North Police District News, April 1, 2002
The North Police District Newsletter is distributed electronically to
district employees, area alder persons and other elected officials,
business associations, north side planning council members, neighborhood
association leaders, North Neighborhood Resource Team members, East
Neighborhood Resource Team members, interested citizens and command
staff of the Madison Police Department. The purpose of this newsletter
is to provide information about activities, events, incident reports and
criminal cases occurring in the district and to share insight with
people outside the organization about our policies and procedures with
an emphasis on how and why decisions are made affecting safety,
government's capacity to deal with problems, and neighborhood
There are 25 neighborhood associations and 3 business associations
represented in the North District. Some of the information shared in
the newsletter is intended to serve as feedback to those associations on
enforcement or problem solving efforts. A primary goal of
decentralized police service is that police will be more attentive , and
responsive to the small matters before they become a major crisis. Some
of the information shared may seem to be very minor to some readers who
may live in another neighborhood. We don't minimize complaints of any
neighborhood be it noise, trash, traffic, animal related, parks closed
violations, parking or serious crime. We also will not neglect the
serious cases that have the potential to erode the perception of safety
in our neighborhoods, leaving residents in fear.
Since most major crimes are covered by local media, we generally
don't repeat the details here. We also don't include a specific address
of occurrence, identify names of people involved, or provide a full
account of the incident or problem.
We are always open to improving the services we provide to north side
residents. Your comments can be emailed to me or, if you wish to speak
in person, call me at 245-3652.
The North Police District is one of five geographic areas served by the
Madison Police Department. You may see the boundaries of the district
by visiting this website. You will also find prior newsletters posted
at this site. http://www.ci.madison.wi.us/police/north.html
50+ windows were broken at Sandburg School on Donald Drive over the
weekend. There were other reports of home and car windows being smashed
as well. Residents turned in a baseball bat and table leg which may
have been used to smash the windows.
Several windows were broken at Blackhawk Middle School on Wyoming Way
last week. The school was also "egged" on two occasions over spring
East Bluff condo's reports windows in at least three homes shot with a
bb gun breaking windows, glass doors, and porch lights. Damage is
occurring during day time hours when residents are working.
These cases are particularly frustrating for both residents and
officers. They are random acts of violence, and as such, are difficult
to predict or set up surveillance on. Our best resource in these cases
are alert neighborhood residents willing to call police when they hear
breaking glass or see something suspicious. In one of the cases, a
resident observed a person running through their back yard and entering
a parked car on the street. The car remained on the street for a while
before driving off. We will be meeting with the East Bluff Homeowners,
at their request, in the near future to discuss ways the neighborhood
can work with us to solve this vandalism.
on 3.27.01 two ten year old girls playing with their dog in a backyard
in the 5300 block of Comanche Way heard the dog barking near the door so
they went inside and saw a man standing at their front door. The man
called the one girl by her first name and asked if she was okay. The
man said he had just set up a trampoline and asked her if she "wanted to
come over". The girl replied no and the suspect walked to his truck and
left. The suspect is described as a white, male 30-40 years of age, 6' ,
heavy build , short gray/brown hair and facial stubble. His truck was
described as older model, possibly a Ford f150 pickup, creme in color.
Any information on case 2002-032494 should be directed to Det Vicki
Anderson at 243-5258.
On 3.20.02 at approximately 10:45am Madison Police Officers arrested a
16-year-old East High School student for distribution of a controlled
substance at East and Malcolm Shabazz High Schools. The juvenile was
distributing prescription drugs he had obtained, in his name, over the
last two months to his friends. It was determined through the
investigation that he had given out 140 adderale pills, 26 Ritalin and
51 Lithiobed. An additional supply of pills were also seized by police.
It appears at this time that only two or three of the suspect's friends
accepted the drugs.
The student was charged with ss 961.41 (b) , 961.49 (b) 6, and 947.01
He was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.
Special Duty Employment
You may have seen uniformed police officers at East Towne Mall, Madison
High School dances and sporting events, UW football games, directing
traffic for special events or on walking MATC campuses. Local
businesses contact the chief's office and make a request for officers to
work in a special duty capacity. They sign a contract with the City and
pay the city $24.20 each hour the officer works. This amount includes
all benefits as well as costs associated with administering the program.
The police officer works for the CITY in their official capacity and
cannot enforce school policy violations, mall rules, etc.
The additional presence of a uniformed officer allows for faster
service to the company employing them. For instance, there are at least
15 handicapped parking stalls at Madison Area Technical College, Truax
campus that some unauthorized people like to take advantage of. Instead
of waiting for a 15-20 minute response from a parking enforcement
officer, the police officer can issue a citation to the handicapped
parking violator immediately. Special duty employment allows us to
provide additional police services to the community but not at the
expense of the taxpayer.
