Previous Month's (May, 2019) Crime/Incident Trends:
There were 15 known overdoses in May of 2019. This is a 50% decrease from May of 2018, when there were 30 known overdoses. Through the end of May, we are aware of 78 overdoses this year. Last year, from January through May, there were 109 known overdoses; thus we saw a 28% decrease this year.
Demographic information related to overdoses this year: 52 male (66.7%), 26 female (33.3%); 64 Caucasian (82%), 10 African American (13%), 4 Hispanic/Asian or Native American (5%).
We saw a 40% decrease in overdose deaths last month compared to May of 2018. There were 3 suspected deaths from overdoses in May of 2019 (5 suspected deaths due to overdoses in May of 2018). There have been 13 suspected deaths from overdoses this year (44% increase from the same timeframe in 2018 when we saw 9 suspected deaths from overdoses).
Demographic information related to 2019 overdose-related deaths: 10 male (77%), 3 female (23%); 9 Caucasian (69%), 3 African American (23%), 1 Asian (8%).
MPD officers referred eight (8) community members to the MARI (Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative) program in May of 2019. Since the inception of the MARI program, 39 individuals have completed the program (gone through 6 months of treatment and criminal charges on the event for which they were arrested are not filed).
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.
**Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the total numbers of calls overnight could not be accessed.
From 6:00 a.m. on 06/10/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 06/11/2019, MPD received ______ 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 ____ calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central ( ), East ( ), Midtown ( ), North ( ), South ( ), West ( ), and Other ( ). 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) SOUTH: Crash/Hit-and-Run – 8:44 a.m. Monona PD was flagged down by a victim of a hit-and-run crash (that occurred in the City). The suspect vehicle was observed and Monona PD attempted to make a traffic stop. The suspect (25-year-old AAM) attempted to flee and crashed into a second vehicle (in the City). The suspect was arrested for eluding and received multiple traffic citations.
2) NORTH: Road Rage – 9:31 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a road rage incident that occurred on E. Washington Ave/Stoughton Rd. The victims (39-year-old WF and 18-year-old WF) were driving inbound on E. Washington and were stopped at a traffic light when the suspect (UM) honked his horn at the victims when they did not proceed into the intersection fast enough after the light turned green. The victim driver "flipped off" the suspect and the suspect displayed a handgun. The suspect fled. Investigation continuing.
3) CENTRAL: Assist Fire – 10:15 a.m. Officers responded, along with MFD, to the 1100 block of E. Wilson Street for a report of visible smoke and the smell of fire. MPD assisted with traffic control and perimeter security. MG&E contacted. MFD has the lead on this investigation.
4) CENTRAL: Death Investigation – 1:41 p.m. Officers responded to a central district residence for an odor complaint. Officers made entry and located the resident (46-year-old WM) deceased. The decedent had a terminal illness. Nothing suspicious observed on scene. Medical Examiner's office notified. Investigation continuing.
5) WEST: Residential Burglary – 4:24 p.m. Officers met with a homeowner/victim (26-year-old AAM) on Tree Lane who reported that his home was burglarized in May and that his gun was stolen. There was a delay in reporting as the victim stated he conducted his own investigation because he thought he knew who committed the crime. Investigation continuing.
6) WEST: Residential Burglary – 5:12 p.m. Officers met with the homeowners/victims (22-year-old WF and 23-year-old WM) who reported that their west side home, which is currently under renovation, was broken into and items were stolen. The items stolen were found to be food-related. Investigation continuing.
7) MIDTOWN: Missing Adult – 6:55 p.m. Officers received a report of a missing adult (30-year-old AAM) from Mineral Point Road. The missing adult's mother contacted police as she was concerned for his welfare (subject suffers from schizophrenia and is bipolar). Areas checked. Attempt to locate aired. Investigation continuing.
8) WEST: Check Person – 9:07 p.m. Officers received a request to check the welfare of a possible suicidal subject (35-year-old WF). The subject was contacted and was conveyed to a local hospital voluntarily for an evaluation. Journey Mental Health plugged in. The subject was left in the care of medical staff. No further action deemed necessary by the police.
9) CENTRAL: Crash/Intoxicated Driver – 11:09 p.m. Officers responded to W. Wilson Street for a report of a crash with injuries. Officers located the driver/suspect (63-year-old WM) and requested that he perform field sobriety tests due to concerns of impairment. The suspect performed the tests poorly and was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (1st offense). He was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. No injuries were located on scene. No other vehicles/subjects were involved.
10) NORTH: Damage to Property – 11:15 p.m. Officers were flagged down on Trailsway for a report of shots fired. Investigation revealed that a folding chair had been used to smash a front window of a residence. No evidence of shots fired was located. No injuries reported. Investigation continuing.
11) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 11:16 p.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of N. Carroll Street for a disturbance. The suspect (34-year-old HM) was yelling, kicking windows and being overall unruly. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived. Once located, the suspect will be arrested/charged with disorderly conduct. Investigation continuing.
12) EAST: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 11:37 p.m. Officers received a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (14-year-old AAF). No safety concerns identified. Attempt to locate aired. Areas checked. The juvenile was listed as missing/runaway in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.