August 2-PAC: Part 2: Courtwatch and Precinct report

COURTWATCH:  Sandra Filardo, HCAO and Nnamdi Okoronkwo MplsAO, presented:
Jonell Butler pled guilty to 3 1st degree agg robberies and 1 agg. assault; sentencing on August 19, and the attorneys expect 199 months (over 16 years) of which he will serve 11 years.  Samuel Hasse was released to a treatment center on July 3, and remains there; conditions of probation are to complete treatment plus standard felony probation conditions; he will be on probation until 4/4/22.**  Daniel Heacock went to mental health court  in July and was recommitted on 7-19; next hearing is 01/14/20.
No updates:  Johnny Hall, on probation.  Spencer Hermes remains on probation to 05/23/22.  Cody Horton remains on probation until 11/19/21.  Joshua Poplawski remains in the workhouse until 10/30/19.  James Zaccardi remains on probation  until 02/24/21 and is doing well in Drug Court.  Michael Zaccardi remains on probation until 04/05/22.
News:  Paula Heille violated probation and is now on bench warrant status.
**Samuel Hasse is regularly in the business districts of Marcy-Holmes; people are starting to discuss how to restrict him after he gets out of treatment.  Geographic restrictions have gotten harder to obtain and are difficult to enforce — discussion is on-going.
Mental Health Court:  Both attorneys find the level of supervision in “treatment” court beneficial.  The case worker can actually keep closer contact with his clients with random calls, weekly check-ins.  Being assigned to Mental Health Court requires agreement from both parties: the prosecutors and the defendant’s team.  Not everyone is willing to accept that level of supervision or standard of compliance.  If they have some persistent mental health diagnosis,  such as  TBI, that will be taken into account when working out the treatment plan.
REPORT ON THE PRECINCT:  Inspector Loining presenting:  Our main problems remain property crimes: burglary, theft, auto theft, theft from motor vehicle, and similar  remain our top issues.  The MN Daily and Northeaster will be publishing stories on preventing these common crimes as new students arrive for Fall Semester.
In the time between mid -July and early August, the 2nd Precinct received reports of robbery of person, a car-jacking at gunpoint (500 block of 2nd SE), arrest was made  with subjects charged,  Auto theft includes mopeds which are all over the University area and we’ll be sending tips there.  Bike theft also remains high.  We’re please to report that an officer made a traffic stop on August 2, and it was a stolen vehicle — the subject was arrested and charged.  A similar stop last week was a stolen moped which was recovered and the subject charged and sent to jail.
We had two burglary of businesses the first week of August, and these were from construction sites; it’s easier for people to get into these sites since there are no alarms.  One fellow just squeezed between two chain locked gates and scaled his way up the crane to the crow’s nest at the top.  Officers couldn’t get them charged for burglary but did get a trespass charge filed.  These sites are attractive to people who plan to steel copper  and other construction materials (and it’s likely the crane climber thought it was an exciting thing to do.)  The two thefts from construction sites, officers were able to get identification and one person arrested.
Shots fired, two incidents: the first was on the 1100 block of Summer Street, no one hit.  The second was in Logan Park, people not from NE came to have a party, no one got hurt but the people didn’t seem cooperative.  More patrols are scheduled for that area. in the.
We had a sexual assault 700 block of 4th St. SE, at 3AM.  The victim was able to fight him off and he took off running.  A description went out to residents and university staff.
Two robberies of persons, the first on the  3600  Central Avenue block,  and the second, by the same person, recovered a gun and another up on Tyler by the same suspect.
Finally a party house  800 block 26th Ave. NE, last year this house was known for the most overdoses in the city.  The other house is on 3200 of Garfield party house, bonfires, alleged dope dealing; we’ve had two search warrants issued for that house in the past year.  The guy recently went to jail for aggravated domestic assault. Neighbor complaints first brought this house to the Precinct attention.
9/3 is the next  police academy recruit draft.  Inspector Loining asked for 6 new officers for the 2nd.
Schools are starting: public school on Sept 3 and the U of M opens a few days earlier. We’ll be offering coffee and more in a couple of places to U of Mn Students to welcome them back.
QUESTION:  Package thefts in the neighborhood.  Loining:  package thefts are not just a 2nd pct problem and it’s not just UPS or FedEx or any other carrier.  It’s all across the country.  And that picks up as the holiday season opens.  We’ve just gotten one case that has good ID; often when we find one person, the total number of thefts goes way down.  One person can be the source of a lot of trouble.
The next 2nd Pct Spotlight newsletter will be published in Sept.  You’ll want to sign up for it.

