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MPD Daily Significant Calls 07/08/2019 to 07/09/2019

July 9, 2019 9:49 AM

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Today's preamble to the blog will look at all last month's incident-specific list of crimes through the end of June as well as year-to-date statistics. 

Stolen Autos:
~27 stolen auto reports; a 29% decrease when compared with June of 2018 (38).  Of the 27 autos stolen in the month of June, 21 had keys in the them or keys were easily accessible.  Two stolen autos were unlocked and running at the time of the theft.
~Year-to-date, there has been an 8% increase from the same time frame last year (213 stolen autos in 2019; 197 stolen autos in 2018).
~Distribution of stolen autos by District:
Midtown – 7
Central – 6
North – 5
West – 4
East – 3
South - 2

Thefts from Autos:
~94 TFA's; a 15% decrease when compared with June of 2018 (110).
~Year-to-date, there has been a 25% decrease from the same time frame last year (434 TFA's in 2019; compared to the previous 5-year average of 579).
~Distribution of TFA's by District:
Midtown – 26
Central – 18
East – 18
West – 15
North – 9
South – 8
~Three firearms were stolen from vehicles during June.

Robberies:
~21 robberies; a 17% increase when compared with June of 2018 (18).
~Year-to-date, there has been no change from the same time frame for the past 5 years (106 robberies in 2019; 106 when compared to the previous 5-year average).

Burglaries:
~78 burglaries; a 1% increase when compared with June of 2018 (77).
~Year-to-date, there has been a 6% increase from the same time frame in 2018 (448 burglaries in 2019; 421 in 2018).
~Distribution of burglaries by District:
West – 20
North – 17
Midtown – 15
Central – 11
East – 11
South – 4
~At least 29 burglaries occurred when a resident was at home.
~At least 27 burglaries occurred due to an unlocked door or open garage.
~At least 1 handgun was taken this month.
~At least 7 vehicles were taken in the course of a burglary.

"Shots Fired":
~10 reported "shots fired" calls; a 23% decrease when compared with June of 2018 (13).
~Year-to-date, there has been a 39.6% decrease from the same time frame in 2018 (61 "shots fired" calls in 2019; 101 in 2018).
~Distribution of "shots fired" by District:
North – 2
East – 2
West – 2
South – 2
Midtown – 1
Central – 1
~Year-to-date statistics:  20 incidents where property was struck and 10 incidents where subjects were struck by gunfire (includes direct/indirect injuries sustained; does NOT include accidental discharge/self-inflicted).  Casings recovered – 121.

Heroin Overdoses:
~24 known overdoses; a 31% decrease when compared with June of 2018 (35).
~Year-to-date, there has been a 29% decrease from the same time frame in 2018 (102 known overdoses in 2019; 144 in 2018).

Heroin Fatalities:
~NO suspected fatalities in June of this year!  Very encouraging when looking back to June of 2018, when our community experienced 11 heroin fatalities in one month.
~Year-to-date, there has been a 35% decrease when compared to the same time frame from 2018 (13 in 2019; 20 in 2018).
~MARI (Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative):  Patrol referred 9 people to the MARI program in June of 2019.  On January 1, MPD began accepting DCSO cases for participation in MARI.  One person has been referred from DCSO in 2019, and that individual has successfully completed the program.  In Madison, 44 people have now completed the program.

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 07/08/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 07/09/2019, MPD received 536 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 536 calls for service for the past 24 hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (89), East (92), Midtown (86), North (75), South (67), West (80), and Other (47).  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 4:25pm to 6:45pm and from 8:25pm to 9:00pm due to calls for service.

1) SOUTH: Death Investigation – 6:56 am.  A caller to dispatch reported seeing a van traveling westbound on Hwy 12 with a driver who appeared to be passed out at the wheel.  The vehicle had been going about 30 mph and traveled across all the lanes of traffic before striking a median and coming to a stop.  When officers arrived on scene, the driver (29-year-old HM) was pulseless and not breathing, and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Medical examiner notified.  Incident report completed on MPD website.  Investigation continuing.

