Very Important Correction

The deadline request for impact statements is APRIL 27.


Call for Community Impact Statements: Prospect Park East River Road

On January 17, Jesse Alan Houge committed a 2nd Degree Aggravated Robbery (implying that he had a gun)  at Barton and Melbourne at about 8PM.  He then moved to Arthur Avenue at Sidney Place, and committed a 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery, this time displaying his gun.  He was caught and charged, and entered a guilty plea, which means no jury trial.  The judge in this case will have the sole determination of the outcome.  The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has requested impact statements from neighbors in the community.

How does this person’s crime, in your immediate neighborhood, early in the evening, make you feel about your safety close to home?  If you have been affected by this person’s action, please write a comment to be forwarded to the judge.

Your comments should include the following information:

State v. Jesse Alan Houge

Case # 27-CR-15-1797

Case # 27-CR-15-1800

Your name, phone number with area code, employer (if applicable), your title, the date.

You do not  need  to write a long, polished essay. A few honest sentences about how this person’s act made you feel or think differently, and  what you want as an outcome for the case are all that are needed.
Mr. Houge’s court date is May 1.  Impact statements should be turned in by APRIL 27 so there’s plenty of time to get them to the judge.  You may hand deliver or mail to Nick Juarez, MPD Second  Precinct, 1911 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418.  Email delivery is fine:

I am very sorry about that mistake.  Please get those statements in and ask your friends to do the same.

Community Impact Statements needed


Call for Community Impact Statements two aggravated robberies in a residential n’hood

On January 17, Jesse Alan Houge committed a 2nd Degree Aggravated Robbery (implying that he had a gun) at Barton and Melbourne SE at about 8PM. He then moved to Arthur Avenue at Sidney Place, and committed a 1st Degree Aggravated Robbery, this time displaying his gun. He was caught and charged, and entered a guilty plea, which means no jury trial. The judge in this case will have the sole determination of the outcome. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has requested impact statements from neighbors in the community.

How does this person’s crime, on the Eastside of Minneapolis, early in the evening, make you feel about your safety close to home? Please be very aware that Mr. Houge committed two Aggravated Robberies in a residential neighborhood, less than a block from a public school. He did this between 8 and 8:30 PM, prime time for dog walkers, kids returning home from a playdate at a neighbor’s house, neighbors outside for many reasons. If you have been affected by this person’s action, please write a comment to be forwarded to the judge.

Your comments should include the following information:

State v. Jesse Alan Houge

Case # 27-CR-15-1797

Case # 27-CR-15-1800

Your name, phone number with area code, employer (if applicable), your title, the date.

You do not need to write a long, polished essay. A few honest sentences about how this person’s act made you feel or think differently, and what you want as an outcome for the case are all that are needed.

Mr. Houge’s court date is May 1. Impact statements should be turned in by May 27 so there’s plenty of time to get them to the judge. Please hand deliver or mail to Nick Juarez, MPD Second Precinct, 1911 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Email delivery is fine:

2PAC 13 Apr 2015 Meeting

Start: 6:15 pm
23 in attendance
Minutes of March meeting: approved

Our guest speakers were Larry Umphrey, Director of Recreation Centers and Programs, and Lt. Calvin Noble, Minneapolis Parks Police.

Thanks to financial support from Major League Baseball, Eastside parks will be enjoying the ever popular Fundamentals of Baseball program and the fields will be getting some much needed improvements.

There are many programs available during the summer that include Day Camp “Camp Northeast”. These are “closed campus” programs so kids who are enrolled are being kept on site, not wandering off. All youth programs, including day care and camps are linked to this page:

Summer programs include a meal which is paid for by the USDA and the MPS Summer Lunch Program.

The Night Owls Program is for 12-18 year-olds on Friday nights, again providing good programs in a safe place.

