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 http://myhealthnewsletter.com/hcmc/healthematters/February2015/article1.html  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

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – January 13th, Southeast Minneapolis

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on Monday January 13th, in Southeast Minneapolis, at SE Christian Church 960 15th Ave SE. 

This will be another special Southeast Minneapolis focused meeting.

Speaker – Kendre Turoni, University of Minnesota Community Relations

Kendre is the Coordinator of the Student and Community Relations and Neighborhood Liaison program at the University of MN.  Kendre will discuss how the University works to promote active participation by students in the neighborhoods around the University, particularly in Marcy-Holmes, Prospect Park and Southeast Como neighborhoods. 

Here is a Minnesota Daily article that describes the neighborhood relations team’s efforts.   http://www.mndaily.com/2012/06/26/liasons-attempt-increase-resident-involvement

This is a link to the Community Relations blog with snippets of news for students who live in the neighborhoods around the university.  http://umnscr.blogspot.com/

Court Watch

Court watch will be the 2nd part of our meeting. 

Minneapolis Police Department Crime Prevention – FREE Personal Safety Workshop

2nd Precinct is coordinating a Self Defense workshop with Mary Brandl, a 4th degree black belt with Midwest Karate Association and Self Defense PE instructor at the University of MN.  The location will be Pratt School, January 28th, 6pm to 8:30pm. 

 Attendees will learn to recognize a possible attack in the making, and how you can you use distance, body language, and tone of voice to avert a potential attack. Simple “last-ditch” physical self-defense techniques will also be presented, practical even for people who have little physical skill or ability.   Please RSVP by calling 612-673-2874 or emailing Susan.Webb@minneapolismn.gov.


Open to the Public!

The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support. 

Dan Scoggins

2nd Precinct Advisory Council



2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – December 9th

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at Central Avenue Apartments Community room, at 1900 Central Avenue NE.

Officer’s Holiday Dinner – December 24th
The 30th Annual Police Officer’s Holiday Dinner will be our guest speaker!  We will talk about the plans for the event for the Police Officers and First Responders who attend each year.  Dorothy Bode, Jeff Meehan, Emilie Quast, Peter Radford and Jon Blonk have been making calls to set up food for the event.  This is a fun event, and we intend to invite Police Officers and other first responders like Fire, Paramedics, Deputies as we do every  year.  If you would like to volunteer to cover a 2-hour shift on Christmas Eve between Noon-Midnight, pick up food or if you are Business and would like to DONATE food, contact dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.

The Bylaws require that we hold elections at our December meeting.  These elections will be for our Executive board.  Currently our board team is Dan Scoggins, President; Larry Ranallo, Vice President; Open; Treasurer, Peter Radford, Secretary; and Emilie Quast and Jon Block, At-large.  Dan Scoggins’ term limit as President is up so we will have a new President elected.

If you would like to join us, we have a total of 7 seats authorized to fill.  Come to the December meeting.  We will be taking nominations from the floor.

Court Watch
Court Watch will start approximately at 7:00pm.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – November 18th – Robberies in Southeast

This was emailed out via Gov Delivery to announce 2PAC’s last meeting. 

Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at 6pm, on November 18th in Southeast Minneapolis, at University Lutheran Church of Hope.

November 11th, our regular meeting is a holiday so we changed to date to Novmber 18th, at 6pm.  This will be a special Southeast Minneapolis focused meeting.  We will meet at University Lutheran Church of Hope, Heritage Hall, 601 13th Ave SE.  Parking is available on the church grounds.

Topic – Robberies in 2nd Precinct
Robberies have become quite an issue in Southeast Minneapolis in the last few months. While there may be a similar number of robberies this year as last year, these robberies are receiving more attention due to the use of guns and the violence of some of these robberies.

Inspector Kathy Waite and Crime Prevention Specialists Nick Juarez and Susan Webb will be present to review recent events, discuss personal safety advice, and listen to community concerns.  We will also hope to listen to other SE Minneapolis issues as well.

Here are some of the news stories.

