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MPD Daily Significant Calls 02/14/2019 to 02/15/2019

February 15, 2019 9:48 AM


January 2019 Crime Summary – Heroin Overdoses:

There were 11 known overdoses in January of 2019 (16 in January of 2018); results in a 31% decrease last month.  There were 3 suspected deaths from overdoses in January (compared to 1 in January of 2018 – 200% increase last month). 

Demographic information related to the overdoses:

  • 82% male
  • 18% female
  • 73% White
  • 9% African American
  • 18% Hispanic, Asian or Native American

Demographic information related to the suspected overdose deaths:

  • 67% male
  • 33% female
  • 67% White
  • 33% Asian

MPD officers referred 7 community members to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program in January.  Since the program started, 29 individuals have completed the program (with 2 more on schedule to complete it in February). 


A preview of February's overdose stats is not promising –

It is likely that a particularly toxic batch of heroin is currently in circulation in the greater Madison area.  This has led to an early month spike.  Below are the numbers we have received thus far this month.   

  • In the first 6 days of February, MPD responded to 1 overdose.
  • From Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, MPD has responded to 11 overdoses; 2 of these were fatalities.
  • Loved ones of people suffering from addiction are encouraged to monitor them and assist them in avoiding situations that could result in an overdose. 
  • In situations when people cannot avoid using, it is encouraged they do not use alone.

**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 02/14/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 02/15/2019, MPD received 505 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 505 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (102), East (102), Midtown (83), North (84), South (45), West (49), and Other (40).  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 from 8:11pm-3:23am due to calls for service.

**Limited crash response from 8:22pm-3:23am. 

1) NORTH: Disturbance – 8:43 a.m.  Officers responded to Monterey Drive for a disturbance between two subjects (51-year-old AAF victim and 16-year-old AAF suspect).  The suspect is the victim's daughter.  The suspect attempted to take a swing at her mother but a neighbor intervened.  The suspect proceeded to cause damage to the residence.  The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.  The suspect was conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center. 

2) WEST: Stolen Auto – 8:58 a.m.  Officers responded to Maple Grove Drive for a report of a stolen auto.  The vehicle was left running, unlocked and unoccupied.  On-Star tracked the vehicle and Fitchburg PD observed the vehicle.  A traffic stop was attempted by Fitchburg PD.  The vehicle was ultimately recovered but the suspect(s) are at-large.  Investigation continuing. 

3) WEST: Check Person – 11:48 a.m.  Officers received a report that a subject (42-year-old WM) called two different businesses and made some vague threats.  Contact was made with the subject who apologized for his actions.  The subject was given a misdemeanor citation for unlawful use of a telephone.     

4) EAST: Death Investigation – 1:38 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a report of a deceased subject (72-year-old WM).  The decedent had numerous health issues. Nothing suspicious on scene.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing. 

5) SOUTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 2:52 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Olin Ave for a subject (40-year-old WF) who asked her mother to call 911 because her dealer gave her a really strong batch of heroin.  The subject remained conscious.  Officers/EMS responded.  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation/treatment.  The subject was cited for possession of heroin and referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). 

6) CENTRAL: Substantial/Aggravated Battery – 2:55 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Gorham St for a disturbance between two subjects (18-year-old WM victim and 38-year-old WM suspect).  The suspect punched the victim which caused a laceration that required stitches.  The victim may have also sustained a possible broken jaw.  The suspect was arrested for substantial battery.  Investigation continuing. 

7) EAST: Stolen Auto – 5:43 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Thompson Drive for a report of a stolen auto.  The vehicle was left running, unlocked and unoccupied.  The victim (19-year-old WM) observed a suspect (AAM) enter the vehicle and steal it.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing.             

8) NORTH:  Check Person – 6:36 p.m.  Officers initially responded to North St for a theft complaint.  The suspect (26-year-old WM) reportedly stole his roommate's computer.  The suspect was not on scene.  Officers determined that the suspect had an active felony warrant and was currently at a residence on Commercial Avenue.  The suspect was located in a locked bathroom.  Officers forced entry as it was determined that the suspect had cut his throat intentionally.  Officers rendered emergency medical aid.  The suspect was conveyed to a local hospital.  Charges pending.  Emergency detention may be sought.  Investigation continuing.

9) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 9:33 p.m.  Officers responded to Williamson Street for a disturbance involving a 39-year-old WM suspect.  The suspect became upset, for unknown reasons, and caused damage to the property.  Officers made contact with the suspect who expressed suicidal ideation.  The suspect was taken under protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital.  At the hospital, the suspect was uncooperative.  He was arrested and conveyed to jail on a disorderly conduct charge.  Investigation continuing.    

10) CENTRAL: Information/Sexual Assault – 10:00 p.m.  Officers met with a victim (39-year-old AAM) who reported that he believed he was sexually assaulted.  The suspect was generally uncooperative with officers.  No evidence of an assault was developed.  The subject was seen at a local hospital but refused to turn over any of his clothing.  Investigation continuing.

11) CENTRAL: Check Person – 10:12 p.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of State St for a subject/suspect (49-year-old AAM) causing a disturbance.  The suspect was contacted and arrested for disorderly conduct. 

12) EAST: Crash/Property Damage – 11:01 p.m.  Officers responded to EB Hwy 12 at Millpond Rd for a report of a crash.  The driver/suspect (22-year-old WM) was unfamiliar with driving a manual stick-shift vehicle (her boyfriend was too intoxicated to drive).  The suspect struck another vehicle.  The suspect was found to be intoxicated.  The suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (1st offense). 

13) NORTH: Traffic Incident – 11:50 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Sherman Ave/Lake View Ave for what was originally reported as a weapons offense call, but changed to a traffic incident.  Earlier in the evening, officers had been dispatched to a hit-and-run crash.  The suspect vehicle/suspect (34-year-old WM) called 911 later to report that someone shot at his vehicle on Hwy 51 near the Interstate.  Contact was made with the suspect.  There was no evidence of shots fired.  The suspect denied being involved in a recent hit-and-run.  The other vehicle/driver involved refused contact by officers.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.  Investigation continuing.        

14) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 12:54 a.m.  Officers responded to the 500 block of State Street for a 44-year-old WM causing a disturbance.  The suspect was contacted and cooperative.  The suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and released. 

15) EAST: Recovered/Stolen Auto – 12:54 a.m.  An officer observed a stolen vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.  The driver/suspect (29-year-old AAM) was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without consent (OMVWOC).  Probable cause was also developed for a second subject/suspect (31-year-old WF) in the vehicle.  Investigation continuing.      

16) NORTH: Death Investigation – 2:18 a.m.  Officers responded to a north side residence for a report of a deceased subject (54-year-old WF).  The decedent has a history of drug use.  Medical Examiner's office responded.  Investigation continuing.   

Posted by: Chief Koval

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