The Master Planning Meetings are going on now, mostly focused on spring basketball, softball, track and field. Fields are being revamped to meet changing needs of changing programs. Eliott Park now has an artificial turf soccer field which is partly an answer to the need created by the heavy use the parks get. Fields are used for skating in the winter, followed by three seasons of hard use as playing fields. There really isn’t any time for soil or turf to recover.

One very important and very “green” new item is coming this summer: Weber is opening a new concept in public aquatics: a pool and beach development at Weber will be the first non-chemical natural filter for clean water. Look for announcements in July.


Lt. Calvin Noble, who leads the Park Police Department’s patrol division spoke about changes in that office.

Established in 1887, the MPRB Police is a separate department from the MPD. Officers are fully trained by MPD, and have all the responsibilities of any MPD officer. The Park Police have 35 sworn officers on staff but changes in the pension plan moved many people to take retirement. The force is now returning to full strength, by the end of this year 14 of the 25 patrol officers will be new to the department within the past two years.

Officers are assisted by members of the Park Patrol: 10 people are currently in training for that. Those new agents will bring the department back to the full strength of 22 Park Patrol Agents. The Park Agents wear grey while the Park Officers wear MPD uniforms. Park Patrol Agents are authorized to take reports, write tickets, etc., freeing regular Officers to work in the parks and handle more serious crimes. When the MPRB Police is fully staffed it has 57 individuals including both Park Police Officers and Park Patrol Agents. Park Police are off duty at 1AM and back on at 7AM. Between those times, park security is the responsibility of the MPD.

As recently as the 1970s, the MPRB Police used to have a lot of part time police officers; many summer staff were actually school teachers who needed extra jobs. That program eventually became what is now the Park Patrol Agent program. Under the current program, Park Agent training is standard and professional. One downside is that they lose many employees each year to jobs in other places. Many of the Park Agents are either in school to become an officer or have completed their schooling and are seeking sworn positions with a police department. Being a Park Patrol Agent is a valuable line on a resume; the training is that good and other cities want staff with Minneapolis training!

The Park Police are responsible for some 200 pieces of land in several cities, including St. Louis Park, St. Anthony and other cities. Parks are 15% of the land in Minneapolis but the site of only 3% of the crime.

The Minneapolis Park Police works collaboratively with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s department as well as other local law enforcement agencies where the MPRB has property.

There are a lot of requests for dog parks in Minneapolis, but that is a NIMBY issue. Because of dog owners’ perceived need for dog parks, the Park Police get a lot of complaints about unleashed dogs in the people parks. It is one of the biggest complaints that the department receives.

Much of the crime in the parks is down though there has been a rise in robberies in some parts of Minneapolis. Most of the robberies involve the suspect taking the victim’s phone. Note that theft from a locked car is considered a property crime, not a crime against person. Criminals watch to see what runners tuck something under the driver’s seat or in the trunk, wait until the owner is out of sight and then break in; it only takes moments.

Two circumstances drive many Thefts from Motor Vehicles: a stolen credit card retrieved from under a car seat can be easily be used, often before it’s reported stolen. Target, among other places, does not require an ID to use a credit card, so a stolen card can be used to purchase gift cards. Similarly cellphones are often easy to take because most people carry one and people often have them out either talking on them, looking down at them, or allow suspects to use/see the phones. When people are looking at their phones, they’re not alert to their surroundings. Until recently the phones could be flipped for cash in kiosks with nothing to even slow down the process. Recent laws have changed that though there are other means of selling a stolen phone for cash or trading for other items.


Burglaries are on the rise, especially in large apartment buildings, which can have a “dormitory” atmosphere. People know people on their floors, and figure the street doors are locked so leave their apartment doors unlocked. Additionally, as homeowners get into their yards, they leave their doors unlocked also. At this time of year, lots of bikes and lawnmowers disappear from unlocked garages.

The best advice is to mark your property so that you can identify it. Too often the police will find a bike that has been abandoned someplace that is close to a description of a disappeared bike but since there is no serial number or hidden ID, there is nothing the police can do to match the bike with the description. Serial numbers are always best.

Robberies are increasing especially west of Central and north of Broadway.

