December meeting: Plan our dinner

As always, our meeting will be in the Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Ave NE, at 6 PM.

Purpose of this meeting: to inventory what has been promised so we know what we are missing and can figure out how to fill in the blanks.
People already working on donations and outreach need to report how far many confirmed donations they have lined up and how many confirmed workers.

Also, we have people who are would like to do pickups on the 23rd and on the morning of the 24th. What donations are organizers willing to give to others to pick up?  When do the donors want this picked up?

People who have signed up to do something  for the event in advance, on the day, or follow up, will want to check on how many slots are filled or begging

People who want to learn more are welcome to just come in, listen, and offer your opinions about whatever.  You’ll probably be surprised at how much you already know; we hope you’ll share that with us.

November 2-PAC report

2-PAC Meeting, November 14, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 by chair, Larry Ranallo.  21 people attending.

Sgt. Jeff Carter, who leads narcotics investigation at the 2nd Precinct, asked to give a brief presentation before the announced agenda.

The narcotics officers are is requesting more tips and reports from the public.  Unless citizens partner with the MPD in (drug) crime prevention, the police can’t be as effective as they need to be to keep our community safe.  “If you see something, say something” is the lifeline for crime prevention especially in narcotics. Remember we are all safest when we have crime “prevention”  long before anything happens, rather than “enjoying”  four minute response after something bad has already happened.

Why?  All police need information from the public so they know where to focus their attention.   To prevent drug crimes, look for:   cars stopping at a residence or a street corner and leaving in minutes; neighbors or idlers who can afford expensive items without a job; windows blocked out; unusual smells in the area; observed exchange of packets or small items.

Don’t ignore the feeling that something “isn’t  right.”  Instead: document it.  Make a log; note date, time and what  attracted your attention.

IMPORTANT NOTE: do not report suspected drug crimes to 911 or 311.  Instead, phone directly to the precinct at 612.673.5702 to leave a message for Sgt. Carter, or hand in or mail in a written report to the Second Precinct at 1911 Central Ave NE, 55418???.  You may prefer to contact our CPSs,

You are assured that however you contact the Precinct, the person responsible for drug control will get the message and your privacy is assured.  Leave a contact number because he may want to clarify something you’ve reported.  Don’t expect immediate response at the site of action, because the narcotics team must do its own investigation, which will take time. When they move, it’s a full out effort.  The point is that our officers need help from the public to know where to look, what to look for, when to look the most.  Be assured they want to be the ones on the witness stand, for you.

Drugs are very big business all over the world, including in the 2nd.  In the last year, they have made 34 arrests, confiscated $87,000,  24 firearms, and 8 vehicles.  They know they can improve on these impressive numbers if they get more lead time from citizen input.  The goal:  Drug dealers will hear that they’ll be targeted and hammered in the Second Precinct.

STATE OF THE PRECINCT

Inspector Loining reported that 2nd Precinct crime is down 6.5% overall.  Rape reports were up by 1 which is a statistical rise of 1.5% Robberies or people or businesses were down 4.2% with 19 fewer.  Burglaries were down by 18 which was down 4%.  Three good  pieces of police work in the 2nd this month: on 11/9 a victim was approached by four people and shot while fleeing, but gave the officers a good ID; suspects were soon arrested in South Mpls.  10th and 7th St. SE: two victims had a good ID, officers made an arrest based on the car ID.  An Officer spotted a suspicious vehicle  and rand the tags, which led to the arrest of 2 people with warrants in the stolen car.

Inspector  Loining asked that people holding public and larger private events be sure to call the precinct.  The officers want to help, to increase community outreach, to check on safety and  security issues, and more.

SPEAKER: CASIDY ANDERSON, What to do before the EMTs arrive?

Casidy Anderson:  This is the season for so many home emergencies, but what is the order of steps to take if someone chokes on food, falls off a ladder, or has another emergency?  Ms Anderson assured us that most calls for help get a response in 3.5 to 5 minutes, so the order is:

1) Phone 911 and stay on the line while the call asst. takes your information.  Know the call asst. is transmitting information WHILE YOU ARE TALKING TO THEM.  They will ask some questions several times, to verify that the information you are giving is correct, especially the location of the emergency.  Stay on the line until they hang up.
2) Make sure the Responders can get to your location.  If you are in a security building, send someone to let them in and lead them to the right unit in the building.  Put all dogs in a separate room (even the little ones)  and unlock entry doors.

