The Corning Fire Department was called out last Monday morning after high winds caused power lines to get caught up in some trees. A cell 911 caller reported the incident on State Rd. 64 near Joe Snow Rd. at 5:10 a.m. When firefighters and a deputy arrived on the scene, they found no fire. Both stood by until Wisconsin Public Service rectified the situation. In another similar incident 10 minutes later, the Oneida County Town of Crescent Fire Department responded to the far northern part of State Rd. 17 near County Rd. A after a tree got caught up in the power lines. They too stood by for Wisconsin Public Service.
A 46-year-old Irma man was arrested Tuesday evening on a criminal traffic charge. A deputy was traveling on County Rd. S near US Hwy. 51 when he observed a vehicle parked on an ATV trail. As the deputy drove closer, the vehicle drove away and tossed a cigarette butt out the window. As the deputy followed the vehicle, he noted the speeds kept varying and the vehicle was weaving in traffic. The vehicle was stopped near Stevenson Rd. and the deputy noted the odor of an intoxicant. The driver completed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody on a second offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was also cited for littering before being released to a responsible party.
A 52-year-old Tomahawk man was injured after a one vehicle rollover in the Town of Tomahawk. At 4:04 p.m., a cell 911 call reported the crash on County Rd. O near Bilby Rd. According to the report, the male was traveling on County Rd. O when he lost control on slippery roads and rolled his vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital. The Tomahawk Fire Department also responded to the scene.
Deputies were kept busy during the evening commute on Wednesday as snow fell in the area. About half a dozen vehicles slid off the road during the small storm and a couple had reportable damage. The Lincoln County Highway Department was able to get traffic flowing smoothly again on the main roads by 6 p.m. but a second band came through after 10 p.m., causing the roads to become slick again and caused another half dozen vehicles to leave the roadway. During the morning commute, deputies again were kept busy as vehicles slid off the roadway in several spots throughout the county; no injuries were reported in any of these incidents.
Tomahawk Firefighters were called out on Friday night after a chimney fire was reported in the Town of Skanawan. Just after 10 p.m., a cell 911 call reported the fire at a residence in the 7000 block of County Rd. H. Prior to firefighters arriving, the home owner was able to extinguish the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for only a short time. While responding to the fire, Tomahawk’s lead fire engine struck a deer. The truck was not damaged and their response was not hampered by the collision.
A 21-year-old Merrill man was arrested Saturday morning after deputies responded to a disturbance in the Town of Scott. At 11:19 a.m., a 911 caller reported the suspect had caused a disturbance at a residence on Corning Rd. and was refusing to leave. When deputies arrived, they located the suspect next door and he admitted causing the disturbance. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and charged with disorderly conduct. Unable to post bond, he remains jailed awaiting a bond hearing on Monday.
The Rec. Deputy reported a busy weekend in the woods with the opening of the gun deer season, but few problems. The most common complaint this time of year involves hunters erecting permanent tree stands on county forest lands or traveling in restricted areas on county land with ATV’s. Only one trespassing complaint was received during opening weekend and for the most part patrol deputies found few problems.
Twenty seven people reported striking deer this past week, all but three of the crashes took place prior to the opening of the gun deer season. In other animal crashes, a Vilas County deputy reported on Tuesday afternoon that he had removed a black wolf from US Hwy. 51 just north of County Rd. C. The DNR was notified of the animal. On Wednesday, a Tomahawk man struck a bear during the snow storm. That crash happened on US Hwy. 8 just to the east of US Hwy. 51.