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January 14 meeting notes

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 by Emilie Quast;  19 people attending.
FIRST EVENT:   the Precinct staff brought in fresh, hot sambusas staring the year off with a treat.  Thank you very much!
AGENDA:  The 12-24 buffet report.  Our in-person attendance is inching toward  200 people, but we receive enough food for well over 250.  Last year’s  trial delivery service to staff and police who are not able to leave their stations during their shifts went well.  The 1st Precinct especially needs this service for the 911 staff which works in the same building.  Jesse Vega and Roger Kiemele made 3 delivery runs during their shift, letting people on duty at the 1st, 3rd and 4th Precincts know they are not forgotten.  When  the 12-25 team came in to do a final wipe down of the kitchen and dining area, they found a few cold salads and some cookies and pastries.  Those were gone by the 26th.  So:  our donors were very generous and the food was enjoyed!  Thank you all for giving time and talent so generously!  A printed Thank You appeared in the Northeaster, January 9.
A last minute change left us with no scheduled speaker, but since we have not had an organized request for topics in several years, that activity took our speaker’s intended slot.  If others would like to add their voices, the questions were:  What police issues would you like to report on your block?  In your neighborhood?  In the Second Precinct?  In the city?  What livability issues would you like to report on your block?  In your neighborhood?  In the Second Precinct?  In the city?
Don’t know what to say?  Here’s some inspiration:  traffic issues,  violent crime reports need closure, suspected drug traffic or use, burglary, theft from autos.  If you are concerned about a topic, be sure to indicate the area where you’ve spotted activity.  You don’t need a specific address, but naming (for example) “10th and University SE”  is very helpful.
COURTWATCH:  This was the first Courtwatch with our new attorneys, Sandra Filardo from the Hennepin Country Attorney’s Office and Kerri Kovalesky from the Minneapolis Attorney’s Office.
Ronald Bailey was acquitted on 12/10 of 2nd degree murder due to mental illness and was civilly committed; a judge will determine in mid-February what will happen next based on his evaluations during his commitment.  Natalie Box is in custody waiting for jury trial on 4/29 for two 1st degree Agg. Robberies and 1st degree assault in 10/18; at the same trial, she will also be facing a charge of  3rd degree arson in 2017, in the 5th Pct.  Jonell Butler was Natalie Box’s partner in the robberies and the assault; he had a 1/14 trial scheduled but asked for a continuance to May.  Butler had a 9-18 1st degree assault in the 4th scheduled with his 1-14 trial date.   Samuel Haase was charged with 4 crimes, all in Marcy Holmes: Possession of burglary tools, two damage to property charges, 5th degree assault; he was convicted on 9/17/18 and given 365 days (355 days stayed two years) and probation to 9-17-19, but stole a bike  a month after his conviction and failed to appear; a bench warrant was issued on 1-10-19.   Daniel Heacock was found incompetent at his November hearing (rule 2001 requires the defendant be able to identify why he is in court , among other things); the case will  be reviewed in May, 2019 (he is not in custody because he is not considered a danger to himself or others).  Cody Horton was convicted on 11-19-18 of reckless discharge of a firearm in the city; he got a stay of imposition and will be on probation until 11-19-21; Horton is now under the supervision of the Mental Health Specialty Courts Probation Office which requires much  closer supervision (and the success rate is very good).   Joshua Poplawski was in custody  waiting for his 1/15 Review Hearing on two trespass citations in the University area (one while carrying drug paraphanalia), and a 4th degree Burglary in the 3rd precinct.  James Zaccardi pled guilty on 1/9  for 5th degree drug possession in St. Anthony and was scheduled to have a hearing in Mental Health Specialty Court on 1/15.  Michael Zaccardi  has a jury trial scheduled on 2/11/19 for 3rd degree assault.
Maxim Chance is meeting his probation requirements; probation runs to 4/18/19. Johnny Hall is meeting his probation instruction; probation runs to 9-17-20.   Paula Heille is successfully working through her probation requirements for her 5th degree drug case and will remain on probation through 7/12/21.  Mahad Ismail  remains on probation to 7/29/19.  Robert Schroeder remains on probation to 3/20/19.
Brian Holmes completed his probation on 11/16/18.  Curtis Laroque completed probation on 11/04/18.  Both Holmes and Laroque were removed from the Courtwatch list.
One person was proposed to be added to the list, but info about his charges didn’t make it to me to be included here.  We’ll hear more in February.
PRECINCT REPORT: Lt. Christie Nelson reported:
First report was of an Assault-4, which is against a police officer.  The man was arrested with no force issues but in transport, he began to spit all over the partition of the car.  This was the second assault this person committed in 6 months — the case was just reported and had not been assigned at the time of this meeting.
Two incidents in the 2nd Precinct were assigned to the 1st for investigation.  One was an armed robbery (suspect escaped and was not found by K-9).  The other was an assault 3 that happened at a party, and the victim knows the person who did the assault.
Weapons search in SE at Glendale Housing complex turned up guns and narcotics.
Burglaries of dwellings and businesses:  NE Buchanan: a garage door was pried open and  the car was riffled.  Another burglary on 12th NE: no sign of forced entry but this dwelling had a surveillance device and that was inventoried for possible evidence.  Burglary of garage on Monroe, vehicles inside were broken into.
In the SE sector, the new grocery and tobacco shop at 15th and Como the owner arrived and found employees had left the door unlocked, some things missing. The crime lab did find some prints so that is assigned for investigation.   Burglary on 23rd SE; the door is usually locked but the owner found it unlocked, with no signs of forcing–some coins were missing from a glass jar.   9xx 19th Ave SE reported an attempted entry but no one got in.     3xx – 18th Ave SE, a resident saw the suspect and asked him to leave, and then noticed a play station was missing.
The Second Pct expects there will be an uptick in burglary reports this month because students were out for winter break.  The Precinct did add extra patrols in SE Como and Marcy -Holmes for that reason.
3 auto thefts 2 in NE and 1 in SE / one recovered.
CPS Juarez outlined an update on the drug house on Madison St. NE.  A search warrant  uncovered some illegal drugs and one person was charged with 5th degree drug possession.  The Henn. Cty complaint has been signed.  Suspicious traffic has decreased but there still is some of that; squads are still watching the site and officers are supposed to take action if they see activity.
Officer Nelson responded to a question about unusual helicopter activity over NE Minneapolis.  There had been an assault and the suspect fled in a car — the helicopter was looking for the car.  As it turned out, two incidents happened at the same time and both suspects fled in separate cars.  One suspect was picked up by Ramsey County and the other was stopped near Clearwater, MN (near St. Cloud)  The helicopter stayed aloft, searching until officers on the ground sorted out the two incidents and learned that both suspects were now in different jurisdictions.
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Sept. 2-PAC meeting report: NuWay

