'virtual museum' of department history

The site launched last month.
A small group of Minneapolis police officers joined other emergency responders at a news conference at the State Capitol on March 27, where they sough

Union: Mpls. cops, firefighters deserve 'significant' cut of federal COVID-19 aid

City budget talks are expected to ramp up in coming weeks.
Matt Belanger

KSTP anchor hurt in 'random' assault at Minneapolis light rail station

Metro Transit police have taken over the investigation.
Jory M. Wiebrand

Alleged serial rapist now charged in 9 cases in Minneapolis, Anoka County

Jory D. Wiebrand remains a suspect in a 2013 assault and robbery in Bunker Hills Park in Andover.

No arrests yet in Minneapolis double shooting that left girl, 16, injured

The suspect vehicle was described over the police scanner as a newer model Chevrolet Impala.
Monique Baugh

Suspect arrested in Illinois in New Year's Eve killing of Mpls. Realtor

He had been on the run since January after being charged in a Minneapolis murder-for-hire plot.
Jory M. Wiebrand

Serial rape suspect faces sixth charge for 2019 Minneapolis case

Authorities say that more charges are likely against Jory D. Wiebrand.
Zoom-bombing, or the hacking of Zoom calls, has been frequent in recent weeks as new users join the platform

Mpls. neighborhood group's Zoom meeting hacked, overrun with child porn

A police spokesman confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the incident.
Arionna Buckinaga, pictured with her young son.

Vigil held for woman shot, gravely wounded while driving in south Mpls.

More than 100 people gathered on a south Minneapolis street corner to share their memories of Arionna Buckanaga.

Woman seriously hurt in overnight car shooting in south Minneapolis

Exactly what precipitated the shooting is unknown.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Despite low count, concerns linger about COVID-19 threat to Minneapolis police

Department officials say there has been only one confirmed COVID-19 case.
People mourned the loss of shooting victim Kevin Beasley in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Police seek suspect in slaying of Mpls. civil rights leader's grandson

Police believe the suspect has fled the state.

Baby mauled in north Minneapolis dog attack; mom critically injured trying to intervene

The episode was the third dog-related incident in recent weeks.
Hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists spent the afternoon at Bde Maka Ska last week.

Minneapolis officials have fielded 173 social distancing complaints

Over the past few weeks, Minneapolis residents have placed dozens of calls to the city's 311 line to report people for congregating in public, failing to wear masks or gloves or otherwise breaking social-distancing rules.
Minneapolis Police Department community service officers handed out bags of food during the free grocery giveaway event in March at the Minneapolis Po

Minneapolis police will start screening officers for COVID-19 symptoms

Soon, all visitors to the city's police stations will be checked.
Fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation in Utah.

Twin Cities addiction experts fear rise in drug overdoses amid virus isolation

Police statistics show that the number of suspected overdoses has gone up about 8% compared to last year.
People mourned the loss of shooting victim Kevin Beasley in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Beasley was shot to death at a house party in Minne

Grandson of civil rights leader Spike Moss dies in house party slaying

Kevin Beasley was shot to death early Saturday in Minneapolis' Near North neighborhood.
A police vehicle on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.

Man fighting for life after shooting in Folwell neighborhood of Minneapolis

"He's in pretty bad shape," activist says; police have made no arrests in case.
Michael Clark

Prosecutor: COVID-19 forced delays in Minneapolis murder case

For now, the trial is set to start in May.
A police vehicle on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis in March.

COVID-related reforms bring cautious optimism from Twin Cities activists

The novel coronavirus has already seriously disrupted police and court systems in the Twin Cities, as elsewhere.
Trevante Byrd

Friends, family: Mpls. shooting victim was a musician who always offered a hand up

Police have so far made no arrests.
Lt. Kim Lund (Minneapolis Police Department)

Minneapolis police commander demoted after controversial Facebook post

Kim Lund Voss insists she meant no slur with Facebook posting; she will now be a lieutenant on the South Side.

Minneapolis police add protective masks after first employee COVID-19 case

The first positive case was announced on Monday.
Then-Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson in 2016.

