Good news Friday! :) – below are a few recognitions for our staff that have come in recently from community members that I thought I would share. They are recapped below in the prose contained in emails/letters to our office:
- We received an email from an individual wishing to thank two officers who responded to check on the welfare of her brother who she had not been able to contact. The officers' found her brother unresponsive, but breathing. She wished to thank the officers for their assistance in getting help for her brother and making sure her brother's dogs had fresh water and food. The officers were described as being very kind and compassionate to her during this time.
- A community member reached out to us to thank the officers who responded to a situation involving her adult son. The community member wished to give officers an update on her son's situation. She said that her son has since checked into rehab/treatment facility to get help. The officers were commended for their efforts and service.
- We received an email with thanks and appreciation for the detectives, officer and sergeant who were so helpful and supportive as they responded to her home for a tragic situation. The detectives were described as wonderful. A sergeant kept giving her hugs which were appreciated and the officer stayed by her the entire time giving her the support she needed. She wanted them to know how much she appreciated their efforts.
- Recognition for an officer who, while on another call, noticed an odor in the air of something burning. The officer saw smoke and immediately went to the location where a large fire was burning in the attached garage of a residence. The officer became aware that there was still someone inside of the residence. He immediately entered the residence, which was burning at the rear and filling with smoke. The officer found the resident and led her away from her home. The officer then cleared the residence to make sure no one else was there and in the process rescued two pets. His poise under pressure, and certain, decisive action should be commended.
- A community member called and wanted to thank the kind officers who arrested her for being so kind and dignified during her arrest.
- Recognition for a Detective for her work ethic and her commitment to victims. The detective has had some tricky cases assigned to her recently which included cases about stalking, sexual assaults and violent domestics. The detective works each case as though it is the first and only case she has and seeks justice for the victims. A letter was recently received by the detective by a family she served 6 years ago. The letter explains that if it were not for the efforts of this detective, their family would not be where they are at today. The detective fought for her infant daughter who had been abused by an adult. The letter included a photo of a healthy and happy young girl. The detective is a fearless fighter for what is right and just. She should be commended for all of her efforts over her career. She makes a difference and she should be recognized.
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:30 a.m. on 04/26/2018 through 5:30 a.m. on 04/27/2018, MPD received 513 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
1) MIDTOWN: Fight Call – 8:35 a.m. Officers responded to two separate physical altercations between students at West High School. One juvenile/suspect (15-year-old AAM) was involved in both incidents. Two other juvenile/suspects (both 15 years old, AAMs) were also involved. All three suspects have been suspended from school and will be receiving disorderly conduct citations. Investigation continuing.
2) MIDTOWN: Residential Burglary – 10:59 a.m. Officers responded to a residential burglary on Old Middleton Rd. The homeowners were home at the time of the entry (but were asleep) by an unknown suspect. Several personal items were taken. Entry was made through a door that had a faulty lock. Investigation continuing.
3) SOUTH: Check Person – 12:10 p.m. Officers responded to McDivitt Rd where a subject (73-year-old WM) was requesting that the police remove firearms from his home due to suicidal thoughts he had been having. Officers assisted with removing the firearms from the home. Officers assessed the subject for his well-being. No further action by the police was deemed necessary.
4) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:17 p.m. Officers responded to Wheeler Rd for a disturbance between two subjects. The explanations given by both parties were inconsistent with one another. Officers were able to develop probable cause to arrest one subject (39-year-old WM) for domestic disorderly conduct. Officers cited the other subject (35-year-old WF) for criminal damage to property.
5) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 3:20 p.m. An officer was contacted with concerns for the mental well-being of a juvenile (16-year-old WM). The juvenile and his parents were contacted. A safety plan was established. Investigation continuing.
6) SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 3:48 p.m. Officers responded to the 1900 block of S. Park St where an altercation was observed between two AAMs. During the altercation, a handgun was observed by a witness. The two AAMs subjects/suspects fled in separate vehicles. Investigation continuing.
7) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 6:18 p.m. Officers responded to a local hospital regarding a suicidal subject (27-year-old NAF). MPD Mental Health Officer plugged in. The subject will be ultimately conveyed to Winnebago on an emergency detention order.
8) EAST: Weapons Offense – 6:19 p.m. Officers responded to Darbo Drive for a disturbance. Two suspects (28-year-old AAM and 25-year-old AAM) were observed damaging a vehicle (33-year-old AAF victim; ex-girlfriend of the 28-year-old). The 28-year-old AAM was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. The 25-year-old AAM was arrested for criminal damage to property and an outstanding weapon.
9) SOUTH: Drug Incident – 7:54 p.m. Officers responded to the 2800 block of Todd Dr for a subject (40-year-old WM) having an overdose. The subject was conscious and breathing when officers arrived. The subject admitted to using heroin. The subject/suspect was arrested for possession of heroin.
10) MIDTOWN: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 8:16 p.m. Officers responded to Sheboygan Ave for a report of a missing juvenile (17-year-old AAF). Attempt to locate aired. The juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.
11) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 9:11 p.m. Officers responded to N. Butler St for a domestic altercation between roommates (50-year-old WM victim and 43-year-old WM suspect). The suspect was creating a disturbance at the residence and yelling expletives with a threatening connotation directed toward the victim. The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.
12) NORTH: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 9:16 p.m. Officers responded to O'Neill Ave for a report of shots fired. Area checked. No evidence of shots fired located. Additional canvassing may be necessary during daylight hours. Investigation continuing.
13) CENTRAL: Adult Arrested Person – 9:35 p.m. Officers responded to meet with a victim (42-year-old AAF) who reported being physically assaulted and held against her will by a suspect (45-year-old AAF). The victim also reported that the suspect held a knife to her and threatened to cut her. The suspect was contacted and subsequently arrested for 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and false imprisonment.
14) EAST: Armed Robbery – 9:48 p.m. Officers responded to a convenience store on Pflaum Rd for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect (AAM) fled in a vehicle with stolen cash. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
15) EAST: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 10:30 p.m. Officers responded to Nakooosa Trail/Sycamore Park for a report of shots fired. No evidence of shots fired located. Additional canvassing may be necessary during daylight hours. Investigation continuing.
16) EAST: Assist EMS/Fire – 1:47 a.m. Officers responded, along with EMS, to Blossom Lane for a subject (27-year-old WM) having an overdose (prescription meds). The subject was conveyed to local hospital and voluntarily admitted. Journey Mental Health consulted. The subject was left in the care of medical staff.
17) EAST: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 2:21 a.m. Officers responded to the area of McClellan Dr/Kilpatrick Ln for multiple reports of shots fired. No evidence of shots fired located. Additional canvassing may be necessary during daylight hours. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.