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 by chair, Larry Ranallo.  25 attenders.

Since 1966, NUWAY, a nonprofit organization, has provided community based extended-care for people in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.    3Rs NUWAY Counseling Center is now open at 1404 Central Ave NE. (Recognition, Rehabilitation, Recovery = 3Rs.)  NUWAY has two other outpatient facilities: one in South Minneapolis and one in St. Paul.  Additionally, there are two residential treatment centers located in South Minneapolis.

Our presenters were Monique Bourgeois (Chief Community Relations Officer), Jason Cintorino (3R’s Program Director), and Jake Lewis (Community Relations Manager)

To receive treatment from NUWAY, a person must have a substance use disorder.  Many clients also have a co-occurring mental health disorder, but that is not required for admission to the program.

NUWAY offers two treatment models: Outpatient and Inpatient.   Both models draw on clinical care and community resources to support clients’ path to good health.

The OUTPATIENT MODEL is called R.I.S.E. (Recovery in Supportive Environments)

NUWAY works with over 65 providers of stable, supportive recovery residences throughout the Twin Cities. Unlike the 28-day treatment model available elsewhere, NUWAY clients stay in the program as long as they need it; the average treatment length is 83 days in NUWAY’s outpatient programs. A client’s program is individualized–there is no single prescriptive model.  In addition to offering access to supportive housing in the community, a client in this program receives:

  • Twenty hours of licensed co-occurring treatment per week including group and individual sessions
  • One meal during each day of service
  • Transportation assistance
  • No-cost drug testing
  • Peer support
  • Care coordination
  • Family support
  • Recovery management skills
  • Evidence based modalities

The program tries to offer what’s needed, including help finding a job, arts therapies, whatever seems appropriate.

The RESIDENTIAL MODEL.  NUWAY was the first organization in the U.S. to offer the Co-Occurring Disorders program, which was created in a jointly by Dartmouth Medical School and the Hazelden Foundation.   This program offers an extended care program in a medium-intensity residential environment for men and transgender individuals. Like the Outpatient model, a client’s length of stay depends on his or her clinical needs.  Features of this program include:

  • Group and individual counseling
  • Individualized length of stay
  • Recovery management skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Connection to community resources for additional needs
  • On-site nursing.

Throughout its five programs, NUWAY is working with 750 clients every day.  The clinic on Central Ave NE meets with some 200 people a day.

The major difference between NUWAY and other models is that NUWAY treats addiction disorders and addition-related disorders as modern medicine treats other chronic disorders.  It’s recognized that people’s bodies are different and respond to treatment differently. The treatment of diabetes or heart disease is likely to start with a baseline approach. Health care professionals expect that the initial treatment plan will be modified as the patient’s body adjusts to medication, ages, finds a treatment plateau, but perhaps succumbs to new stressors.  The NUWAY treatment plan follows these expectations.  NUWAY keeps trying new modes and adjusting treatments until they find something that clicks.

Clients are referred to NUWAY from various entities including hospital and social services, and notices like this report.

For more detailed information about this program, including contact information, go to https://nuway.org/

Individuals attending NUWAY are funded through public services money and health insurance.  NuWay is in-network with health care providers including Medica, HealthPartners, UCare, Preferred One, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Signa, Optum, and Hennepin Health.

PRECINCT REPORT: Inspector Todd Loining

University and college students have started their first semester.  Predictably crime is on an uptick including burglary of residence, theft from motor vehicle (please clean out your car and lock it), theft of cars, bikes, mopeds.  This year, so far, there has not been much of an increase in robbery.

In coordination with the UMPD, the Second Precinct is doing saturation details every Friday and Saturday, in SE.  MTPD is presenting a strong presence in Stadium Village and along the Greenline.  Portable cameras are deployed in hotspots.

The Second Precinct is attending community meetings, door-knocking and distributing flyers.   We’re holding tent events to say welcome, pass out trail mix, coffee and crime prevention tip sheets.

Successes:  5 burglars arrested, 6 other people arrested in a stolen vehicle, 2 stolen vehicles were recovered, one person was arrested for carrying burglary tools while attempting to steal a bike.