2) SOUTH: Stolen Auto – 7:46 am.  A victim (21-year-old WM) reported his vehicle was stolen from the 2400 block of Waunona Way.  The victim had left the keys in the vehicle.  Town of Madison PD spotted the vehicle traveling approximately 75 mph on Moorland Rd.  Investigation continuing.

3) WEST: Property Found – 12:04 pm.  A caller to dispatch reported he found a rifle buried at the side of his house.  Police recovered the firearm and discovered it was reported stolen to Fitchburg PD in 2017.  Investigation continuing.

4) MIDTOWN: Stolen Auto – 2:08 pm.  Bruce Company staff reported a company truck was stolen from in front of CUNA in the 5700 block of Mineral Point Rd.  Investigation continuing.

5) SOUTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:14 pm.  Officers responded to the 1000 block of Moorland Rd where a victim (16-year-old AAF) reported her boyfriend (20-year-old AAM) had hit her with a closed fist, grabbed her by the hair and pushed her head into a door, and put his hands on her neck.  The suspect fled the scene prior to officers' arrival.  Probable cause was developed to arrest the suspect for domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery.  Investigation continuing.

6) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 4:30 pm.  Officers responded to a residence on Nakoosa Trl where a victim (55-year-old AAF) and suspect (55-year-old AAM) were fighting.  During the altercation the suspect armed herself with a broomstick (which she did not use), threw things at the victim causing injury, and blocked the victim from leaving.  The suspect was charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic battery and taken to jail.  Investigation continuing.

7) CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 5:50 pm.  Crisis workers contacted police regarding a subject (53-year-old WF) for whom they had issued a Chapter 51 return.  Officers responded and took the subject into protective custody.  The subject was admitted to a local hospital.

8) EAST: Drug Overdose – 6:41 pm.  Officers responded for a subject (46-year-old UM) who had overdosed.  The subject refused to go to the hospital despite receiving three doses of naloxone and thus was placed into protective custody and conveyed to the hospital for treatment.  The subject was referred to the MARI program.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.  Investigation continuing.

9) SOUTH: Drug Overdose – 7:57 pm.  A manager at McDonald's on S Park St called 911 for a subject (68-year-old AAM) who had nodded off and was in and out of consciousness.  MFD paramedics administered naloxone and conveyed the subject to the hospital.  No charges have been substantiated at this time.  Investigation continuing.

10) EAST: Annoying Phone Calls – 7:59 pm.  A victim (64-year-old WF) reported she was receiving an excessive number of phone calls from a suspect (58-year-old WM) who was her friend and former co-worker.  Officers responded to the victim's residence and learned the suspect had placed over 90 calls to the victim in the last 72 hours.  The suspect was cited for annoying phone calls.  Investigation continuing.

11) NORTH: Drug Overdose – 8:06 pm.  Officers responded to a residence on Troy Dr for a suspect (29-year-old WM) who admitted to overdosing on heroin.  MFD paramedics administered naloxone and transported the suspect to the hospital.  The suspect was cited for possession of heroin and was referred to the MARI program.  Investigation continuing.

12) WEST: Recovered Stolen Auto – 8:16 pm.  A resident reported observing several young subjects get out of a vehicle, leave it there, and jump into another vehicle before fleeing.  Officers responded and recovered the vehicle which was reported stolen out of Fitchburg.  Fitchburg PD responded to handle the recovery. 

13) WEST: Weapons Offense – 1:36 am.  Officers responded to the area of Elver Park for a report of a male and female arguing and then the sound of multiple shots being fired.  Officers contacted a vehicle in the park and found a subject sleeping in the vehicle but no evidence of a disturbance or of shots fired.  No reports of damage to property or injuries at this time.  Investigation continuing.

14) SOUTH: Stolen Auto – 3:09 am.  Officers responded to Amstar gas station at 1129 S Park St where a victim (UF) reported she left her vehicle running and someone stole it while she was in the gas station.  Investigation continuing.

Posted by: Chief Koval

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