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MPD Daily Significant Calls 01/06/2019 to 01/07/2019

January 7, 2019 8:49 AM

Our data from December (2018) has been reviewed and analyzed.   Today, we will look at heroin overdoses.

There were 10 known overdoses in December.  This was the lowest month in all of 2018.  In December (2017) there were 33 known overdoses; thus we saw a 69% decrease last month.  There was a total of 275 known overdoses in 2018.  In 2017, there were 259 known overdoses (6% increase in 2018).  2018 demographic data regarding overdoses – 68% male, 32% female; 79% white, 17% African American, 3% Hispanic/Native American. 

In 2018, we lost 42 community members to suspected heroin overdose deaths.  This is a 23% increase from 2017 where we had 34 heroin overdose related deaths.   2018 demographic data regarding these deaths – 64% male, 36% female; 93% white, 3% African American.

MPD Officers referred two community members to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program in December.  Since the beginning of MARI, twenty-four community members have completed the program, with several more on schedule to complete this month. 

**The 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 01/06/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/07/2019, MPD received 284 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 284 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (38), East (72), Midtown (43), North (45), South (27), West (43), and Other (16).  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) CENTRAL: Strong Armed Robbery – 7:13 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (61-year-old AAF) who reported being robbed in the 600 block of W. Washington Ave as she was walking.  The suspect (UM) grabbed the victim's purse and fled on foot.  No injuries reported.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.   

2) WEST: Theft from Auto – 7:50 a.m.  Officers responded to Twin Leaf Lane for a report of two subjects (possibly juveniles) going through unlocked vehicles.  There was a delay in reporting of this incident.  Officers arrived, canvassed the area and did not locate any concerns. 

3) WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 8:08 a.m.  Officers met with a victim (36-year-old WF) who reported being followed by her ex-boyfriend/suspect (48-year-old AAM).  The victim further stated that the suspect broke the car window of her friend's vehicle in the 7900 block of Tree Lane.  The suspect is at-large.  Once located, the suspect will be charged with disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property (domestic-related charges).  Investigation continuing.

4) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 1:35 p.m.  Officers responded to a residence to check the welfare of a subject (78-year-old WF).  Officers made entry to the home to check on the subject.  The subject was located deceased.  Nothing suspicious observed.  Investigation continuing. 

5) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 2:31 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (30-year-old AAF) who reported being physically assaulted by her ex-boyfriend/suspect (31-year-old AAM) around 4am near S. Park St and W. Wingra St.  Once located, the suspect will be charged with domestic battery.  Investigation continuing. 

6) SOUTH: Disturbance – 3:53 p.m.  Officers responded to a parking lot in the 1100 block of S. Park St for what was originally reported as a hit-and-run.  Investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle/suspects (27-year-old WF and 30-year-old AF) "dined and ditched" and fled the parking lot.  The suspects were contacted and issued misdemeanor citations for defrauding an innkeeper. 

7) WEST: Residential Burglary – 7:41 p.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence for a report of a burglary.  The victim (31-year-old WM) reported that a handgun and compound bow were missing from his home.  It is unknown when the items went missing.  Investigation continuing.    

8) EAST: Armed Robbery – 9:54 p.m.  Officers responded to the Stop-N-Go convenience store at 4624 Monona Drive for a report of a robbery.  The suspect (WF) entered the store with a handgun, demanded money/other items and fled on foot.  Incident Report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing. 

9) WEST: Mental Health Conveyance – 12:45 a.m.  Officers responded to a west side residence to check the mental wellness of a subject (38-year-old WF).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was voluntarily admitted.  No further action deemed necessary by officers. 

10) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 1:04 a.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of E. Wilson St for a subject/suspect (49-year-old UM) causing a disturbance.  Officers made contact with the suspect.  The suspect resisted being detained.  The suspect was arrested for trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.                       

Posted by: Chief Koval

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