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.


Authorities ID men who drowned in separate weekend accidents in Fridley, Bloomington

Both deaths were ruled accidents, but the Anoka and Hennepin County sheriff's offices are investigating.


Visitation, services scheduled for Mpls. girl, 6, struck by gunfire while riding in car

Aniya Allen was among three children killed or injured by gunfire in a two-week span.


Looking back at key testimony from the Derek Chauvin trial

From eyewitnesses to use-of-force and medical experts, along with police officers, 44 witnesses took the stand over three weeks of testimony in ex-Minneapolis police officer…


A day-by-day recap of the Derek Chauvin murder trial

After nearly three weeks of testimony, the defense rested its case Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Here's a look back at each day's testimony.


What happened each day in the Derek Chauvin trial

Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the killing of George Floyd.


Who were the witnesses in the Derek Chauvin trial?

These are the individuals who testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.


Who's who in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin trial

Here's a look at the major players in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer for the killing of George Floyd.


BCA identifies Minneapolis police officers involved in shootout

The suspect was wounded in an exchange of gunfire, authorities say.


Citing 'serious threat to public health,' prosecutors ask judge to reconsider holding two trials in George Floyd's death

Prosecutors asked that all four ex-Minneapolis officers be tried in late summer.


Minneapolis police union chief Kroll says he will retire early

He initially planned to retire in May, but "After reviewing the bigger picture, it is in my family's best interest for me to retire four months early."