Slippery roads last Monday morning caused problems for motorists in the county. Just after midnight the first crash was reported on US Hwy 51 at Winkelman Rd in the Town of Birch. A vehicle being driven by Michael R. Grandfield of Glenview, IL, lost control and rolled over four times. Grandfield was transported by Merrill EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The Merrill and Russell Fire Departments also responded with deputies to this crash. Deputies also checked a few other slide ins that morning, none of which involved injury.
One person was injured after a vehicle rollover Monday night on US Hwy 8. Deputies along with Tomahawk Fire and EMS responded to US Hwy 8 near Meyer Rd. after a cell 911 call reported the crash just before 7 p.m. Sixty one year old Renee M. Hess of Tomahawk was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital. The crash took place just into Oneida County but Lincoln County assisted after Oneida County requested mutual aid.
A 30 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested on a criminal traffic charge late Tuesday night in the Town of Bradley. A passing Oneida County Ambulance found the one vehicle rollover on County Rd A at County Rd U at 11:25 p.m. Tomahawk EMS checked Heather M. Gaedtke at the scene but she refused treatment. Gaedtke was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result she was taken into custody on a second offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She was later released from the Lincoln County Jail to a responsible party.
A 17 year old Merrill man was taken into custody and will face multiple charges after a deputy stopped a reckless driver early Wednesday morning. A deputy spotted the vehicle being driven by Tanner Graap on County Rd. K north of Merrill going 15 miles per hour over the posted limit and pass another vehicle in a no passing zone. When the deputy caught up to Graap as he traveled into Merrill he stopped on Third Street at Spruce Street. Graap was placed through field sobriety tests and taken into custody for violating the absolute sobriety law. Five passengers in the vehicle all tested positive for alcohol and will be cited for underage drinking. Graap will face additional citations for speeding, violating his license restrictions, and having too many passengers for a probationary driver. Charges will be referred to the district attorney for possession of drug paraphernalia, along with two misdemeanor and one felony count of bail jumping. The Merrill Police Department assisted with the stop.
A 49 year old Tomahawk man was not injured but was taken into custody after a crash Sunday night in the Town of Wilson. A deputy along with a trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a report of a crash on US Hwy 8 at County Rd. CC at 7:37 p.m. According to the report a vehicle being driven by Mark J. Maurer left the roadway and struck a tree. A deputy assisted with the arrest, which is being handled by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
A link has been added to the Lincoln County web site for the Wisconsin VINE system. Sheriff Jaeger introduced the program which provides crime victims with immediate access to offender’s information last week to Lincoln County. The Lincoln County web site can be found atwww.co.lincoln.wi.us.