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MPD Daily Significant Calls 07/31/2018 to 08/01/2018

August 1, 2018 9:52 AM

It has come to our attention that often times we note in our calls for service the necessity for a collaboration/consult with "CPS" (Child Protective Services).  This is a county social service agency and we have provided a brief synopsis of their role working often in tandem with police on various matters below. 

The Dane County Department of Human Services – Protective Services employs child protection workers.  Child protection workers use a statewide model premised on the belief that the role and purpose of Child Protective Services is to assess family conditions, circumstances, and behaviors to determine if families need agency services to keep their children safe and to provide and coordinate such services when needed. The model reflects the following principles:

  • Families are the fundamental foundation of our society.
  • The health and safety of the child is the paramount value in CPS intervention, and the best environment for providing health and safety is a permanent family.
  • It is the CPS workers' job to encourage and assist families to change behaviors and conditions that create threats to safety and risk to children.
  • Successful intervention requires a high level of family involvement in determining the focus and design of treatment and safety plans.
  • Child safety is a product of family and community systems, as well as, the actions of individuals.



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 07/31/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 08/01/2018, MPD received 494 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 494 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (86), East (71), Midtown (71), North (73), South (54), West (79), and Other (60).  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 9:05pm-11L08pm due to calls for service.

1) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 6:37 a.m.  Officers responded to Hoard St for a disturbance that involved scissors.  The suspect (48-year-old WF) confronted the victim (48-year-old WF) with a scissors, attempted to stab her and threatened to kill her.  The victim tried to call 911 but the suspect grabbed the phone and threw it.  The victim fled and was not injured.  The suspect also fled and was not apprehended.  Once located, the suspect will be charged with 2nd degree reckless endangerment and intimidation of a victim.  Investigation continuing.   

2) WEST: Hit and Run Crash – 8:22 a.m.  Officers responded to a three-vehicle crash near Watts Rd/S. Gammon Rd.  The suspect driver (37-year-old WF) was driving a stolen vehicle when she ran a red light causing the crash.  The suspect fled from the scene but was apprehended by officers after a witness pointed out her hiding spot.  The suspect was arrested on a probation hold, cited for several traffic citations and conveyed to jail.  Fitchburg PD (where the vehicle was reported stolen from) also responded and has additional charges on their end.  Investigation continuing.     

3) WEST: Death Investigation – 8:48 a.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a deceased subject (71-year-old WF).  Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

4) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 10:14 a.m.  Officers received a request to check the welfare of a potentially suicidal subject (19-year-old WF).  Officers were able to contact the subject via phone.  She denied being suicidal and refused to meet with officers.  Investigation continuing.       

5) CENTRAL: Check Person – 1:24 p.m.  Officers received a request to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (25-year-old AM).  The subject was determined to be out of state. Local authorities in the area were contacted and were able to locate the subject.  Law enforcement checked the welfare of the subject and conveyed him to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted. 

6) NORTH: Check Person – 2:24 p.m.  Officers responded to Aberg Ave to check the welfare of a suicidal subject (21-year-old HM).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.

7) MIDTOWN: Attempted Suicide – 4:26 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a subject (51-year-old WF).  The subject was located incoherent and based on the officer's investigation there were telltale signs that the subject had attempted to commit suicide.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was voluntarily admitted.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff.        

8) EAST: Found Person – 4:31 p.m.  Officers responded to Old Camden Square for an unattended 1-year-old child.  The parent of the child was located.  The young child was supposed to be watched by older siblings.  No other concerns were identified.  The child was left in the care of her mother. 

9) EAST: Disturbance – 5:03 p.m. Officers responded to a 911 disconnect call in the east district.  Upon initial arrival of officers no disturbance was located.  After the 911 call was reviewed again, a female could be heard screaming in the background.  Officers responded back to the area and made contact with a male subject who denied any issues.  Attempts were made to check the welfare of a female associated with the male but no contact was established.  Investigation continuing.     

10) CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Overdose – 6:35 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Mifflin St for a subject (29-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose.  MFD administered Naloxone to the subject which revived him.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  The subject was referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) and cited for possession of heroin/drug paraphernalia. 

11) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 6:55 p.m.  Officers contacted a subject/suspect (18-year-old WF) at the mall reference multiple retail theft incidents.  The subject admitted to the thefts.  The suspect was arrested and conveyed to jail for retail theft.   

12) WEST: Disturbance – 8:45 p.m.  Officers responded to S. Gammon Rd for a disturbance.  The suspect (38-year-old AAM) was causing a disturbance and threatening staff in a store.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct, bail jumping and threats to injure (related to remarks made towards an officer).  The suspect also had pending charges from a previous incident (strangulation, disorderly conduct, battery and criminal damage to property). 

13) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 9:17 p.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence for a deceased subject (24-year-old HM).  The subject died as a result of suicide.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

14) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 11:49 p.m.  An officer observed a vehicle occupied by a subject who appeared to be in distress.  When the officer attempted to make contact with the subject he ran away.  Other officers were in the area and apprehended the subject to check his welfare.  Meanwhile, a passenger in the vehicle was passed out and Officers administered Naloxone.  The driver/suspect (44-year-old WM) was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, delivery of heroin, an outstanding warrant and a probation/parole hold.  The passenger (32-year-old WM) was arrested and charged with possession of heroin.  Investigation continuing.       

15) CENTRAL: Noise Complaint – 1:41 a.m.   Officers responded to W. Main St after the complainant went to confront a neighbor about noise and saw someone with a rifle.  No immediate concerns were identified to be occurring.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.  No further action by the police was deemed necessary.

16) WEST: Weapons Offense – 1:52 a.m.  Officers responded to S. Gammon Rd for a report of a subject with a gun.  The complainant advised that a known subject (23-year-old AAM) lifted his shirt and threatened to shoot him in the future.  The complainant was not very cooperative with officers and ultimately walked away.  The suspect was not located/contacted.  Investigation continuing. 

17) SOUTH: Missing Juvenile/Runaway – 4:16 a.m.  Officers responded to W. Badger Rd for a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (16-year-old WF).  No immediate concerns for the juvenile's welfare.  Attempt to locate aired.  The juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

Posted by: Chief Koval

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