Inspector Waite asks that people please call about juveniles out past curfew. These young people are very vulnerable in many respects, not only being victims of crime, but also beginning to move into a poor life style.

Curfew Deadlines:

Under 12 Home by 9PM Home by 10PM

12-14 Home by 10PM Home by 11PM

15-17 Home by 11PM Home by Midnight

April PAC: In our Parks: Safety and programming in our award-winning public parks

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6 PM, on April 13 at Monroe Village Apartments, 1900 Central Avenue NE. There is plenty of on-street parking very close to the corner.

ONE CHANGE: Please enter the Monroe Village Community Room from the courtyard entrance, not the front door. Walk a quarter block down 19th and you’ll see a well-lit drive and sidewalk. The first door on your right is the security entrance to our meeting place. Signs will be up.

Our Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has been named the Number 1 U.S. Park System, not once, but twice, in 2013 and 2014. It’s time to be planning your family’s spring sports and summer activities so you don’t miss a single day of safe, professionally planned activities. Join us at PAC to find out more about what they are and how they happen.

Our April speakers are Larry Umphrey, Director of Recreation Centers and Programs, who makes sure our programs are planned to include activities for people of all ages.

With Mr. Umphrey is Lt. Calvin Noble, who leads the patrol division of the Park Police. He will give a brief overview of his department which includes both sworn officers and non-sworn Park Patrol Agents. He will tell us how he and his staff operate, both independently and in cooperation with our own Second Precinct, to keep Eastside parks safe places to go and send our children. Inspector Waite joins him to explain how the two police departments coordinate and back each other up.

There will be plenty of time for questions following their talks. That’s also a good time to mention something you’ve seen in other cities that might be good to have in Minneapolis. Who knows? Perhaps it’s already here!


Court Watch will start approximately at 6:45 pm. Court Watch is a collaborative, community-based approach to criminal justice. Concerned citizens are partners with police, prosecutors, probation officers and others to respond to public safety issues.

This event is more than “Open to the Public”. PAC meetings are your opportunity to learn a little each month about the safety and security issues we all must handle. Learn a little and spread the word and we’ll all benefit.

2nd Pricinct Advisory Council meetings are for all Eastside people who care about safety and security in the Eastside of Minneapolis. Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct. We welcome your participation and support.

2PAC Report: MPD Asst. Chief Matt Clark –

The March, 2015 meeting of the MPD Second Precinct, Precinct Advisory Committee began at 6:10PM, with 20 in attendance.

TOPIC: The newly expanded Police Chaplain Program

SPEAKERS: Assistant Chief of Police Matt Clark, Second Precinct Lead Chaplain Bruce Pinke, and Second Precinct Chaplain Brett Miller.

Chief Clark began with a explanation of the revised goals of the program.
The most important goal is better use of the chaplains’ skills and time. Previously, most officers only knew one or two chaplains in the service, so there was no basis for bonding and support. With the chaplains now assigned to a precinct, the officers and the chaplains can get to know each other. Moreover, the chaplains are assigned to a precinct where they are already part of the community, so at least some of the residents already know them, which is another bonus.

Chaplains Pinke and Miller briefly shared their backgrounds and talked about their jobs.

Bruce Pinke spent over 20 years in Africa working as a missionary. Bruce serves with Hope Ave., a ministry among homeless which is hosted by Elim Church in NE Minneapolis [which will be the topic of a future PAC meeting]. He worked as an Emergency Response Chaplain in Minneapolis, doing ride-alongs in squad cars to learn about what officers’ work is like, their stresses and other factors. He was a responder when the bridge collapsed. He spends about 1 week each month doing death notification (a ride along program) offering what he calls “Psychological first aid” on those trips.

Brett Miller is a pastor at SE Christian Church on 15th Ave SE. He is very aware of the high stress in officers’ lives as they must be mindful that anything can happen in any situation, so one of his roles is to give the officers an “ear to talk to.” At the same time, residents facing a crisis also need help, and, in this role, he can serve as a bridge between officers and residents. Being an “ambassador” in the community will help the media image of the police.