COURTWATCH:  Judi Cole (H.C.Atty.) and Sarah Becker (Mpls.Atty.) reporting:

Updates:  Ronald Bailey, had a 9-13 hearing and is waiting for his 11-26 trial for 2nd degree murder.  Johnny Hall has a 9-17 jury trial for 5th degree drug possession.  Daniel Heacock is waiting for his next 6-month evaluation on 11-13 but was committed on 5-18-18.  Cody Horton pled guilty for reckless discharge of a firearm (into a neighbor’s house) and was sentenced on 8-27; he’s waiting for a 9-24 motion hearing on a 1st degree burglary of dwelling.  Dwayne Miles is waiting for a jury trial on 10-01.  Joshua Poplawski is in HOMES court; may move to 24-hour care.  Robert Schroeder’s case was continued to 10-30 (no reason known).  Alfonso Seals remains in custody in Ramsey County Jail; he also has cases pending in Hennepin and Dakota Counties.  James Zaccardi has a 9-26 omnibus hearing on 5th degree drug possession.  Michael Zaccardi is in custody until 11-22; on 9-17 he’ll have an omnibus hearing on 3rd degree assault.

No updates:  Maxim Chance.  Paula Heille was convicted on 7-12 and will be on probation for 3 years.  Bryan Holmes remains on probation until 11-16.  Mahad Ismail, no update.    Curtis Laroque remains on probation through 11-04.

Samuel Haase was added to the Courtwatch list.

REPORTS FROM NEIGHBORS.  We had several brief reports and one extensive report from neighbors about concerning events in the Precinct.  EQ:  I’m not clear on how much to reveal about these reports, but will organize some guidelines for public reporting in coming weeks.

COMING IN OCTOBER:  911 calls and emergency response.  Our speaker will outline what happens when we call, and explain how the system works.

Nov. 2-PAC meeting report: 311 calls

The meeting was called to order at 6:17 by Emilie Quast.  16 attendees.

Our speaker was Kimberly Simmonds from  Minneapolis 311.

Minneapolis 311 is the “single point of contact” for the City of Minneapolis.  People can contact 311 by phone, computer, or through the mobile app for information about local government and services, and to be directly connected  to the service provider that can correctly respond to a caller’s inquiry or need.

The program took its first calls on January 4, 2006.  It was originally a Monday-Friday service, 7AM to 11 PM.  That first year, 311 received more than 343,000 calls and more than 14,000 emails.  It entered over 61,000 service requests that year.  In July of 2012, 311 launched a mobile app, which can identify a customer’s exact location, necessary for service requests requiring a specific location. Between July 2012 and October 2015, almost 27,000 cases were sent through the mobile app.

2016 was the 10th anniversary of Minneapolis 311.  That year, 311 reached 3.9 million calls answered.  The service is still growing.  In the first 10 months of 2018,  311 received more than 10,000 mobile cases, 16,000 emails, and over 260,000 phone calls.

Contact this service by dialing 311 if your phone carrier allows or 612.673.3000.  The email address is minneapolis311@minneapolismn.gov  and a mobile app can be downloaded for Androids, iPhones, and Blackberrys.

This year, 311 has launched a texting service. When a customer texts 311, they are texting a knowledge base of information.  The system works well if you can reduce your question to 1 or 2 key terms. This is actually the database 311 operators use when they are searching for information to answer your call.  If you text a query that is too complicated, the system will tell you to call 311 or download the mobile app, because the question you are asking may be too complicated for the system to process.  Thus, “My car is lost.  Where can I find if my car has been towed” probably won’t work.  “Impound lot”  or “towed car” will.  You  may get a link to a search engine that will take you to the area on the City website that has the information you need.  At the end, you may be asked to fill out a survey; the answers will be used to figure out how well the system is actually working so we can figure out what needs to be improved.

Minneapolis 311 can help with most NON-emergency questions and calls for service.  If the operator decides you need an emergency response, they’ll direct you to Minneapolis Police and Fire Dispatch.

311  has contracted with CLI, Certified Languages International, which can translate some 227 languages. The system also has a computer based TTY service for people with hearing impairment or oral communication disorders.

The six most common requests are 1) Impound Lot vehicle lookup, 2) Parking complaints, 3) Questions for recycling and solid waste services, 4) Snow and Ice complaints, 5) Non-emergency police reports, 6) Pothole complaints.

There is a long list of departments that 311 assists.  [EQ: see attachments at the end of this report]   Our 311 agents can, in some instances, help the caller by answering their question immediately. In some instances, we transfer the caller to the resolving department.   In most cases, we will enter a service request for the caller to have the resolving department follow up with them.

QUESTION: CAN THE CITY CALL MY CELL PHONE TO LET ME KNOW OF SNOW EMERGENCIES? OR TO ADVISE ME OF STREET SWEEPING IN MY AREA? ANSWER: If you have a landline or mobile phone, the city can call you to notify you of Snow Emergencies because the Snow Emergency rules are the same across the city and take place at the same time. At this time, the City cannot call your cell phone to notify you of street sweeping in your area. The City will call your landline phone to advise you of street sweeping because it is attached to your physical address. The technology does not yet exist for the City to be able to call your cell phone for street sweeping.

To sign up for phone, text, or email alerts, please visit http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/subscriptions/sign-up to sign up.

QUESTION:  WHAT IF YOU CALL THE WRONG SERVICE?  ANSWER: If 311 deems your call to be an emergency and you are in the City of Minneapolis, we will connect you with Minneapolis Police and Fire Dispatch. If it is an emergency, but the caller is not in Minneapolis, we ask that the caller hang up and dial 911. If the caller requests or reports something that should go to Metro Transit, we can provide the phone number to Metro Transit or transfer the caller over to Metro Transit customer service. Finally, if a caller has a non-emergency request for another city, we will try our best to find the main contact number for that city and provide it the customer or transfer them over.

