A 34 year old Merrill woman was arrested Monday afternoon on a warrant charge. The deputy assigned to Courthouse security arrested Estella Melchor after she appeared in court on another matter. Melchor was wanted on a warrant through the Wood County Sheriff for failing to report to jail. She was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held.
Pine River firefighters were called out on Tuesday afternoon after a structure fire was reported in the Town of Texas. At 1:45 p.m., the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office advised of the mutual aid request to assist with a house fire on County Rd. J in northern Marathon County. Pine River responded with a tanker truck and firefighters to assist; they were on the scene for over an hour.
The Town of Russell Fire Department responded to a reported chimney fire on Wednesday morning. Just before 11 a.m., a town of Schley resident reported the incident in the 3000 block of County Rd. X. Firefighters were on the scene for about half an hour.
A 33 year old Merrill woman is in the Lincoln County Jail facing a felony drug charge after an investigation that began on Wednesday. An inmate of the Lincoln County Jail reported that Amanda M. Walters phoned a local pharmacy claiming to be acting on his behalf to get a narcotic prescription re-filled. Walters was located Friday evening at a residence in the town of Harding and taken into custody on a charge of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. Walters had a bond hearing on Monday in Lincoln County Court.
A 46 year old Tomahawk man was arrested late Wednesday night on a criminal traffic charge. A deputy stopped a vehicle being operated by Daniel K. Whiting on US Hwy 51 at State Rd. 64 after he observed it traveling all over the roadway. Whiting was asked to perform field sobriety tests and as a result of those tests he was taken into custody on a second offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Whiting was also cited for operating with a revoked driver’s license before being released to a responsible party.
Tomahawk firefighters along with a deputy and a Tomahawk Police officer all investigated after a transformer caught fire Thursday morning on County Rd. A near County Rd. U. When firefighters and law enforcement arrived on the scene, the fire was out and Wisconsin Public Service was tending to the problem.
A 36 year old Merrill man was arrested Thursday afternoon after deputies responded to a disturbance in the town of Harding. A 911 call from a residence on Tesch Rd. reported that a male had damaged a door during a dispute. Timothy L. Kaufman had fled when deputies arrived, but they found him a short time later walking on County Rd. E. He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and two felony counts of bail jumping after he violated terms of two open felony cases. Kaufman was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held for a bond hearing on Friday; there he was released on a signature bond.
Weather continues to cause issues on the roadways and kept deputies busy throughout the weekend:
On Thursday afternoon, a Merrill man was not injured but had to be assisted out of his vehicle after rolling it over in the town of Corning. The incident was reported to 911 at 4 p.m. The Town of Corning Fire Department and First Responders along with Merrill EMS and deputies responded to the crash on State Rd. 64 just west of Corning Rd. The man claimed no injury and refused medical transport.
A 33 year old Merrill woman was injured on Friday afternoon after being struck by a grader truck in the Town of Russell. Just after noon, the driver for the town of Russell called 911 to report the crash on County Rd. J at Bradley Street. According to the deputy’s report, the grader was plowing on Bradley Street when it backed onto County Rd. J into the path of a vehicle being driven by Autumn D. Laabs. Laabs was transported by Merrill EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center where she was treated and released. The Town of Russell Fire Department and First Responders also responded to this crash.
A 71 year old Merrill man was injured after a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in the town of Birch. A cell 911 call reported the crash on County Rd. J at Grundy Rd. at 2:09 p.m. A large box truck was heading east on County Rd. J when a westbound vehicle being driven by Larry G. Fehr slid on slushy roads into its path. Fehr was reported to be trapped in his vehicle after the crash. He was transported by Merrill EMS to the trauma center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. As of Sunday, Fehr was reported to be in fair condition. The Town of Russell Fire Department and First Responders assisted at the scene.
A 34 year old Green Bay man is in the Lincoln County Jail after a deputy investigated a vehicle in the ditch on Friday evening. At 10 p.m., a deputy found a vehicle in the median of US Hwy. 51 just north of Lincoln Drive. Hahetum Fish told the deputy he lost control on the slippery road and ended up in the median. A check showed Hahetum was wanted by the Brown County Sheriff on two warrants for criminal traffic offenses. Fish was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was asked to perform field sobriety tests in a better climate. As a result of those tests, he was taken into custody on a second offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Fish was also cited for failing to install an ignition interlock device and for operating after revocation.
From Thursday through Sunday evening, deputies investigated 24 vehicles in the ditch along with seven property damage only crashes.
Six people reported striking deer this past week, up from last week’s total.