A 36 year old Merrill man was one of three people arrested this week by the deputy assigned to Court House security after checks on the court calendar revealed people wanted on warrants. The 36 year old appeared Monday for a hearing, but a check showed he was wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for probation violation. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held. On Thursday morning, an 18 year old Merrill woman was arrested on a warrant through the Price County Sheriff for failing to pay fines after she appeared for a status conference on her court case. On Thursday afternoon, a 28 year old Merrill woman was arrested when she appeared for an initial appearance. The woman was wanted by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for probation violation. She was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held.
On Monday, a Town of Pine River resident reported a break in to his home and a possible suspect was captured on a camera he had installed. Deputies turned to social media in an attempt to identify the suspect. This led to almost 300 shares, along with several calls providing a possible name to the suspect. On Sunday evening, a deputy interviewed the suspect who was identified by callers. The investigation into the matter continues and deputies would like to thank friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for their prompt help with this case.
A 56 year old Merrill man was arrested Monday evening on a criminal traffic and drug charge after deputies investigated a crash in the Town of Merrill. Just before 6 p.m., deputies responded to Duginski Rd at Gen Drive after receiving a report of a vehicle in the ditch. When deputies arrived, they found the driver walking away from the vehicle which had crashed into and damaged two road signs. The driver showed signs of impairment and he 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. After a blood test at Ministry Good Samaritan, the driver was brought to the Lincoln County Jail; there a corrections officer found a small amount of marijuana in the man’s pants pocket. The man was booked into the Lincoln County Jail for OWI 2nd offense and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. He was released to a responsible party after posting bond.
A 46 year old Tomahawk woman was injured after a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the Town of Merrill. At 8:12 a.m., a cell 911 call reported the crash at County Rd K and Duginski Rd. The deputy’s report indicates that a vehicle being driven by a 49 year old Manitowish Waters woman was slowing to turn onto Duginski Rd when she was struck from behind by a motorcycle being driven by the Tomahawk woman. The Tomahawk driver was transported to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center by Lincoln County EMS. She was later transferred to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Deputies took a 48 year old Merrill man into custody Thursday morning after responding to a report of an intruder at a Town of Scott apartment. At 6:46 a.m., the victim called the Sheriff’s Office to relate that a neighbor was very intoxicated and she woke up to find him in her bedroom. When deputies arrived, they located the intoxicated male and took him into custody on a charge of criminal trespass. He was held until late Thursday afternoon when he was able to post cash bond and be released.
A 31 year old Gleason man was arrested Thursday morning on a warrant charge. Deputies went to a home in the Town of Russell to help mediate a property dispute involved with an estate. While checking on those present, deputies learned that the man was wanted in Lincoln County for failing to pay in excess of $1,200 in child support. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held on the warrant until Saturday, when he was able to post cash bond and be released.
On Friday, deputies began an investigation into a missing person’s case from a Town of Bradley home after it was reported an elderly female with dementia issues left earlier in the day and had not returned. After taking the report, deputies sent out an attempt to locate to law enforcement agencies throughout the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan while additional deputies checked the roads in Lincoln County for any sign of the woman. They soon learned the woman had used her credit card in Eagle River Friday afternoon but there was no further activity on the card until Saturday morning when the card was used in Solon Springs, WI in southern Douglas County. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was informed that the woman had been in their county and deputies turned to the media and social media to get out the information about the missing woman. Just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, a Marathon County deputy found the woman’s vehicle parked on State Rd 107 near Rib Falls. The vehicle was un-occupied, so a search of the area was begun by Marathon County deputies who located the woman at a gas station in Edgar just before 10 p.m. Lincoln County deputies then made arrangements for her to be reunited with her family, which took place late Saturday night. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those who assisted in this search, including the hundreds of people who quickly spread the word via social media.
A 30 year old Menasha man is in the Lincoln County Jail after deputies went on a welfare check in the Town of Harding. At 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the Menasha Police Department requested assistance in locating the suspect after he made a series of calls and texts to family members in the Fox Valley. Deputies located the man at a residence on Burma Rd and found that he was intoxicated but not in danger. But a check showed a warrant through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for probation violation. The suspect was arrested and brought to the Lincoln County Jail, where he was held.
Deputies need your help in solving a theft case from Sunday morning in the Town of Merrill. At 1:20 a.m., a cell caller reported finding a crashed ATV at the corner of County Rd K and Pope Rd. When the witness found the ATV, he saw the suspected driver fleeing from the scene into the woods. When the area was checked, deputies found evidence that the ATV might have first crashed on County Rd K near Duginski Rd before being abandoned at Pope Rd. The owners of the machine were contacted and they reported the machine was parked at their farm on County Rd K just north of the City of Merrill and they still had the key for the machine. It is not known how the suspect started the machine, but whomever the operator was he or she most likely will be suffering injuries from crashing the 2006 Polaris. If you have any information on this theft you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272 or Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
Seven people struck deer this past week, down one from last week. A bear was also struck. On Thursday, the bear was found wounded on the side of County Rd E north of State Rd 107. The animal was put down due to its injuries and suffering.