3) Turn to the victim and make sure they have unobstructed airways.  If they are bleeding profusely, use a clean towel and apply pressure to the wound.
4) Check for a heartbeat.  If you can’t detect one, start chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute.  This is the action that will prevent brain and other organ damage.  Mouth-to-mouth breathing has pretty well been discredited: it does something, just not much.

5) By this time, the EMTs should be walking in the door, and they’ll take over.

Preparing for future emergencies:
1) If you are concerned that a person may be a hoarder, know that this habit can interfere with efficient  EMT response.  Advocate by reporting this to 311; your name will not be released.  Social services can help assess the situation and provide guidance if it’s needed.
2) Know where medications are kept, especially prescribed medications, so you can gather them and send along with the EMTs.
3) If a person might benefit from closer tracking, Ms. Anderson recommends looking into trackers, like Safety Net (there are several brands on the market)  This is a technology that uses GPS because people with memory issues may not recall where they live.  If someone has blacked out, or has autism or can’t respond for another reason, the GPS is very helpful.
Responders do look for the traditional Medic Alert bracelet or dog tag, though.
Miscellaneous: EMTs are stationed with the Fire Department, but, more important, all firefighters are EMT trained.  Don’t think it’s over-done if your response is by fire department truck. 70% of MFD calls are called for EMS services.
COURTWATCH: Updates from Sarah Becker:

Osman Amin was on probation but has picked up 2 new citations.  Cody Corbin faled to appear on 11-9 and a  bench warrant was issued.  Jerome Darkow was charged with Dome Depot theft and has a probation violation hearing on January 17.  Kevin Foster was found incompetent for trail and was comitted on November 8.  Jarid Jovanovich is still in custody, waiting for trial.  Curtis Laroque will do 60days time, credit for 17 days served and will pay restitution; probation for 2 years. Dae Nisell was found incompetend so civil proceedings are pending.  Ashley Sage is in custody and had two hearings scheduled in November, ,

No Updates: Johnny Hall, Daniel Heacock,Bryan Holmes, Albert Moen, Ryan Pilarski, Michael Weston-Rose still has a bench warrant issued 9-4-15 and is probably out of the state. Robert Schroeder, Jason Tucker, James Zaccardi and Michael Zaccardi.

Old Business: October minutes approved.  Treasurer’s report: $1048.84, approved.

New Business: It’s time to firm up plans for this year’s December 24 dinner for first responders at the 2nd Precinct.  A separate memo about that will follow this note.  December PAC meeting may be called to see what’s missing from the current sign-ups. and volunteer lists.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM

To volunteer now for our 33rd  December 24 dinner for On-Duty First Responders,  email Emilie Quast  e-quas@tc.umn.edu

Reminder: Nov. 2-PAC meeting and Holiday Thank-You event planning

What do you do before the EMT arrives?  Casidy Anderson will be there to  give us some guidance.   Following her presentation, we’ll get the State of the Precinct, Courtwatch update, and a bit more.  Then:

First planning meeting for our 33rd December 24  Thank you day-long dinner (plus 12.25 breakfast rolls and some grab and go lunch items)

We always welcome attenders and this month we’ll be happy to see volunteers, too!

For the December 24 all-day meal, you can sign up to:

1) request donations from commercial kitchens that haven’t participated before,

2) pick up donations before the event and deliver to the 2nd Precinct (likely on the morning of 12.24 but a few are earlier in the week),

3)  sign up to keep the foods fresh and safe (hot foods hot and cold foods cold), keep the  kitchen and dining room clean and neat: 2-hour shift between noon and 10 PM.

4) final kitchen clean up and lay out fresh foods on 12.25, 8AM to finished.

As usual, we meet at 1900 Central Ave NE, the Monroe Village Community Room.  We start at 6PM and there is plenty of free parking on Central and cross streets.

If you can’t make the meeting but want to participate, send an email to Emilie Quast
e-quas@tc.umn.edu  to let me know what you’d like to do for this thank-you  event.

