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MPD Daily Significant Calls 11/08/2018 to 11/09/2018

November 9, 2018 9:28 AM

This weekend another Veteran's Day will be upon us (Sunday, November 11th; observed on Monday, November 12th).  This is a time for us all to thank those who have honorably served in the military.  At the MPD, we have approximately 60 employees who currently serve or who have served in the armed forces. 

I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has served in the United States Armed Forces.  Your selfless service is truly noble – thank you!


October 2018 Monthly Crime Summary Stats – Heroin Overdoses:

There were 25 known overdoses in the City of Madison in October, 2018; this represents a 31% decrease from October, 2017, where we had 36 known overdoses. 

Through the end of October, our Department has been aware of 251 overdoses since the beginning of the year.  This is a 26% increase year-to-date from 2017, where we were aware of 199 overdoses.  There were four (4) deaths in October that are suspected to be from overdoses (38 year-to-date).  In 2017 (same time-frame as this year), there were 21 suspected heroin overdose deaths; which results in an 81% increase this year.     

Officers were able to identify and refer seven (7) individuals to the Madison Addiction Recovery Program (MARI) in October.  We are proud and excited about the MARI Outreach Team which made its debut last month.  This team is comprised of a MARI Coordinator (from our Department) and members of the treatment community.  Each week the team makes follow-up visits with overdose subjects and their families, offering services and providing them with Naloxone (and training on how to use). 

I previously blogged about Mollie Van Wagner and her struggles with addiction.  Mollie's dad, Chris Van Wagner, has been a crusader in informing others about the brutal realities of addiction which ultimately led to the untimely death of Mollie.   Mollie was our Department's first "save" in 2014 and she was also given another chance at life in 2017, thanks to first responders' quick response and the use of Naloxone.  As part of Mollie's obituary, Chris and family requested that donations be made in Mollie's name and honor to our Department for the purpose of purchasing more Naloxone.  So far, more than $12,600 in donations have been received!  We want to thank the Van Wagner family, along with their network of friends, family members and all those who were compelled to give after reading about the saga of Mollie and her fight with addictions.    

**The above provided stats are based upon the best data available at the time of publication. 


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 11/08/2018 through 6:00 a.m. on 11/09/2018, MPD received 451 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 451 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (71), East (89), Midtown (68), North (74), South (57), West (61), and Other (31).  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 8:10am-10:30am due to calls for service. 

**Priority only calls from 2:41pm-3:25pm due to calls for service.

**Priority only calls from 6:59pm-8:35pm due to calls for service. 

1) CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 8:37 a.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital and conveyed a subject (41-year-old AAF) to Winnebago under a Chapter 51/emergency detention order.   

2) CITY-WIDE: Warrant Executions – 9:00 a.m.  Two search warrants were executed simultaneously in two east side locations.  Investigations continuing.   

3) WEST: Check Person – 1:04 p.m.  Officers responded to a check welfare request of a subject (93-year-old WM) who walked away from his home.  Family advised of some concerns for the subject being able to care for himself and previous mental health concerns.  Areas checked.  The subject was located and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Journey Mental Health plugged in.  Investigation continuing.     

4) NORTH: Weapons Violation – 2:44 p.m.   Officers were contacted by three victims (16-year-old AAM, 17-year-old AAM and 18-year-old AAM) who reported being shot at on Northport Drive (near North Sherman Ave) as they were in a vehicle.  Nearly a dozen shell casings were recovered.  No injuries were reported.  Investigation led to the identification, apprehension and arrest of two suspects (two 19-year-old AAMs).  Charges include: first degree reckless endangering safety with a firearm (3 counts), bail jumping, party to a crime first degree reckless endangering safety with a firearm (3 counts) and bail jumping.  The victims and suspects are known acquaintances.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.   

5) EAST: Traffic Incident – 3:41 p.m.  Officers responded to a rollover crash at Cottage Grove Rd/Atlas Ave.  As one vehicle attempted to turn onto Atlas from Cottage Grove Rd, a second vehicle ran a red light and struck it causing it to rollover.  Non-life threatening injuries sustained by the victim vehicle's driver (46-year-old WF) and two passengers (7-year-old WF and 7-year-old WM).  The driver (24-year-old AAM) that ran the red light was cited for operating after suspension and red signal violation.  Investigation continuing.       

6) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 4:18 p.m.  Officers responded to a south side residence for a deceased subject (68-year-old WM).  Nothing suspicious observed on scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  The decedent had a history of drug use.  Investigation continuing. 

7) EAST: Assist Law Enforcement/Armed Robbery – 6:54 p.m.  Officers responded to the 1800 block of S. Stoughton Rd to assist the Dane County Sheriff's Office with an armed robbery at a business.  Suspect not on scene when officers arrived.  Dane County Sheriff's Office has the lead on this investigation.  Investigation continuing.       

8) CENTRAL: Check Person – 10:27 p.m.  Officers responded to S. Pinckney St to check the welfare of a subject (40-year-old WM).  The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The subject became uncooperative while at the hospital and officers are seeking an emergency detention order.  Investigation continuing. 

9) SOUTH: Missing Adult – 1:08 a.m.  Officers responded to a report of a missing subject (19-year-old WM).  The subject had been at a bar with a friend and on the way home (in a cab) decided to get out and walk away.  The subject was reported to be very intoxicated.  Areas checked.  K9 track conducted.  Attempt to locate aired.  The subject was listed as missing in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

10) MIDTOWN: Assist MFD – 1:32 a.m.   Officers responded, along with MFD, to a carbon monoxide (C02) alarm at a residence.  MPD assisted with evacuation of the building and scene perimeter.  Investigation continuing by MFD.

11) MIDTOWN: Assist MFD/Arson – 1:37 a.m.  Officers responded, along with MFD, to the West Bus Transfer Point for a report of the shelter being on fire.  The fire was extinguished.  A suspect (24-year-old AAM) was identified and located.  A second fire was also found to be active and connected to the same suspect.  The suspect was arrested for arson.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.     

Posted by: Chief Koval

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