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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.  https://www.startribune.com/city-council-approves-target-exec-as-next-minneapolis-city-attorney/572111902/

Updates:

  • 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. 
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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdatjWDmQfk

Emilie Quast, board member
MPD Second precinct Advisory Council
Minneapolis MN 55418
e-quas@tc.umn.edu

August report, Part 1 Burglary Prevention

2-PAC held its second Zoom meeting at 6PM on August 10, 31 attenders.
Nicholas Juarez, Crime Prevention Specialist for the 2nd Precinct, south of Broadway, presented  “Burglary Prevention” guidelines.  

Burglary is  breaking into another person’s home, garage, or business to commit a crime.   A burglary may be Forced, when someone breaks a door or window to get in.   A burglary may be Unforced, when the criminal enters through an unlocked door or window.

Nick made the point that most burglaries in NE Mpls are Forced.   Most burglaries in SE Mpls are Unforced.   Please don’t make it easy for someone to harm you.  

DOOR SECURITY – Generally when someone forces a door open, it is not the lock that breaks, but the door jamb, which is made of soft wood.   There is usually a gap between the door jamb and the stud opening, so the trick to security  is to install a high security strike plate 7″ to 10″ tall, with at least four screw holes. Use screws long enough to go through the gap and penetrate the building stud behind the door jamb several inches.   The screws should be at least 3″ long, longer is better.

Doors that have glass less than 40″ [an arm’s length]  from the lock need special attention.   Consider: 

  • Double or triple pane glass
  • Shatter resistant window film  (The glass will craze but not fall out.)
  • Double cylinder locks (These need keys to lock and unlock from both sides. These are a hazard for quick fire evacuation)
  • Consider replacing glass with plexiglass, which is stronger.

Window Security –  During warm weather, unlocked windows are often breached by cutting a screen or pushing in an air conditioner or fan.    If you are using an A.C., bolt it to the woodwork for security.

The easiest way to secure a double hung window is to “pin” it, with a removable wooden peg that goes through both window sash frames. The window can’t be opened unless the peg is removed.

A  second method is to install a stop that only permits the window to be opened 6″ or less.   You can buy two-part brass window sash attachments at any hardware store for $2.75 for a 2-pac.    Another method is to attach a track filler strip to the frame above the lower sash, 6″ shorter than the upper sash.  The stop can be painted to match your woodwork.   Glue velcro strips to one side of the filler strip and to the inside of the window frame.

There are also many selections if you have sliding side by side windows or doors, all available at Menard’s, Home Depot, Ace, or any other well stocked hardware store.

Windows are another place to consider security window film.  This is available in various widths, mils [thickness] and with added features.  [EQ: Check for pricing and locations with a quick Google search.   I found one brand selling for about $1.25 a square foot but prices vary with vendors and size of purchase.]

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 
A first step in burglary prevention is to make your house less inviting to a burglar.   You can change your yard to slow down someone approaching your house,  and to make sure they can’t hide from you or from passers-by.
Fencing — There are many kinds and styles of fencing depending on your needs.   The one fence that makes trouble is the solid, opaque fence.  That privacy fence gives you privacy in your yard, but it also hides a burglar from being seen by your neighbors or possibly by you.
Landscaping:   Shrubs should be 18-24″ away from all entry points.  Hedges should be trimmed 6″ below windows and trimmed to 3′ tall or shorter.   Tree canopies should be trimmed to 7′ from the ground.  Thorny plants are good deterrents in dark corners, in front of windows, and especially in window wells or  near egress windows.  [EQ. A number of my older relatives often planted prairie roses in front of vulnerable windows.   Gooseberries showed up often too. Both offered site-security, with a bonus of lovely roses or jelly.]
Lighting:   Lighting is recommended on all doors and entryways, windows, driveways, sidewalks and parking areas.   Consider using dusk to dawn sensors for these lights.  Be sure your house numbers are lit, and make sure the fixtures are not easily accessible so a burglar can’t just unscrew the bulb.
Garages:   Half of all burglarized garages were left unlocked.  If you are in a different part of the yard OR doing a noisy chore, lock the door.   If you have a service door, secure it as well as you would secure the front door of your house.  Use a solid deadbolt secured with 3+” screws described above.   If you don’t use the service door regularly, a padlock will keep people out.  Less high tech is to just move a heavy item in front of the door. Overhead doors can be secured with automatic garage door opener or a padlock.  Never leave your garage door opener in your car and be sure you know how to change the code on your remote if it gets lost or stolen. 