Minneapolis approves $475,000 settlement in ex-Viking Tom Johnson's police brutality lawsuit

The settlement brings to an end to a legal drama that started in 2016.
Na'Dasia Johnson, 20, is still picking up the pieces of her life, after an early-morning grease fire gutted her south Minneapolis apartment. ] CARLOS

Mpls. woman picking up pieces after being hurt in fire: 'I lost everything'

Na'Dasia Johnson has moved in with a co-worker until she can get back on her feet.
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Defense lawyer asks Minneapolis murder charges to be thrown out after death of key witness, COVID-19 delays

After several delays, the murder trial is now set to start May 11.

Minneapolis nears settlements in two police-related lawsuits

Minneapolis city officials are close to settling a pair of police-related lawsuits, one involving allegations of excessive force and another accusing police of conducting an…
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Minneapolis police arrest man wanted in last month's birthday party slaying

Suspect also wounded 2 others, authorities say.
Gregory Turner

Man slain in Minneapolis home invasion helped 'a lot of people,' friends say

"Sippi," as Gregory Turner was known, always looked out for those around him, friends say.
Erick Fors, the deputy chief of investigations for the Minneapolis Police Department, in his downtown office.

Deputy Minneapolis police chief brings a detective's quiet tenacity to the job

Erick Fors has moved steadily up the MPD ladder and raised his public profile, fueling speculation that he could someday lead the department.
A Facebook post by a Minneapolis police commander featuring an old T-shirt drew an apology from Chief Medaria Arradondo.

Minneapolis police commander apologizes for sharing photo of T-shirt deemed insensitive

Facebook post showed an old T-shirt with crime scene tape and a chalk outline of a body.
A lone pedestrian walked through US Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis Thursday afternoon.

Mpls. police, merchants wary of rise in business burglaries after lockdown order

While Gov. Tim Walz's executive order for Minnesotans to stay at home has shuttered nonessential businesses to slow the spread of the coronavirus, merchants are worried not only about their future, but also about their safety.

Three people killed in vehicle crashes across Minnesota

Her SUV ran off the right side of the road just west of N. Penn Avenue, struck a fire hydrant and then the tree, a police spokesman said.
Kyle Culberson

Question of motive hangs over 2 Minneapolis homicides

Both victims were shot on consecutive days on the North Side.
A Metro Transit police officer wore a protective N95 mask on his head as he and other officer answered a call Saturday on Nicollet Mall.

Amid spreading virus, Minnesota's first responders try to keep themselves safe

Firefighters, paramedics and police are particularly vulnerable.
Kyle Culberson

Friends: North Minneapolis homicide victim slain while celebrating birthday

Police said their preliminary investigation has produced leads but no arrests yet.
Minneapolis and St. Paul officials unveiled the new speed limit sign of 25 mph at the corner of SE. Franklin Avenue and Emerald Street at the city's b

Minor Minneapolis hit-and-run cases rarely lead to arrest

The city has cut its dedicated traffic officers, and officials are eyeing cameras, stricter speed limits to boost safety.
Michael Friedrichs

Charges: Sex offender boarded bus of kindergartners coming from field trip to Walker Art Center

The suspect hadn't been arrested as of Wednesday night.
A Metro Transit employee, who wished to not be identified, cleaned up crash debris at the corner of 35th Street and S. Nicollet Avnue. following an ea

With high-speed chases curtailed, Minneapolis police try new tack in pursuit of stolen vehicles

The new strategy was on full display after the theft of an SUV in downtown Minneapolis on Monday night.
Martin Scheerer, Senior Director of Hennepin EMS, discusses how first responders plan to handle calls to protect themselves and others from the spread

Twin Cities EMS: 'Reserve 911 for true emergencies'

As first-responders experience a deluge in calls, they are taking new precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

Burns killed woman whose couch caught fire in Minneapolis townhome, officials say

An autopsy concluded that the manner of death was accidental.
Cedric Marks

Texas man charged in 2009 killing of woman taken from Bloomington shelter

Cedrick Marks is also suspected in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend and another man and remains in a Texas jail.