Asst. Chief Clark emphasized the strong bond that can develop between chaplains and members of the MPD, and noted that his children were baptized by his Precinct chaplain.

One very important point about this program: The chaplains are mentors and coaches. The come from many religious backgrounds and are not there to promote any religion. Instead, they will ask, “Are you a member of a faith?” and “Is there anyone I can call for you?” Above all, their job and calling is to help people in need, not to promote an agenda.

Under the current program, chaplains are expected to accompany officers in their squads, to learn the officers’ opinions of what’s going on in the community. Chaplains attend roll call at the precinct but they also attend community meetings.

Another role for the chaplains in this program is to accompany officers as they enter a high tension situation, for example where a shooting has occurred. They have gone door-to-door after a stabbing to give residents a true picture of the event and to dispel misleading gossip and speculation.

The program has a 6-8 month window for integration into the precinct. The program kicked off in July, so it is now fully operational.

Assistant Chief Clark then spoke about Second Precinct staffing. We have lost staff to retirement, but after the last recruit draft, the Second Precinct is up by 2 officers. Clark commented that Inspector Waite is very good at selecting officers who will fit in. We can expect to lose another 4 or 5 people to retirement but 30 cadets are in the 6+ month program and 20 more are making lateral moves which has a shorter training program. The staffing low (several years ago) for the MPD was 776 officers but we’re now over 800 with a goal of 860 officers. Candidates are showing up who represent the cultural diversity of our city.

The MPD is very aware of the rapid population growth in the University area and others. That population growth and the department priority to achieve a response time for in-progress crime of under 3 minutes give a real push to hiring the larger staff needed to keep everyone safe.

Giving a nod to Nick and Susan, A.C. Clark emphasized we also need more CPS’s and other FTE staff.

Four people are leaving the precinct, but the Second will be getting four new people from the recruit draft.

We had a homicide at the NE Palace Bar. The suspect and the victim knew each other and there was little danger to the general public. Two neighborhoods had an uptick in daytime burglaries, but those seem to have stopped with recent arrests.

Spring break starts Monday, and Nick is hoping for a quiet week. SE only had 3 thefts in the last week, which was a drop. Nick is working with new student housing managers, some of whom haven’t been too receptive.

The Second Precinct is watching the Frozen 4. We won’t know until the 22nd if the U makes the playoffs — if so, there will be a heavy staffing need. Spring Jam is the 4th week of April and preparations are being planned. The newly open Surly has been relatively quiet. There are more problems coming from the Green Line than from Surly traffic.

We are reminded to phone 911 for a crime in progress.

Coming events: Don’t miss the Second Precinct Open House, May 11th Monday 4-7pm. The robots, horses, bomb squad robots, and other units will be there. There will be a bike and helmet raffle, free food and popcorn. If you want to participate, please contact Sgt. Mota at the Precinct.

Block club leader training is on May 28th from 6:30 to 8PM in the Precinct. CPS will offer this program on every other month.

POLAR PLUNGE REPORT: The police plunge was the first week of March. Among the jumpers was Inspector Waite.

COURTWATCH: no names added and no names deleted.

A request for impact statements is coming in a separate memo.

Next PAC: April 13, highlighting Parks Programs

Adjourn 7:35 PM

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – March 9th, 6 PM – 1900 Central Ave NE (Monroe Village Apts.)

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on March 9, at Monroe Village Apartments community room (1900 Central NE)

The Minneapolis Police Department has recently expanded the “Community Chaplains” service into the Precincts.  The department is staffed by a group of dedicated professionals, trained in counseling, whose goal is to assist residents and MPD staff in all walks of life.

