West District Blotter

Tag: Capt. Cory Nelson

October 11, 2017 11:00 AM

Officers Charles Warren and Sam Ward recently paid a visit to Bright Beginnings Day School and were met with lots of smiles. The kids enjoyed seeing the squad cars, visiting with the officers and getting stickers! Please contact us if you would like a similar visit. [read more]

October 2, 2017 8:51 AM

“National Coffee with a Cop Day” Open House You’re invited to a special open house on Wednesday, October 4th to celebrate National Coffee with a Cop Day! Stop in at Steep N Brew West (6656 Odana Road – Market Square Shopping Center) from 3:30 to 4:30pm to enjoy free coffee and treats and meet … [read more]

September 27, 2017 1:56 PM

In an effort to constantly improve our police service to you and your neighborhood, we would like to hear your thoughts and comments. Please take about 5 minutes to fill out this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPDWEST2017 [read more]

September 25, 2017 2:46 PM

Please join us Wednesday night from 4p-6p in the open area next to the Old National Bank on Raymond Rd. Along with free food grilled by officers and free books for the kids, we will have an exciting announcement! [read more]

September 25, 2017 8:07 AM

Midtown Update- I am sure most of you know we are constructing a new Midtown Police Station on Mineral Point at Westmorland on the site of the old Mount Olive Church. It has been sitting vacant for some time so for those of you who live nearby will happy to hear demolition is occurring! We … [read more]

September 20, 2017 12:14 PM

I just wanted to give all of you an update regarding the recent homicide/home explosion on Stratton Way. Steven Pirus, who is the suspect case had a bail hearing yesterday and now has a 1 million dollar bail. This was a huge case considering the time, personnel, and resources that were … [read more]

August 24, 2017 12:59 PM

Several of us from MPD were fortunate to take part in the first annual (I hope) Back to School Picnic that was organized by Officer Theresa Magyera and Jenifer Vondrak from the West Middleton Elementary School. As I mentioned in previous blogs, there are about 140 kids who live in The … [read more]

August 22, 2017 4:03 PM

Officer Justin Nelsen is one of our West District Neighborhood Officers assigned to the Theresa/ Betty's/Park Edge/Park Ridge area. He recently organized a one day football camp at Edgewood for some kids who may not otherwise be able to attend. Here is what he had to say; ? Madison Police … [read more]

August 17, 2017 10:53 AM

This month we profile Officer Mike Evans who is a 1st Detail officer in the West District. Michael currently works in patrol and has been with the police department since 1999. Before becoming a police officer, Michael worked as a counselor for a group home in Janesville, Wisconsin. Michael … [read more]

July 18, 2017 8:00 PM

A short while ago, another shooting occurred in the Mount Vernon Court area during daylight hours with citizens outside enjoying the warm weather. At this point, it appears as though a group of young males were shooting at another male who was on foot. I wish I could say that was all that … [read more]

July 7, 2017 6:42 AM

Officers Ryan Henderson and Chris Marzullo are the two new neighborhood officers assigned to Allied Dr. Off. Gatdula, who was the previous officer, has been promoted and is now a Detective assigned to the Burglary Unit. There had also been a vacancy for a second officer in the neighborhood as … [read more]

July 3, 2017 12:57 PM

Every Saturday throughout the summer there is a farmers market being held at Elver Park from 8a-noon. This week, some of the West Police District Command Staff will be hosting a tent for questions and a meet and greet. Please stop by for a cup of coffee on us! [read more]

June 23, 2017 4:30 PM

Parking for the PGA event will be back to normal Saturday and Sunday at the University Ridge Golf Course. See info from the American Family PGA website. Summary Electronic signs will direct spectators to the designated parking areas on the cross country course adjacent to the golf … [read more]

June 22, 2017 1:20 PM

Just for a brief update, due to the wet weather, we do not want to damage the University Ridge area with grass parking so the parking rules have changed for Friday, June 22 ONLY. If further parking changes are made, that information will be shared on the American Family PGA … [read more]

June 11, 2017 7:01 AM

Every year, Special Olympics WI holds the WI State Games in Stevens Point, WI. Athletes from around the state compete in a variety of events similar to the Olympics. Several of our officers assist in the softball throw event which is sponsored by the WI Professional Police Association, which we … [read more]

June 1, 2017 1:28 PM

Recently, members of our West Community Policing Team spent time at Little Blessings Preschool, reading with the kids and educating them about Police Officers and our role in the community. They discussed personal safety, when to use 911, and helped the kids the understand the importance of … [read more]

May 23, 2017 12:39 PM

We recently received some exciting news that a Farmers Market will be coming to Elver Park this summer! There will be vendors, events, and different organizations represented. Please attend and support your local growers. Here is the news release: Elver Park Farmers Market Saturdays June … [read more]

May 19, 2017 11:11 AM

This past Tuesday, the West District felt some community love from the "We Support Madison Police" group. This is a group of citizens who were organized by Paula and Steve Fitzsimmons. They went out an solcited area businesses for food, beverage, cake and flower donations for the event. The … [read more]

May 16, 2017 7:31 AM

Each year, the Sauk Trails Optimist Club recognizes two West District MPD officers to be the "Officers of the Year" This year Detective Lindsey Ludden and Officer Dustin Pailing were recognized at a banquet held last week. Below is a short bio on each of them. Det Ludden has been employed by … [read more]

May 8, 2017 5:27 PM

Today has been a busy Monday! Lt. Hanson had the pleasure of meeting with members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 501 from Madison. They presented the WPD with a certificate recognizing us for "Demonstrating Americanism in our Community by flying the American Flag" We at the WPD are … [read more]

