Madison Police Chief Mike Koval retiring
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says he is retiring.
Koval made the announcement Sunday on his daily blog , saying that effective Monday Assistant Chief Vic Wahl will be...
Police arrest man after Madison utility worker threatened
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police in Madison have arrested a man for allegedly threatening a utility worker.
According to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval's blog, Madison Gas and Electric workers...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman who fell into a pond.
Police Chief Mike Koval says the victim's boyfriend called around 8:30 Saturday...
Madison police chief: Heroin overdoses increase in February
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison's police chief says there's been a spike in the number of heroin overdoses during the past week and a "particularly toxic" batch of the drug in the city may be to blame.
Chief Mike Koval said Friday police responded to 11 heroin overdoses since Feb. 7. Two of those were fatal.
Wisconsin man uses ax on his property after spat over toys
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin police say a 34-year-old man who thought his wife damaged his action figures retaliated by taking an ax to the family's car, television and laptop in the house.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the man called police just after 10 p.m. Sunday and told them he had too much to drink and overreacted about his action figures. Police say the man struck the car's windshield so hard the ax got stuck.
5 hurt in shooting at Madison strip club; suspect arrested
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five people were injured in a weekend shooting at a Madison strip club. A suspect is in custody.
Arrest made in fatal Madison parking ramp shooting
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police have made an arrest in a fatal shooting in a downtown Madison parking ramp.
A 21-year-old Madison woman is in custody on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide. She's accused of killing 21-year-old Steven Villegas in the State Street Campus garage early Sunday morning as the annual Halloween Freakfest celebration was wrapping up.
Police: 21-year-old man shot in Madison parking ramp dies
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a 21-year-old man has died after he was shot in a downtown parking ramp over the weekend.
Police say the man was shot in the State Street Campus Ramp early Sunday morning. Authorities say Steven Villegas of Madison was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso.
No one has been arrested. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is asking for the public's help finding the suspect.
Police: Man responsible for murder-suicide in Madison
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a man with a history of domestic abuse shot and killed a woman he had been seeing before killing himself over the weekend.
Authorities said Monday that 39-year-old James Sykes shot and killed 34-year-old Sherry Waller in her home late Friday or early Saturday before turning the gun on himself.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says Sykes shot Waller once in the head as she lay on her bed while two of her children were in the home.
Meeting set after recent gun incidents near Madison school
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — School administrators are holding a public meeting to listen to community concerns after recent gun-related incidents around La Follette High School in Madison.
Last week, a teenager was shot a couple of blocks from the school during a fight. The week before, two 16-year-olds were injured when a teen accidentally fired a gun on a city bus near the school.
83 arrested by ICE in 14 counties
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says deportation officers arrested 83 people in 14 Wisconsin counties over four days ending Monday.
The ICE arrests have prompted at least two schools districts in Dane County, Madison and Oregon, to send an email to parents to make sure they know their rights and offered resources for help.
Immigration rights group says 34 detained by ICE
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An immigration rights group says nearly three dozen people were arrested over the weekend by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Voces de la Frontera said Monday ICE arrested 11 people in the Madison area, 15 people in Arcadia, three people in Milwaukee and five in Green Bay. The group says the arrests came at workplaces, during traffic stops and in homes.
Madison officials say ICE immigrant arrests violated policy
MADISION, Wis. (AP) — Madison officials say Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents violated city policy by detaining at least six immigrants without letting police know ahead of time.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says the department has a working relationship with ICE, but the federal agency did not follow protocol. Koval says ICE has agreed to call the assistant police chief before making arrests in Madison. This time the agency called the Dane County Communications Center.
Woman found dead in bathtub, toddler in tub OK
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A toddler was found in a bathtub with the child's dead mother in Madison.
Police say the woman likely died of a drug overdose and was found face down in cold water by her grandparents Sunday about 10:30 p.m. Chief Mike Koval said Monday the 2-year-old was cold but otherwise appeared to be OK.
