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MPD Daily Significant Calls 07/23/2018 to 07/24/2018

July 24, 2018 9:31 AM

Our four-legged partners are a big part of the MPD family.  We currently have six K9 officers and one K9 Sergeant.  Each officer is paired with a specially-trained canine partner.  The dogs are trained in various capabilities, including – narcotics detection, building searches, tracking, suspect apprehensions, evidence and article searches and bomb detection.   We provide K9 assistance throughout our community, as well as to outlying agencies when mutual aid is requested. 

In 2017, our K9 unit was deployed to over 1,300 incidents.  They also receive a host of invitations to attend various community events. 

Did you know our K9 unit is entirely funded by a not-for-profit organization?  Capital K9s is a board made up of area volunteers who oversee the fundraising efforts to support our K9 unit.  Funds are raised by conducting community events and special appearances.   

Since 2004, Capital K9s has worked to raise funds to purchase, train and sustain fourteen K9s for our department.  The fundraising efforts also help us to purchase squad cars and special heating and cooling units within the cars so that the dogs can thrive in optimal conditions when not deployed.  I am grateful for Capital K9s in that they share a vision for Madison's future: to be able to have 24/7 coverage to the City. 

Our K9 unit has become a model for other agencies and showcases how effectively we can incorporate dogs in a variety of challenging police settings.  Our K9s love to train, work, and play.  The dogs are bonded to their handlers, who also take them home each night where they become a part of their family. 

We could not, and cannot, expand the reach of this program if it were not for the efforts of the Capital K9s.  We are incredibly appreciative for their continuous support and hope you will check out various fundraising activities in the near future, specifically the 2018 Dog Paddle which is held on September 9th.  More information on this event and others can be found at: .


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 07/23/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 07/24/2018, MPD received 524 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 524 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (91), East (99), Midtown (76), North (78), South (61), West (75), and Other (44).  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 6:01pm-8:04pm due to calls for service. 

1) WEST: Stolen Auto – 8:11 a.m.  Officers responded to N. High Point Rd for a report of two stolen autos from the same residence.  The garage door was left open overnight.  Later in the morning, the Town of Madison PD observed one of the stolen vehicles occupied by two suspects.  The vehicle fled and a pursuit was not initiated.  Investigation continuing.   

2) CENTRAL: Information – 8:24 a.m.  Officers responded to talk with a victim (49-year-old HM) who presented with a burst ear drum and two teeth knocked out at a local hospital.  The victim indicated that the incident occurred last night near University Ave/Frances St.  As the victim was significantly intoxicated, details were difficult to ascertain at this time.   Investigation continuing. 

3) MIDTOWN: Battery – 11:14 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (21-year-old WF) who reported being assaulted the previous night as she was walking home on Regent St.  The suspect (WM) grabbed the victim's phone and threw it to the ground.  The suspect also pushed the victim against a wall.  The suspect fled on foot.  The victim sustained visible injuries.  Investigation continuing.   

4) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 2:52 p.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence to check the welfare of a subject (58-year-old WM).  Officers made entry to the residence and located the subject deceased.  Nothing suspicious observed on scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing.    

5) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 4:01 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Hamilton for a disturbance between two subjects (30-year-old WF victim and 32-year-old WM suspect).  The victim and suspect are not in a relationship but have a child together.  The victim and suspect met to exchange their child when a verbal argument started.  The victim attempted to walk away and the suspect followed her yelling obscenities at her while she was carrying their child.  The suspect was charged with domestic disorderly conduct.  (This crime is a domestic because they are adults who have a child in common) 

6) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 4:21 p.m.  Officers responded to Sheboygan Ave to check the welfare of a subject (27-year-old AM).  Officers made entry to the residence and found the subject incoherent.  Officers were able to talk with the subject and he agreed to go to a local hospital.  The subject was voluntarily admitted.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  No further action deemed necessary by the police at this time.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.

7) CENTRAL: Check Person – 5:33 p.m.  A parent of a subject (27-year-old AAM) called with concerns for his well-being.  MPD Mental Health Officer plugged in.  Areas checked, hospitals contacted.  The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

8) EAST: Drug Incident/Overdose – 7:18 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a subject (51-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose.  MFD administered Naloxone to the subject which revived him.  The subject was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).  Investigation continuing.    

9) NORT: Intoxicated Driver – 8:12 p.m.  Officers responded to Northport Dr at North Sherman for a crash.  The suspect driver (31-year-old AAF) did not stop at a red light and hit another vehicle (occupied by a driver and a 6-year-old child).  The suspect was found to be under the influence.  She was arrested for operating while intoxicated (1st offense). 

10) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 8:12 p.m.  Officers responded to Westgate Mall for a subject (30-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose in a bathroom at a retail store.  Lifesaving measures were not successful.  Drug paraphernalia was observed on scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

11) MIDTOWN: Crash – 11:25 p.m.  Officers responded to a crash at S. Brooks St at Haywood Drive.  The suspect (38-year-old AAM) ran a stop sign and hit the victim/vehicle.  The suspect left prior to police arrival and walked to a local hospital with his child who was in the car with him at the time of the crash.  The child was held overnight for observation.  The suspect was not cooperative with officers.  The suspect was subsequently arrested for operating after revocation, failure to yield and bail jumping.  Investigation continuing.   

12) CENTRAL: Domestic Disturbance – 1:48 a.m.  Officers responded to a domestic disturbance on E. Washington Ave between two subjects (34-year-old WF victim and 33-year-old WM suspect).  The victim sustained visible injuries.  The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived.  Once located, the suspect will be charged with disorderly conduct, battery and strangulation (all domestic-related charges).  Investigation continuing. 

13) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 2:38 a.m.  Officers responded to a disturbance that occurred on the Beltline at Stoughton Rd.  Two brothers were travelling in a vehicle together when they got into a verbal argument.  The vehicle stopped and the brothers got out of the vehicle when a physical altercation began.  The main instigator/suspect (43-year-old AAM) was identified and arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and battery.  The victim is a 50-year-old AAM.                        

Posted by: Chief Koval

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