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MPD Daily Significant Calls 06/20/2019 to 06/21/2019

June 21, 2019 8:53 AM


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 06/20/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 06/21/2019, MPD received 534 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 534 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (102), East (92), Midtown (88), North (74), South (44), West (63), and Other (71).  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 6:00 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. due to calls for service. 

**Two officers were held over from 1st detail to cover 3rd detail staffing shortages.

**Four officers were called in early from 4th and 5th details to fill beats/cover staffing shortages.

**At one point there were six potential emergency detentions in the works. Certain calls have recurrent themes in terms of time and labor intensity.  For example, when individuals are taken for an evaluation due to a mental health issue or episodic break, MPD does an extensive collaboration with Journey Mental Health in determining the least restrictive option.  These are always two officer calls and can routinely last between 5-8 hours (or more).  Emergency Detention conveyances are taken to the Winnebago Mental Health Hospital in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  This is a five hour round-trip, including intake, that takes two officers out of our community and creates challenges for us as we attempt to service calls.



1) CENTRAL: Arson – 7:41 a.m. Officers responded, along with MFD, to S. Blount Street after residents discovered that someone had attempted to light on fire the main exterior security door for the building.  No significant damage located.   MFD has the lead on this investigation.   Investigation continuing. 

2) WEST: Suspicious Person – 11:08 a.m.  Officers responded to Big Sky Drive for a report of two suspicious subjects.  The subjects (one was an AAM) were observed using tools to try to enter a trunk of a vehicle in a parking lot.  As officers arrived in the area the subjects were observed leaving the area quickly in a vehicle.  No pursuit was initiated.  Additional investigation/follow-up needed.  Investigation continuing. 

3) MIDTOWN: Adult Arrested Person/Child Neglect – 11:15 a.m.  Officers responded to Brittingham Park for a report of two young children (2-year-old AAM and 4-year-old AAF) wandering around unattended.  The children's mother/suspect (26-year-old AAF) was located nearby fishing.  The suspect had an active warrant.  The suspect was arrested for the outstanding warrant and also child neglect due to her not paying attention to her children.  Child Protective Services notified.   The suspect was transported to jail.  Child Protective Services made placement arrangements for the children.

4) WEST: Stolen Auto – 12:06 p.m.  Officers responded to Watts Road for a report of a stolen auto.  The registered owner/victim (30-year-old UM) has all the keys to the vehicle and doesn't know when/how the vehicle was taken.  Attempt to locate aired.  The vehicle was listed as stolen in the appropriate databases.  Investigation continuing. 

5) EAST: Check Person – 12:42 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side address regarding a subject (86-year-old WF) who walked away from a memory care center.  The subject was located nearby.  Officers attempted to convince the subject to return to the memory care center.  The subject would not comply and had to be taken into protective custody.  The subject attempted to bite and hit officers (no injuries sustained).  The subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  MPD Mental Health Officer was consulted.  Investigation continuing.    

6) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 1:47 p.m.  Officers responded to a local hospital where a subject (27-year-old NAF) had barricaded herself in a room and was being physical with staff.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  An emergency detention is being sought.  Investigation continuing. 

7) WEST: Check Person – 1:50 p.m.  Officers responded to Tree Lane for a subject (70-year-old WF) who was blocking another vehicle because she believed that a child was in the trunk of the other vehicle (unfounded).  The female subject was conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  Journey Mental Health consulted.  Investigation continuing. 

8) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 6:08 p.m.  Officers responded to W. Main Street at the request of Journey Mental Health to check the welfare of a 26-year-old AAF.  Officers made contact with the subject, took her into protective custody and conveyed her to a local hospital where she was left in the care of medical staff.  Investigation continuing.   

9) EAST: Death Investigation – 6:29 p.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence for a report of a deceased subject (70-year-old WM).  The decedent had a history of medical issues.  Nothing suspicious observed on scene.  Medical examiner's office notified.  Investigation continuing. 

10) CENTRAL: Disturbance – 10:45 p.m.  Officers responded to N. Few Street for a report of a disturbance.  The suspect (54-year-old WF) was intoxicated, yelling and threatening to harm herself.  The suspect grabbed a knife and cut her hand.  The suspect was arrested, conveyed to jail for treatment/medical clearance and subsequently to jail for disorderly conduct while armed.    

Posted by: Chief Koval

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