Do a perimeter check:   Walk around your house and look for dark areas or items behind which someone could hide.   Those are issues you can probably fix on your own. 

Nick responded to a question about cameras. He suggested that ring cameras take a good picture, high resolution.   Some can even photograph in color at night.   You do have to make sure that your lighting will support the system and not mess up the image. 

 He pointed out that you can now set up your own system with gear from Costco or Best Buy or you can buy into a service that will set up their gear and do some or most of the response for you.   A Costco system can be set to alert your phone or computer so if you see that a cat is acting up or one of your kids forgot to enter the code, you’ll know what is going on.   In contrast, if a security service gets an alert, they’ll first try to contact you, and if you’re out of touch, they immediately contact the police.

Someone asked about pages that look like MPD crime reports, but they are not actually MPD.   Those are reports taken directly from police scanners.   They are Facebook pages.  The problem with them is that the FB posters have no way to follow through and discover what the officers found when they got there.  All they can report is that someone made a call.  Maybe the officers found nothing.

MPD  has an online police report [EQ See below]  There is also raidsonline.com [Regional Analysis and Information Sharing, launched in 2014, a good explanation here:  https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/2014/02/mpd-unveils-new-online-crime-mapping-tool/ ]  MPD Crime Maps records filed police reports; you can look up and read the report and actually find out what the officers found. 

Personal Safety   There are a lot of Theft From Person incidents happening, particularly in Marcy Holmes.   The usual cautions are all necessary: be aware of your surroundings, use a cross body bag or use both straps of your backpack, make eye contact with anyone who approaches you and look for identifying features, hide your phone.    Personal protective devices:  Dick’s Sporting Goods has a siren alarm (130-140 decibel).   Pepper sprays are fine but you must have them in your hand and ready to use, not at the bottom of your backpack; note that some shoot a stream and some a cloud, which act differently.  Some come with a bottle of saline solution so you can practice to see how the spray works, AND how the spray is affected by wind.  As Nick said, we live in Minnesota; there WILL be wind.  It’s hard to plan in the moment, but you don’t want that spray blowing straight back into your face.
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EQ: Sign up for MPD Online Police Report info: 

MPD issues a Crime Alert when we notice a crime pattern. The crime pattern may be specific to geographic area, a time period, or specific method of crime.  To enroll in the MPD Crime Alert system, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup

To view crime maps around your area and to sign up for email crime alerts – http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/statistics/index.htm.  You may also access information on police stops, crime data, arrest data, use of force, and other information. 

To contact the 2nd Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialists,

July report, part 2

COURTWATCH:  Nnamdi Okoronkwo, City Attorney, and Holly Ihrke, H.C. Probation Officer attended.   They confirmed that H.C. is trying to get people out of the tight quarters that is the HCJ and have moved people to Electronic Monitoring and other methods to keep people safe.  Some people have moved to tents in the parks, but those  sites have social workers on site regularly.   The courts are still charging cases, some 513 city cases in the last 30 days and more in Hennepin County.   At this point, the courts are figuring out how they’re going to handle this overload (and still keep people safe).  Thus, we still have no additions to the Courtwatch list, and there will be a problem  holding it down to 20 or 25 names when the cases finally start being processed. 

Updates:

  • Johnny Hall — amended sentence   07/08/20 to serve 30 days, credit 2 days, serve as EHM — i.e. Electronic Home Monitoring.  (last month: was discharged from probation 4/19, but charged with 5th degree drug poss. and DWI on 1/16/20 and  pretrial moved to 6/30/20.
  • Samuel Hasse  new charge on 6/13/20, for susp. burglary, 7/20/20 pretrial, in custody on $20K bail.  (last month: hearing sched. for 6/17/20 for trespass, disorderly conduct, 5th degree assault, 4th degree damage to property, and other complaints)
  • 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.