November 14: 2-PAC. What do you do BEFORE the EMS gets there?

The US Dept. of Health set the standards for ambulance response: Class A EMS service arrives at the address within 8 minutes, 75% of the time.

But if someone stops breathing, brain damage  begins in only 4 minutes.  4 to 6 minutes after that, the person may be dead.   If someone is bleeding, they may not have much more time than that.  How do you tell if someone has overdosed?  In cardiac arrest?  what do you do for seizures?

Casidy Anderson, the MFD  Risk Reduction Officer,  will be our November MPD Second Precinct PAC speaker.  She will talk us through current best practices (which may have changed since you took that safety class) and tell you how to keep yourself safe in an emergency situation.

Following Casidy’s talk, we’ll hear the Monthly State of the Precinct report.  That will be followed by this month’s update on Courtwatch.

Join us on November 14.  As usual, we’ll gather at 6 PM in the Monroe Village Community Room, 1900 Central Ave NE.  There’s plenty of free parking right on Central and on nearby cross streets.  The bus stop is at the corner.

After our regular meeting, we’ll have a kickoff meeting for  this year’s Thank You dinner for First Responders on December 24.

October PAC: Outdoor Fires and Fire Safety

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 by Dorothy Bode, Board Member.  19 people in attendance.

Our speaker was Casidy Anderson, Community Risk-Reduction Coordinator of the Minneapolis Fire Dept.

While we planned on “Fire Safety and Prevention” for our October topic a long time ago, one of our regular PAC attenders brought up a concern about a back yard fire near her home which was in a dangerous place and still going after 10PM.  The responding MFD staff said they would put out any fire that violated City Ordinances, but could not cite the neighbors who were lighting the fires.   We asked Casidy to speak directly on this issue.

In the meantime, we also asked Housing Inspector (and former Fire Safety Inspector) Mike Rumppe for additional information.  Ms Anderson spent much of the time discussing The Minneapolis Fire Code and explaining how to get help from the city to bring neighbors into compliance.

Recreational fires are covered in Minneapolis Ordinance 178 “Recreational Fires”:
https://www.municode.com/library/mn/minneapolis/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=COOR_TIT9FIPOPR_CH178REFI

Summary: recreational fire fuel area may not exceed 3′ wide X 2′ high, may not be sited within 25′ of combustible material including fences,  must be surrounded by a fire barrier at least 6″ tall, may only burn untreated wood or other approved material, must be attended at all times by at least one adult (over 18) who can operate extinguishing tools (hose, buckets, extinguishers), are only  allowed between 9AM and 10 PM if the prevailing wind is 10MPH or less.  There will be no fires if the MN Pollution Control Agency has issued a health advisory.   Any member of the MFD or MPD may extinguish any fire that violates any of the above or that creates a  “reasonably objectionable situation for any nearby resident.”

QUESTION: I don’t like it when smoke comes in my house, so is that covered?  ANSWER:  That would be a “reasonably objectionable situation for any nearby resident.”  Think about asking them to at least warn you so you can close your windows or moving their fire site to another part of their yard.
Cassidy pointed out that many Minneapolis residential lots are only 50′ wide and mostly filled up with by house and garage/shed, etc.  There isn’t much left over.  The 25′ mandated distance eliminates many fires.

Getting the city involved:  Ms Anderson said she wishes the Fire Department could issue citations, but that belongs to Regulatory (Inspection) Services which is a totally independent of the Fire Department.   She checked with  Fire Marshal Bryan Tyner, who confirmed that the verified procedure for filing a complaint is:

  1. Call 911 to report the illegal burn (this creates a formal record of the incident)
  2. Follow up with 311 to have Fire Inspection Services (under Regulatory Services) start the process of warning letter, and fines
  3. Chief Tyner also sends out warning letters, so you could email him directly about your concerns
  4. Make sure your crime prevention specialists, Nick Juarez and Susan Webb are aware so they can follow through on their end.

Inspector Rumppe wrote that a 311 complaint will trigger a warning letter sent to the property owner by Fire Inspection Services.  A second offense verified by MFD in the same calendar year yields an $80 fine for the person responsible for the fire.  If this is a rental property, the owner receives a $200 administrative citation.

Deb Russell (Hennepin County Attorney’s Office) reported that her responsibilities include prosecuting Nuisance Property issues.  She looks for patterns of complaints and will follow up with a letter to the property owner.  She considers two calls/year on the same  property sufficient cause for close attention by Hennepin County Attorney’s office.

Ms Anderson brought two other items to the meeting.  First is a very good 76-page pamphlet from the National Fire Protection Association, Fire in your home.  You can get  your own copy by contacting Ms Anderson at casidy.anderson@minneapolismn.gov  The NFPA has a website that offers a great deal of information, books, and more.  See www.nfpa.org

Finally, Ms Anderson left us with a flyer about getting a free smoke alarm, installed in your home.  The Free Smoke Alarm Program is open to all with no restrictions  The Free Smoke Alarm project is a partnership between the Red Cross, the Minneapolis Fire and Rescue Dept. and CERT,  the Community Emergency Response Team.  To get your free alarm, you may register for the appointment at 612.460.3674 or online: www.getasmokealarm.org

State of the Precinct:  There was no SOTP report this month, due to  city employee holiday.  Second Precinct reports can be found here:
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/crime-statistics_codefor_statistics

COURTWATCH:  Active cases: Cody Corbin, 5th degree drug possession is now “On Diversion” and 4th degree property damage has a pre-trial hearing 11/9. Jerome Darkow has an arraignment on 10/25 and has a probation violation.  Kevin Foster was found incompetent to stand trial so his misdemeanors  will be dismissed but this might lead to civil commitment for treatment.  Daniel Heacock has a hearing in February.  Jarid Jovanovich currently in custody in Anoka County where he will have a pretrial mid October; his Hennepin case is on hold until his Anoka case in completed.  Dae Nisell was found incompetent but his felony charges stay active and will be referenced for 6 months.  Ryan Pilarski has a bench warrant for failure to appear on 8/01/16.  Michael Weston-Rose has had a bench warrant for over a year.  Ashley Sage has a hearing  at the end of the month for two open felony cases (drug charge and burglary charge and has a probation violation. Robert Schroeder js on probation.

No Updates:  Johnny Bernard Hall, Bryan Holmes is continuing on probation,  Curtis Laroque has an outstanding bench warrant issued 06/21/16.  Albert Moen is on probation to 5/9/17 with no updates. Robert Schroeder is on probation until 5/17/16 on condition no trespassing and to stay away from victim’s residence.  Jason Tucker will be out in November.  James Zaccardi and Michael Zaccardi have no updates but will remain on the watch list for one more month.

Removed:  Osman Amin.

PAC REPORTS:  Minutes were accepted. Emilie reported that no money had been spent and the cash on hand is the same as last month.

OLD Business: none.
NEW BUSINESS: the December 24 dinner notes and suggestions will be ready for the November meeting.  Dorothy Bode suggested we have our first planning meeting immediately after November PAC, 11-14-16, so moved, seconded, accepted.

Two new program suggestions came up:  Minneapolis Animal Control, and Transit Police.

Adjourn 7:20.

Future programs:  Nov. 14, “What To Do Before the EMT’s Arrive” presentation by Casidy Anderson.  December 12: will include a report on December 24 progress.

Proposed future presentations:  1) Chief Harteau’s new training program, “Life Matters”.  2) New MPD Cold cases program.  3) Support services of victims of sexual abuse. 4) Minneapolis Animal Control. 5) Metro Transit Police.

October PAC: Outdoor fires and other fire safety

Join us for the October meeting of the  2nd Precinct Advisory Committee on Monday, October 10.  As usual, we’ll start shortly after  6PM at Monroe Village community room, 1900 Central Avenue NE.  2-PAC is always free.  All residents of  NE and SE  Minneapolis are welcome and wanted.  There is plenty of free parking on Central and cross streets, bus stops at the corner.

Our speaker this month is Casidy Anderson, the Community Risk-Reduction Coordinator of the Mpls Fire Dept.  She will  quickly review the broadest  fire safety guidelines.  In addition, we’ll focus on recreation fires, which feel so good on chilly fall nights and which can cause all sorts of trouble.  Because one of our PAC members reported an unfortunate experience with a recreational fire in the next door yard,  I’ve asked Ms. Anderson to double check the city rules on recreational fires.  I’ve also had a mail response from Michael Rumppe who leads the Housing Inspections Dept. for the city who assures me this is a topic Inspections takes very seriously.

