The Minneapolis Police Department has issued multiple media releases today in the hopes of promoting the safety of Minneapolis residents. Since a lot of crime trends start in the city and urban areas, this information is important for people who live in the suburbs as well. If you haven’t seen these crime trends yet, you might soon.
as received multiple complaints about a man who is going door to door in Minneapolis and asking for money for “Habitat for Humanity.” The non-profit agency has told police that they never go door to door in an effort to solicit funds, and that this man is committing a scam that has no relation to their agency. He is African American, but unfortunately police have not been able to get more of a description than this. When people refuse to give this man money he becomes angry and rude.
The Minneapolis Police Department would like residents to know that legitimate solicitors will carry a license issued by the city. Even members of school and youth groups are encouraged to get group licenses so that residents will know that the soliciting has been approved by the city. For more information about these types of group licenses, go to www.minneapolismn.gov and type “Solicitor” in the search box.
Adult solicitors should be carrying an individual license that says “Solicitor,” and has their name and photograph on it. For more information, see the following link-
Police request that you call 911 if someone is soliciting without a license, especially if they are youth and you suspect they may be forced into this solicitation.
is also asking for help from the public in solving a recent homicide. On Friday, October 4th, shortly after 8:00 a.m., officers responded to a call on the 2600 block of Nicollet Avenue South. When they arrived at the scene, they found Michael Duane Portlance, (a.k.a. ‘Sonny’,) lying on the ground near a fence. Portlance was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Medical Examiner’s Office declared his death a homicide.
Police are trying to ascertain where Portlance was, what he was doing, and who he was with in the hours before his death. If you know any of this information, please contact Sgt. Thomsen at 612-673-3577. Or, you can always leave an anonymous online tip at Crimestoppers, see the following link-
Lastly, the Minneapolis Police Department would like for residents to know about the importance of Community Impact Statements. Currently, police are accepting statements regarding the criminal activities of one Larry C. Townsend. Townsend has a lengthy rap sheet, with charges ranging from criminal sexual contact to consuming in public to trespassing and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Police would like for residents to know that there is no template or specific method for writing a community impact statement. Most of all, the statement should tell how you feel about a local crime and/or local offender. It is also important to note that you do not have to be the specific victim in the case to submit a statement. For instance, if there is someone on your block who is continually creating a disturbance, you may have been aware of this person, and it may have affected your feelings regarding living in that neighborhood. Even if the person’s behavior was not directed at you, and you weren’t the person who originally called the police, you may still have strong feelings about how that person’s behavior changed your neighborhood. You can also make specific recommendations regarding the criminal, such as public service, jail time or completion of a treatment program.
The information gleaned from these statements will be given to the judge before the sentencing hearing and may have a strong effect regarding how this criminal is sentenced. This type of information can also educate judges about how particular crimes affect the community in general, providing practical knowledge for sentencing in future cases.
In the specific case of Larry Townsend, police are asking for completed community impact statements by October 22, 2013. Statements should be sent to Connie.Flattum@minneapolismn.gov or they can be mailed to City Attorney’s Office, 350 5th Street South, City Hall- Room 210, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
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