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)
  • 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.   Arraignment on 7/20/20 [SEE RULE 20 BELOW]
  • 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 7/23/20 (MHC) triggered by a misdemeanor tamper M/V.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.  

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.
  • 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.
  • Leslie Wade received 3 trespass citations in the U of MN area; he has a pretrial on 6/9/20 after 2 hearings in Robbinsdale for Disorderly Conduct (5/14/20) and 4th degree damage to property (5/21/20)  Hearing was on 7/10 but his MNCIS has not yet been updated.
  • Michael Zaccardi has been released and will be on probation to 4/5/22.

PRECINCT CRIME ANALYSIS (from MPD maps)
Lt. Christie Nelson attended, reporting that Central Avenue is still Central Avenue.  The case she’s happiest to report on is the serial rapist, who was identified thanks to the brave women who came forward with enough information to identify the suspect.  

The Second Precinct has had some retirements.  Starting July 19, Lt Nelson will be leading both Mid-Watch and Dog-Watch.  

Asked about the Third Precinct staff, she reported that they are staffed and answering calls from temporary quarters at the Convention Center.  Plans are still being discussed for both mid and long term location. 

Crime in the first half of July remains chiefly property crimes, especially theft of bikes, theft from cars, and burglaries.   Few reported crimes are robbery of person,  but it’s happening.   Trusted advice suggests if confronted by someone who wants your stuff, it’s going to be more helpful to  give up the phone or backpack and focus on trying to spot an identifying characteristic.   I’ve heard an officer say (at 2-PAC) that shoes are better to concentrate on than clothing because people generally have more shirts to change into than shoes. 

Bike theft remains a Southeast-focus issue but it’s spread into near NE Minneapolis, through Ward 3.   Assault has been rising in both Wards 1 and 3, but is still low compared with the rest of the city.
We ended the meeting with speculation of how many resources are currently available to citizens and to the MPD.  We also touched on how policing may be forced to change in the future thanks to Covid-19’s impact on budgets, future economic issues, and other sources of impact — note the comment in Courtwatch above that the HCJ needed to have its population reduced to avoid increasing Covid-19 infections and is moving to electronic monitoring and other strategies. This could be a good  topic for a future discussion.


Emilie Quast, board member
MPD Second Precinct Advisory Council (2-PAC)
Minneapolis MN 55418
e-quas@tc.umn.edu

July Report, part 1

Biking from North to Northeast Minneapolis:  (and why you can’t do that yet)

The Grand Rounds trails will take you on a 51-mile trip to every part of our city using paved, maintained paths, many created for the bikeway, but… There’s never been a good connection for riders between North and Northeast Minneapolis to the Mississippi or to each other. That is changing. With a little bit of push, we’ll have the NorthEast segment completed in the near future. When that’s done, East-Siders will be able to ride from the Diagonal, past the Quarry, over the river to the stunning Greenway Overlook and then past sculpture gardens and art installations and on to Theodore Wirth Park–a total of 4.6 miles.  

At the July 2-PAC meeting (via Zoom), Eastsider Dan Miller, aka MplsBikerDan introduced the ALMOST completed Great Northern Greenway. The only other off-street shared trail across Northeast and North Minneapolis and northern half of the city is the Grand Rounds.  

From the Great Northern Greenway Facebook page

The 18th Avenue NE reconstruction between Johnson St. and Stinson Parkway moved into high gear this summer. The trail between Johnson to Stinson is still open as far as the Post Office. Completion is planned later this year with improvements along the trail and to the Johnson, Arthur and Stinson intersections. This is a highly used trail by pedestrians and bicyclists so please be thoughtful sharing the trail. This section of the Great Northern Greenway allows users to access the Diagonal Trail, Stinson Parkway, the Quarry Shopping Center, the 22nd Ave Bike Blvd and the Northeast Athletic Fields.

How the plans came about: 

The current bridges for bikes and pedestrians, the Lowry and the Broadway bridges, are over a mile apart, but a little used BNSF railroad bridge lies between the two. With the Great Northern Greenway Overlook scheduled to open soon on the west side of the river, residents need access from both sides of the river so we can all enjoy this stunning overlook.  The BNSF bridge currently carries freight about once a week to one west side business, a concrete layer.  It’s possible that this freight could be delivered to the Canadian Pacific/Soo rail line, which could free up the bridge for a pedestrian-bicycle crossing. 