QUESTION:  WHAT IS THE TIME LIMIT FOR SNOW SHOVELING?  ANSWER: Single family homes and duplexes have 24 hours from the end of snowfall to shovel their walks. Apartments, commercial buildings and all other properties have four daytime hours to remove the snow (daytime hours start at 8am after the end of snowfall). If snow hasn’t been removed after that time has gone by, you can call 311 at that point.  We’re changing  the procedure this year:  Instead of us going out and looking, we’re automatically sending the owner a letter to let them know they are in violation.  Then, after 3 days the inspector goes out.  If the walk isn’t shoveled we authorize someone to clear it and the owner gets charged. This will take seven days off the process.

QUESTION: WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FOR REPORTING EMERGENCIES LIKE WATER MAIN BREAKS AND THOSE PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT NOT BE AN EMERGENCY, LIKE POTHOLES?  Answer:  We use scripting in a system called Lagan to help us determine what should be called over to a department right after we enter a case. In the case of a water main break, we take as much information as the caller has, enter a case in with all of the pertinent details, and then we call the water department to let them know there’s been a break so that they can get someone out there right away. For potholes, 311 enters in a case for Public Works, and those cases are sent over to the resolving department. Potholes are repaired area by area for greatest efficiency.

QUESTION: IF A STREET HAS NO BOULEVARDS, IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR A HOMEWONER TO KEEP THAT ICE MOUND OFF.  Answer:  Call 311 to let us know what is going on. In most cases, we can enter in a case for our street department or our sidewalk department and let them know that the piled snow from plowing is causing accessibility issues.

One follow up question by EQ.  After I got home and started to celebrate the new procedure for getting walks cleared 7 (!) days quicker, it occurred to me that this would be good for tall weed control also.  I wrote Ms Simmonds, and asked, even though I know that have not had a chance to try out the new procedure on snow removal yet.  She replied very promptly that she had sent my suggestion to housing inspections. (Reference number is 4266088).  So we will see how this new program speeds up snow removal.  If it works better, we have a handle to speed up tall weeds also!

