Three fire departments responded on Monday after a structure fire was reported in the Town of Skanawan. At 4 p.m., a passing motorist reported a home fully engulfed in flames on Stevenson Rd. When deputies and firefighters arrived, they found the occupants of the home had safely evacuated. The property owner’s son told deputies that he and a friend were playing when they smelled smoke and then saw flames coming from an office in the house. They ran out of the house to the neighbors to seek help. Tomahawk firefighters requested mutual aid from both the Town of Russell and Nokomis Fire Departments for assistance in fighting the fire. They were on the scene until just before 11 p.m. The home is owned by the Kruty family, who are insured. They did accept assistance from the American Red Cross. Tomahawk EMS also stood by but no injuries were reported. The Tomahawk Fire Chief’s truck was damaged when he struck a deer while responding to the fire.
Lincoln County deputies detained three subjects on Tuesday night after Marathon County authorities requested they attempt to locate a vehicle involved in a possible shooting just south of the county line. According to Marathon County, a land owner saw a passenger car pull into a field by his house and heard what he thought were gunshots. When he drove to the area to investigate, the vehicle fled northbound on County Rd X at a high rate of speed. A Lincoln County deputy found the vehicle a short time later and stopped it on State Rd 64 near County Rd W. The occupants of the vehicle admitted they were shooting off fireworks and a large amount of illegal fireworks were located in the vehicle. A Marathon County deputy soon arrived and confiscated the fireworks and indicated he would take enforcement action.
A 25 year old Merrill woman escaped injury after rolling her vehicle over Wednesday morning in the Town of Tomahawk. Cell 911 calls reported the crash on State Rd 86 at County Rd O at 4:37 a.m. The driver told a deputy she swerved to avoid a turkey and rolled her vehicle over. She refused medical treatment from the Tomahawk Ambulance that responded to the scene.
An 18 year old Tomahawk man was taken into custody early Friday morning after a traffic stop in the City of Tomahawk. A deputy stopped a vehicle being driven by Coleman G. Sherman on 5th Street near Lincoln Street after he observed a vehicle without functioning tail lamps. Sherman was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was later released to a responsible party.
A 60 year old Marathon City man was injured on Friday afternoon after he struck a deer in the Town of Rock Falls. James B. Edyvean was operating his motorcycle on State Rd 107 near New Wood Park at around 4:30 p.m. when a fawn came out onto the roadway and struck the front wheel of his bike causing him to lose control and skid down the highway. Edyvean was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was transported by Lincoln County EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center where he was treated and released.
A 27 year old Monona woman was injured after an ATV crash Friday evening in the Town of Harrison. The victim, Laura J. Baumgartner ,was brought to an establishment on County Rd B after the crash. According to the Rec. Deputy, Baumgartner and her one year old child were riding on an ATV on a trail when she crested a hill and lost control of her ATV, rolling it over. Both Baumgartner and her passenger were wearing helmets. Baumgartner was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander where she was held overnight for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies are seeking your help after a theft was reported Saturday morning in the Town of Bradley. Edgewater Golf Course reported sometime overnight someone stole five flags from greens at the golf course. Two of the flags were recovered in water hazards on the course but three remain missing. The value of the flags is estimated at around $300. If you have any information on this case you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-453-5747, or call Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A 21 year old Merrill man and a 19 year old Irma man will be both cited after deputies responded to Tug Lake Recreation Area after a complaint on Saturday regarding damaged property. Witnesses told deputies the two were horse playing near the changing rooms when one broke the screen out of a window. The deputy issuing the citation noted he would ask for restitution once the Forestry Department is able to repair the window.
A 52 year old Marshfield man was cited for operating a boat while intoxicated after the Rec. Deputy stopped a boat on Deer Lake Saturday evening. The Rec. Deputy was patrolling Deer Lake with a DNR warden when they observed the man traveling at a high rate of speed near piers, the shoreline and through a no wake zone. When the boat was stopped the operator showed signs of impairment and was placed through field sobriety tests. He was cited for the violation along with the speed and no wake violations before he was released to a responsible party.
A 20 year old Tomahawk man is in the Lincoln County Jail after deputies investigated a hit and run crash early Sunday morning. According to the deputies’ report, Adam Lee Teske showed up at a party uninvited and started to cause problems in the Town of Birch. As he left, Teske struck another vehicle with his and fled the scene. Deputies used extra caution while responding as information was received that Teske had a shotgun in the back seat of his vehicle. A short time later, deputies saw Teske going down David Rd and stopped after he turned into a driveway. He was taken into custody on charges of hit and run, obstructing an officer and probation violation. He was taken to the hospital for testing for his alcohol content and pending the outcome of those tests deputies may seek charges of violation of the absolute sobriety law and going armed while intoxicated.
The Fourth of July holiday kept deputies busy this past week. Several complaints were investigated regarding illegal fireworks being discharged with the main issue being the late hours it was being done. Deputies also reported heavy traffic throughout the week and weekend. Twenty one driving complaints were reported over the weekend, most involving drivers on US Hwy 51. Twenty six motorists were also checked on during this past week, again most of the break downs were on Hwy 51.
Ten people reported striking deer this past week.