The BNSF bridge used to carry a second rail line, but that was removed years ago.  That empty 14’ width is enough to allow both freight and bike paths to share the bridge as an alternative design. If that idea doesn’t get a go-ahead, there is a wide enough right-of-way to build a cantilever extension for bike paths. 

Amenities installed, ready, and proposed along 26th Ave North:

  • INSTALLED: Three sculpture installations are in place at Theodore Wirth Park, Nellie Stone Johnson, and Fairview Park (2018)
  • READY: The Great Northern Greenway Overlook, a signature project of the MPRB is scheduled to open this year.   This huge walk-on sculpture “overlooking” the river gorge is pictured & described here:  https://mplsparksfoundation.org/Initiative/26th-ave-n-trail-link-pier/
  • Nice Ride stations are located at Fairview Park and Theodore Wirth Parkway/26th Ave Intersection.
  • MISSING:  a link to the BNSF bridge (proposed between Ole Olson Park and the W River Road Trail)

Amenities installed, ready and proposed along 18th Ave NE: 

  • INSTALLED AND IN PROCESS: 18th Avenue NE shared trail is being improved   between Stinson and Johnson including intersection improvements at Johnson, to the Post Office entrance, at Arthur Street, and at Stinson.
  • Nice Ride stations located at 18th & Monroe, 22nd & California, and 22nd & Central.  
  • MISSING: There is a trail gap between Marshall and California scheduled for 2022 which will replace the 16th Avenue detour. This connects the trail to the East Bank Trail along the river, and to the future bridge crossing.  
  • MISSING, NOT SCHEDULED: There is a trail gap Washington between the Monroe & 18th Ave NE intersection. Two routes have been studied. One uses 18th Avenue NE between Washington and Jefferson to Monroe.  Another is a tunnel under the railroad tracks, which would create a direct connection. Some of the gaps are “challenging,” so some people call the 18th Avenue trek, the Trek to Nowhere.

The Great Northern Greenway Task Force has been pushing to finish the trail since 2017, continuing efforts started by the Mississippi Riverfront Partnership and many other volunteers and organizations over 20 years.   

The Great Northern Greenway Task Force has participated in NE Minneapolis Open Streets events, 2017-2019 (no Open Streets 2020 due to Covid-19). Members also participate in Discovery Rides organized by Slow Roll Minneapolis and Biking Northeast. 

Check their Facebook page, sign up for their newsletter, or ask the Task Force to send a speaker to your neighborhood meetings.

You’ll find up to date maps and very brief progress reports on the Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/northmplsgreenways/

The Minneapolis Parks Foundation reports and future plans with a lot of Overlook promotion is here:  https://mplsparksfoundation.org/Initiative/26th-ave-n-trail-link-pier/ and here: https://www.minneapolisparks.org/news/2019/06/18/great-northern-greenway-overlook-design-will-open-north-minneapolis-to-the-river-through-a-dynamic-new-riverfirst-park-feature/

Biker Dan is waiting to lead a Slow Roll bike trek to inspect and explore the 18th Avenue trail across Northeast Minneapolis. If you are interested, contact Biker Dan at mplsbikerdan@gmail.com or Emilie at e-quas@tc.umn.edu or sign up for more information at the Great Northern Greenway Task Force Facebook page. Biker Dan will be watching the Covid-19 statistics and the calendar and will start offering possible dates and will find out if his contact at Nice Ride can coordinate for the trek.  

If you want to see what’s going on but don’t want to bike for any reason, Dan will set up a trek so non-bikers can drive to pre-arranged meet up places to learn about the trail.

And, do be aware that scooters are also welcome on the bike paths. Perhaps there are enough people on scooters to have their own group–contact Dan, FFI.

EQ note:  I didn’t see this until after the meeting, but Hennepin County was awarded Gold Status by the League of American Bicyclists’ list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.  Star Tribune, “The Drive” column by Tim Harlow, July 13, 2020, page A7, column 5 at the end.