Nov. 2-PAC meeting report, part 2: Regular meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:17 by Emilie Quast.  16 attenders.
Our speaker was Kimberly Simmonds from  Minneapolis 311 Services, as reported in part 1.
COURTWATCH:  Judi Cole, Hennepin County Atty’s Office gave us the updates.
This is Judi’s last report.  She has transferred back to Adult Prosecution.  Sarah Becker has also left the 2nd Precinct (and moved to the 5th).  In January, we will receive updates from  Kerri Kovalesky (City Atty) and Sandra Filardo, (Cnty Atty.)
Ronald Bailey, 2nd degree murder charge; recently had a 20-02 hearing which is to determine if someone can be charged; he was found to be mentally unfit.  He has a hearing on 11-26 and it’s presumed he will be found “guilty but not guilty by reason of mental illness”; there will be a hearing which should lead to an automatic commitment to St. Peter.    It’s actually difficult to get this judgment  under rule 20-02 which is not handed out easily.
Samuel Hasse has some city and county cases pending, and is not allowed within 3 blocks of Dinkytown Wine and Spirits–he’s well known in the area.   He has 3 city cases, the newest from October, and all are in Marcy Holmes.  Hasse’s omnibus hearing was on 11/20 so we’ll hear more at the next Courtwatch.    Daniel Heacock was found incompetent in May of 2018 for a 3rd degree burglary charge; he will have a hearing in May 2019 to determine his competency status.    Cody Horton had a sentencing hearing on 11-19, the burglary was dismissed because he didn’t break in with intent to commit a crime although kicking in the door caused fear in the victim; because of no intent to burglarize, the county attorney and the defense agreed the judge was unlikely to find that burglary was Mr. Horton’s intent and would dismiss the charge.    Curtis Laroque one case was dismissed and he has completed probation.   James Zaccardi remains on probation until 5/24/21 and is apparently keeping the terms of probation but has a 11/27 hearing for 5th degree drug possession, which occurred on 10/29 and could impact his probation.  Michael Zaccardi has an 11-27  omnibus hearing for 3rd degree assault.
Joshua Poplawski had a review hearing on 11/20 regarding his HOMES court conditions; we have not yet heard what happened.
Maxim Chance is on probation until 4/19 and is keeping terms of probation.   Johnny Hall remains on probation until 9/20 and has no updates so is apparently keeping to the terms of probation.   Paula Heille continues to meet the terms of probation, which will be through 7/12/21.  Bryan Holmes  just completed probation on the 16th of November. Mahad Ismail remains on probation to 7/29/19 with no updates. Robert  Schroeder remains on probation to 3/20/19 and has no updates.
Dwayne Miles 5th degree drug charge was dismissed on 10/29. [removed from Court Watch]
Alfonso Seals will be in St. Cloud until 7/13/20 and was removed from Court Watch.
Left off Court Watch list by accident: Jonell Butler and Natalie Box.   Butler was charged with three robberies and an aggravated assault (which put someone in the hospital) on the night of Oct 5-6 in  Marcy-Holmes and near NE Minneapolis.    Box accompanied and abetted him but also has her own arson charge from earlier in the year when she set fire to a roommate’s belongings in a shelter.   Butler will have a jury trial on January 14, while Box has a hearing on December 4.  Again, we’ll be hearing how that works out in January.
QUESTION ABOUT MPD COMMUNICATION:  Nick Juarez reported:  Block club leaders have asked why they are no longer receiving  crime alerts.  The city switched to a new system in June that will make much more information available but  the new system can’t yet send out notices.  The City Council received complaints that the old notice forms were used to profile minorities and the CC is looking into that allegation to see if the notices comply with city ordinances.  There was a complaint that notices were being used to target minorities.  If the Council determines there was no discrimination or violation, we’ll be able to send them out again. However that works out, Block Club leaders and others can still receive information by subscribing to the new Crime Alert system.so we know what’s going on in our areas.  Search “raids online” and enter your address.  Again, when police reports are generated, we’ll send you an email alert.  That kind of replaces the block leader alerts for now.  OR, go to: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/police/crimealert/police_crimealert_signup   [EQ: that is badly formatted.  You can’t see it, but there are two underscores in there, which show up as blanks.  It is actually  police_crimealert_signup,  I found the sign up rather clunky but I am not adept with new systems.  If you have a problem, contact subscriberhelp.govdelivery.com
Inspector Loining reported:  It’s the time of the year to look back on what we’ve accomplished over the year and  to plan on what we’re going to do in the coming year.  Among them, the Inspector wants to have a better map for presentation.  What is going up is property crimes in many areas.  One area of concern is Marcy-Holmes, especially the area east of the freeway.  We have a lot of college students moving in and people don’t really know each other, don’t secure their doors or windows.  We are trying to drive the message home, “Please Folks, watch your phones, lock your doors, watch who is coming or going.”  We have additional patrols in the area down there and extending into SE Como.  Our CPS’s have been sending out blasts with the messages to lock up and be aware.    We have had some success down there, and had no burglaries over one weekend.  Northeast, especially Holland had some burglaries of houses and garages, but we made one arrest, of a juvenile who did a burglary of an occupied dwelling, took the car and drove it home.  He was picked up when his mother was spotted walking away from the car(!).  When he was taken in he confessed and is now in line to get some of the assistance he needs.   That and a few others were key arrests, and the area has settled down a bit.
Northeast over 4-7 weeks had a rise in burglary of garages.  We found a suspect who was driving a vehicle that he’d use to force open the garage doors, by popping the doors off their tracks.   So they could steal stuff.  We used public information officer to watch for suspicious activity.  Months ago Audubon and Waite Park n’hoods.  That time it was a white SUV.   We made a key arrest and the burglaries dried up.  The new vehicle  is a grey 2-door pickup truck which has been spotted in the area of the garage burglaries.  So now it’s starting up again with the new vehicle.     We’ll start by placing our “target” signs there to increase awareness, along with our focused door knocking.    Additionally we have door hangers if officers notice an open garage and no one is around –they are also to increase citizen awareness.  People are looking into garages to steal snowblowers, bikes, anything they can sell to get their fix.
We have a new windshield flyer.  This  one has a blue stripe.  When we have time we stop to talk to people on how to not become a victim, take the valuables out of your car, into the house.  That’s even safer than “Junk in the Trunk”.
Nick Juarez had a few words about package thefts which rise at this time of year.  If you know you have something coming from Amazon or UPS, ask them to leave at the rear door, have a neighbor pick it up.  Amazon has lock boxes all over the city — you get a code and you can pick up your packages.  We had a couple of guys just riding their bikes around,  looking for packages.  We’ve also had people who have cameras and gotten good descriptions from those photos.
Another issue is cars being stolen while they are running  in the morning to warm them up.   Do NOT use your key to start them up unless you are sitting in them.
A citizen reported that now the East Hennepin construction materials are gone, the “East Henn. Speedway”  has resumed.  CCM Fletcher will be working on it with Traffic Control.
We had a problem with a dope house on Madison, and are still working on it.  We have made progress and are still working on it.  This property has more than a few problems and the police
There are problems that are very challenging.  We have the number 2 overdose house  in the entire city and it’s in NE Mpls.  We have  13 overdoses year to date (11/19).  So we’ve gotten 2 search warrants this year, and have social services involved.  Plenty of activity but sometimes it takes a while because it isn’t just  one person, it’s a cluster of people.  If the owner is a relative, that adds a whole different level of difficulty.
Emilie Quast reported that NextDoor has a feature that may be causing trouble.  When a crime is reported on NextDoor, a button pops up asking if the poster wants the report shared with the police.  People assume that since the button is there, all they have to do is hit “yes” and the police have been notified.  Because she asked for MPD Report number and was told that the victim didn’t get one, Emilie suspected that no one at the MPD is aware of the “report”.  No one is monitoring NextDoor and MPD does not have an account that might alert the Second Precinct to the crime.  Several other attenders saw the report also and agreed that “something needs to change”.  Inspector Loining promised this will be examined — there’s nothing good about making people think they’ve reported a crime when, in fact, they have not.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:46

