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MPD Daily Significant Calls 10/07/2018 to 10/08/2018

October 8, 2018 10:38 AM

September (2018) crime summary information – Heroin Overdoses

There were 15 known overdoses in September (2018).  In September (2017) there were 21 overdoses, thus we saw a 28% decrease last month.  Through the end of September, we are aware of 226 overdoses, which represents a 39% increase compared to the same time-frame last year when we saw 163 overdoses.    

There was one death in September (2018) that is suspected to be from a heroin overdose.  For this year, there have been a total of 34 suspected deaths from heroin overdoses (112% increase from last year when we had 16 suspected heroin overdose deaths). 

Our Department referred 4 community members to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program in September (2018). 


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 6:00 a.m. on 10/07/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 10/08/2018, MPD received 314 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 314 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (54), East (62), Midtown (64), North (46), South (20), West (51), and Other (17).  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 6:37pm-8:05pm due to calls for service. 

1) MIDTOWN:  Check Person – 9:38 a.m.  Officers responded to a midtown district residence to check the welfare of a subject (36-year-old WM) who could be heard yelling and talking to himself.  The subject was contacted and no concerns were identified.  No further action by the police deemed necessary.   

2) EAST:  Information/Sexual Assault – 11:18 a.m.  The mother of a 22-year-old female contacted police to report that her daughter had been sexually assaulted.  The mother/caller advised that her daughter was going to be evaluated at a hospital and they would re-contact police later to file a report.  Investigation continuing. 

3) EAST:  Stolen Auto – 1:07 p.m.  Officers responded to Rethke Ave for a report of a stolen auto.  The victim's (30-year-old AAF) ex-boyfriend/suspect (32-year-old AAM) took her vehicle without her permission.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Charges pending for the suspect, once located, for operating a motor vehicle without consent.  Investigation continuing.  **The vehicle was recovered unoccupied shortly after 10pm by Fitchburg PD.    

4) WEST:  Disturbance – 2:05 p.m.  Officers responded to the 7500 block of Mineral Point Rd for a disturbance between two subjects (26-year-old AAM victim and 21-year-old AAM suspect).  The victim and suspect exchanged mutually unpleasant gestures and words.  The suspect followed the victim and the victim believes he saw a gun on the suspect.  The suspect was contacted and denied having a gun.  The suspect was less than cooperative with officers and refused a consent search.  The suspect was ultimately issued a citation for disorderly conduct. 

5) NORTH:  Sexual Assault – 2:11 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (22-year-old WF) at a local hospital who reported a sexual assault occurred with a known suspect (27-year-old WM).  Investigation continuing. 

6) CENTRAL:  Domestic Disturbance – 2:37 p.m.  Officers responded to the 1000 block of E. Mifflin St for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (22-year-old AAF victim and 30-year-old AAF suspect).  The victim sustained visible injuries due to an altercation with the suspect.  The suspect was charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery. 

7) CENTRAL:  Domestic Disturbance – 3:10 p.m.  Officers responded to E. Main St for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (36-year-old AAM victim and 28-year-old WF suspect).  The suspect punched the victim in the face.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct.

8) NORTH:  Crash with Injuries – 3:22 p.m.  A vehicle/driver was travelling the wrong way on E. Washington Ave when it made a u-turn in the middle of the roadway which caused three other vehicles to swerve and a crash occurred.  The suspect vehicle left the area.  One of the other driver's sustained a minor non-life threatening injury.  Investigation continuing. 

9) MIDTOWN:  Domestic Disturbance – 4:30 p.m.  Officers responded to a midtown district domestic disturbance between two subjects (36-year-old WF victim and 26-year-old WM suspect).  The victim and suspect were engaged in a verbal argument when the suspect pushed the victim.  The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct. 

10) NORTH:  Assist EMS/Fire – 4:33 p.m.  Officers responded, along with EMS, to Northport Dr for a baby (8-month-old) who fell and hit her head.  The child had a previous injury which was found to be consistent with the mother's explanation.  No charges have been substantiated.  Child Protective Services notified.  Investigation continuing. 

11) NORTH:  Check Person – 6:15 p.m.  Officers responded to a convenience store on N. Stoughton Rd to check the welfare of a subject (28-year-old WM) who was causing a disturbance (throwing merchandise, yelling, taking off his clothes, screaming, etc.).  The subject was contacted, taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Officers located heroin that belonged to the subject.  The subject was admitted to the hospital and given citations for possession of heroin and disorderly conduct.  Probation/parole also entered a warrant for the suspect when discharge was imminent.   It was determined later that the suspect walked out of the hospital against medical advice.  Investigation continuing. 

12) NORTH:  Armed Robbery – 8:25 p.m.  Officers responded to the Mobile convenience store in the 3100 block of N. Sherman Ave for an armed robbery.  The suspect (AAM) brandished a handgun and demanded money.  The suspect fled.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing. 

13) EAST:  Drug Incident/Overdose – 9:01 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a subject (44-year-old HF) experiencing an overdose (sleeping pills).  MPD administered Naloxone to the subject.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital.  Journey Mental Health consulted as the subject has a history of mental health concerns/overdoses.  An emergency detention was sought.  Once medically cleared, the subject will be conveyed to Winnebago.  Investigation continuing. 

14) NORTH:  Drug Incident/Overdose – 10:00 p.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence for a subject (30-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose.  The subject was issued a citation for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 

15) EAST:  Drug Incident/Overdose – 10:04 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a subject (47-year-old AAM) unresponsive.  As MPD/MFD provided medical assistance to the subject they were alerted to another subject (68-year-old AAF) also unresponsive in the home.  The female regained consciousness after Naloxone was administered.  The female admitted to using heroin with the male subject.  The male subject was transported to a local hospital. The female was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).  Investigation continuing.      

16) EAST:  Mental Health Conveyance – 12:31 a.m.  Officers responded to the 400 block of W. Gorham St to check the welfare of a subject (27-year-old UM).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where he was voluntarily admitted.  The subject was left in the care of medical staff. 

17) NORTH:  Domestic Disturbance – 12:48 a.m.  Officers responded to Brentwood Parkway for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (19-year-old HM victim and 19-year-old AAM suspect).  The victim and suspect were engaged in a physical altercation where both subjects sustained visible injuries.  The explanations provided by the victim and the suspect were vastly different.  The primary aggressor/suspect was identified and he was arrested for domestic battery after a medical clearance was sought. 

18) NORTH:  Check Property – 1:16 a.m.  Officers responded to Hayes Rd for a 911 disconnect call where a female could be heard screaming.  No signs of an active disturbance was located when officers arrived.  Attempts were made to contact the caller who did not answer.  Officers decided to disengage from the area.                   

Posted by: Chief Koval

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