June report, Part 1

We scheduled a speaker to highlight a Minneapolis recreation program this month.   It became clear, though, that  people are still processing the impact of the virus, the death of George Floyd, and the aftermath. We will be able to look ahead, hopefully soon, but people are not there yet.

If you’ve followed the 2-PAC programming over the last several years, you may have noticed a progression of information about  social and health resources available to all residents of Minneapolis or Hennepin County.   The programs in that series were deliberately chosen because it became apparent that too few people knew about them or knew how to approach the providers. 
I asked some of our previous presenters to list which of the many services available they’d offer to  those of us who are beginning to feel overwhelmed by confinement, by news reports, by illness in our city or in our family.
Here’s what they suggested:

  • Wellness in The Woods Warmline 5pm-9am 1-844-739-6369
  • Vets4Warriors Warmline 24/7 855-838-8255
  • Samaritan Hotline 24/7 212-673-3000 and 1-877-870-4673
  • MH Minnesota Warmline Available Monday-Saturday 5pm-10pm 651-288-0400 877-404-3190

People with special concerns, please check the following:

  • LGBTQ+ Crisis Line 24/7 1-866-488-7386
  • National Suicide Prevention Line 24/7 1-800-273-8255
  • Sexual Violence Center Crisis Line 24/7 612-871-5111
  • Day One Domestic Violence Crisis Line 24/7 1-866-223-1111
  • NAMI Parent Warmline (provide resources for family affected by mental illness) 651-645-2948 Parents.resources@namimn.org
  • Text for Life Text MN to 741741

If you or someone near you is having a crisis,  call COPE, 24 /7 at 612.596.1223.  The child crisis line is 612.348.2233.  If you’re not sure, call them and they’ll help you sort it out. 

If you are wondering how to handle everything  that’s going on, or just want to talk to someone who can help you understand your feelings, the folks in the groups listed above will protect your privacy and offer informed, compassionate suggestions.    Please call or email them.
2-PAC will be back in harness in July, likely on Zoom, celebrating one of the things that makes Minneapolis a wonderful place to live: our award winning bike trails.
While we’re on pause, think about joining a bike trek on one of the trails that won a “Best” award.  The treks will happen  (with appropriate health-protecting practices) before cold weather settles in, and as Covid-19 allows.  They’ll be led by people who know the trails — no guesswork for you.  Contact me for a tentative sign-up or to ask questions. e-quas@tc.umn.edu

June report, Part 2

Courtwatch Updades

Updates:

  • 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 is 7/16/20 

Awaiting a hearing:

  • Richard  Breen – May, 2020: Richard Breen is out of custody and waiting for a Pretrial, scheduled for 6/17/20 (Restorative Court)
  • 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.   Arraignment on 7/20/20 [SEE RULE 20 BELOW]
  • Samuel Haase  hearing now on 6/17/20 for trespass, disorderly conduct, 5th degree assault, 4th degree damage to property, and other complaints.
  • Johnny Hall was discharged from probation 4/19, but charged with 5th degree drug poss. and DWI on 1/16/20 and  pretrial moved to 6/30/20.
  • Daniel Heacock was recommitted on 2/4/20 and has a hearing on 8/11/20 re: check forgery
  • Cody Horton has a review hearing 6/18/20 (MHC) triggered by a misdemeanor tamper M/V.
  • Christian Klockeman is a repeat trespasser around U of M and has a Felony threat of violence charge 11/11/19.  He is now scheduled for 7/10//20.
  • 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 6/23/20 for theft and trespass.
  • Leslie Wade received 3 trespass citations in the U of MN area; he has a pretrial on 6/9/20 after 2 hearings in Robbinsdale for Disorderly Conduct (5/14/20) and 4th degree damage to property (5/21/20)

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.  

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.
  • 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.
  • Michael Zaccardi has been released and will be on probation to 4/5/22.