Chaplains assigned to the Second Precinct are:  Leader,  Bruce Pinke (ELIM),  Minister Brett Miller (Southeast Christian Church), Rev. Margaret Pliess-Sippola, (Gustavus Adolphus)

An extract from the MPD Chaplain Corps Vision Statement:

“…The vision of the Minneapolis Police Chaplaincy Corps is to seek innovative ways to enhance this relationship [between the residents of Minneapolis and the MPD], maximize resources and identify problems and concerns in the community.

“…[The] Police Chaplain Corps … is a multi-ethnic, religiously pluralistic service organization.”

The Chaplains will provide comfort and practical advice to civilians and to Officers who are facing crisis events.  They are bound by professional privilege, restricted from ecumenism, and dedicated to maintaining their professional responsibility.

Two of the chaplains assigned to the Second Precinct are scheduled to present  at this meeting, and to answer any questions you might have about their department, their roles, their understanding of our part of Minneapolis.

Please join us in welcoming them to our Precinct.

There is a KARE-11 background story from September, 2014 at

The official Vision Statement and other documents  fro this department are located at

Check the index on the left side of your screen for more information

After the chaplains’  presentation, we will hear a report on current crime trends in our precinct and how residents can help our officers to keep our crime numbers low.

Courtwatch is scheduled to begin at 7 PM

COMING EVENTS:  APRIL: It’s time to plan fun and safe summer activities for the kids and for you, too!  Andrew Pimental, who leads recreation for Eastside Parks will be there to outline the programs and opportunities available for you and your family.  Lt. Calvin Noble of the Parks Police Department  will be there to answer your questions about safety in the parks.  Our award winning park system offers activities for all of us in a safe environment.   Find out more!

MAY:  Second Precinct Open House!  Real robots, horses, activities, burgers on the grill, and more.  Don’t miss the fun!

February PAC report

February PAC

Feb 9, 2015.  Start: 6:10 pm.  18 in attendance.

Report from Second Precinct Inspector Waite:

Trends follow the weather.  With the warmer weather, more Hondas and Toyotas are being stolen:  they are popular for street racing.

The Second Precinct  received the MPD Annual Award for the greatest reduction in crime.  This is the third year the award was won by the Second.  Inspector Waite emphasized that  this reduction is due, in part, to the increased citizen participation as citizens watch and report when something “doesn’t look right”.  Without residents watching, the officers can only look for evidence long after the crime has been committed.  Without citizens getting facts, like car colors or crooks’ clothing colors or hair styles, the police have no idea what to look for.

Thank you for being part of the team. Let’s try to get that award for the 4th time.  We deserve to live in a place with that record.

Inspector Waite also pointed out that beat officers and precinct chaplains will be taking part in more PAC meetings.  They’ll be here to listen to your concerns directly from you.

Emilie Quast related an action report that officers had stopped two people in a “Burglary Focus Zone” at 19th and Talmage.   The two men had burglary tools in their possession and were arrested.  Roy Beaulieu 1014 13th Ave SE and Thomas Szmiot 29 East 2nd.  [They have since been released.]

Our Speaker was Ross Chavez, of the Hennepin County Medical Center.  Topic:  Your Heart: Flow, Pumps, Electricity and Transport.

Heart function:  A human heart  starts pumping during the 4th week of gestation.  An adult heart pumps 100,000 / day at 1.5 gallons /  minute, sending blood through some 60,000 miles of vessels.  The average adult has about 5 quarts of blood in the body, so the heart sends that around the body at incredible speed.

This amazing muscle has a natural pacemaker that responds to stimuli presented by your environment.  It will speed up in response to a “fight or flight” situation, but if the body is going into hypothermia, the heart will slow down to preserve the brain.  Endurance athletes have strengthened their heart muscles to perform much more efficiently than average.   While 60 and 90 is considered normal and an average rate during exercise of 150+ beats per minute is also normal, an unusually strong heart (endurance training) may have a resting rate of 34 beats per minute, an inadequate rate for  the average person.

The purpose of sending the blood is so bring oxygen, nutrients, to every cell, while carrying away waste.  The blood also brings white cells and immunity components to the rest of the body.