If you have questions about your own back yard fires, or if your neighbors have you worried,   Ms. Anderson will answer your questions.

October 10 is a holiday for some city employees, so we’ll have a smaller group than usual.  It would be nice to see more people join us.

Following Ms. Anderson’s talk, Deb  Russell will update us on our Courtwatch list.

Plan ahead:  Future programs include:  What should I do BEFORE the EMTs get here?  We need to begin planning the December 24 Thank You Dinner at the 2nd Precinct.  We will have an explanation of  new “Life Matters” MPD training program.  A new Cold Cases unit has made headlines, solving old cases; what’s new there?  Aurora and other services have been making a difference in the lives of victims of sexual trauma–what do they do that is different?

Is there a city safety  program or department you’d like to know more about?  Let us know what that is, and we’ll find someone to explain it at a future 2PAC.

Emilie Quast, Board Member

MPD Second Precinct PAC

Sept. 2-PAC: Housing Inspections

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 by Peter Radford.  We had 23 attenders.

We shuffled the agenda slightly because one of our speakers was also participating in the University District Alliance meeting at Van Cleve.

August minutes approved.   Treasurer’s report accepted.

PRECINCT REPORT: Inspector Loining  led off with his state of the precinct report which showed that while overall crime is down 9.2% from last year, sexual assault reports continue to rise, and are now up over 8%; this still may be an increase in the number of people reporting, not in the actual number of incidents.  Burglaries are down over 9%.  Last year saw 110 robbery reports, but only 101 on the books at the end of August, so that is down 8.18%.   Last week alone saw 8 robberies, but it also saw 5 arrests.  Among the arrests were two incidents in which citizens stopped a suspect and held him until officers could arrive, 1 in NE and 1 in SE. Those citizens will be nominated for citations.  While citizens are not encouraged to put themselves in danger, officers appreciate all cooperation and this was just stunning.

The Police Academy will have 54 more officers on the street by the end of the year.  With  Chief Harteau’s support, the 2nd will get its share.

An attender shared an event that prompted Inspector Loining to stress citizens who are concerned about police response should promptly call the precinct and ask to speak to a supervisor.  Jot down the facts as you see them, including time, squad number, officer’s name, nature of the concern, as much as you can.

UMPD Chief Matt Clark attended this meeting also.    Campus activities are just getting started and so far there is not much going on.  As always, they’re watching for  alcohol consumption by minors and loud parties.  He urges that if you have any questions about student conduct, you contact the UMPD. Easy to remember 62-4cops 624-2677 or https://police.umn.edu/ (Look for the Compliments or Complaints button at the top.) For emergency dispatch it’s 911, and the nearest squad car will respond.

HOUSING INSPECTIONS: Our speakers were Mike Rumppe, who leads Housing Inspections, and Ted Van Winkle who is responsible for all of SE Mpls and part of NE, as well.  Mike is in his 27th year in Inspections, and had previously worked in Fire Inspections.  He has now had one year leading Housing.  Ted has spent 9 years in Inspections, working in SE and part of NE Minneapolis.

Housing Inspections is a 65-person unit and is responsible for 33,000 rental properties in the city.  This unit is responsible for residential properties SFD to three-plexes.  For these buildings only the Housing Code Applies.   The Mpls Fire Dept does inspections for buildings with 4 or more dwelling units.

They also do exterior inspections of owner-occupied dwellings, but do not inspect the interiors.  For rental units, they are responsible for exterior AND interior.  Rental units earn their way to one of three categories:

Tier 1) Good.  65% of the properties are rated “good” and are only reinspected every 6 or 7 years.
Tier 2) Middle – 25% of all properties are not quite “good”  and need more attention.  They are inspected every 3 or4 years
Tier 3) Not-so-good.  10% of all properties; these get annual inspections.

QUESTION: Are Tier 3 reinspections done on a cost-recovery basis?  ANSWER: That’s being worked on.