CURRENT CRIME TRENDS

Overall, crime in the 2nd precinct is down since May 15 in contrast with the early May report.  Marcy-Holmes is still seeing more crime than the rest of the Second Precinct, but while incidents still follow the main traffic pattern (University and Central heading north, East River Road and Prospect Park in the other directions) there are considerably fewer reported bike thefts.  In comparison, theft from auto, theft of auto parts (catalytic converters?), theft of autos, burglaries and robberies  are now prominent. 

I’m pleased to report that the interactive crime maps are now functioning for me.   See for yourself at   http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/statistics/index.htm

Emilie Quast, Board member 
MPD Second Precinct Advisory Council (2-PAC)
Minneapolis MN 55418
e-quas@tc.umn.edu

May Report, Part 2

COURTWATCH:    There were no proposed additions to the list from either Hennepin County Attorney’s office or Minneapolis Attorney’s Office.   Updates are noted below.  Apparently a number of hearings were pushed back a month. 

Updates:

  • 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 is 6/9/20
  • Miles Shaw was released from DOC on  4/27/20 and will be on parole to 9/25/20.
  • Michael Zaccardi, convicted on 4/4/20 for 3rd degree assault; on probation until 4/5/22; convicted of trespass, given 45 days, stayed, and on probation until 1/31/21.

Awaiting a hearing:

  • Richard  Breen – May, 2020: Richard Breen is out of custody and waiting for a Pretrial, scheduled for 6/17/20 (Restorative Court)
  • 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.
  • 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.   Arraignment on 7/20/20 [SEE RULE 20 BELOW]
  • Samuel Haase has a hearing now on 6/2/20 for trespass, disorderly conduct, 5th degree assault, 4th degree damage to property, and other complaints.
  • Johnny Hall was discharged from probation 4/19, but charged with 5th degree drug poss. and DWI on 1/16/20 and has a pretrial on 5/18/20.
  • Daniel Heacock was recommitted on 2/4/20 and has a hearing on 8/11/20re: check forgery
  • Cody Horton has a review hearing (MHC) triggered by a misdemeanor tamper M/V. Hearing is now scheduled for 5/21/20.
  • Christian Klockeman is a repeat trespasser around U of M and has a Felony threat of violence charge 11/11/19.  He is now scheduled for 6/23/20.
  • 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.  Hearing on 6/23/20.
  • Leslie Wade received 3 trespass citations in the U of MN area; he has a pretrial on 6/9/20 after 2 hearings in Robbinsdale for Disorderly Conduct (5/14/20) and 4th degree damage to property (5/21/20)

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.  

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.
  • Paula Heile remains on probation until 7/12/21. No further updates.

CURRENT CRIME TRENDS
Trends in the last 14 days remain unchanged.  Marcy-Holmes has the highest number of reported incidents in the Second Precinct and is the only bike theft hotspot.  

Additionally, Marcy-Holmes has the highest number of motor vehicle theft.  That includes theft from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and theft of motor vehicles.    

University Avenue is apparently a corridor.  Crime is most concentrated in Marcy Holmes but follows University Avenue out of M-H and all the way out of the city.  The rate of incidents decreasing the further  you get from M-H and the further you get from University Avenue.
Prospect Park shares  M-V and bike theft incidents with Dinkytown, but has relatively more burglary as well.
We continue to see more charges against  Jory D. Wiebrand, the accused serial rapist who just been charged in a 10th case (Star Tribune, 5.13.20).   Thanks go to the people who identified him, brought him in, and are continuing to step forward in this case.   

May Report, part 1

Update and Planning Ahead

The Second Precinct Open House was cancelled this week, but we’re building plans for an exciting set of meetings, starting in June.
Did you know:  In 2019,  Minneapolis was ranked the top biking city in the U.S., for the second year running!!  Here’s how good we’ve got it:  the #2 city is Portland, Oregon — a warm weather town! [SEE ** BELOW]

Northeast resident Dan Miller (a.k.a. MplsBikerDan) has been leading bikers of every age to explore our city’s bike trails, and he’s been doing it for a long time.   I’ve spotted Dan leading a string of Pillsbury Elementary School kids down Como Avenue, leading a band of Edison High School kids across the U campus, and I’ve spotted him biking just about everywhere else I travel in town. 