String of Marcy Holmes robberies

Man beaten and robbed

Three University of MN Students attacked and robbed in one week

Court Watch
Court watch will be the 2nd part of our meeting.

Elections – nominations for Board
The 2nd Precinct Advisory  Council has a small, volunteer board that supports the organization, outside of our regular meetings.  Southeast Neighborhoods are currently under-represented on the 2nd Precint Advisory Council and on the 2PAC board.   Several SE and NE Neighborhoods have chosen not to send representatives to these community meetings with the 2nd Precinct over the last year, leaving their residents and stakeholders without a voice on crime issues.

We are collecting nominations for our nominating committee.  If you have a vision to reduce crime and work with a team to support MPD’s efforts to protect us, here is your opportunity.  Email Dan Scoggins, dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.  Our elections are in December.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President

Judge Lois Conroy – October 2PAC Speaker

2nd Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – Judge Lois Conroy
Join us for our monthly 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meeting at Monroe Village Apartments Community room, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Monday October 14th at 6pm. 

Speaker – Judge Lois Conroy
Lois was elected as a Hennepin County Judge in 2012.  Lois is the first Judge to bring the Judge’s perspective to 2PAC.

Before her election in 2012, Lois was a Prosecutor for the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office, working at the 1st Precinct.  She was part of the team that created the Downtown 100.  The Downtown 100 follows the most difficult offenders in the downtown area with a case manager approach, working with probation, law enforcement, security, private business, social services, mental health, and housing social workers to reduce crime rates.  The Downtown 100 has been nationally recognized and significantly reduced livability crimes in downtown.  They specialize in changing the behavior of the most chronic offenders.

Thank you to JoAnn Velde
JoAnn is the Manager of the Housing Inspections Division who spoke at our meeting in September.  A full house attended to hear about housing inspections, which has a large impact on the quality of our neighborhoods.

Impact Statements – Howard Austin
We received 5 impact statements from our request for impact statements for Howard Austin.  Austin has been charged with 1st degree aggravated robbery for robbing the  “Stop And Go” at 641 Broadway with another person on May 25th, 2013.  Howard Austin and another person were accused of robbing the clerk with a handgun and were tracked down several blocks away by Minneapolis Police K-9.  They were found with crumpled up bills from the store and identified by the clerk and video in the store.  The gun was also recovered.  The Stop and Go is in the Logan Park Neighborhood.  Great work by MPD.  Thanks for your help with impact statements.

Court Watch
There will be no court watch this meeting.

Elections – nominations for Board
We are looking for people to join the Board to help create next year’s program.  If you have an interest in reducing crime in the Second Precinct or want to learn more about how the Precinct works to protect us, this is your opportunity.  Email Dan Scoggins, dan.scoggins@yahoo.com.  Our elections are in December.

Open to the Public!
The 2nd Precinct Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.  Join us if you are a resident, business owner, or other stakeholder in the 2nd Precinct.  We welcome your participation and support.

Dan Scoggins
2PAC President

Council on Crime and Justice: Free Assistance for Victims of Crimes

At the February 2PAC meeting, we heard from the Council on Crime and Justice on the extensive support they offer to victims of crime. They provide free guidance, advocacy, emotional support, and referrals to legal and counseling resources for those who have recently been the victim of a crime. 2PAC wants to make the community aware of this valuable service, and we encourage anyone who has been the victim of a crime to call their free hotline at 612-340-5400.

Visit their website by clicking here for more information on the services they offer. 

Block Club Leader Training on April 10th: Make Your Neighborhood Safer This Year

Crime Prevention Presents:

Block Leader Training
April 10th 2013 6-8pm
1911 Central Ave NE

Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Community Crime Prevention
  • How to organize a block/apartment club
  • Services of Community Crime Prevention
  • Responsibilities of a crime prevention block leader
  • How and when to use 911
  • How to solve problems effectively
  • Meet your crime prevention specialists

Please RSVP to susan.bradshaw@minneapolismn.gov

For questions, contact:

Susan Bradshaw, Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department, 2nd Precinct
(612) 673-2874

Block Club Leader Training Flyer