Koval says the 25-year-old woman is a known heroin user. Her death is listed as possible overdose,
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police were called about shots fired at a park during an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of a fatal shooting.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval wrote on his blog that officers were called to Elver Park on the west side of Madison late Saturday.
Koval says a large group had gathered in a small shelter to mark the anniversary of a shooting death when someone fired about three shots into the air.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say a 19-year-old man flipped his car in Madison, Wisconsin, then fled the scene, removed some clothes and pretended to be a jogger unconnected to the wreck.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police in Wisconsin say a man's plan to take videos up the skirts of women was thwarted when his shoe camera exploded.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily blog that the 32-year-old man wanted to turn himself in to police on Tuesday. But the man wasn't arrested because he hadn't taken any videos before the camera's battery fizzled.
Koval wrote that the man's foot was injured when the battery exploded.
Security cameras prove crucial in arrest of sexual assault suspect, Madison police chief says
A suspect in the sexual assault of a UW-Madison graduate student Downtown was arrested Thursday in an investigation in which security cameras proved critical, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.
No charges to be filed against girl who slept overnight in Madison school
Girl, 14, slept at locked site over spring break
Neither the Madison School District nor Madison police are interested in pressing charges against a 14-year-old girl who spent a few nights over spring break sleeping in a locked school on Madison’s East Side, officials said.
2 injured during large fight outside Madison bar involving a gunshot
Two women were injured early Sunday morning during a large fight outside a Madison bar that ended after a gun was shot in the air.
Madison police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily incident blog that a "very large fight" started in the parking lot of Connections Bar, 3737 E. Washington Ave., as people were leaving at bar time. As many as 30 people were involved in several fights throughout the lot, which happened around 2 a.m., Koval said.
Group of juveniles suspected in stealing three vehicles in Madison
A group of juveniles is suspected to have stolen three vehicles on the Madison's Southwest Side in little more than an hour early Sunday morning.
An officer driving on Russett Road was notified by a man that a group of juveniles may have stolen a vehicle, Madison police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily incident blog. The vehicle, which had yet to be reported stolen, was pointed out to the officer, who followed it for a few turns, Koval said.
Medical examiner identifies dead in Sunday’s apparent father-son murder-suicide
A man who is believed to have killed his son and then himself early Sunday morning were identified Monday by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office as 58-year-old Timothy A. Thorland and 33-year-old Andrew T. Thorland.
The wife and mother of the men reported the incident, which happened around 6:15 a.m. at 614 Meadowlark Drive on the Far East Side. The medical examiner’s office said Andrew Thorland died from “homicidal firearm-related trauma” shortly after arriving at a hospital.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Madison man killed his adult son before taking his own life.
The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office identified the father and son as 58-year-old Timothy Thorland and 33-year-old Andrew Thorland.
Police say the shooting took place in a bedroom at their Madison home Sunday about 6 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say the victim of a homicide may have been sleeping when he was shot by a family member who apparently took his own life.
Police Chief Mike Koval says the shooting deaths of the 58-year-old father and his 33-year-old son took place in a bedroom of a home where both lived. Officials haven't said who fired the gun that was recovered at the scene along with four shell casings.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police say a father and son are dead after an early morning shooting that appears to be a murder-suicide.
Police Chief Mike Koval says officers were called Sunday morning to a home and found two people shot in a bedroom. The 58-year-old and 33-year-old men were pronounced dead at a local hospital.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison authorities say a 36-year-old man has been arrested for intoxicated driving after police found him passed out in the driver's seat of a car with his foot on the running vehicle's brake.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval says officers were dispatched early Sunday morning after a neighbor called about a car parked in the middle of the road.
Koval says the driver released the brakes when awakened, and the car moved slowly for about 40 feet before hitting a parked vehicle.
Motorist strikes pedestrian crossing Langdon Street, Madison police chief says
A motorist struck a pedestrian who was crossing Langdon Street early Sunday morning.