On June 8, join our regular 2-PAC meeting.   We’ll be gathering remotely.   Dan Miller will present a ride briefing, covering the Great Northern Greenway and the 22nd Bike Blvd as avenues of discovery.  You’ll hear how Minneapolis earned it’s #1 ranking from someone who knows every part of our trails.
When people can safely share a group ride, Dan will lead a trek following the  Greenway and 22nd Bike Blvd.   We’re hoping to schedule that  later this summer when we find out what safe social distancing looks like then.  Contact me FFI

** https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/12/the-10-most-bike-friendly-cities-in-the-us.html
Stay well, and we’ll see each other soon!


Emilie Quast, Board member
MPD Second Precinct Advisory Council (2-PAC)
Minneapolis MN 55418
e-quas@tc.umn.edu

April report, Part 1

April 13, 2020 2-PAC report, Part 1: Together-Separately edition

While the rest of us do our part in containing Covid-19 by staying at home, our first responders are still out there, working to keep us safe.  Law enforcement officers, medical providers, and mental health and family development services are busier than ever in times of stress.   Among the agencies on call helping  people manage stress is Cornerstone. 

Jenna Strank, Communications and Development Coordinator of Cornerstone offered the following summary of services.

Founded in 1983, Cornerstone’s ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime. We believe that safe and stable futures are possible when we coordinate an effective crisis response, implement trauma-informed support services, mitigate the impact of violence on children and youth and confront the roots of violence. 

CORNERSTONE’S MISSION: Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change. 

In 2019, Cornerstone served 4,016 unduplicated individuals. An additional 30,001 calls, text, online chats and emails were placed to Cornerstone’s Day One® Call Center last year and over 12,000 students participated in presentations on unhealthy/healthy relationships, bullying, anger awareness and sexual harassment in school. 

CORNERSTONE offers a continuum of services:  

DAY ONE:  This statewide program is a crisis hotline that connects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and general crime to emergency safe housing and resources from over 90 agencies throughout Minnesota via phone, text or online chat messaging. It is staffed around the clock, seven days a week.

Minnesota Day One® Crisis Line:

Call: 1-866-223-1111

Text: 612-399-9995

Email: safety@dayoneservices.org

Visit www.dayoneservices.org to chat online with an advocate.

STATEWIDE GENERAL CRIME VICTIM SUPPORT LINE is offered by Cornerstone through the Day One program.  Under Minnesota law, a crime victim is defined as a person who incurs loss or harm as a result of a crime. The support line is staffed around the clock, seven days a week, with advocates who can answer questions, provide support and offer referrals to necessary resources.

Minnesota Crime Victim Support Line:

Call: 1-866-385-2699

Text: 12-399-9977

Email: safety@dayoneservices.org

Visit www.dayoneservices.org to chat online with an advocate.

Emergency Services:

Cornerstone offers a seamless continuum of safe emergency shelter and supportive services designed to meet the needs of victims fleeing from violence. Once in shelter, comprehensive programming helps victims rebuild their lives and restore hope. In 2019, 121 adults and 121 children received 11,365 nights of safe housing and 34,095 meals.

Individual and Group Support for Adults:

Individual appointments can be made to speak confidentially with an advocate about your situation. In addition, a variety of educational and support groups are also available.

Economic Empowerment Services for Adults:

Advocates are available to assist survivors with addressing economic barriers resulting from violence: housing de-stabilization, job readiness, credit/debt issues, financial literacy and safety needs. Services also include transitional housing and access to matched savings accounts for cars, homes or continued education.

Criminal and Civil Justice Intervention Services for Adults:

Advocates work with police departments to provide services when an incident of interpersonal violence occurs and can assist in pursuing protective orders. Advocates provide court accompaniment, safety planning and referrals. Advocates are available for support throughout the court processes, working toward victim safety and offender accountability.

General Crime Victim Services for Adults:

General crime services provides a full range of advocacy and crisis intervention for victims, families and community members affected by crime and violence. Examples of general crime include burglary, identity theft, homicide, robbery, fraud, auto theft and bias/hate crimes.

