A 54 year old Merrill man was arrested Monday evening after deputies responded to a disturbance in the Town of Pine River. Just before 10 p.m., a 911 call reported hearing a possible fight in the 1000 block of State Rd 64. When deputies arrived, they learned that Mitchel C. Hipler had arrived at the residence uninvited and caused problems including becoming physical with the victim. Hipler was taken into custody on charges of disorderly conduct and battery. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held for a bond hearing on Tuesday afternoon; there he was released on a signature bond.
A Tomahawk woman was the victim of a scam this past week but the bank was able to prevent it from being a complete loss. The victim was contacted on the phone by a subject who told her she won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes, but in order to claim her prize she needed to send in $3,500 to pay for processing and handling. When the suspect learned she had mailed a check, he started asking for additional money in order for the woman to receive her $8 million dollar prize. The woman sent an additional $4,000 money order and two money cards for $500 each. The woman confessed to her daughter about her supposed windfall and the daughter was able to contact the bank, which put stops on the check and money order but the money cards had already been spent. Residents are reminded to educate their elderly relatives and friends about scams of this nature. The con artists are very slick salesmen who prey on the victims to excite them about a large cash prize to the point that they don’t realize they are being taken. These criminals also always tell their victims not to tell anyone about the prize they won in order to protect themselves; knowing if they told others they would be convinced by level heads that it is a scam. The general rule is you can never win a contest you did not enter and any legitimate prize will not require you to pay for it in advance.
A 53 year old Merrill man was taken into custody late Tuesday night after a traffic stop in the Town of Merrill. A deputy stopped a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. on County Rd K at Merrill Town Hall Rd after he saw the trailer it was towing did not have operating tail lamps. Micheal J. Streick was asked to perform field sobriety tests after the deputy noted the odor of intoxicants. Streick started the tests but then refused to continue. He was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Streick was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was eventually released to a responsible party.
A 33 year old Tripoli man was taken into custody after a deputy investigated a two car crash Wednesday morning in the Town of Bradley north of Tomahawk. According to the deputy’s report, Michael A. Dimmick was traveling west on US Hwy 8 when he struck the rear of a vehicle that had stopped to turn south on Tannery Rd. Dimmick told the deputy he was adjusting his radio at the time of the crash and did not see the vehicle stopping. When the deputy noted the odor of alcohol, he asked him to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests, Dimmick was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Before he was released to a responsible party, Dimmick was also cited for operating after suspension, inattentive driving, driving without insurance and altering a license plate sticker.
Tomahawk firefighters, along with a DNR ranger and a deputy, responded to a grass fire on Wednesday night in the Town of Bradley south of Tomahawk. At 6:34 p.m., a cell 911 call reported the fire in the 7000 block of State Rd 107 that was in a field but approaching a barn and garage. Prior to firefighters’ arrival, the property owner was able to put out most of the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for less than 20 minutes.
A 29 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested Thursday on a Lincoln County warrant after a deputy found her at a Town of Bradley home. Jackie L. Loiselle-Erickson was wanted by the Lincoln County Court on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A deputy located her just after 1 p.m. on Thursday at a residence on Peaceful Valley Rd and took her into custody. She was held overnight in the Lincoln County Jail for a bond hearing on Friday; there she was released on a signature bond.
Pine River firefighters were called out on Friday evening after a gas grill started on fire. A resident on Violet Lane reported she was cooking on her gas grill when flames started coming out underneath the grill near the LP tank connecters. Minutes after the fire started, a neighbor came over with a fire extinguisher and knocked down the flames. Firefighters were back in the station just after 5:30 p.m.
A 19 year old Merrill woman is in the Lincoln County Jail after deputies investigated a battery complaint early Saturday morning in the Town of Pine River. A resident on Center Rd reported just after 3 a.m. that four people arrived at her house and committed a battery to her adult son. When the suspects were leaving the house, property in the garage was also damaged by the intruders. A Merrill Police Officer located three of the suspects a short time later. The two male witnesses denied involvement in the battery and implicated the 19 year old and a second 19 year old Merrill woman. Alyssa N. Olund was taken into custody in the 300 block of Genesee Street after 4 a.m. She was arrested on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, and criminal trespass to a dwelling. Olund was held for a bond hearing on Monday. According to the deputy’s report, the second 19 year old will have identical charges sent to the District Attorney for the incident.
A 24 year old Merrill man was arrested early Sunday morning on a criminal traffic charge. A deputy saw a vehicle leave a gas station on East Main Street at a high rate of speed just after midnight. When he ran a check on the license plate, he noted the vehicle did not match the information on file with DOT. A traffic stop was conducted on North Memorial Drive at County Rd G. Eric A. Welch was asked to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests he was taken into custody on a second offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Welch was later booked in the Lincoln County Jail but was cited for operating after revocation and non-registration before being released to a responsible party.
A stolen ATV has been recovered and a Tomahawk man is facing criminal charges after deputies investigated a theft complaint in the Town of Skanawan Sunday. Early Sunday morning, a deputy began the investigation after a Tomahawk man reported the 2005 Yamaha stolen from a garage on County Rd H. When the Rec. Deputy reported to work on Sunday morning, he recognized the ATV as one he had stopped on Friday in Tomahawk whose operator had an odd story on how he obtained the machine. The Rec. Deputy went to a home in the southern part of Bradley and recovered the machine just after noon on Sunday. The 17 year old suspect will be summonsed into court on charges of theft, obstructing an officer, criminal trespass, possession of stolen property.
Deputies are searching for the operator of a cafe racer who fled from them Sunday night. A deputy was driving north on US Hwy 51 near County Rd S south of Tomahawk just after 7 p.m. when he spotted the green motorcycle heading south at 84 MPH. The deputy entered an emergency turn around and activated his emergency lights and siren and the driver fled at over 100 MPH. For safety reasons, the deputy did not pursue the motorcycle and soon lost sight of it. A short time later, a deputy was watching the southbound off ramp to State Rd 64 at US Hwy 51 when a motorcycle matching the description exited. The deputy tried to stop the cycle but it fled to the east on State Rd 64 at over 100 MPH. Again for safety reasons, the deputy did not pursue the cycle. A few minutes later, a resident on County Rd X reported the motorcycle passed her residence at a high rate of speed near the Marathon County line. The motorcycle is green in color and the operator was wearing a green leather jacket with a green, white and black helmet with a metallic green face mask. If you have any information on the operator of this motorcycle you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers may qualify for a cash reward.
Seven people reported striking deer this past week in Lincoln County.