QUESTION: Who handles long grass and overgrown shrubbery?  ANSWER: Report these on 311.  If there is more than one call in a year, the property goes on an “abate” list.  When they’ve mowed the lawn once, Inspections can call a contracted lawn service if violation is observed.  Three businesses have contracts with the city.  Long grass is actually the most common call.

QUESTION: We see inoperable cars on lots.  Why can’t they get pulled out.  ANSWER: We can’t always tow.  15 properties are currently being monitored.  The police get some at the curb.

QUESTION about Life Safety issues:  These always have short timelines for correction.

While Life Safety issues are only allowed a short time for correction, lower level violations are given longer timelines and those may be extended if there is evidence of effort and some progress is continually being made.  Weather may be a factor:  if an owner  is cited for house or garage needing paint in November, the time may be 6 months out.

Ted mentioned that sometimes additional social services need to be brought in, especially if owners are no longer able to care for the property themselves.

One new restriction is coming up:  In the 7-county area, there will be a restriction on how far  away a property manager can live from the properties he cares for.  This should help speed up repairs and abatement somewhat.  That doesn’t me the landlord can’t live in Winona or Phoenix, but the person responsible for fixing the plumbing will have to be closer than that.

QUESTION:  What are the rules about window well access:  Answer: The rules apply to basement bedrooms.  Someone in the bedroom must have access to the window from the inside.  The step-up can be a bed adjacent to the window or a footstool–something like that.  Once someone has exited the window, they must be able to get out of the window well  (ladder?) AND must have access to a public walk way, a street, or an alley, not find they’re in a back yard with a locked privacy fence.

LIVABILITY ISSUES:  Rentals have a long term problem with vermin, especially bedbugs.  5 years ago they had maybe 5 complaints.  Recently, they counted 500.  The problem is that bedbugs are good hitchhikers.  Heat is the best cure for bedbugs and a lot of other vermin also, but it’s very expensive.
SECTION 8:  Section 8 does its own inspections.  HUD standards are not the same as the city’s standard.

Ted emphasized that citizens should continue to call 311 for complaints.  If you live OUTSIDE the 612 area code, call 612.673.3000.  There are several inspectors for Eastside;  complaints that go through 311 (612.673.3000) will be more quickly assigned to the inspector designated for that block.

COURTWATCH:  Active cases: Cody Corbin His domestic abuse case is the lead case; he has pretrial on 9/27.  Jerome Darkow New theft from Home Depot which is a probation violation; 9/29 arraignment.  Kevin Foster: three open assaults and new property damage charge; in custody and will get a competency test later this month. Daniel Heacock: found incompetent so his felonies are suspended; re-evaluation in February 2017.  Jarid Jovanovich: In custody in Anoka County; had a hearing 2 weeks ago but info is not available.   Dae Nisell: In custody; he got out on a plea but in 2 weeks was back at the trespass property, now waiting for competency hearing.  Ryan Pilarski: bench warrant issued.  Ashley Sage: new misdemeanor, probation violationhearing on 10/31/16 and a 10/31/16 hearing for a theft in the 1st Precinct.  Jason Tucker: In custody with expected release date 11/14/16.

On probation: Osman Amin (to 06/15/17).  Michael Zaccardi (to 10/20/17

No updates:  Johnny Hall, Bryan Holmes, Curtis Laroque, Albert Moen, Michael Weston-Rose, James Zaccardi
Removed from the list:  Anthony Bilges

Added to the list:  Robert Schroeder: Trespass on Nicollet Island.  He has had 14 arrests since 2010 for livability offenses, 4 in the 2nd Precinct since 2014.

OLD BUSINESS: none
NEW BUSINESS: Our October meeting falls on Indigenous People’s Day (Columbus Day), and many city employees have the day off, including the City Attorney’s Office and some others.  We agreed we’d have our regular meeting on our regular day, Monday, October 10, and will lean a little more heavily on Deb Russell from the County Attorney’s Office to handle Courtwatch alone.
Peter Radford reminded us it’s time to start thinking about our December 24 10-hour dinner.

Adjourn: 7:34

REMINDERS:

You can find notes and announcements from previous 2-PAC meetings on our homepage:  https://courtwatch2pac.com/

You can find Second Precinct crime report summaries and maps  at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/index.htm