General Crime Victim Services Line: (612) 767-9844

Clinical Therapy Services Adults, Youth and Families:

Our therapy team utilizes a trauma-informed approach and will listen and support survivors in processing traumatic events and provide healthy coping skills to assist with the healing journey. Therapists are available to help deal with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression or disrupted family functioning. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.

Youth Advocacy:

Youth advocates are available to meet with children, youth and their families to learn more about how violence impacts their social, emotional, physical and behavioral health – and to develop strategies to heal from any past traumatic events.

Support Groups, Classes and Workshops for Children and Youth:

Cornerstone also provides prevention and advocacy for sexually exploited or at-risk youth – providing a safe place to share their stories, receive support and explore resources. Young people participate in diverse out-of-school time activities such as peer education groups, recreational activities and leadership opportunities designed to promote positive development.

School-based Services:

Educators are in more than 20 schools in suburban Hennepin County, speaking with thousands of students each year and offering classroom education and individual support on the topics of dating violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, unhealthy anger/aggression, sexting, harassment and sexual violence.

Parenting and Early Childhood Services:

Parents are provided with a safe space to discuss strategies on parenting children ages birth-17 who have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences. Staff provide creative approaches to setting appropriate boundaries, building relationships and understanding the developmental needs of their children. Specialized activities are also available for children ages 0-5.

Cornerstone Locations:

Main Office (Southern Hennepin County)

1000 East 80th Street | Bloomington, MN

Office: (952) 884-0376 | Office Fax: (952) 884-2135

24-Hour Crisis Line: (952) 884-0330

Northern Hennepin County

7051 Brooklyn Boulevard | Brooklyn Center, MN

Office: (952) 884-0376 | 24-Hour Crisis Line: (952) 884-0330

Minneapolis

2241 East 38th Street | 2249 East 38th Street | 1501 Xerxes Avenue North

Office: (952) 884-0376 | 24-Hour Crisis Line: (952) 884-0330

Jenna suggested that some people might want to view a video that highlights Cornerstone’s impact. 

April report, Part 2

COURTWATCH:    There were no proposed additions to the list from either Hennepin County Attorney’s office or Minneapolis Attorney’s Office.   Updates are noted below. 

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.
  • Miles Shaw remains in the DOC through 4/27/20 and will be on parole to 9/25/20.
  • Michael Zaccardi, convicted on 4/4/20 for 3rd degree assault; on probation until 4/5/22

Awaiting a hearing:

  • Richard  Breen – April 2019, cited for trespassing and placed in special hold as he was unable to care for himself.  Convicted and on probation until 9/20.  Cited for trespassing on 9/19, waiting for pretrial (Restorative Court) on 4/22/20. 
  • Kelli Durow (aka Tamera Hoveland) 39 city contacts since 2017, 38 in the Second Pct.  Habitual trespassing on or near U of MN.  “05/12/2020 Rule 20 Return and 05/26/2020 Arraignment/Tracking date” for 8 charges. Further charge 4th degree assault.   Hearing on competency 5/12/20
  • Samuel Haase has a hearing on 5/11/20 for trespass, disorderly conduct, 5th degree assault, 4th degree damage to property, and other complaints.
  • Johnny Hall was discharged from probation 4/19, but charged with 5th degree drug poss. and DWI on 1/16/20 and has a pretrial on 5/18/20.
  • Daniel Heacock was recommitted on 2/4/20 and has a competency hearing on 8/11/20
  • Cody Horton has a review hearing on 4/23/20.
  • Christian Klockeman is a repeat trespasser around U of M and has a Felony threat of violence charge 11/11/19.  He has a hearing on 5/22/20
  • Joshua Poplawski was released from the workhouse on 10/30/19.  He 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.  Arraignment is scheduled for 5/20/20 and pretrial on 5/27.
  • Kirk Robledo is a frequent trespasser near the U of MN.  He was cited for  trespass on 10/2/19 and theft on 10/6/19.  Hearing on 6/23/20.
  • Leslie Wade received 3 trespass citations in the U of MN area; he has a pretrial on 6/9/20 after 2 hearings in Robbinsdale for Disorderly Conduct (5/14/20) and 4th degree damage to property (5/21/20)

No Updates:

  • Paula Heile remains on probation until 7/12/21. No further updates.