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2012ANNUALREPORTwww.stlouiscountymn.govcountyattorneycountyattorneystlouiscountymn.gov TABLEOFCONTENTSVeteransSupportLetterFromYourCountyAttorneyCivilDivisionCriminalDivisionPHHSDivisionSummitMakesHistoryVictimWitnessDivisionSupportStaffHonorsAwardsOutstandingWorkInnovationPartnershipLeadershipCrimesByTheNumbersGoodDeedsDonePrayerInMyBootShihabNye23456789101112-141516VeteransSupportIncreasingthesupportofareaveteranswaspartofanoutreacheffortpursuedbytheCountyAttorneysOfcethispastyear.JeffHallaveteranandTeamLeaderatDuluthsVetCenterspoketotheCountyAttorneyandothersduringacommunityleadersConversationCircle.Hallremindedparticipantsthatveteransappreciateitwhenotherstakethetimetounderstandroadblocksthatkeepveteransfromfullinvolvementinthecommunity.OursupportforveteransismanifestedthroughcoordinatedeffortsbetweenourCountyCommissionersDistrictCourtJudgesandourofcemakingcertainthatveteransinthecriminaljusticesystemareidentiedearlyandmadeawareofservicesavailabletothem.Wealsodemonstrateoursupportandexpressourgratitudetoallveteransonourstaffwhoareactivelyservinginthemilitary.Wesincerelyappreciateotherstafferswhohaveactivelyservedinvariousbranchesinpastyears.MarkRubincontinuestoleadthewaybyhisrecognitionofveteranswhenspeakingorperformingatveteranevents.Theseincludedthe60thAnniversaryandre-dedicationoftheGaryNewDuluthVeteransMemorialthe20thanniversaryofthededicationoftheVietnamVeteransMemorialandthededicationoftheIronRangeVeteransMemorialshownaboveinVirginia.2TABLEOFCONTENTSVETERANSSUPPORT2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORT LETTERFROMST.LOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYMARKS.RUBIN3WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYHeadingintoyearthreeasyourCountyAttorneyIcantrulysayithasbeenaprivilegeandanhonortoserveyouthecitizensofSt.LouisCounty.Themomentumofseeingjusticeservedandhoperestoredforindividualsandcommunitieswithinour7000squaremilesofresponsibilitykeepsgrowingeveryday.TobesureIdonotdothisalone.Itisacombinedcooperativeeffortof67talentedindividualswhomakeupthecoreofourofcesinDuluthHibbingandVirginia.Everydaytheattorneysinvestigatorsandvictimwitnessandsupportstaffskeepyourbestinterestsatheart.Theseindividualsgobeyondstatutoryresponsibilitiesusinginnovationandpartnershipwithothersandtheyareextremelyeffectiveinachievingpositiveoutcomes.WhethergivingtimelylegaladvicetotheCountyCommissionersandvariouscountydepartmentsprosecutingseriouscrimesoradvocatingforthemostvulnerableofourcountyscitizensthosewhoworkintheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysOfcemakecertainyourtaxdollarsareusedwiselyandeffectively.Theresultsoftheirhardworkcanbeseenwithinthesepages.Especiallynoticeableisthepursuitofexcellencethroughleadershipcourageandcollaboration.QualitieslikethesehelptorestorethecondenceofcitizensingovernmentasAmericanadvocateandactivistMarianWrightEdelmansays.Itisalsowithasenseofgratitudethatwewillcontinuetoserveourcountywiththediligenceandperseveranceyouhavecometoexpect.Intheendwecandemonstratethatfairnessleadstojusticeandjusticeleadstosafeandstrongcommunities.MarkRubinSt.LouisCountyAttorneyLetterfromSt.LouisCountyAttorneyMarkS.RubinTheoverarchingtaskofleadershiptodayineverysegmentofAmericansocietyistogiveouryouthsandallAmericansasensethatwecanbeengagedinenterprisesthatlendmeaningtolifethatwecanregaincontroloverourfamiliesandournationaldestinyandthatwecanmakeapositivedifferenceindividuallyandcollectivelyinbuildingadecentsafenationandworld.MarianWrightEdelmanTheMeasureofOurSuccessJusticethroughinnovationpartnershipandleadership. 