Oct. 2-PAC meeting report: 911 Emergency Center

The meeting was called to order by Larry Ranallo at 6:20. 20 people attending.
Amy Sizer and Laurie Thomas from the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center,  joined us. Ms. Sizer, our  presenter, has been with the MECC for 15 years.
The Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center, located in City Hall, is probably the best known Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in the area, but actually there are 15 other PSAPs in the 9 county area including the University of MN, Hennepin County EMS, North Memorial Ambulance. The MECC works closely with the others. It’s the Minneapolis center that handles most Minneapolis 911 calls and dispatches help for Minneapolis, but it’s the location of the call that determines which Center acts on it. For example, if you call from the freeway, most of the time Hennepin County will take the call, but if the MECC gets a call and feels it should go to (e.g.) U of MN,  the MECC routes the call there. (The caller does not have to call again.)
The staff includes 59 dispatchers (used to be 69), 9 supervisors, 1 operations manager, 1 training and quality manager, 1 training & quality specialist and 4 administrative staff members.
Yes they are hiring.  They look for people who have a background in customer service, but that isn’t a requirement.  Staff receives all in-house training.
Each dispatcher must successfully complete as much as 560 hours of classroom training and 1 on 1 coaching before they are permitted to answer a 911 without direct supervision. This training includes learning basic medical terminology, computer skills, what constitutes good customer service, the geography of the area. Those that go on to dispatcher level take an additional 440 hours of training in classroom and one on one coaching for Police Dispatch or 128 hours for Fire Dispatch.
What happens when a call comes in: Calls are received by call takers and monitored by dispatchers — stations are set up with three monitors so both taker and dispatcher know what’s happening. In smaller agencies, the taker may do the dispatching. The MECC wants the call taker to stay on the phone with you in case your situation is changing and new information needs to be relayed. The call taker monitors information and doesn’t spent time dispatching. The dispatcher can then focus on the dispatch and not worry about the caller hanging up or missing new information.
The MECC has 6 overlapping responsibilities: 1) Answer 911 calls; 2) Answer other 10-digit non-emergency calls. They are trying to move more of those to 311 (but if you’re not sure, call 911 and we’ll figure out where the call should go); 3) Dispatch Police, Fire and EMS; 4) Provide support services to the MPD; 5) Track and report events on the SpotShotter & Bait Vehicle programs; 6) Manage data practices requests and Data Administration.
The MECC’s internal customers include the MPD, the MPRB-PD, MFD, Hennepin EMS, North Memorial EMS. QUESTION: how do you work with  MPRB police?  ANSWER: we don’t dispatch them but do work with them all the time, monitor their data.
Working statistics:  in 2017 the MECC answered 578371 phone calls (over 1,550/day), dispatched 41,985 fire trucks, and dispatched 382,589 police responses. And when the going is tougher, as after the NoMi 2011 tornado, they handled more than 700 calls in the first hour.  Between 2:15 and 5:45 PM that day, they responded to 2023 calls. (This was on a day and at a time when there were only 13 operators, 3 fire dispatchers + 2 MFD captains, 6 police dispatchers and 2 supervisors).
When YOU make a 911 call:
KNOW WHEN to call:  Call for any event that requires  the police, fire dept., or an ambulance.
KNOW WHAT to say: Know your location. People think their phones can be located, but DON’T trust that.  Answer all questions and follow the directions you get from the operator even if it doesn’t make sense to you; the operator is asking because the people responding to your call want and need the answers to those questions. Stay calm, so you can speak slowly and clearly. DO NOT HANG UP until the 911 dispatchers says it is OK to hang up.
The 911 office can handle 21 languages, European, Asian, and African.
Technology: in 1990 fewer than 10% of all calls were from cell phones. Today the number is 70%.
In answer to a question:  Sometimes MECC dispatches when a caller doesn’t (or can’t) give a location. Cellphones do give approximate location within 50 yards, so we may dispatch a squad to circle the area. We may get a call and all we can hear is someone screaming or perhaps we hear nothing. In that case, we go a step further and get information from the phone company, billing address or whatever the company might have. We’ll get as much as we can from the phone and send it over to dispatch.
The next generation is already arriving as Text-to-911 has been implemented state-wide, but there are drawbacks as location is not as accurate so a caller still needs to know her exact location. The next technology upgrade will permit video and data transmission.
The last few years we’ve had gained in-state inter-agency communication protocols, so if someone [out state]  has a flood or other big event, the MECC can go up there and help.
Fire Chief Fruetel recently presented the new van-size Fire Dept response vehicles, staffed by EMTs.  As always, the 911 call-taker will ask  two important questions about people who need medical attention: “Is the person awake?  Is she breathing normally?” Before the new, smaller vehicles were put into service, if the answer was “yes” MECC  would dispatch an ambulance. Now if the answers are “Yes” we’ll start with the van rescue vehicle and let the EMTs  aboardask their questions and decide about the ambulance based on what they find.
Chief Fruetel was quoted as saying that 80% of the runs with the full fire truck, were for non-emergency runs.  (Sprained ankles and such).  Now the rigs are available for dispatch to fires.