Madison police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily incident blog that officers responded to the intersection of North Henry and Langdon streets around 1 a.m. for a pedestrian that was hit by a vehicle. A 22-year-old man appeared to have "significant injuries" when police arrived, Koval said.
Authorities identify man fatally shot by security guard during alleged Madison bank robbery
A man shot and killed by a security guard Thursday afternoon was unarmed when he tried to rob a Far East Side bank, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said.
The man was identified as 35-year-old Luis Marty Narvaez, of South Milwaukee, by the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Two men arrested in string of recent bank robberies, police officials say
Two men have been arrested for a string of at least nine area bank robberies in the past two months, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said at a news conference Friday.
Koval said it is unlikely the two are connected to Luis Narvaez, 35, of South Milwaukee, who was shot and killed Thursday while allegedly robbing a Chase Bank at 4513 Milwaukee St.
Attempted bank robber fatally shot by security guard, Madison police chief says
A security guard shot and killed a man who was attempting to rob a bank late Thursday afternoon on Madison’s Far East Side, Police Chief Mike Koval said.
The suspected robber entered the Chase Bank at 4513 Milwaukee St. at about 4:50 p.m. with his face covered and postured as if he had a weapon, Koval said. He said the man then handed a bag to an employee and demanded money.
Thousands of dollars of goods stolen from Burnie’s Rock Shop, police chief says
Burnie's Rock Shop was broken into early Sunday morning with several thousands of dollars in merchandise being stolen, Madison police Chief Mike Koval said in his daily incident blog.
Officers went to the jewelry store at 901 E. Johnson St. around 1:15 a.m. after an alarm was triggered, Koval said. A window in the front of the store was smashed, and a trail of blood led away from the business, Koval said.
The store was checked by officers, and the robbery remains under investigation, he said.
Nephew of Madison police chief charged with battering, threatening police officers
A nephew of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval allegedly battered a police officer, resisted arrested and threatened to have officers fired following a fight at a Downtown bar in December.
Connor M. Koval, 22, aggressively lunged at and battered police Sgt. Matthew Baker in the early morning hours of Dec. 9 outside of the Double U bar, while also stating he hoped the arresting officers would be shot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court Thursday.
Madison police chief’s nephew charged in scuffle with police
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A nephew of Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is accused of battering a police officer, resisting arrest and threatening to have officers fired following a fight at a bar in December.
Men arrested in bar fights in Madison
A 22-year-old man was arrested for substantial battery early Monday morning after a fight at Lucky's Bar on Regent Street, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said Monday in his blog.
Police were called to the bar at 12:17 a.m. and learned a fight that started inside of the bar ended up outside. A 37-year-old man was substantially battered and required treatment at a local hospital, Koval said.
Man found in bitter cold outside died at hospital, Madison police say
A man who was found outside Friday morning on Madison's South Side died at a local hospital later in the day.
Madison police and fire units were called at about 8:30 a.m. Friday to 232 E. Olin Ave. for what appeared to be an intoxicated male, who was talking but was very hard to understand, said Police Chief Mike Koval in his daily blog on Saturday.
The 60-year-old man's body temperature was very low and he was taken to the hospital.
Gunshots heard on North Side, no injuries reported, Madison police say
Gunshots were heard on the North Side Saturday night and an abandoned vehicle was found, but no injuries have been reported, the Madison Police Department said.
Officers went to the 1800 block of Vahlen Street around 10:10 p.m. after multiple shots were reported. A sedan in the area looked to have been abandoned and related to the shooting, police said.
Police study backfires on City Council -- Nancy Wild
Apparently, the $400,000 the Madison City Council authorized to study the police department to justify the continued harassment of Police Chief Mike Koval has backfired.
In a quick overlook of the preliminary report, it seems the Police Department has extended itself into the community with a huge number of resources including programs such as "Coffee with a Cop." This program attracts many residents for face-to-face, question and answer sessions.
