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MPD Daily Significant Calls 06/07/2018 to 06/08/2018

June 8, 2018 10:56 AM

Continuing to look at our crime stats/data from May, 2018, today we look at heroin overdoses which sadly saw a major increase. 

In the month of May, 2018 there were 30 known overdoses.  This represents a 76% increase compared to May, 2017, where we were aware of 17 overdoses

There were 5 suspected deaths from heroin overdoses in May, 2018.  During the month of May (2017) there were no suspected overdose deaths.

MPD continues to refer eligible individuals to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).  During the month of May (2018), we referred 8 community members to MARI.  We are aware of 5 of these individuals following through by calling to set up an evaluation/treatment. 

Through the end of May (2018), we are aware of 109 overdoses.  During 2017 (January-May), MPD knew of 87 overdoses.  We have thus seen a 25% increase in heroin overdoses (known) this year compared to the same timeframe last year.    


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 06/07/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 06/08/2018, MPD received 550 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 550 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (94), East (142), Midtown (65), North (71), South (63), West (72), and Other (43).  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 only calls from 2:09am-3:10am due to calls for service.

1) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 6:59 a.m.  Officers responded to a residence for a deceased subject (64-year-old WM).  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

2) NORTH: Information/Suspicious Person – 8:15 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person who approached an 11-year-old child near Dryden Dr/Browning Ln.  There was a delay in reporting the incident to police.  Officers canvassed the area.  No suspicious person located at this time.  Press release completed.  Investigation continuing.         

3) WEST: Non-Residential Burglary – 8:27 a.m.  Officers responded to Tree Lane where an unknown subject(s) broke into a store (Heid Music).  Items were stolen from the store.  Investigation continuing.   

4) NORTH: Disorderly Conduct – 8:32 a.m.  Officers responded to a State office building (DMV) on Bartillon Dr where a subject was causing a disturbance.  The subject/suspect (23-year-old AAM) pushed subjects and threw an object at another subject.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and bail jumping.   

5) MIDTOWN: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 2:23 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (13-year-old HM).  Numerous officers and K9 assisted to locate the juvenile.  The juvenile was released to his parents who were going to transport him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation due to ongoing concerns.  Press release completed. 

6) CENTRAL: Residential Burglary – 2:28 p.m.  Officers responded to the 400 block of N. Frances St reference a burglary.  The victim (32-year-old WF) was contacted as well as building management.  The suspect entered an unlocked patio door, stole some personal items and damaged the building on their way out.  Investigation continuing. 

7) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 2:32 p.m.  A vehicle drove into the North District parking lot with a subject/passenger (45-year-old WM) having an overdose.  Officers administered Naloxone to the subject which revived him.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The subject was cited with possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).     

8) NORTH: Check Person – 2:41 p.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence to check the welfare of suicidal subject (49-year-old WM).  The subject was contacted and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  Investigation continuing. 

9) EAST: Strong Arm Robbery – 3:45 p.m.  Officers responded to a report of a strong arm robbery.  The victim (54-year-old HF) reported being approached by a suspect (AAM) who asked her for money near Darbo Dr/N. Marquette St.  The victim told the suspect she did not have any money and the suspect proceeded to punch and slap the victim.  The victim ended up giving the suspect money and the suspect fled.  There was a several hour delay in reporting of this incident.  Investigation continuing.      

10) WEST: Missing Adult – 8:09 p.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a missing adult (38-year-old WM) who is developmentally delayed.  Attempt to locate aired.  The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.  Officers checked the area.  K9 and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) utilized to look for the subject.  Investigation continuing.    

11) MIDTOWN: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 8:29 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (17-year-old WF).  Attempt to locate aired.  Areas checked.  The juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.         

12) CENTRAL: Aggravated/Substantial Battery – 12:16 a.m.  Officers responded to a subject/victim (23-year-old WM) who was observed bleeding from his face/hands.  The subject was contacted and it was discovered that he had been knocked unconscious, lost several teeth and suffered a broken nose.  The subject could not recall what happened.  The suspect(s) have not been identified at this time and is/are at-large.  Investigation continuing. 

13) NORTH: Residential Burglary – 2:58 a.m.  Officers responded to a north residence where a resident/homeowner (59-year-old WF) awoke to someone opening her front window.  The suspect entered the home, stole some items and fled.  K9 track conducted.  Investigation continuing.      

Posted by: Chief Koval

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