Oct. 2-PAC report, part 2: regular meeting

The meeting was called to order by Larry Ranallo at 6:20.  20 people attending.
Report from Emilie Quast about moving our day of meeting away from the 2nd Monday.  It did not work out well.  We have MORE conflicts if 2PAC meets on the third Monday of the month, as several neighborhood organizations meet that evening and people who attend those meetings are the people we want to see coming to PAC.
In November, we will meet on the 19th,  the third Monday, but will then return to 2nd Monday starting in January.  If we have a conflict (as for MLK or Presidents days), we have permission to use the Roll Call room at the 2nd Precinct on the Tuesday following the conflicted Monday.
As always an announcement will go out close to the first of the month, stating WHEN we meet, WHERE we meet, and WHO our featured speaker will be.
December meetings will be small groups coming together to work out plans for the December 24 10-hour buffet for first responders.   We need people for various duties from early in December and on through the 24th.  It’s fun to do, and it’s appreciated by the people who need this break from working on this family day.  More volunteers are always welcome and needed.  If you’ve got an idea you’d like to suggest, please come in.  This dinner was started by two neighbors taking a walk past the old precinct building on 12-24 and realizing that the building was full of  people working hard on a day when most of the city was leaving early for a holiday with family.    Good ideas lead to good places.
Our speaker was Amy Sizer from the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center, reported in Part 1 of this month’s summary.
COURTWATCH:  Judi Cole, Hennepin County Atty’s Office, and Sarah Becker, Minneapolis Atty’s Office.
The first announcement is that Sarah Becker has been reassigned to the Fifth Precinct.  We are very sorry to see her leave us, and we know the 5th Precinct is lucky to have her join them.
Sarah relayed that a replacement has been named, but might not be available to start attending right away.
Ronald Bailey had a 10-29 hearing for his 4th degree assault in the 1st Pct.; his most recent mental health examination won’t be available until then.   Samuel Haase  was sentenced (following a guilty plea) on 9-17 for damage to property, and put on probation through 9/19, plus must pay restitution, however he committed a similar offense and has violated probation; a hearing is scheduled for November 19.  Johnny Hall was convicted on 9/17 of 5th degree drug probation and sentenced to 15 months at St. Cloud — this was stayed for 2 years while he serves probation (terms do include that he obtain employment, submit to random drug testing, and taking his prescribed medications). Daniel Heacock remains under civil commitment, which will be reviewed soon to see if that commitment can continue.  Cody Horton has an 11/01 omnibus hearing on his 1st degree burglary (of his tenants) and a sentencing the same day for reckless discharge of a firearm (from his apartment into a neighbor’s apartment).  Joshua Poplawski  had two review hearings scheduled on 11/06, but is now back in custody on a new trespass charge; he refused to come to HOMES court on 10/15  (you’re allowed to refuse one time, but the second time the judge may issue an order to appear).  Robert Schroeder’s charge for loitering with an open bottle was dismissed on 9/11; he remains on probation to 3/20/19.  Alfonso Seals was in custody at the Ramsey County Jail but has been transferred to Hennepin County Jail and had an omnibus hearing on 10/23; he also has an aggravated robbery hearing pending in Dakota County (11/18/16 offense date).  James Zaccardi has an hearing on 11/07/18 which is about receiving in-patient treatment and mental health services; his attorney wants him to continue to receive these services, but since he has about 6 criminal charges which is a presumptive prison sentence, so he might not get into the specialty court.
No updates:  Maxim Chance was convicted on 4-18 and remains on probation.  Paula Heille is continuing the meet the conditions of her probation.  Bryan Holmes remains on probation through 11/16/18.  No updates on Mahad Ismail.  No updates on Curtis Laroque.  Dwayne Miles is waiting for his 1/17/19 Jury trial on 5th degree drug sale and possession.   Michael Zaccardi’s omnibus hearing for 3rd degree assault (in Windom Park) was rescheduled to 10/29 awaiting a new defender.
Ms. Cole also gave us an update on the robbery that happened in early October since it was violent and nearby.  Two people were charged  on the robberies that occurred  the night of Oct. 5-6.  The people who were charged in these robberies are Jonell  Butler and Natalie Box.  Butler was charged with three since he did the actual confrontation: an aggravated assault at  10:37 PM 13th Ave and 4th Street NE,  11:40PM  (4th and 22nd NE), 1:02AM (12 Ave. SE and University) with Box accompanying him.  The last two are robberies, but the person who was shot in the assault remains hospitalized.  Butler also has a robbery charge in North Minneapolis in September.  Butler is on parole from Louisiana.  Box was not involved  in  the Sept. 8 robbery.  She does have an arson charge for setting a fire in a women’s shelter.  The investigators traced Butler through the car, which belonged to his mother.  His bail was set at $800K before they found the Louisiana charge, so he will be held.   FFI:  https://www.insidempd.com/2018/10/12/2-suspects-charged-in-string-of-armed-robberies/
They will be added to Courtwatch so we can follow them through the system.
STATE OF THE PRECINCT:  Sgt. Nelson gave the summary:     Burglaries generally rise in the Second Precinct at this time of year, especially in Southeast when new students move in and really don’t know each other.  MPD encourages roommates to let each other know their schedules, and above all, to be in the habit of locking doors and securing windows.   If people see opportunity, they’ll take your possessions, especially electronics. CPS Juarez  reported that in response to the predictable rise in crime in the University area, he, with the UMPD and others are creating a group to teach students how to spot crime, how to report crime and how to protect themselves from crime.  Focus will be SE Como, Prospect Park, Marcy-Holmes.  They are also running robbery suppression details in these neighborhoods.
This is also a time of the year when we see snowblowers and bikes taken from garages.  It’s helpful to register your bike with the city, and write down the serial number of your snowblower so if it’s recovered, you can get it back.
Finally, empty your car before you lock it up and walk away.  Don’t leave anything in your car that you want to keep.
Sgt. Nelson continued:  There have been a lot of copper theft, especially on the north side and elsewhere from houses under construction, and from roofs of businesses.  There is a lot of copper in air conditioners, which many businesses keep on the roof.  In winter no one notices, but on the first hot day, they discover the theft when they want to turn on the AC.  It’s a good idea to check occasionally during the winter months to make sure people can’t easily get up there and to spot evidence if they already have.  If someone steals the copper, it will be an expensive repair.
The University just got done with Homecoming and we had an open street on Broadway,  which brought about 13,000 people.  It was COLD!  They sold about 19K tickets but rain and snow cut down on attendance.  The organizers really like that place so we’ll see if there is another next year.
COMING EVENTS:  Our speaker in November is Kimberly Simmonds from 311, who will explain the other half of the Minneapolis call for service system.  311 is the call center that connects you to all non-emergency city services.
2PAC meets in November on the 3rd Monday, November 19, 6PM at 1900 Central Ave NE.  That will be our last “Third Monday”.
In January we return to meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month.  The tentative topic is “What happens when the police get a theft report?”  An officer will take an actual case and lead us through the steps investigators take to reach a level of resolution.

Sept. 2-PAC report, part 1: MPD Sex Crimes Investigations Unit

The meeting was called to order by Emilie Quast at 6:12; 10 attenders.

Our speaker this month was Lt. Nick Torborg, who leads the Sex Crimes Unit for the MPD.  Lt. Torborg has been with the MPD 23 years.  He actually got his college degree in Biology;  a ride-along with a friend revealed that policing is a way of helping people.  After several years other units, he got moved  to his current job.

This unit includes 7 investigators, who hold the rank of Sergeant, and also has three subunits: Predatory Offender Registration Unit, Sex Trafficking Unit, and Missing Juvenile Unit, all these are also led by sergeants.

The crimes usually investigated are Criminal Sexual Conduct/Rape (CSCR), Indecent exposure. Stalking, Interference with privacy (peeping toms), Child pornography, Luring, Solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct (CSCM), Beastiality, Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images.
The Predatory Offender Registration Unit is the unit that tracks registered offenders.  Homeless registered offenders are required to appear before this unit once a week. An issue is that many of the people who are reporting to the unit are periodically or chronically homeless.  In consequence, the unit verifies that their clients are actually living where they say they are living, that they are keeping all the terms of their conditional release. Investigators do make unscheduled visits to their clients at home to verify that all is as it should be.

The Sex Trafficking Unit is led by Sgt. Grant Snyder, who spoke to 2PAC in April, 2016.   [Notes on Snyder’s presentation are in our Courtwatch Archives.  Enter “Grant Snyder” in the search box on the right side of the screen — eq]  Sgt. Snyder is a locally and nationally respected expert in this field.

QUESTION ABOUT INCREASED ACTIVITY DURING THE SUPERBOWL:  The unit will be fighting with  three pronged approach.  There will be many more people on the street, watching for illegal activity. There are already many more people scouring the media, looking for evidence of planned activity.  There will be more closely-focused coordination among official agencies.  This unit already conducts Guardian Angel operations on a regular basis. [Background information on this organization of many local and national organizations can be found here:  http://www.startribune.com/stings-to-fight-sex-trafficking-lead-to-charges-across-the-metro/329959861/   Note that faith organizations are part of this operation. — eq]

The third unit in the SCU is the Missing Juvenile Unit, which may seem like a strange fit, but it was discovered that too many juveniles who have left home are being sexually exploited, so  this is the unit very likely to find them.  The unit already is a direct connect between a juvenile and the social services she or he needs.

Lt. Torborg assures us he likes “information calls” — if possible, he wants a cop to interview you while your information is fresh but getting an officer to your door might be a lower priority than other calls, especially “person at risk.”   A lot of things that are reported are not actually a crime, but may be a suggestion that something more serious is behind the activity.  There is a lot of activity, and the unit is very limited by short staffing.  The unit, with only 7 investigators, reported a total number of cases January through August this year at 693 (100 cases per investigator).  Of these 387 were  CSC/Rape, 165 were Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor (CSCM),  20 were stalking, 39 were index, 6 were peeping toms, and 21 were reports of luring or enticing minors.
The national statistical reports are grim:  there is one sexual assault in the U.S. every 98 seconds; 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be a victim in their lifetimes; females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely to be a victim of a sexual assault than the general population; 66% of all rape victims know their assailants (but it’s Lt. Torborg’s experience that 90% is likely).  Note that while there are 7 assigned investigators, for various reasons (including giving court testimony, attending  mandatory training sessions, and more) they’re lucky to have 5 people in the office on any day.  For the same reason, many investigations stop on Fridays and are picked up on Mondays.

QUESTION about child porn.  They’re getting cases all the time.   The FBI is continuously  monitoring media for porn videos and images; it tracks the source of the porn.  If it’s in Mpls this dept. will be notified for closer investigation.

Luring: the  issue is tied to entice a child to “come for a ride”.  By law, unless they solicit a minor of a crime it is not a law, and the police can only ask  kids for what they understand.

Another big issue is non-consensual dissemination of “private” photos. As of last year, new state law made this a gross misdemeanor or felony, but there are stipulations like the victim  must be identifiable.
In Lt. Torberg‘s view, homicide is awful, but rape is worse in many ways.  Counseling people is difficult because you must not blame the victim — remember we all make mistakes.  Young people are not likely to be aware how much intoxication puts them at risk.  Accepting a drink from someone you don’t know or even leaving a drink unattended when you turn your back may lead to assault.  People have told him that they have zero recollection of an incident — a good indicator that their drink had been tampered.  This is more difficult to prove because the most common drugs used are metabolized very quickly and won’t show up on a drug profile.  If drugging is suspected, his department hopes for bar videos to catch the incident.  These have been very helpful.
Working with the Attorneys Offices:  It’s the attorney’s duty to require evidence that will prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.  They will coach the officers to find the evidence they need to bring the case to trial.
Lt. Torborg has seen that some victims get a measure of satisfaction just from the act of reporting an incident, even in a case the department can’t take to court.  The evidence, especially the DNA, remains on file indefinitely, and if a suspect is brought to trial  in another case, that DNA will be brought forward and will be submitted to the court.  If matching DNA is reported on  several reports, that may lead to a closer watch on a suspect.
One aspect of this department’s work give Lt. Torborg great satisfaction:  while all crimes are serious to the victims and to the police, some seem to lead to a pattern of “second” chances for the criminals.  When the SCU gets a conviction, that criminal will be off the street for a very long time.