National report lauds Madison Police Department for percentage of women on force
The Madison Police Department’s commitment to hiring women officers is drawing national attention.
In the aftermath of the Texas mass shooting, the usual calls to “do something about guns” are being made.
To find out what we can do, I asked Madison Police Chief Mike Koval for his thoughts.
“The genie is out of the bottle,” Koval says, noting the high number of mass shootings in recent years.
Madison may require convenience stores to install cameras
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison's mayor is proposing that all convenience stores in the city have quality security cameras and keep records for at least 30 days as a way to improve public safety.
Mayor Paul Soglin's proposed ordinance was introduced to City Council on Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
Eight people cited for panhandling on Madison streets in first 6 months of law
In six months, eight people have been cited a total of 27 times for violating a controversial Madison law that effectively bans panhandling on medians and terraces of major streets.
The law, approved by the City Council on a 12-8 vote in February and put into effect April 10, bans people from entering a road to approach an operating car on about 100 of the city’s busiest roads, while limiting people on medians to two consecutive opportunities to cross a street.
Madison may require security cameras at all convenience stores
To improve public safety, Mayor Paul Soglin is proposing that all convenience stores in the city have quality security cameras covering multiple areas and that records be kept for at least 30 days.
The Police Department began discussing such an ordinance amid rising incidents of gunfire and homicides earlier this year and supports the proposal, Chief Mike Koval said.
Less-lethal sponge rounds a new tactic for Madison police
The important role given by Madison police to less-lethal sponge rounds rocketed out of repurposed grenade launchers was showcased last week when the weapon was used to subdue a suicidal 29-year-old man outside his Far West apartment after he confronted officers with the knife he used to slice up his neck.
“That was a perfectly profound example of how something like (the less-lethal weapon) literally saved that young man’s life,” Chief Mike Koval said.
Midtown District police station will lighten heavy workloads of existing district stations
Few understand better than Capt. Jay Lengfeld why the creation of a new Midtown district for Madison police department is so important.
As the captain of the department's North District and a former captain of the West District, Lengfeld says response times are slower overall in the West because it covers a much bigger area and more people than the North.
Madison awarded $850,000 grant for community building and crime prevention
With an influx of funds from an $850,000 federal grant, city leaders are looking to foster community building and violence prevention in some of the challenged neighborhoods on Madison’s Southwest Side.
The Madison Police Department partnered with Common Wealth Development and UW-Extension to apply for the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will go toward implementing several initiatives planned to improve the Meadowood, Park Edge/Park Ridge and Prairie Hills neighborhoods.
Madison police investigate gunshots in vicinity of home of Tony Robinson’s mother
Madison police have found no evidence of bullets hitting homes on Winnebago Street Wednesday night, the gunfire apparently in the vicinity of the home of the mother of a black teenager fatally shot by an officer in 2015.
No injuries were reported in the incident shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday on Winnebago Street.
Madison police will end school safety program
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police will end a school safety program because of budget constraints.
Officers have taught the safety classes in the Madison School District and five private schools for the last 15 years. About 3,000 students in the fourth or fifth grade are taught each year about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and gangs and about internet safety and how to deal with bullying.
Chief: Man accused of shooting wife is ‘calculated killer’
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police chief says he believes a man accused of fatally shooting his wife and blowing up their house will say she asked him to kill her.
Madison police Chief Mike Koval says 50-year-old Lee Anne Pirus may have been dead for weeks or months before being found in the rubble of their house Friday. Her 59-year-old husband, Steven Pirus, is jailed on possible charges of first-degree intentional homicide, arson and recklessly endangering safety.
Madison chief says effort to round up criminals succeeding
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison's police chief says an effort to remove more criminals from the city's streets amid an increase in violence is proving successful.
Chief Mike Koval said that in the first two weeks of the initiative, which is fueled by overtime pay to officers, nearly 30 people have been taken into custody and several criminals have left the city. There also haven't been any homicides and fewer serious shots-fired incidents.