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MPD Daily Significant Calls 07/04/2018 to 07/05/2018

July 5, 2018 9:23 AM

June 2018.....projected to be the WORST MONTH EVER in the City of Madison for heroin deaths and the second worst for overdoses.  A sad truth.

There were 35 known overdoses in June (2018).  In June (2017) there were 9; thus we saw a 289% increase

There were 11 suspected deaths from heroin overdoses in June (2018).  In June (2017) there were 2; thus we saw a 450% increase

What we know about this heroin epidemic from June –

  • 2 subjects who overdosed where homeless; neither is one of the 11 fatalities.
  • 3 subjects were found eligible and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI); all 3 have at least called to set up an assessment.
  • Approximately 10 of the overdoses occurred in places of business; several others occurred in parking lots or streets.
  • 26 of the 35 subjects experiencing an overdose were males.
  • 25 of the 35 subjects experiencing an overdose were in their 20's or 30's.

This is an issue that continues to threaten our community, our friends, our family......there is hope and help out there!


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 07/04/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 07/05/2018, MPD received 480 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 480 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (78), East (99), Midtown (56), North (86), South (48), West (73), and Other (40).  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". 

1) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 11:56 a.m.  Officers responded to East Bluff for a 911 disconnect call.  Some sort of disturbance could be heard in the background of the call.  Officers checked the area, attempted to reach the caller and attempted contact at residences.  Officers were able to make phone contact with a 34-year-old AAM subject who stated he had been involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend (34-year-old WF) but he was no longer at the residence with her.  Officers attempted to check the welfare of the female subject but she refused to answer the door (officers could however observe her walking around the residence and did not appear to be in any sort of distress).  The male subject was cooperative.  There was no probable cause established for any charges.  No further action deemed necessary by the police.   

2) SOUTH: Adult Arrested Person – 12:28 p.m.  Officers responded to the 2300 block of S. Park St for a report of a female subject (32-year-old WF) "huffing" in the restroom of a business.  The subject was contacted and subsequently arrested for abuse of a hazardous substance. 

3) CENTRAL: Crash with Injuries – 2:22 p.m.  Officers responded to E. Washington Ave/S. Paterson St for a crash.  A 31-year-old WM driver made a left turn onto S. Paterson St with a yellow traffic signal.  A 52-year-old AAM driver also entered the intersection on a yellow signal and to avoid a crash, swerved and crashed into a traffic control box and scaffolding at a construction site.  The WM driver was cited for failure to yield.  The AAM driver and an AAM passenger were conveyed to a local hospital with minor injuries.  Traffic Engineering responded.  Investigation continuing.     

4) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 3:10 p.m.  MPD, along with MFD, responded to a residence to check the welfare of a subject who had not been seen/heard from in several days.  A 75-year-old WM was found deceased in the residence.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

5) CENTRAL: Assist EMS/Fire – 5:16 p.m.  MFD, along with MPD, responded to the 1900 block of Atwood Ave for a potential building explosion.  MG&E responded.  No fire was found to have occurred.  MFD has the lead on this investigation. 

6) CENTRAL: Information/Threats Complaint – 8:47 p.m.  Officers responded to a threats complaint where the victim (40-year-old AAF) reported being threatened by several individuals.  Investigation continuing. 

7) NORTH: Check Person – 9:14 p.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (23-year-old AAF).  Officers arrived at the residence and was told the subject had a knife.  Officers started a dialogue with the subject and she ultimately dropped the knife.  Officers were able to take the subject into protective custody and conveyed her to a local hospital for an evaluation.  While at the hospital, the subject became combative, resistive and attempted to bite an officer.  The subject was found to be intoxicated so therefore she was conveyed to detox.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  Investigation continuing. 

8) EAST: Weapon Offense – 11:06 p.m.  Officers responded to Camden Rd for a disturbance involving two victims and a suspect.  The suspect (20-year-old WM) was hanging out with the two victims (50-year-old WF and 23-year-old WM).  The suspect made a comment about using a 3D Printer to make a gun.  At one point the female victim heard the male victim (her daughter's boyfriend) tell the suspect to leave.  The suspect caused a disturbance by throwing furniture and made threats toward the male victim.  The female victim got involved and told the suspect to leave, at which point the suspect threatened her.  The suspect made a statement that he had a gun and pointed a red dot at the male and female victims.  The suspect threatened to return later to kill the family.  The suspect fled in a vehicle.  The address for the suspect was checked but the suspect was not there.  Subsequent investigation seems to indicate that the "weapon" was a facsimile with a laser.  Probable cause exists to charge the suspect with disorderly conduct while armed, once located.  Investigation continuing.      

9) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 1:14 a.m.  Officers responded to a hotel on Monroe St for a report of a subject passed out in the lobby holding a pipe.  Officers made contact with the subject/suspect (26-year-old AAM) who had a crack pipe and an empty gem pack on him.  The suspect was determined to be intoxicated.  The suspect is currently out of jail and has bail conditions.  The suspect was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.  Investigation continuing.    

10) WEST: Check Person – 1:19 a.m.  Officers responded to Schroeder Rd to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (27-year-old WF) with a knife.  Officers made contact with the subject, took her into protective custody and conveyed her to a local hospital.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.  Investigation continuing.    

11) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 2:01 a.m.  Officers responded to Coho Street for a disturbance between two subjects (36-year-old AAF victim and 17-year-old AAF suspect).  The victim is the suspect's mother.  The victim and suspect got into an argument about a male subject who was visiting the victim at the residence.  The suspect went after her mother and swung at her.  The suspect was not cooperative with police.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct. 

12) CENTRAL: Battery – 2:36 a.m.  Officers responded to Winnebago St for a report of a male subject/suspect (50-year-old AAM) attacking two people with a belt.  Officers arrived and made contact with two victims (43-year-old WM and 34-year-old WF) as well as the suspect.  The victims reported that the suspect approached them asking for money and refused to leave them alone.  The suspect became angry and battered the victims with his belt.  The suspect also punched the male victim.  The male victim sustained visible injuries.  The suspect was arrested for battery (2 counts), disorderly conduct while armed (2 counts), felony bail jumping (5 counts) and misdemeanor bail jumping.   

Posted by: Chief Koval

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