Streets Division Upcoming Events
First, we will be holding our annual home compost bin sale on Saturday
April 13th. Complete information is available at
We have also scheduled three home composting classes. Details are
available at www.ci.madison.wi.us/streets/CompostClasses.htm
We have also set up our sixth Computer Recycling Roundup. Details are
available at www.ci.madison.wi.us/streets/ComputerRoundup.html
Finally, we have just mailed out the 2002-2004 edition of the City of
Madison Recyclopedia. Many of you will have already received it in the
mail. If you did not get one, please respond to this e-mail and I'll
send you one via inter-d mail.
The speed board is the device you have probably seen along the side of
the street. It measures the speed of approaching traffic and displays
the speed in large numbers. Your neighborhood group can request the
speed board in a number of ways.
The crossing guard supervisors coordinate use of our speed board. You
can contact them at 266-4703. They are able to bring the trailer out,
set it up and retrieve the trailer at the end of the day. The times are
limited to their hours, roughly 6:30a - 2p. They must approve the
location for the speed board. It requires legal parking on the street.
The test officers can set the trailer up during afternoon and evening
hours. You can contact me to make those arrangements.
Portable Board for Extended Use:
We also have a portable board that a representative from your group can
pick up. It can sit on the trunk of a car or on its own stand. It
weighs about 50 lbs. Someone must be present at all times, to ensure
the board is not stolen. Contact the crossing guard supervisors for
pick up and instruction on its use.
Traffic Engineering's Board:
Traffic Engineering also has a speed board for your use. You can visit
their website for information:
You can call 266-4761 to make arrangement for their speed board.
SPRING POLICE AUCTION
This message is to make you aware of the upcoming Spring Police Auction
which will be held at the Dane County Expo Center (Alliant Center) on
April 13th, starting at 8:00 AM. The Spring auction is always held in
conjunction with other Dane County Law Enforcement Agencies and offers
many bicycles and general property items ranging from jewelry to
clothing, consumer electronics and sporting goods - last Fall we had
boats and canoes. For full details and a complete list of items offered
by the Madison Police Department, go to the City website
www.ci.madison.wi.us. Choose agencies, police and the link to the
auction. The list is semi-live, being updated on a weekly basis.
Don't forget to block out time for this event - there are lots of great
deals. Watch for another announcement the week of the auction.
WARNER PARK COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER, Spring Craft Show
Saturday, April 6, 2002
9:00am - 3:00pm
Bits and Pieces
On 3.22 around 4:30pm a passenger in a light brown "small, boxy
looking" vehicle displaying partial WI plate 243- picked up a plastic
garbage container as the vehicle drove down the 2500 block of Upham
Street and threw it at another parked car. (2002-30764) Minor damage to
On 3.22 around 7:09am Officer Jim Milton took a report of a parked car
in the 1100 block of Wheeler Road being egged. The car owner reports
the car was egged overnight and believes it was associated with a
telephone calls she received about 11pm. (2002-30564). The car owner
said she did not wish to pursue a complaint at this time. (the owner
later changed her mind and officers located the suspect and issued him a
On 3.21 at 8:30pm Officer Julie Johnson investigated a suspicious
person report in the 10 block of N. Third Street. A stranger
approached the resident of a home asking for money because their car had
run out of gas. When the homeowner recognized the person from using the
same line last week in an attempt to get money, she confronted the
suspect with the above and he fled on foot. (2002-31553)
On 3.15.02 at 11pm Officers Jason Sweeney and Jeff McPike stopped a
vehicle in the 1900 block of Huxley street and their investigation
resulted in the recovery of a handgun and thc. The driver was charged
with both offenses and issued misdemenaor citations then released.
Officers returned the $1590.00 in cash he had in separate pockets
becasue they could not show he was selling drugs. (2001-28131)
$455 worth of Mobil gas cards were stolen from the Mobil Mart on Shopko
Drive on 3.24.02. One female is seen distracting the clerk while the
other removes a plastic display case and steals the cards. (2002-31660)
The cards had already been activated and had individual serial numbers.
You would think the technology exists to cancel the serial numbers and
render the cards invalid to make purchases.
2200 Columbus Lane three vehicles parked on the street had their
drivers side windows broken on 3.24.02 around 8pm. (2002-31875)
On 3.24.02 around 3pm Officer Steve Chvala responded to Cherokee Lake
for a report of a man who fell through the ice. He did, and neighbors
were already there with a rope and truck to assist him.
On 3-31-02 Officer Jim Milton arrested a man burglarizing a business of
I hope you find this newsletter useful. If you have any suggestions for
improvement; topics you would like to see covered, or problems or
concerns in your neighborhood please don't hesitate to contact us. If
we can't provide direct assistance, we will direct you to the
appropriate city or county agency having the authority to deal with that
Thanks, Captain Mike Masterson