4CIVILDIVISIONKimMakiaseasonedprofessionalwithmorethan10yearsofexperiencetwoofwhichhavebeenintheCivilDivisionisnowthatDivisionsHead.St.LouisCountygovernmentreliesheavilyontheCivilDivisionanditstimelylegalcounselfordailyoperationalinteractions.ItssupportandadviceisfoundationaltodecisionsmadebytheCountyCommissionerstheCountyAdministratorcountydepartmentheadsandtheiremployees.ArrowheadRegionalCorrectionsalsoreliesontheCivilDivisionslegaladvice.OtherareasofservicebytheDivisionin2012includedDevelopmentofknowledgeintheproposedexpansionoftheminingindustryenablingthecountytobeneciallypositionitselfforyearstocome.UnanticipatedworkloadfollowingtheJuneoodinvolving125differentprojectscontractsandgrantagreementscoveringmillionsofdollarsofroadreconstructionincludingJeanDuluthandHainesRoads.AtthesametimeattorneysworkeddozensofhoursonthelegalitiesofbringingtogethertheDuluthCityAssessorsOfcewiththeCountyAssessorsOfce.Combiningthetwoofceseliminatesduplicationofservicescreatesworkprocessefcienciesandensuresauniformsetofstandardsandexpectationsaspropertyassessmentsareconducted.Thismeanscountytaxpayerswillreceiveimprovedservicethroughuniformpropertytaxevaluationsforallcitizensthroughoutthecounty.WithcustomerserviceasitsprimaryfocustheCivilDivisionensurestimelywell-reasonedandreliableadvicetoAdministrationandvariousdepartmentsaswell.CivilDivisionKimMakiCivilDivisionHeadDuluthOfceLeslieBeiersNickCampanarioJimNephewThomasStanleyTimothyTysdal2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORTCivilDivisionprovidedlegalcounselformultiplereconstructionprojectssuchasJeanDuluthRoadshownabove. CRIMINALDIVISIONGaryBjorklundleadsthe13criminalprosecutorswhoworkinDuluthVirginiaandHibbing.ThishighlyeffectiveteamisresponsibleforchargingandprosecutingalllevelsofadultcriminaloffenseswithinSt.LouisCountyincludingfeloniesgrossmisdemeanorsmisdemeanorsandcountyordinanceviolations.AdditionallytheprosecutorsareinvolvedinproblemsolvinginthespecialtycourtsincludingDWIandDrugCourtandMentalHealthCourt.CriminalDivisionattorneysareresponsibleforsettingupandconductinglawenforcementtrainingtosupportpoliceinthelatestchangesinlawsandregulations.Thesetrainingsessionsaredesignedtoimproveinvestigationproceduressearchandseizuremethodsandotheraspectsofcriminalinvestigation.ParticularlyhighproleanddifcultcasesthattheDivisionwasinvolvedinthispastyearincludedBrianBridgeswasconvictedoftwocountsofFirstDegreeCriminalSexualConductFirstDegreeBurglaryandAssaultintheThirdDegree.Hewassentencedto26yearsinprison.ThecaseinvolvedahomeinvasionandthebrutalbeatingandrapeofaHibbingwoman.RandyBoettcherwasfoundguiltyof11countsofCriminalSexualConductandPossessingChildPornography.TheCourtsentencedBoettchertoatotalof252monthsinprison.AndrewClarkewasconvictedoffourcountsofPossessingandSellingDrugs.ThejuryalsofoundClarketobeacareeroffender.Hereceiveda258monthprisonsentencewhichwasdoubletheamountundertheMinnesotaSentencingGuidelines.DalePorterwasfoundguiltyofAssaultintheSecondDegreeTerroristicThreatsandIllegalPossessionofaPistol.TheconvictionsweresecuredeventhoughthevictimrefusedtocooperatewiththeprosecutionandultimatelytestiedonbehalfofPorterattrial.Theextensiveinvestigationbylawenforcementandthecompilingofadditionalevidencemadethisatextbookcaseofevidence-basedprosecution.PaulWellewasconvictedofMurderintheSecondDegreeandwassentencedto216monthsinprison.WellewasconvictedofkillingPaulAndersonoutsideabarinProctor.CriminalDivision5GaryBjorklundCriminalDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJonHoletsChristopherPinkertJessicaSmithNateStummeRebekkaStummeKristenSwansonVickyWantaVirginaOfceMichelleAndersonGordonColdagelliLeahStauberHibbingOfceBrianSimonsonKarlSundquistJeffVlatkovichWWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEY 6PHHSDIVISIONPublicHealthandHumanServicesDivisionPHHSprotectsadultsandchildrenmostindangerofbeingvictimized.Itaccomplishesthisthroughinvolvementinchildprotectioncivilcommitmentguardianshipandvulnerableadultmaltreatmentcases.Timelyadjudicationofpaternityestablishmentofchildsupportcasesandotherenforcementactionensuresappropriateeconomicassistancetofamiliesandchildren.PatriciaShafferprocientlyleadstheDivision.TheDivisionled285childprotectionpetitionsin2012upfrom246thepreviousyear.Theseincluded52terminationofparentalrightspetitionsledaskingthecourttofreethesechildrenforadoptionorplacementinsafeandpermanenthomes.Therewere136referralsforcivilcommitmentin2012.Aparticularlyegregiouscaseinvolvedayoungmanwhowhileundertheinuenceofsyntheticdrugsengagedinsignicantselfharmresultinginpermanentlossofhiseyesight.TheDivisionalsoprosecutescrimescommittedbyjuveniles.Juvenilecrimeincludeseverythingfromminoroffensestoviolentcrimesagainstpersons.ForinstancetheDivisionprosecutedajuvenileaccusedofparticipatinginanassaultthatlefta17-year-oldgirlghtingforherlifeafterbeingstabbedinthechestandrepeatedlystruckbyabaseballbat.Inanothercasea17-year-oldmaleactingwithtwoadultsrobbedatknifepointanadultwhowasathomewithhisyoungson.Divisionattorneysareinvolvedincontractslicensingmattersinvolvingdaycareandchildfostercareproviderspublicassistanceeligibilitybenetrecoveryandinvestigationandprosecutionofpublicassistancefraud.TheDivisionactivelyparticipatesinmanymultidisciplinaryteams.ExamplesincludetheSchoolAttendanceReviewBoardSARBAdultProtectionTeamsforNorthandSouthSt.LouisCountyaQuarterlyCollaborativethatincludesrepresentativesfromBoisForteprobationsocialservicesandpublichealthtoaddresschildprotectionandservicetochildrenandaFirstWitnessMultidisciplinaryTeamthataddresseschildabuseissues.LookingtothefuturePHHSattorneyswillstrivetocontinuetheirclosepartnershipwiththecountysPublicHealthandHumanServiceDepartmentthroughtimelyprovisionofsoundlegaladviceandeffectiveadvocacy.PublicHealthHumanServicesDivisionPatriciaShafferPHHSDivisionHeadDuluthOfceJenniferBarryJosephFischerHeatherKorpelaClarissaMcDonaldCharlesSchumacherAngieShambourBenjaminStrombergJoanneVavroskyVirginiaOfceSharonChadwickRenaeDarlandHibbingOfceGayleGoffStaceySundquistInvestigatorsWilliamKleinShawnLaineKatherineFinc2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORT 7SUMMITMAKESHISTORYThersteverNortheastMinnesotaNorthwestWisconsinCountyAttorneysSummitwasconvenedonNovember162012bySt.LouisCountyAttorneyMarkS.Rubin.ManyoftheregionsCountyAttorneysoftenndthemselvesworkingtogetheracrosscountyandevenstatelineswhileaddressingcomplexissuesandprosecutingdifcultcases.ConrmationoftheimportanceoftheSummittotheirworkwasevidencedbythepresenceofveareaCountyAttorneysandthreeDivisionHeadsfromSt.LouisCountyaswellasCookCountysAssistantCountyAttorneyMollyHicken.Leadershipwassharedthroughpeer-to-peerpresentationsofHotTopicsthatwereofinteresttoall.ThiswasagatheringforusledbyussaidRubin.ThosepresentingwereThomPertlerCarltonCountyAttorneyDrugInvestigationsLauraAuronLakeCountyAttorneyEvidence-basedDomesticAssaultProsecutionsinAbsenceofVictimCooperationMollyHickenCookCountyACACourthouseSecuritySafetyJaneHaubrichCaspersonSpecialProjectsInvestigatorfacilitatedagroupconversationfocusingonactionsthathelpcreatesupportedandbalancedlifestylesforprofessionalswhomustoftenshoulderheavyresponsibilitiesinchaoticenvironments.CitonComputerCorporationunderwrotetheSummitsfundingallowingthegrouptoconvenewithouttaxpayerexpense.Citonscorporatecitizenshipandcommitmenttocommunitysafetymirroredanemergingnationaltrendofbusinesssteppinguptohelpgovernmentservethepublicinaneraofevertighteningbudgets.AsoneSummitparticipantnotedWeconvenedbecauseourmutualgoalsareexcellenceintheserviceweprovideandnolessimportantweconvenedbecausewecarenotonlyforourconstituentsbutwecareforeachother.SummitMakesHistoryPhotoCountyAttorneyattendeesattheNEMNNWWISummitincludedFrontRowL-RGaryBjorklundSt.LouisMollyHickenCookLauraAuronLakePatriciaShafferandKimMakiSt.Louis.BackRowLRDanBlankDouglasThomPertlerCarltonMarkRubinSt.LouisandJeffreyNagloskyKoochiching.WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEY 8VICTIMWITNESSDIVISIONPattyWheelerDirectoroftheVictimWitnessDivisionandherstaffworkdiligentlyeverydaytoassurevictimrightsareupheldandneededsupportisgiven.EachCountyAttorneysofcehasaVictimWitnessstaffmemberassignedtoitsothatnomatterwhatareaofthecountyapersoncomesfromtheyhavesomeonewhoknowstheircommunityandtheservicesavailableinit.StaffhandledthousandsofphonecallstextsandemailsfromvictimsandwitnessesensuringtheMinnesotaCrimeVictimRightslawsareupheld.Oftenvictimsarefeelingafraidorconfusedandwitnessesmightbefrustratedorevenangrywithasystemtheydonotunderstand.Howeverinformationaboutcourtadvocacynoticationofhearingdatestrialpreparationandamyriadofotherissuesarecompetentlyandcompassionatelydealtwithbytheadvocates.Evenwhennothingcanbedonethroughlegalchannelstoassisttheseindividualscommunityresourcesareofferedthatcanhelpavictimfeeltheyhaveavoiceintheprocess.CollaborativeeffortswithFirstWitnessChildAdvocacyCenterProgramforAidtoVictimsofSexualAssaultPAVSAMenasPeacemakersSafeHavenDomesticAbuseInterventionProjectDAIPRangeAdvocatesforFamilyPeaceandothercommunitymembersassistincarryingoutthegoaloftheofcewhichistobethevoiceforthepeoplewhohavebeenvictimized.TheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysYouthAccountabilityProgramisanalternativetoJuvenileCourtandisoperativecountywide.LoriUlviJamieVarichakandElaineLeeVictimWitnessServicesstaffofferjuvenileschargedwiththeftunderageconsumptioncurfewviolationsandotherlow-leveloffensesanopportunitytoparticipateinaccountabilityandcommunityserviceprogramming.IntheDulutharearestorativejusticecirclesareofferedasanalternativetoappearinginJuvenileCourtforsomeoffenses.JuvenilesmustmeeteligibilityrequirementsandYouthAccountabilityteachesthemhowtheircrimesaffectnotonlytheirfamiliesbutalsoothersinthecommunity.Ifalcoholisaproblemtheylearnhowtheirusagemayleadtootherdangerousbehaviors.Successfulcompletionoftheprogramkeepsthecrimeoffthejuvenilesrecords.Parentsandguardianssaidtheylikebeinginvolvedwiththeirkidsandfeelengagedinthedecisionmakingprocessregardingconsequences.Manyparentsaregratefulthattheyoutharestillheldaccountablefortheiractionswhilebeinggivenachancetocorrecttheirmistakes.VictimWitnessDivisionPattyWheelerDirectorDuluthStaffAnnFiskLoriUlviVirginiaStaffJaimeVarichakHibbingStaffElaineLee2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORT SUPPORTSTAFFTheCountyAttorneysskilledsupportstaffof24clericalemployeescontinuestohandlesubstantiallylargeramountsofinformationeachyearwithahighlevelofexpertise.OfceAdministratorWadeBackstromsupervisesthestaff.AdditionallyWadestewardsthe7millionannualbudgethumanresourcesmattersandtechnologymanagementwithintheCountyAttorneysOfce.ThreeclericalsupervisorsmanagetheclericalteamandmaintainDAMIONtheelectroniccasemanagementsystem.During2012therewascontinuousimprovementoftheelectroniclinge-lingofcriminalcomplaintswhichinturnprovidesmoreefcientmanagementofdocumentsandcourtlings.Theelectronicnoticationprojectalsolaunchedlastyear.ThisallowselectronicnoticationbetweenourofceandtheCourtwiththeCourtselectroniccasemanagementsystemtransferringdatainrealtimeintoourDAMIONsystem.Theseimprovementsspeeduptheprocessandgreatlyreducethemarginforhumanerror.OurofceisamemberoftheNorthEastMinnesotaEnforcementSafetyInformationSystemNEMESISandhastakenaleadershiproleinitsdevelopment.NEMESISprovidesacentralresourcefor27regionallawenforcementagencies.Itaidsindispatchingresourcesandintrackinginformationregardingpeopleincidentsandcasesthroughoutthecriminaljusticesystem.NEMESISconnectslocalandstate-widecriminalandjuvenilejusticeinformationsystems.ThisshareddataprocessstrengthenspublicsafetybetweenSt.LouisCarltonCookLakeandKoochichingCounties.SupportStaff9WadeBackstromOfceAdministratorJaneHaubrichCaspersonSpecialProjectsInvestigatorDuluthStaffYvonneKalinSupervisorBettyChristensonShirleyGardenTeresaHarriesRachelLambertDianeLundbergCarlaMercierJodyMessnerSuePetersonTeresaWhiteCynthiaZukPHHSStaffMaryFruehaufSupervisorTiannaBurnettJackieCalvertDianeEckLauraTromblayVirginiaStaffVeronicaRatliffSupervisorPattiEversonTracyMcDonaldCandyNelsonTammySunsdahlHibbingStaffVeronicaRatliffSupervisorAlainaDennyCharMeinzerRachaelTurkWWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEY HONORSAWARDSOUTSTANDINGWORKGaryBjorklundheadoftheCriminalDivisionwasawardedaCustomerServiceRecognitionAwardbytheCountyBoard.ThirdDistrictCommissionerDahlbergnominatedBjorklundfortheawardpraisinghimforhisquietstrengthandwillingnesstotakeonhorriccases.SaidDahlbergNotonlywouldSt.LouisCountybeatagreatlosswithoutsuchanindividualworkingonourbehalfbutsowouldthemanyvulnerableandabusedofoursocietytowhomMr.Bjorklundgivesastrongvoice.RebekkaStummeAssistantSt.LouisCountyAttorneyreceivedaCerticateofAppreciationAwardfromProctorMayorDavidBrenna.ThehonorwasgiveningratitudeforthededicationandserviceStummeprovidedtotheCityofProctorduringthetrialofahomicidethatoccurredthere.AsaresultofStummesskillandprofessionalismthejurydeliveredaguiltyverdictandobtainedjusticeforthedecedentandthefamilyheleftbehind.MarkRubinwashonoredbytheMinnesotaCountyAttorneysAssociationMCAAwiththe2012M.A.JohnsonDistinguishedServiceAward.TheawardrecognizesanindividualwhodemonstratessignicantleadershipandcommitmenttoimprovethequalityofjusticewhileincreasingandenhancingpublicawarenessoftheofceofCountyAttorney.MCAAPresidentDonRyancommendedRubinforhisresponsetotheCookCountyCourthouseshooting.RubindrovetotheCourthouseinGrandMaraisthemorningfollowingtheshootingtoassisttheCookCountySheriffsOfceinpreparingthecomplaintagainsttheshooter.RubinvolunteeredtheassistanceofhisstaffuntiltheCookCountyAttorneysOfcestaffcouldreturntomorenormaloperations.CommunityConversationCirclesThirty-vecommunityleadersandrepresentativesfromnon-protsandadvocacygroupswereinvitedtoparticipateinsmallgroupconversationswiththeirCountyAttorney.Allparticipantsreportedastrengtheningofrelationshipswiththeofceasincereeffortofbeinglistenedtoandanoutlookofpro-activeaccessibilitywiththeofceespeciallyintimesofpotentialadversitybythevariousconstituentstheyserve.HonorsAwardsOutstandingWork102012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORTHenryBanksHostPeopleofColorRadioProgramCommunityConversationCircleParticipant. InnovationPartnershipLeadershipInnovationPartnershipLeadership11WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYPHHSDivisionAttorneyshaveregularlyappearedinMinnesotaAppellatecourts.TheMinnesotaCourtofAppealsledfouropinionsin2012oncaseshandledbytheDivisionAttorneys.TheysuccessfullydefendedtheDistrictCourtdecisionineachofthesecases.AlsothroughtheDivisionsworkSt.LouisCountyagainexceededthefederalbenchmarkforpaternityestablishmentcases.U.S.AttorneyandSt.LouisCountySt.LouisCountycitizenscontinuetobenetfromthestrongrelationshipbetweenourofceandtheofceofB.ToddJonestheMinnesotaU.S.Attorney.Thishasbeenespeciallysignicantwiththepublicsafetyandhealthissuesinvolvedinthesaleanduseofsyntheticsubstancesrearmviolenceandnarcoticstrafcking.RacialJusticeImprovementProjectRJIPTaskforceLeadershipcontinuesbetweenourofcetheDistrictCourtjudgesthePublicDefendersofceArrowheadRegionalCorrectionscommunityrepresentativesandlawenforcement.TheTaskforceisaspeciallyfundedgrantprojectoftheAmericanBarAssociationABAchargedwithaddressingracialdisparitiesinpretrialreleaseandbaildecisions.Followingayearandahalfofplanningandanalysisthetaskforceconductedtraininglastsummerforallofthejudgesinthedistrictaswellasallprobationofcersinvolvedinthepretrialreleasestage.During2013auniformchecklistandevaluationtoolwillbeimplementedandusedbyalljudges.ThispretrialprocessisexpectedtobeamodelfortheABA.MediaandtheCourts101Fiverstevertrainingeventsforareamediaoutletswereheldlastyearfocusingonthebasicsofcriminalprocedurefromarresttosentencing.Morethan40journalistsfromthreelocaltelevisionstationsandtworegionaldailynewspaperslearnedabouttheinnerworkingsofthecriminaljusticesystem.Theyalsoreceivedreinforcementfortheirroleinthecollaborativerelationshipneededbetweenthefourthestateandthecriminaljusticesysteminademocraticsociety.TrafckingAwarenessandPreventionInconjunctionwithPAVSAProgramforAidtoVictimsofSexualAssaultAICHOAmericanIndianCommunityHousingOrganizationtheCityofDuluthandtheMinnesotaWomensFoundationtheCountyAttorneysOfcecontinuestoparticipateineffortstoprotectthesafetyofyounggirlsandwomenbyincreasedpublicawarenessandsupportfortheregionalandstatewideanti-sextrafckingefforts.WorkingincollaborationwiththeCityofDuluththeSt.LouisCountyAttorneysOfceisveryproudtocontinuetobeapartnerinthisefforttoprotectchildrenandenhancethecommunitysresponse.In2012opportunitiestoeducatethepublicoccurredthroughpressconferencescommunityforumsandoutreachefforts.ADrummingCirclewasheldfollowingtheTrafckingAwarenessPressConference.ItwasledbyNativewomenandmenandhonoredthesurvivorsofsextrafcking. CRIMEBYTHENUMBERSAdultfelonyreferralsareup17percentoverall.Causesmayincludetheincreasedheroinandsyntheticdrugusagewithinthecountyandthegrowingappetiteofburglarsandthievesforrecyclablematerialsuchascopperandjewelry.Morecasesarebeingsuccessfullyprosecutedduetotheexcellentinvestigativeeffortsofareastateandfederallawenforcement.CrimesbytheNumbers122012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORTAdultCasesbyCrimeType2012AdultCasesbyCrimeType2011 CRIMESBYTHENUMBERSCrimesbytheNumbersJuveniledelinquencyreferralsdecreasedlastyearbynearly3.5percentoverall.Howevertheviolentlevelofsomecrimescommittedbyyouthisincreasing.Thisisanareaofongoingconcern.OnepositivedevelopmentistheYouthAccountabilityProgramasanalternativetoJuvenileCourt.Thispre-petitiondiversionprogramholdslowerleveljuvenileoffendersaccountableandteachesthemhowtheircrimesaffecttheirfamiliesandtheircommunity.ItisbeingusedsuccessfullywithjuvenileswhohavenoorlimitedpriorcontactwiththeCourt.13WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYJuvenileCasesbyCrimeType2012JuvenileCasesbyCrimeType2011 CRIMEBYTHENUMBERSMethamphetaminepersistsastheillegaldrugofchoiceforadultsinSt.LouisCounty.Heroincasesincreaseddramaticallylastyearwithlawenforcementreportingastartlingriseinheroinoverdosesanddeaths.Adisturbingtrendisthesharpincreaseintheabuseofprescriptionpainmedicationsbypeopleofallagesespeciallyyoungadults.Addressingthistrendrequirescontinuingcollaborationandeducationbetweenourofcethemedicalcommunityandlawenforcement.Syntheticdrugsareamajorproblemespeciallyamongtheyoung.Ourofceinteractscollaborativelywithlawenforcementfederalauthoritiesandareanon-protsinanefforttoeliminatethesaleoftheselifealteringchemicalcompounds.CrimesbytheNumbers142012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORTDrugReferralsbyDrugType2012DrugReferralsbyDrugType2011 GOODDEEDSDONEGoodDeedsDoneOurthankstoSLCAssistantCountyAttorneyVickyWantaforthisyearsAnnualReportsinspirationalquote.OneofmyquotesisfromthelastepisodeofBoyMeetsWorld.IusedthisquoteinmylawschoolapplicationessaysandIurgedtwoofmyfriendstouseitintheirgradschoolapplicationessaysanditsgottenusallintolawschool.SoIm3for3sofar.Mr.FeenyBelieveinyourselves.Dream.Try.Dogood.TopangaDontyoumeandowellMr.FeenyNoImeandogood.ItisagiventhatourCountyAttorneyOfcestaffareprofessionalsintheirjobs.Additionallyeachyeartheygivehundredsofhourstothecommunitieswheretheylivethroughpersonaldedicationandinvolvement.Someoftheiractivitiesarelistedbelow.SeeifyouagreeouremployeesexemplifyMr.Feenysadvice.lChildmortalityreviewteamlSchoolmocktrialmentorlChildprotectionteamlCongregationsCaringfortheEartheventcoordinatorlFamilylawforumpanelistlAttorneysuniontrusteelMontessoriSchoolOfDuluthvolunteerl11thDistrictBarAssociationsecretarylUM-DadjunctlecturereminentdomainlawlMNCourtCommitteeonEqualityandJusticelHome-BoundseniorsgroceryshopperlElderAbuseVulnerableAdultspeakerExpertlChildrensJusticeinitiativel6thDistRepresentativeGovernorsCommissionOnJudicialSelectionlElementaryandhighschoolandclassroomparentvolunteerslDuluthCharterCommissionPresidentlFosterparentlInteragencyCommitteeOnEndingDomesticViolencelHumanTrafckingTaskforcelFirstWitnessandPAVSAvolunteerlRangeDomesticViolenceteammemberlLegislationadvocateforon-dutyweaponslSouthSt.LouisCountyDomesticViolenceSentencingCirclelDomesticViolenceCommunityResponseTeamCoordinatorlLocal3761PresidentlMNJudicialBranchCommitteeforEqualityandJusticeSubcommitteeonSexualOrientationandGenderIdentityl11thDistrictBarAssociationfamilylawspeakeronchildsupportlNERCCfathersspeakeronimportanceofchildsupporttofamilies.lSupremeCourtSubcommitteeMemberlVirginiaCommunityFoundationBoardMemberlDuluthPoliceDepartmentFondDuLacTribalCollegetrainerlNorthlandFoundationmentorshipvolunteerlBlueDevilYouthHockeyteammanagerlGirlScoutspeakersandvolunteerslFirstWitnessTrainerforensicinterviewslLakeSuperiorChapterofMuskiesInc.membervolunteer-youthandveteranslChildrensHospitalvolunteerlNorthwestGunClub-YouthClubscorekeeperlAssertiveCommunityTreatmentTeammentalhealthcollaborativetrainerlLakeSuperiorPointingDogAssntrainerlFirstWitnesstechvolunteerlChurchcommitteesandmembershiplAnnualJuniorBonspielorganizerlTouchedbyBreastCancerGolfClassicVicePresidentlCo-DirectorSideLakeAnglingHorizonsshingforpeoplewithdisabilitieslWomensSheltervolunteertrainerlHibbingHighSchoolSarcommitteememberlLatinAmericanCultureCampvolunteerlJDAIcommitteememberlMSAnnualWalkparticipantfundraiserlOrdeanFoundationBoardofDirectorslMenAsPeacemakerslTrainerforchildcareproviderslPTSAmemberslCivilAirPatrolAndSkiPatrolvolunteerlDuluthCommunityGardenvolunteerlTrans-RacialAdoptiveFamiliesForMulti-CulturalAwarenesslNationalGuardmemberslBoyScoutvolunteerlChemicalAdvisoryCommittee15 PrayerInMyBootByNaomiShihabNyeLastyearPoetNaomiShihabNyewaskindenoughtoallowustouseherpoemShoulderSasaninspirationforamorehopefulfuture.Thisyearsheisagaingenerouslyallowingustoshareherworkwithyou.MarkS.RubinSt.LouisCountyAttorneyForthewindnooneexpectedFortheboywhodoesnotknowtheanswerForthegracefulhandleIfoundinaeldattachedtonothingprayitisuniversallyapplicableForourtrackswhichdisappearthemomentweleavethemForthefacepeeringthroughthecafewindowaswesipoursoupForcheerfulAmericanclassroomssparklingwithcrispcoloredalphabetshappycatpostersthecageoftheguineapigthedogwithdivisionyingoutofhistailandtheclassroomsofourcousinsontheothersideoftheearthhowsolemntheyarehowgrayorgreenorplainhowthereisnothingdanglingnothingstripedorpolka-dottedorcheerynoself-portraitsorvisionsofcupidsandintheseroomsthestudentsraisetheirhandsandlearnthestoriesoftheworldForlibrarybooksinalphabeticalorderandfamilybusinessesthatfailedandthehousewiththeboardedwindowsandthegapinthemiddleofasentenceandtheenvelopewekeepmailingourselvesForeveryhopefulmorninggivenandgivenandeveryfutureroughedgeandeveryafternoonturningoverinitssleepReprintedwithpermission.From19VarietiesofGazelleGreenwillowBooks2005TispublicationismadepossiblethroughtheeortsotheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysOceinassociationwithlocallawenorcementagencies.Fundsareutilizedtoconvertpropertythataidedinorwasusedinthecommissionocriminaloensestoapublicbeneft.Notaxpayerdollarshavebeenexpendedintheprintingothispublication.