Police looking into connections between 6 early-morning robberies in S. Minneapolis

All took place within 90 minutes in south Mpls. neighborhoods.
Derrick Blanton

Minneapolis man charged with second murder within weeks of first slaying

The two slayings happened three weeks apart last summer.

Police: Plymouth man stashed 374 pounds of cannabis gummies in his apartment

The man is due to appear in court on April 10, online jail records show.
Minneapolis police need the public’s help in identifying a possible serial rapist who they believe has attacked multiple women in the Marcy-Holmes a

Minneapolis police seek public's help identifying possible serial rapist

Minneapolis police are asking for the public's help in identifying a possible serial rapist they said has been targeting young women in the Marcy-Holmes and…
Minneapolis police had asked for public’s help in identifying a possible serial rapist who they believe has attacked multiple women in the Marcy-Hol

Police say they're seeking suspect who broke into south Minneapolis home, Tasered woman

No arrests had been announced as of Thursday.

Woman recovering after dramatic police rescue from south Minneapolis apartment fire

Police: Officers' actions were nothing short of heroic.
In a search warrant, an investigator with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office asked Facebook to disable the “Secret Conversation” feature on its

Hennepin sheriff investigator's warrant to access encrypted Facebook messages worries digital privacy advocates

The request comes amid a fight between the government and tech giants about what access police can have.
Members of the crime lab collected evidence from around the car where one man was shot to death and another wounded on N. 7th St. heading into downtow

Victims were in cars in at least a quarter of Mpls. shootings

A Star Tribune review of hundreds of police records and court documents from 2019 found that 64 of 242 shootings last year involved someone being shot while in a vehicle.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, shown last month with Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and Council Member Linea Palmisano addressing an overhaul of the de

Mpls. Council panel rejects applying for grant to add police officers

Several members of the Public Safety and Emergency Management Committee said they were wary of hiring more officers before receiving the results of a city police staffing study.
Myon Burrell was convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl, but the case has drawn new scrutiny.

Even with Klobuchar's presidential race exit, criminal justice reform fight must go on, panel says

Myon Burrell case that brought protests against Klobuchar is one of many examples, activists say.
An image of an "MBox pill," which authorities say are more frequently laced with deadly fentanyl.

Fake oxycodone pills with deadly fentanyl causing Minn. overdose deaths

In recent months, authorities have seized thousands of the pills across the metro area.
Ty Jindra most recently worked as a patrol officer in the North Side 4th Precinct. He was among the first officers to arrive to the scene of the polic

Mpls. cop under federal investigation for alleged excessive force, theft

A federal grand jury has been hearing evidence against Ty Jindra, who most recently worked as a patrol officer in the North Side 4th Precinct, sources say.
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Suit: Fired Mpls. cop singled out for age, Japanese heritage

A former Minneapolis police trainee who was fired two years ago has sued the department, saying he was singled out for harassment because of his age and Japanese heritage. The city of Minneapolis is the only defendant named in the lawsuit, which seeks at least $75,000 in damages.
American evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Feb. 17, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

Eden Prairie couple among evacuees from cruise ship

The couple landed stateside Sunday in a jumbo jet ferrying some of the roughly 400 American passengers from the ocean liner Diamond Princess.

Hundreds of spinouts and crashes across Minnesota in wake of winter storm

Transportation officials reported at least two fatal crashes on state roads.

Federal court officials in Minnesota order review after discovery of improperly redacted filings

U.S. District Court in Mpls. restricts access to all such documents during review.

St. Paul police identify man fatally shot Saturday night

It was St. Paul's fourth homicide this year.
A racist message was scrawled on a garage door behind the 2700 block of N. Russell Avenue in Minneapolis.

Images of racist messages scrawled on N. Mpls. garages surface on social media

No arrests had been announced as of Monday afternoon.
In 2016, Minneapolis police homicide detectives Sgt. Twila Villella, from left, Sgt. Luis Porras, and Sgt. Ann Kjos investigated a case. Kjos is retir

Veteran Minneapolis homicide detective Ann Kjos retires after 32 years on the job

Sgt. Ann Kjos first joined MPD in 1988, after working at another police department.