A Discussion of Criminal Justice Issues and Other Things

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Daily Report

Here's the info from the 27th

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Police Activity

I've had a number of recent inquiries about police activity. Some have noted the differences in what is posted in local newspapers, the Friday Report from the City Administrator's Office and items selected for our Around The Block newsletter. Each of the above documents select items from an overall list that is generated by our office staff on a regular basis to be provided to local news media.

Many of you have asked if it is possible to see the entire list of activity. We have tried to email it out and do so to a good number of individuals. We've found that often; however, email isn't always the most reliable means of transmission. In reviewing the process, I've decided to try posting the activity summaries here on a regular basis.

I'll review the feedback and the access information at some point and determine if we will continue the process.

I've posted the first listing below. This report contains ICR's (Initial Complaint Reports) 06-7684 to 06-7720 and covers the time frame of 7/20/06 7 am to 7/21/06 7 am.

This posting is for ICR's 06-7837 to 06-7888 and covers the time frame of 7/25/05 7 am to 7/26/06 7 am.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

National Night Out Donation

Marti Dompierre visited my office again the other day and for the fourth year in a row, brought a check with her to donate to our annual National Night Out Event. Marti has been a regular visitor to this blog in 2004, and 2005. Marti connected with Officer Jody Spinner a number of years ago and that discussion resulted in Marti taking an interest in organizing her neighborhood and helping us out each year. Here's a picture of her presenting her check to us. Thanks, Marti, for all your help. I would encourage the rest of you to attend this year's National Night Out on August 1st from 6pm to 8pm at 5th and Water Streets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Questionable Legislation at the Federal Level

HR 5005 and HR 5092 have been described by members of the Justice Department as potentially having a "chilling" effect on law enforcement, according to Ruben Rosario, columnist for the Pioneer Press.

Mr. Rosario's column says it all. Take a moment to read it. I'm still researching the rationale behind the bills, trying to find some rational intent behind them but my initial reaction is dismay and concern about what would prompt a member of the US House of Representatives to sponsor this kind of legislation.

Mr. Rosario's column lists a number of Minnesota house members who have signed on to the bill. Well intentioned as parts of the legislation may be, I see no benefit of establishing punitive measures against legitimate police investigations on weapons that are generally used in crimes related to gangs, drugs and terrorist activities. I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of consultation by these legislators with their local law enforcement officials, including several of them who regularly read this blog.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Don Starr

I wanted to note the passing of Don Starr. Don was a great guy and contributed much to Northfield through his time with Scouts and other local initiatives. This Northfield.org posting is a fitting tribute.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Northfield-Grand Island, NE Connection Via Germany

I'm always amazed how interconnected things are these days. This link to the Grand Island, Nebraska Daily Independent talks about Northfielder Yogi Reppmann meeting with Ken Gnadt, the former mayor of Grand Island and a man I'm pleased to say I worked for. In 2003 I wrote an editorial piece for The Independent about my trip to Germany. You can read it here.

The whole nexus is framed around mutual friends in Germany.

It's a small world!

Here's a picture of me with the Governor of Schleswig-Holstein and her assistant in 2002 while visiting Bad-Segebad. The following photo shows Yogi Reppmann (left) and an associate at Bag Segeberg. You can also visit the previous link I posted about my trip to Germany. Note the Governor's ball cap and the coffe mug to the left on the table next to me.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Break

My family went north on Thursday to get a bit of recreation and rest. I was able to join them Friday night. We stayed a couple nights near Baxter, MN to take advantage of some teen-type activities and even tried a little dock fishing despite the 99+ temps Saturday and Sunday.

Chris got the first hit, albeit small but they did get a bit "bigger" as the morning wore on.

Sarah & Ruth made a catch shortly thereafter and we had a few doubles for a while until it got real hot and everybody figured out we were getting quite a few hits and joined us.

We decided the to retire to a more sedate form of activity....batting cages, climbing walls and go-karts.

I learned a valuable lesson today, 50+ guys fit in the go carts as well as they did when they were 25+. The difference was when it came time to get out! Since I had the camera in my pocket (good plan on my part) you will just have to take my word on that.

It was a fun weekend but it's good to be home again.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Neighborhood Watch

Boris the Burglar here to the left is the icon most associated with Neighborhood Watch...with special emphasis on the big red slash through the circle. Our goal is to keep Boris and his ilk out of Northfield.

I had the chance to meet with a number of Northfield residents tonight from the south part of town to talk to them about forming a Neighborhood Watch group. These folks are already ahead of the game because they already meet and know each other well. I provided them with a number of ideas to improve their communication and how to best make use of the police to curb criminal activity in their neighborhood.

Soon those distinctive signs will be popping up in another Northfield neighborhood sending a message that there is most definitely one thing that is not welcome in Northfield...namely crime.

Monday, July 10, 2006

A Flower By Any Other Name....

We went outside of our garage at home yesterday and spotted this lone Petunia growing up in a crack in the driveway. Consider how dry and warm it's been lately. We suspect it is a seed from last year when we planted red, white and blue Petunias in a planter not too far away from this location.

Amongst all the ugliness of the pavement, a diamond in the rough so-to-speak, emerged. It's amazing where good things turn up. It sure put a bright spot in my day. It's a good lesson in perseverance and staying the course. Consider being a diamond in the rough. Volunteer for one of the many opportunities in your community!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Officer Memorials

Detective Dennis Carmen Stepnowski, 33, of the DeKalb County, Georgia Police Department was shot and killed during a foot chase of a suspect on Thursday, June 29th.

Detective Stepnowski had served his department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, parents and a sister.

Lieutenant James Lee Sunderland, 46, of the Val Verde County Texas Sheriff's Department died in an automobile accident on Friday, June 30th.

Lieutenant Sunderland had served his agency for 18 years.

Sergeant Scott Hanson, 45, of the Covina, California Police Department died on July 3rd of injuries sustained three years earlier in an on duty automobile accident.

Sergeant Hanson had served his department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son and daughter.