July 2-PAC report: Part 2

Our speaker, Lt. Mario Ruberto, is in the Metro-Transit Police Dept. His presentation was summarized in Part 1 of this report

COURTWATCH: Sandra Filardo, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, presented updates: NATALIE BOX was convicted of 1st degree agg. robbery and 1st degree assault. She is in DOC w/ scheduled release on 2/7/23, parole until 4/8/25. JONELL BUTLER has a jury trial scheduled for 7/22 on 1st d agg-rob and 1st d. assault. SAMUEL HASSE has a 7/22 hearing for disorderly conduct; at a 7/2 hearing he was released to treatment on 7/3; he is being held for 8/14 hearing for other hearings in Ramsey and Dakota counties. JOHNNY HALL is meeting probation guidelines and remains on probation until 9/17/20. DANIEL HEACOCK had a hearing on 7/9/19. PAULA HEILLE remains on probation until 7/12/21 and is meeting probation rules. SPENCER HERMES was expected to be released on 7/26 to find a job; is on Electronic Home Monitoring. CODY HORTON had a review hearing on 7.18/19. MAHAD ISMAIL is on probation to 7/29/19. JOSHUA POPLAWSKI will be in the workhouse until 10/20/19 and will be on probation to 8/27/20 after his release. JAMES ZACCARDI is in mental health court but is on probation until 5/24/21 and seems to be doing well. MICHAEL ZACCARDI is on probation until 4/5/22, standard felony probation conditions apply. Natalie Box, Paula Heille, Mahad Ismael were removed from the list.

MENTAL HEALTH COURT AND DRUG COURTS:  Ms. Filardo:  If people are accepted into these courts, they receive treatment and resources that are intended to return them to good mental health. This is a compassionate, problem-solving response instead of punishment. This process is treated as a continuing case: they always see the same judge and the same prosecutor. Many people who go through these courts get the support they need from the program; we know because they do not violate again.

PRECINCT REPORT: Officer Christie Nelson reported that the predictable “summer” crimes are happening. Theft from garage is one you can prevent. When people are mowing their lawns, they do not lock the garage, probably because they’ll be so close. If you have a power mower, you won’t hear someone in your garage, and if they wait until you are on the other side of the house, you won’t see them, either. Similarly, if you’re working in the yard, lock your house. Remember that windows can have security stops that stop the window from being opened more than 6″ (too little for an adult to come in). The cost is under $3 per window: sash or sliding windows, about the same price. When the weather is nice, then there are more people out on the sidewalks or just walking around around the clock: keep tempting items in your house, not in the back seat of your car. We have extra patrols around the 500 block of Buchanan, in response to activity there.

Emilie Quast, Board Member  — MPD Second Precinct Advisory Council  — Minneapolis MN 55418

July 2-PAC: Transit Police

There was no meeting in April (event) or May (2nd Pct Open House).  June meeting was a feedback session.

July2-PAC:  Issue: People using the Transit System for shelter.  Lt. Mario Ruberto, presenter.

