August Report Part 2: Courtwatch and Precinct report

COURTWATCH:  Nnamdi Okoronkwo, City Attorney attended.   Most of the people on our Courtwatch list remain on the pushback schedule.   The case backlog is, of course, much larger than it was last month.  Cases are being scheduled on a severity ranking.   Felonies that can result in 365+ days of incarceration are at the top of the list.   These will include assault, domestic assault, DWI and more.    Last month Nnamdi pointed to 513 city cases in the previous 30 days, and that rate has not abated.   When courts figure out how to handle the overload, we will have a problem holding Courtwatch down to 20-25 names.     He announced that a new city attorney would likely be announced soon, and on August 14, Jim Rowader was named to the post.


  • Kelli Durow (aka Tamera Hoveland) 39 city contacts since 2017, 38 in the Second Pct.  Habitual trespassing on or near U of MN.  “Rule 20 Return” for 8 charges. Further charge 4th degree assault. Apparently she didn’t show for her 7/20 arraignment.  Now has a Bench Warrant.
  • Samuel Hasse in custody on $20K bail.  He has a 8/13 hearing on 3rd degree burglary, multiple trespass, disorderly conduct, probation violation, 5th degree assault, 4th degree damage to property, and other complaints)
  • Michael Zaccardi was released before our July meeting but committed 5th degree assault on 7/13.  First appearance is 8/12.

Awaiting a hearing

  • Richard  Breen – May, 2020: Richard Breen is out of custody and waiting for a Pretrial, which has been scheduled to 9/30/20 (Restorative Court)
  • Daniel Heacock – 08/11/20 hearing for theft and check forgery in the 1st Precinct  – has been found incompetent in the past
  • Cody Horton has a review hearing rescheduled to 8/13 (MHC).
  • Christian Klockeman is a repeat trespasser around U of M and has a Felony threat of violence charge 11/11/19.  Hearing was rescheduled for 7/14/20 and now also has a 8/27/20 tracking hearing for treatment court triage.
  • Joshua Poplawski was released from the workhouse on 10/30/19.  He had received multiple trespass citations from 11/7/19, mostly in the U of MN area and received a Trespass Violate citation on 2/4/20.  On 12/22/19 a business at 9XX Washington Ave. reported a new trespass; under Rule of 6 (probation violation) he was booked in HCJ; first appearance was 7/16/20.  8/12/20 pretrial for a 3/20 trespass. 10/23/20 arraignment for 2/20 trespass.  10/1/20 arraignment on a 2/20 trespass.
  • Kirk Robledo is a frequent trespasser near the U of MN.  He was cited for  trespass on 10/2/19 and theft at Target Express in Dinkytown on 10/6/19. He will be in the workhouse until 9/2/20, but has 2 hearings on 10/6/20 (resched. from 6/23/20) for theft and trespass.
  • Leslie Wade has a hearing on 9/30 for three trespass charges.  He also has a 9/17 hearing in Robbinsdale for Diso. Conduct and a 10/8  hearing, also in Robbinsdale for 4th degree property damage.

Rule 20:  Per www.MNCourts.govRule 20 evaluations occur in criminal cases when there is a belief that a defendant may not be competent to proceed with the case or was not responsible at the time of the alleged offense because of mental illness or developmental disability. [applies to Durow’s situation]

No Updates:

  • Tanner DeWitt: Convicted of felony receiving stolen property  8/18/19; convicted of receiving stolen property on 9/26/19.  Dept of Correction,  release 9/8/20, probation to 2/5/21.
  • Johnny Hall — amended sentence   07/08/20 to serve 30 days, credit 2 days, serve as EHM — i.e. Electronic Home Monitoring.
  • Paula Heile remains on probation until 7/12/21. No further updates.
  • Miles Shaw was released from DOC on  4/27/20 and will be on parole to 9/25/20.

STATE OF THE PRECINCT – Inspector Todd Loining discussed the continuing issue in Marcy Holmes.   He urged people to pay attention to their  surroundings.

Marcy Holmes is a beautiful old neighborhood, with a vibrant business hub.   Because Dinkytown is heavily populated, parking is at a premium.  People walk to their destination and then back home.   But that lovely old area includes mature trees that arch gracefully over the streets, and almost totally block streetlight from the sidewalks.  

MPD, in cooperation with UMPD and MPRB-PD are making saturation patrols but the old warnings stand:  Stay alert.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Walk with friends.  

QUESTION:  There have been gas station robberies in NE Minneapolis.  The Inspector reported one of the robbers is in custody and two more have been identified.   Police are looking for them.

QUESTION: Criminal Sexual Contact  which began in Van Cleve Park and included kidnapping.   That is an MPRB-PD case and is still open. 

I want to give an extra thank you to Cody Hoerning, for setting up our Zoom room and for keeping the CHAT window populated with URLS and other information.   I definitely can’t take notes AND do the housekeeping at the same time.  It’s the housekeeping (house-building?) that adds so much to a Zoom meeting.  Cody: Thank You!
If people want to watch the recording, go to

Emilie Quast, board member
MPD Second precinct Advisory Council
Minneapolis MN 55418


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