November 23, 2015 eNews

Police Advisory

Sexual Assault


On Sunday November 22 at approximately 9 pm, in the parking ramp at 3001 Hennepin Av S, an adult
woman was found by witnesses to be lying unconscious near her running vehicle. She was partially
undressed. She did not remember anything. It is believed she was possibly raped.

There is limited information at this time. Currently there is no suspect description. There is no further
information on this case at this time.

If you have any information on this case, including any information that can help identify a suspect,
please call the Sex Crimes unit at 612.673.3081 in reference to police case number 15-431483.
Alternatively, you can call our Tips Line at (612) 692-8477, or use the free MPD Tip 411 app, or text MPD
+ your tip to 847411 (Tip 411). MPD Tip 411 is anonymous.

What you can do:

  • For information on sexual assault and rapes, please view our handouts/brochures on three important topics: Myths and Misconceptions about Rape/Sexual Assault, Rape/Sexual Assault: What to do if it happens to you, and Risk Reduction for Rape.
  • ALL primary and secondary survivors of any sort of sexual violence can get FREE help and counseling through the Sexual Violence Center. Their 24-hour crisis line is 612-871-5111. A ‘secondary survivor’ is anyone who was not the direct victim of sexual violence but who feels affected by it.
  • Read more personal safety tips
  • Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it. This includes helping others by calling 911 if you witness a crime or someone possibly in trouble.
    • When calling 911, describe the suspect to the best of your ability so officers know who to look for upon arrival. If the situation changes (such as an escalation or suspects leave), call 911 back.
    • If a vehicle is involved, if at all possible provide the license plate. If that is not possible, try to describe the vehicle, including anything that makes the vehicle stand out.
    • If the suspicious persons/vehicle leave, call 911 back and let them know.
    • More 911 information:, and:
    • Alert others to suspicious incidents if appropriate and if this can be done safely for all involved.
    • Trust your instincts: if something feels off, there is a reason for it.
    • If you have a building that has surveillance, ensure that the video is working, good quality, and can be retrieved
    • Become a block leader! Receive detailed alerts of most crimes in your area and forward to your neighbors. Contact your Crime Prevention Specialist for more information.

For more crime prevention information, please contact your Crime Prevention Specialist or call 311.

November Meeting Highlights

  • The ANA invited a member of Fulton Neighborhood to share their experience of creating a small or micro grant program. The board is interested in developing a similar program.
  • The park had a great Halloween party but is considering some different ideas for next year. Stay tuned!
  • The ANA board will be setting community engagement goals for 2016 in December and January.
  • The board also was given information regarding Solar Garden programs. The level of involvement by the neighborhood is under consideration.

Minneapolis Fire Department wants you to enjoy a safe Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. The average number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day is normally double the average number of fires in homes on any other day!

Stay safe by incorporating these tips and safe habits:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking – frying, broiling, or boiling.  Set a timer to remind you to check on your cooking!
  • Make your cooking area safe.  Move things that can burn away from the stove.
  • Use the back burners first, and turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
  • Stay awake and alert while cooking.  Set a timer for foods that take longer to cook, such as the turkey!
  • Prevent burns by wearing short sleeves, or by rolling them up.  Use potholders and oven mitts.
  • Keep young children away from the stove – 3 big steps is a good rule!

Using a Turkey Fryer?

  • Use extra caution, and know how to use a turkey fryer safely before using one at all!
  • Remember to use a dry, thawed turkey – a wet or frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter or even explode.
  • Don’t use too much oil – leave room for the turkey – the oil level will rise up, and spill up if there is too much.
  • Use a thermostat to control the temperature of the oil, if possible.
  • Use protective equipment such as oven mitts and potholders, as the side, lid, and handles of the fryer can get very hot.
  • Use the turkey fryer outside if possible, and make sure it’s attended by an adult at all times.
  • Never use a propane or gas fryer inside the house.
  • Watch this incredible demo video on the hazards of turkey fryers!

And remember to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, as well as inside every bedroom, and a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector within 10 feet of every bedroom.

See more safety tips!

Vacant Housing Recycling Program

Resident and Developer Workshop on December 3
Thursday, December 3 from 6 – 8 pm
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.

Learn how to search for property, get financing in place, submit a successful application, and complete your housing project successfully!

The program requires that vacant lots must have a new home constructed on them and vacant structures must be rehabilitated to the program’s minimum standards as a condition of sale. These are great opportunities to generate new homeownership or responsibly managed rental housing opportunities in your area. The program is open to both residents that intend to build or rehab a home to live in and to developers that intend to build or rehab a home for sale or for rent.

An updated interactive map, vacant structure list, and vacant lot list are posted on the City of Minneapolis website. For vacant structures posted, the next open house date is scheduled for Thursday, December 10 from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. The list of structures and lots will be updated monthly by the 15th of each month as they are ready to be marketed.

Hmong translation will be provided.