The meeting was called to order at 6:15; 16 people attending.
The Metro Transit Police are charged with policing issues specific to our transit system.  Along with aiding the Police Departments in 7 counties served by Metro Transit, this public service has taken on a special  area of service that has been getting a lot of press and media coverage lately.  The Metro Transit  Police is developing an outreach program to and for homeless residents in our area.  MTC Homeless Outreach and its focus team, the Homeless Action Team were described by Lt. Mario Ruberto, CSO,  our speaker.
Lt. Ruberto was a Hennepin County paramedic for twenty years  and switched to Transit Police 12+ years ago. About that time, there was an increase in homeless people taking shelter in the Transit system.  Those people would be trespassed, need shelter and come back in, be arrested. This was a cycle.  Lt. Ruberto asked if there were any tracking statistics, and  was asked to create them.  With training and experience as a paramedic, he  soon realized many of the people being arrested were actually in crisis, possibly dealing with mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health problems — issues he’d been trained to recognize as an EMT.  Any one of these issues can lead to homelessness and repeated police contact.  But the people who were being cycled through the system had no access to help, no way to stop the cycle. Many repeaters had more than one of those issues to handle and about 11% actually had all three.
Compounding the problem, despite having little or no medical training, first line responders had to decide where to take these people:  jail, hospital,  and detox were the only options.   People riding for shelter can’t stay on transit property or the MTPolice will just be called about them again.  During one winter, transit dealt with 362 individuals, most of them over and over again. Numbers of incidents are rising:  in 2015 Police received 1273 calls;  in 2018, that number was 2770.
Former MTPD Chief Harrington expected people receiving promotions to take on one “POP” project, (Problem Oriented Policing).  Lt. Ruberto chose to create a homeless outreach program that would decriminialize homelessness and address some of the problems he observed during field training.
When police do respond to complaints and take people in, the city is responsible for a other issues.  Items having little or no cash value are very important to the people who have little else.  The police must inventory the non-perishable belongings and return them to their owners when they are released.  A class action suit in Fresno about this issue cost the city $2.35 Million in damages.  Honolulu was sued over its trespass statue for being too broad; our MTC operated under a similar trespass law.  Is it right that one trespass notice effectively bans people from the only means of transportation they have?  Additionally, there is no realistic way to enforce that notice over all transit properties in 7 counties.  The current approach is to issue a geographic restriction (i.e. The Greenline or Rte #22) which limits the boundaries but is not enforceable, either.


The “Bermuda Triangle” is a name for MSP’s largest homeless camp.  The trains from Union Depot (St. Paul) to Target Field (Mpls) to the MOA and back to Union Depot form a triangle.  These trains are shelter for at least 180-275 people every night, depending on the weather.  The 2018-19  winter was colder and the number of riders rose to 350 people.  Those numbers make the Transit system the 2nd largest shelter for homeless in Hennepin County, second only to Salvation Army shelters.  When the Super Bowl committee charged the MOA and MPS skyways to clean up for the game week, they did by closing access, forcing more people into the Transit system.  Some homeless shelters routinely fill up long before everyone has a shelter, so the shelters give the folks they must turn away bus tokens so they’ll have a warm place to be.  When this happens, the Transit system count goes up by another 50 or more people.
There are many safety issues that rise from “transit as shelters”:  staff safety, passenger safety, safety for the people who are homeless.  Some people who ride transit at night who actually have safe shelter; they ride because they are predators.

Met Council Internal Solutions in progress:   The Met Transit PD has formed a special team, the Homeless Action Team (HAT).  The team consists of 4 officers and 2 sergeants and 2 CSOs (Community Service Officers).