May 8, 2017 3:39 PM

Sunday, we were blessed to have a life group from Blackhawk Church choose the WPD to do a community service project with! Blue sky and relatively warm weather ruled the day (along with donuts and bagels). Both young and old chipped in with weed pulling, mulching and pruning, and as the old … [read more]

May 4, 2017 10:31 AM

Recently there was a shooting call in the Russett Rd area in which a bullet went through the window of an occupied apartment. There was a 6 year old girl sitting in a chair who was narrowly missed. Shortly after this incident her little brother wrote a note to Officer Mike Love, see … [read more]

April 27, 2017 5:06 PM

Apparently the season of scammers is upon us. We just received a report from a couple who were contacted by a person who claimed to be their grandson, he said he was involved in an accident, another person then got on and said he was an attorney and the only way for the grandson to get out of … [read more]

April 26, 2017 3:02 PM

Today several of us in the West District took part in a meeting at the West Middleton Elementary School. I was surprised to hear that about 144 elementary age children who live in Morraine View area attend the West Middleton School. We decided to meet with reps from Joining Forces for … [read more]

April 17, 2017 10:10 AM

Today, we profile one of our officers who also hold a law degree, Officer Brian Vandervest. Many of you know him as a regular at Coffee with a Cop. It is held everyThursday morning at 9am at Steep and Brew at 6656 Odana Rd. Anyone is welcome to join the group! Brian has been serving in … [read more]

April 12, 2017 4:50 PM

Today an anonymous person was kind enough to drop off a cake to our officers. If the donor is out there, we just want to send a huge THANK YOU your way for thinking of us!! [read more]

March 23, 2017 6:25 AM

This week I will profile Sergeant Matt Baker who is one of our new night shift Sergeants in the West District. Matthew has been working as a police officer for the past 11 years. He grew up in central Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Before becoming a police … [read more]

March 16, 2017 3:56 PM

MPD has partnered with Carbon World Health introducing youth to fitness training. CWH has a series called Why Not Me in which they bring in major athletes to speak. This time they brought in Caylin Moore and allowed MPD to invite neighborhood kids from the West Side to meet with him. He … [read more]

March 9, 2017 4:59 PM

Yesterday, Officer Andy Slawek was on routine patrol on the west side of Madison. As he was driving along, the wind blew down a tree limb that smashed the windshield of the squad he was driving, luckily, he was not injured. [read more]

March 8, 2017 2:53 PM

One of our K-9 Handlers, Officer Henry Wilson, holds badge #1. The significance of this is great. He was hired in 1984 and is now the most senior patrol officer at MPD. It is an honor that very few officers will ever achieve. No other officers will be assigned Badge #1 until Off. Wilson … [read more]

March 8, 2017 12:11 PM

As I am sure many of you know, the City Council voted last year to bring in a group to study the Madison Police Department. That group, OIR is taking public input now. We look forward to studying the results of the study. It is crucial that you give feedback as to how we are doing. We … [read more]

March 3, 2017 9:51 AM

Yesterday was the National Read Across America Day which celebrates reading. A number of our officers took part in different schools around the city. Here are a few pictures with Off. Luedtke, Off. Magyera and Asst. Chief Williams. The reports from these officers and Asst. Chief, were very … [read more]

March 1, 2017 2:02 PM

I don't know how many of you realize we have a policing celebrity in our midst! Professor Herman Goldstein currently lives in our fantastic district. His roots in policing run long and deep. He is worth a Google search. He is considered the father of "Problem Oriented Policing" which for … [read more]

February 24, 2017 8:13 AM

Yesterday we had a fantastic multi agency discussion at Steep and Brew on Odana Rd. with some interested citizens, Off. Brian Vandervest and Sheriff Dave Mahoney. Thanks again to Steep and Brew for hosting, this is a weekly event occurring every Thursday at 9am if you are interested in … [read more]

February 24, 2017 7:38 AM

Some photos attached from our Safe Communities event last Saturday Feb 18, at the Boys AND Girls Club on Allied. Chief Koval was present, and there was a lively discussion in Spanish with PO Zulma Franco. Immigration Attorney Ramona Natera was present to answer questions as well. There were … [read more]

February 20, 2017 11:05 AM

On 02/17/17, memory care residents from Brookdale Senior Living Solutions Madison West stopped by WPD to deliver cookies to officers in the spirit of Random Act of Kindness Day. They arrived together in a bus. They invited officers to stop by anytime, especially for Sunday brunch and to play … [read more]

February 13, 2017 4:52 PM

At the West District, we have an intern, Meg Volgren who has been tasked with developing employee profiles on everyone at the West District that would like to participate. Today's blog profiles Officer Krista Luedtke, she is a day shift officer who rides sectors 104-105 normally. This areas … [read more]

January 25, 2017 7:24 PM

Recently, Officer Ricardo Franco hosted a West District tour for a group of students and teachers from Costa Rica. It was reported that they all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Apparently lots of photos were taken. [read more]

January 23, 2017 2:00 PM

Every business, office or agency has someone who holds the ship together, the Madison Police Department's West District is no different. The person who really runs the show, is the friendly face you see at the window when you come in. She is Mel Ketchum, her title is "Police Report Typist" … [read more]

January 20, 2017 10:15 AM

The Burglary Crime Unit, (BCU) is responsible for investigating both commercial and residential burglaries throughout the city. The unit consists of 4 Detectives, 1 Intelligence Officer, 1 Pawn Program Assistant and 1 Detective Sergeant. Due to a long term illness, the unit had to work 1 person … [read more]

January 18, 2017 1:48 PM

I want to take a moment to introduce myself to all of you. I was recently promoted to Captian by Chief Koval and I have now taken over as the West District Captain as of January 1, 2017. I am replacing Capt. Vic Wahl who was also promoted to Asst. Chief in charge of Investigative Services. I … [read more]

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