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MPD Daily Significant Calls 05/24/2018 to 05/25/2018

May 25, 2018 9:15 AM

From the Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions (University of Wisconsin Law School), I share information on Theft.  If you were sitting on an empaneled jury, these are the instructions, without all of the complex "legalese" that the Judge would read prior to going into jury deliberations.   

Statutory Definition of the Crime – Theft, as defined in §943.20(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Wisconsin, is committed by one who intentionally (takes and carries away) (uses) (transfers) (conceals) (retains possession of) movable property of another without consent and with intent to deprive the owner permanently of possession of the property.   

State's Burden of Proof: Before you may find the defendant guilty of this offense, the State must prove by evidence which satisfies you beyond a reasonable doubt that the following four elements were present. 

Elements of the Crime That the State Must Prove:

1) The defendant intentionally took and carried away movable property of another.

                The term "intentionally" means that the defendant must have had the mental purpose to take and carry away property.

                "Movable property" means property whose physical location can be changed.

2) The owner of the property did not consent to taking the carrying away the property.

3) The defendant knew that the owner did not consent.

4) The defendant intended to deprive the owner permanently of the possession of the property.   


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 5:00 a.m. on 05/24/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 05/25/2018, MPD received 542 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. 

To further break down the 542 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (98), East (121), Midtown (91), North (77), South (55), West (67), and Other (33).  Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City.  For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other". 

**Priority calls only from 5:18pm to 6:52pm due to the high call volume. 

1) MIDTOWN: Traffic Incident – 6:08 a.m.  Officers responded to S. Whitney Way/Mineral Point Rd for a crash.  The driver (41-year-old WM) felt something fly into his eye while driving which caused him to strike a median, a sign and a tree before rolling over and becoming pinned in his vehicle.  The subject was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  No signs of impairment identified.  The driver was left in the care of medical staff. 

2) EAST: Information/Check Area – 8:48 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of Wright St/E. Washington Ave.  Officers responded and talked with multiple subjects (juveniles) who witnessed the same suspicious person.  The juveniles expressed being uncomfortable.  An adult observed the same subject and reported nothing suspicious and did not see the subject make contact with any of the juveniles.  The juveniles also denied that the subject made contact with any of them.  Area checked.  No subject matching the description was located.  Nothing of concern was substantiated at the scene.     

3) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 11:00 a.m.  Officers responded to Helene Parkway reference a subject (34-year-old AAM) refusing to exit the vehicle of his ex-wife.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.  No charges were substantiated at this time.    

4) MIDTOWN: Mental Health Conveyance – 12:10 p.m.  Officers responded to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (40-year-old WM).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.

5) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 1:45 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2600 block of Shopko Dr for a report of a subject using drugs in a vehicle.  The subject/suspect (40-year-old WM) was contacted and he admitted to using heroin.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital for a medical clearance and then to jail on charges of possession of heroin and an outstanding warrant. 

6) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 2:22 p.m.  Officers responded to speak with a subject/victim (27-year-old WF) who reported several years worth of domestic-related abuse occurring at multiple addresses (in the City of Madison and outside the City).  The suspect (49-year-old WM) was identified but has yet to be contacted by officers.  Investigation continuing.     

7) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:14 p.m.  Officers responded to Hoard St for sounds of a disturbance.  As officers arrived, the suspect (22-year-old AAM) ran from the residence.  The victim (20-year-old AAF) reported that the suspect physically assaulted her and broke her phone as she attempted to call police.  The victim also advised that she attempted to leave the residence but the suspect restrained her from leaving.  The suspect was not located.  There are outstanding domestic charges for the suspect, once he is located, for battery (repeat offender), criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, felony intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment and violation of a 72-hour hold.  Investigation continuing. 

8) WEST: Death Investigation – 4:19 p.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a report of a subject with a gun.  When officers arrived, they located the subject (66-year-old WM) deceased, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Lifesaving measures were not successful.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

9) SOUTH: Check Person – 4:29 p.m.  Officers responded to a local school after an anonymous suicide note was discovered by a teacher.  Multiple students were contacted.  The author of the note has yet to be determined.  Investigation continuing. 

10) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person – 4:56 p.m.  Officers responded to the 4600 block of Verona Rd for a fight.  The victim (48-year-old AAM) reported being physically assaulted by a suspect (41-year-old AAM) at a nearby convenience store and that the suspect took money from him.  The victim also advised that a second suspect (33-year-old AAF) got involved in the disturbance and battered him as well.  The male suspect was contacted and arrested for robbery and substantial battery.  The female suspect is at-large.  Investigation continuing.     

11) EAST: Assist EMS/Fire – 5:13 p.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS/Fire, to an east side residence where a subject (26-year-old WM) harmed himself with a knife.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for a medical/mental health evaluation/treatment.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.    

12) EAST: Information/Child Abuse – 9:50 p.m.  Officers responded to talk with a subject/mother who wished to report that her daughter (10-year-old AAF) sustained bruises and there were allegations that the incident took place while being transported to school.  Investigation continuing. 

13) CENTRAL: Information/Strong Arm Robbery – 11:20 p.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of N. Frances St for a report of a robbery.  The victim (19-year-old WM) reported being out for a run when four unknown subjects (AAMs) took his money and debit cards.  There were some inconsistencies in the explanations provided by the victim.  Investigation continuing.      

14) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 11:33 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2600 block of S. Stoughton Rd regarding an intoxicated subject/driver.  The driver (27-year-old HF) was contacted as she was driving and struck a parked vehicle.  The driver/suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (4th offense).      

15) MIDTOWN: Weapons Offense/Shots Fired – 12:37 a.m.  Officers responded to the area of Tokay Blvd/Charles Ln for a report of shots fired.  Several casings (3) were located and recovered.  No property damage was located at this time.  No injuries were reported at this time.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing. 

16) CENTRAL: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 1:28 a.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of State St for a fight among several individuals.  Two victims were identified as being involved.  Multiple suspects were said to be involved, all fled from the scene.  The first victim (26-year-old WM) was hit, knocked to the ground and required glue to close his wound at the hospital.  The second victim (38-year-old WM) attempted to intervene and also was struck.  The second suspect was less than cooperative with police and refused medical attention.  Investigation continuing.           

Posted by: Chief Koval

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