HAT’s protocols and strategies are based on evolving best practices research.  HAT focuses on BOTH customer service complaints AND on community concerns about health and safety.
HAT Team training includes special training topics:   1) Crisis Intervention and de-escalation techniques; 2) Outreach worker certification; 3)  Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) assessor training; 4) Trauma-informed interviewing; 5) Understanding addiction (includes Narcan training); 6)  Building community trust.  The program and all training are based on one tenet:  Arrest is not a solution.  (EQ: For more info about HMIS: )
The HAT team  works from 10PM to 8AM, Sunday night through the Thursday AM rush hour.  Because social workers/social services don’t work overnight, the HAT team members approach the people who appear to need intervention, do an assessment to determine what a person’s primary needs are, set up the initial steps for an intake, and then hand the client off to the most appropriate social service agency when those offices open. The HAT team does track individuals, because if HAT can prove that a person has been unsheltered for three nights, they can issue a voucher that will get this person into a safe place.  The team is also trained to aggregate data in the Homeless Management Information System.  The HMIS database is confidential and used to determine how homeless populations are served across the U.S.  It is a data sort, not a diagnostic application.
Lt. Rubertos and his team are planning the next steps for HAT internal development.  HAT wants to:   1) Hire additional case workers to do the serious work of getting people to stable situations;  2) Establish an internship program for master’s level college students who need intern hours to complete their degree in social work; these people will do initial case assessments under supervision;  3) Review and strengthen the HAT Code of Conduct policies and post them;  4) Examine the use of the all-day Transit pass: is it being used as intended or not? 5) Create education plans for transit employees, transit PD, and for all riders.
What makes it difficult:  Homeless transit riders have many barriers to stable housing, including mental health issues, criminal history, poor housing rental history.  Another barrier HAT discovered that people who are in the system could be assigned to multiple services, a needlessly confusing waste of effort and money.  HAT is  moving people to single stream services (same services, better delivery) During the brief time that the Met Council has had an integrated approach, more than 30 families have been housed and another 36 referrals are in process.  One person is in charge of coordination, and the service teams meet regularly to work out solutions.
Externally: HAT is developing a housing partnership.  The Met Council was awarded 89 housing vouchers by HUD.  These vouchers provide financial help to transit riders who are homeless and who have disabilities.   The vouchers pay some 70% of housing costs, and the recipient  pays the rest. [Question: some people with vouchers still can’t find housing!  Answer: People may have issues that make conventional housing hard for them to find.  HAT is looking for unconventional housing solutions.]  We have to accept that there are some people who do choose to be on the street:  some are not yet able to handle independent living; some shelters have no place for married couples; many shelters won’t admit people with dogs even though the dogs are  stabilizers for people. These would need some of the “unconventional solutions”.
Short term solution improvements:  “Winter Safe Space” shelter in St. Paul is open November through May.  Established shelters close intake at 8PM because they also have a limited amount of space.  Winter Safe Space is open from 10PM to 9AM, offering 62 beds at a cost of $400,000 divided between Ramsey County, St. Paul, and philanthropic partners.  (something about Metro Mobility buses)  HAT has 25 reserved beds in that place and is hoping to reserve some beds on the Minneapolis side, as well.
Frequent Faces (pilot program) is starting to coalesce.  The vision is a partnership among various agencies like Catholic Charities, the East Metro Crisis Alliance, SPPD, SPFD and others.  The current vision:  Identify the top 30 resources users.  These folks, who use the Green Line trains as a shelter, have been reported on 740 contacts, resulting in 197 citations, 148 bookings, 249 EMS transports to ERs over the last 12 months!   Clearly the social and dollar costs are enormous.    The FF program will use the “safe-haven model” to offer social, legal and medical services to these 30 individuals diverting them from emergency rooms and jail, to find long term solutions so they can leave the cycle.  So far this has been presented to Health Partners and Regions Hospital, looking to develop a project model.
Coming soon:  HAT will roll out its first Mobile Assessment Vehicle (MAV) the first week in August.  This is a mini-bus that is packed with electronics and other gear: computer access to department records, printers, and more at two workstations (one for police and one for social workers).   With diagnostic equipment and an exam table on board, the team will be able to do field exams and assessments, replace lost IDs, and a great deal more to move  people quickly  to a safe solution.
Summary:  This is an ongoing challenge.  The situation we have now is the result of society pushing people out of sight, rather than working together to create solutions that benefit all of us.

One of our attenders contacted Lt. Ruberto after the meeting, reporting that an acquaintance  feels apprehensive riding the bus late at night.  Lt Ruberto replied replied in part:  Most overnight issues are on light rail because bus drivers can call the police and pull over if that’s needed.  Generally, violators run off if they know the police have been called.  If  a crime was committed, Transit Police pull the video and send pictures to MPD, SPPD and Transit PD.  Sometimes they have an ID just minutes later and the target can be  picked up.    Additionally, there is a transit app, Text For Safety, that sends a message to dispatch immediately from your Smartphone.  MTPD will respond, pull the video, or assign a cop ride-along if the situation calls for that. Check here:

March 2-PAC Report, Part 2

Our speaker this month was City Councilman Steve Fletcher who outlined the steps taken so far to keep late night in the North Loop entertainment area safe and fun. See Part 1 of this month’s 2-PAC report.

COURTWATCH: Natalie Box remains in custody ($300K bail); jury trial is scheduled for 4/29 considering two charges of 1st Degree Agg.-Robery and 1 1st degree assault in Marcy-Holmes, Holland and Logan Park. Jonell Butler is charged on the same reports as Box and will also be having a jury trial on the same day, same lead prosecuting attorney.

Samuel Haase is now in custody after a bench warrant was issued on 2-26 for failure to appear. His hearing was on 3/8, and he’s next scheduled to appear on 4/4. He was originally charged on 5 complaints, all in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood.

Daniel Heacock is waiting for a 5/14 hearing to determine his competency for trial.

Spencer Hermes will plead guilty on a 5th degree drug possession on 4/2.