Your heart has two direct defenses: it is mostly hidden behind the sternum, but it is also encased in a strong sac, the pericardium.  One other “defense’ it has is that as the blood is oxygenated, the heart receives the newly “charged” blood first, before the rest of the body.

Keeping your heart healthy is not difficult, but it is important to take care of it daily.  Exercise the muscle 30 minutes, 3 times a week; no smoking; watch your diet.  Chavez discussed the “paleo-diet, which is based on fruit, nuts, vegetables, and “anything you can kill with a stick”.  (Reference to Robb Wolf on the paleo-diet and heart health.)  Stress management is important for keeping your blood pressure around 120/80   Sleep is very important because that is the healing time for your heart.  Your annual physical should include your BP, cholesterol levels, diabetes, rhythm changes, evidence of pulmonary disease.

Heart disease:  Someone has  a heart attack every 34 seconds.  The cost of that in this country is $108.9 Billion dollars each year.  (EQ: I think that is only direct cost, but there are also many collateral costs.)

How hearts fail:
High blood pressure causes hypertrophy of the heart.  Plaque rupture leads to a thrombus. Hypoperfusion or “shock” is a loss of circulation that can be fatal.  Aortic aneurysms can range from “watchful waiting” to immediate threat to life.  Other sources of failure are overdose and toxicity.

When to call for EMS help:

IMMEDIATELY CALL 911 when you observe chest pain, sweating, nausea, passing out (be assured that healthy people do not pass out), being short of breath, having jaw or arm pain, abdominal pain, back pain.

The more time that passes, the greater the heart muscle death.

Some people show atypical symptoms, especially women, the elderly, and diabetics, who may have silent heart attacks.

Another reason to call 911 quickly is that although Minneapolis heart disease death rates are about 122-206 / 100,000,  Hennepin County boasts a survival rate that is among the highest in the country.

(EQ: For a complete report on Hennepin County, go to the following website and scroll down to the green box  You will be assured you are living in the right place.)

Stay calm, take/offer aspirin, stay on the phone and follow 911 instructions, unlock the doors, put the pets away and turn the outdoor lights on to mark your house.

People ask, Why so many responders?

Fire,  police, and  EMS are team.  The Fire Dept is likely to get to your house first and can give oxygen immediately.  The EMS will follow very shortly with nitroglycerin, IVs, a 12 lead EKG and more.

The newest tool is the auto CPR device, which is a state of the art device.  This battery operated machine delivers precise 2 inch compressions at 100 beats/minute.  Newer CPR protocol stresses exact compressions and no longer recommends mouth to mouth.  It’s been found that your body has enough residual oxygen to maintain healthy life as long as the compressions keep the blood circulating.

Anecdote:  One of the EMS staff actually had a heart attack on the job.  He had complete heart stoppage, and was on the auto-CPR for 68 minutes, but thanks to that device, he walked out of the hospital two weeks later.  Prompt action and precise long term auto-CPR saved his life and preserved the quality of his life.  Other people in the auto-CPR device have revived and interacted with the EMS staff while the compressions were going on even though their own hearts were still not beating.

Once the patient gets to the “cath lab”, medical staff locates the blockage and removes it, carefully monitors your brain health, and performs other life saving events.

Second Precinct Court Watch Summary:  There were no removals from the Courtwatch list.  Two people were added:

Jesse Alan Houge is accused of two aggravated robberies on January 17, both in Prospect Park; Omnibus hearing scheduled for Feb. 18.

Bianka Kiersten Truman is accused of loitering with intent and indecent exposure.  The victim had been receiving unwanted visitors for a week;  This was in the 7xx block of Fillmore St. NE.  A pretrial is scheduled for March 18.

Next 2PAC meeting: March 9th at 6PM  1900 Central Avenue NE (Monroe Village Apartments, community room).

Topic on March 9th:  Our newly expanded chaplain service.  All three of the chaplains now working with the Second Precinct have strong ties to NE or SE Minneapolis.

–Submitted by Emilie Quast, PAC