Team Leader | Public Safety

Abby Simons is the Star Tribune’s Public Safety Editor. Her team covers crime and courts across the metro. She joined the Star Tribune in 2008 and previously reported on crime, courts and politics.

Simons is a 2004 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, where she studied journalism. Before joining the Star Tribune, she was a reporter for the Des Moines Register. Simons lives in Minneapolis.


Teen fatally shot in north Minneapolis worked for GOP congressional candidate

Officials at Patrick Henry High school ID'd the teen in a Facebook post and said that grief counselors would be available to students.


14-year-old charged with murder in shooting of St. Paul teen

Witnesses reported someone running from the area following gunfire, and police apprehended the 14-year-old nearby.


Authorities identify victims of recent Minneapolis homicides

Police have not disclosed a possible motive or arrests in any of the shootings.


Both men who died violently in downtown Minneapolis turned to Salvation Army

Police say the men and a woman were in a dispute in a parking garage down the block from Hope Harbor housing when the shooting happened.


Unrest in downtown Minneapolis: How it unfolded

The suicide of a man suspected in a murder hours earlier Wednesday sparked rioting and looting across Nicollet Mall.


Minneapolis mayor requests Guard during night of rioting, looting

Minneapolis was under an overnight curfew after crowds smashed downtown windows and looted stores Wednesday night. The crowds came after a report of a man's death on Nicollet Mall. Police responded by saying he was a homicide suspect who shot himself, releasing video from city cameras.


Judge orders release of police body cam video from night George Floyd died

News outlets and the public can now obtain copies of the video after a challenge by media.


Fired officer Lane's attorney seeks dismissal of charges in Floyd's death

Transcripts of body-worn camera footage from the night George Floyd was killed and of an interview with one of the officers at the scene were also filed in court.


What you need to know about Minneapolis chief's plans to reform police department

On Wednesday, Chief Medaria Arradondo revealed the first two steps he plans to take.


The names and faces of St. Paul's deadly year

Homicide claimed 31 people in St. Paul in 2019, the highest number since the record of 34 slayings set in the mid-1990s. The majority of the victims were young men of color who lost their lives to gun violence.