Cody Horton had a probation violation warrant issued 3/1. He is supposed to be following conditions imposed by Mental Health Court.

Joshua Poplawski had a 2/06 review hearing in the 3rd Precinct and a 2/27 pretrial in the 1st Pct. he was convicted of a Possession of drug paraphernalia on Marcy-Holmes on 2/27 and will be on probation to 8/27/20.

Michael Zaccardi was charged with 3rd degree assault in Windom Park, and will receive sentencing on 4/5.

Maxim Chance remains on probation to 4/18 and is meeting terms of probation. Johnny Hall will be on probation until 9/17/20 and his probation officer has no concerns at this time. Paula Heile remains on probation through 7/12/21 and is meeting the terms of probation. Mahad Ismail is meeting his probation which will expire on 7/29. Robert Schroeder remains on probation to 3/20. James Zaccardi is doing well in Mental Health Court and had a review hearing on 3/12.

PRECINCT REPORT: Property reports have been quiet and calm: There was one garage burglary on between February 26 and March 11, (cold weather factor, maybe?).

There was a robbery at the Quarry T-Mobile store. All three suspects are in custody. One was traced to St. Paul where he tried to get away but slipped on the ice. (He’s now in the hospital with a broken bone.) None of the three has been charged as of 3/11.

The suspects in the case at 3300 Pierce Street, reported last month, have been charged.

March 2-PAC Report, part 1

The meeting was called to order at 6:15, 21 attenders.
Our speaker was City Council Member Steve Fletcher, who among many other responsibilities, is one member of an ongoing team working to calm late nights in the North Loop.
In 2007,  just  12 years ago, officials  extended bar closing one hour intending to spread out the exit times for crowds which  was expected to calm the streets.  That hour  produced a surprising amount of tax revenue and business profits as people chose to extend the evening rather than fighting traffic to head for home.  The extra hour began attracting trouble, though, and the question soon became how to calm the streets and make the North Loop a fun and safe place to spend an evening  for event and  convention attenders from the cities, from the suburbs, and from other places.    CM Fletcher came to 2-PAC to tell us who is on the planning team for the North Loop and how the the plans are working.
First of all, Downtown has changed.   In 2007, about 1000 people lived in the area and  there was very little going on after bar closing.  Today, the number  of residents is 50,000 and still climbing, and there’s a lot of activity.  Times and the neighborhood have changed and public services have to change with them.
Early attempts to calm the area focused on getting people out of there by 2AM.  Another attempt involved closing 1st Avenue North  (sort of an open  streets) to keep street activity in a smaller area.  Neither of those proposals worked very well.
When City Council members, the Downtown Council, the Downtown Business Association, the Police Dept,  and other stake holders really analyzed the area, they saw a small area, packed with people who didn’t want to go home, with little organized activity, and not much more.
Closing a street (1st Ave. No.) hadn’t worked.  When the avenue was opened again, it  freed up police officers to assist the people in the area rather than just keeping people packed  in a area.   A few food trucks were allowed in, and people had a little more to do; restaurant owners discovered that rather than cutting into restaurant trade, the food trucks actually attracted customers to the area and sit-down places benefited.  Now the North Loop is the site of more planned activities and regular attractions.
The proximity of shelters for the homeless near the theater district was a badly-handled situation for a long time.  St. Stephens Shelter and the Downtown Council increased outreach to the people who needed a safer place to be.
Adding to the mix were planners from the Downtown Ambassadors, a gang task force and an addiction task force.  People on parole, who have agreed to stay away from situations that late night streets offer, are watched for.   Then there is the MadDads, well-known peace-makers.  As civilians, MadDads can wade into a tense situation and diffuse it, without triggering the response that uniformed police might set off.
In CM Fletcher’s view, two factors are the keys to successful streets management:  collaboration and communication.
Collaboration is evident from the number of diverse organizations working on this project.
Increased communication at every level is what keeps success building.  Communication starts with joint  stake-holder discussions but extends to smaller efforts like communication between  individual security posts:  One guard may spot a person getting too excited and warn the next venue down the street to watch for that person or  or a “energetic” group, heading that way.
Most important, the focus of planning  has moved  from controlling the crowds to creating positive activities that are safe and fun.    Newspapers are key players getting positive activities announced.   Whatsapp  is another tool.
Still being addressed is the question of alcohol and 18-21 year old people.    Clubs that don’t do well at controlling underage drinking are having their licenses looked at.  The city is asking the State Legislature for more power to shut down bars that can’t keep alcohol away from underage people.
Crimes levels in the area are going down, violent crimes down by 1/3 and property crimes down by 1/2.
Another need to be addressed soon: folks need increased public transit in the area at closing time so they can easily get home.
Question:  do we have enough resources to do all that work:  Answer: Yes.  The question is, are we using our resources efficiently.

Feb. 11 notes: Crisis Intervention Training

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 by Emilie Quast.  We were 16 attenders.
Inspector Loining requested a change in the agenda and spoke first.
PRECINCT REPORT: The Second Precinct experienced four part 1 crimes in just a few days.  The murder of a mother and daughter at the 320 – 2nd Ave SE in Marcy-Holmes happened on Saturday;  by Monday, the Inspector could not yet release any information.  Since then, a suspect who was a neighbor has been arrested and charged.
There was a report of “shots fired” in near 3300 Pierce Street NE  on Feb. 10   One person was shot in the legs.
Two assaults were committed in Marcy Holmes:  The first, near the 8th St. market happened on Feb.8 at 6:15 AM.  The target succeeded in getting away from the assailant.  See MN Daily story   The second was on Feb 9 at a social event.
[LATE NOTE 2-19: Marcy-Holmes:  Shots fired on Saturday, 2-16 near Amy Klobuchar’s house –brief story in the MN Daily]
Despite that bad news, the greatest problems in the Second Precinct remains property crimes.   Now that the cold weather has set in, people are keeping their windows secure, but there are still too many reports of auto thefts,  theft from cars, unsecured garages, and single family dwellings, in NE and SE but especially in Audubon and Waite Park.   The majority of the houses in NE that have been burgled have been forced entry, so people are locking up which does cut down on the number of burglaries.  Top days for this are Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, most from 3-9PM.  Police need continuing neighborhood cooperation to stop these crimes: if you see something, say something.
Officers made 2 arrests in SE  including one that was a result of a stop of suspicious vehicle  (narcotics discovered in the vehicle).
Nick Juarez reported on Secure Net Program for homes   (caution, this is NOT securenetsystems) and discussed increasing camera surveillance in the Central Avenue and other 2nd Precinct business districts.
SPEAKER: Our speaker this month was Mark Anderson, Director of the Barbara Schneider Foundation.   The BSF is one of the agencies that is working to increase the likelihood of productive encounters between persons in crisis and first responders.  The goal is to improve the safety of all who are involved in a situation, and to increase community networking.    The way to achieve this is through education of the responders so they can begin to understand what is happening in the target’s mind to better redirect counter-productive  behavior.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is a collaboration between first responders, mental health and community advocates.  The program involves police training that leads to improvements in mental health response.  MPD was the first police department in Minnesota to adopt CIT in a partnership with the Barbara Schneider Foundation, back in 2000.  Since then, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office also adopted CIT training for their corrections officers.  Some HC road officers have also taken the training.
The program uses trained actors to present situations. Trainers then lead teams through de-escalation steps, as needed.   Fundamental to the training is the knowledge that a person in severe crisis may not be able to process  officers’ requests.  If they can’t process a request, they are not able to comply with it.  It is now understood that many “standard procedures” commonly taught to first responders do not solve a confrontation, but actually escalate it.
There’s a great deal of information about the CIT program on the Barbara Schneider Foundation home page, at
One additional note:  In response to an e-mail comment by me a few days later, Mr. Anderson said that the Foundation does day-long training sessions for community members who want to learn de-escalation.  They take it at a slightly slower pace, presenting over an entire day.  The program for community groups is the same curriculum as CIT for first responders.
Mr. Anderson left us with a wallet size foldover that people might find useful.  It includes 19 key concepts for responders, 11 suggestions for improving responder safety (called “Officer” safety but many suggestions will improve the situation for any responder), a long list of contact numbers for backup and help.  If you are interested in having a copy, contact Emilie Quast at and I’ll see you get a copy, either paper or as an email attachment.
COURTWATCH:  Neither attorney could make it to the February meeting with updates for the people on our Courtwatch list.  As it happens many are either  waiting for their court date or are meeting the terms of their probation.  Court dates start to pick up in mid-February so we will have news in March.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15PM.

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.