A 55-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies and Tomahawk Police Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a man with a gun. Just before 6 a.m., the victim dialed 911 from a residence on Kings Rd. in the Town of Bradley and reported a man was armed and making threats. When a Tomahawk Police Officer arrived, he found the man outside of the home armed with a shotgun. As additional units arrived, the man threw down his gun and surrendered. The suspect was taken into custody and brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and pointing a firearm at another person, along with a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety. At a bond hearing on Wednesday, the district attorney charged the man with the misdemeanor charges only and a Lincoln County Judge released him on a signature bond.
A 28-year-old Merrill man and a 24-year-old Tomahawk man will face additional criminal charges after a deputy investigated a fight in the Lincoln County Jail. The pair told the deputy they got into a physical altercation after a game of cards. One of the inmates was treated at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for injuries he received in the incident.
Weather related traffic incidents kept deputies busy throughout the week. Fifty slide-offs and 20 crashes were investigated as intermittent snow and high winds kept roadways slick. A couple of incidents involving semis blocked roads for some time. On Thursday morning, a cell 911 call at 5:30 a.m. reported US Hwy 8 at County Rd. L blocked after a semi jackknifed. When a deputy arrived on the scene, he found a semi had turned off of County Rd. L onto US Hwy. 8 when his trailer became detached from the tractor getting both stuck in the snowbank. It took an hour and a half to clear the truck and get traffic moving smoothly again. At around 2 p.m. on Thursday, another semi went into the ditch, this time in Pine River. The driver stopped along State Rd. 64 near the Pine River School after the check engine light came on in his cab. The driver thought there was enough room on the shoulder but when he stopped the trailer filled with paper rolls partially slid into the ditch. It took over two hours before a truck from Rod’s Towing freed the semi and traffic began flowing again like normal.
A 47-year-old Irma man was arrested Thursday evening on a criminal traffic charge. A deputy responded to County Rd. J near County Rd. H in the Town of Birch after a DNR Warden came across a vehicle in the ditch. The warden had contact with the driver and noted the odor of intoxicants and requested a deputy come investigate. When the deputy made contact with the driver, he admitted he had been drinking and agreed 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. The charge may be amended to a third offense as the driver has one other case pending in Lincoln County Court after an arrest in November by a deputy. After processing, the subject was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was later released to a responsible party.
A Town of Harding woman reported this past week that she has been the victim of fraud. The woman reported getting a phone call from a man claiming to be a debt collector for a pay day loan company. The scammer told the victim that he was from a law firm and if she did not send money via a green dot card at once he would have her arrested. The woman sent some money and a short time later she started getting calls from several people claiming the same thing and demanding money. The woman had sent over $2,000 to before she called law enforcement and reported the theft. When the deputy took the report, the money had already been transferred and was now untraceable.
A 66-year-old Tomahawk man was taken into custody early Friday evening after a vehicle slid into the ditch in the Town of Bradley north of Tomahawk. Just after 7 p.m., a deputy came across a vehicle in the ditch on County Rd. Y near Graff Rd. The driver agreed to do field sobriety tests but the deputy stopped him after he fell in the roadway during one of the tests. The man was taken into custody on a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was later released to a responsible party.
A 40-year-old Gleason man is in the Lincoln County Jail after deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in the Town of Russell Friday night. Deputies learned the man had become disorderly and caused injury to the victim at a residence in the 5000 block of State Rd. 17. The deputy also learned that during a disturbance a few days earlier the suspect caused harm to her when she tried to contact law enforcement. The suspect was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges of battery and disorderly conduct along with possession of drug paraphernalia after items used to consume methamphetamine were located. The suspect also faces felony charges of intimidation of a victim along with two felony counts of bail jumping. The suspect is currently out on bond after being arrested twice; including last week on multiple charges related to drugs including possession of methamphetamine. After the last arrest, the suspect had been released from jail after a judge set a $200 cash bond. The man was held for a bond hearing on Monday.
Tomahawk Firefighters and a deputy responded to Lake Alice on Saturday morning after an ice shanty was reported to be on fire. Just after 8 a.m., cell callers reported the fire off of Shorewood Rd. in the Town of King. When Tomahawk Firefighters and a deputy arrived on the scene, they found a camper trailer which had been converted into an ice shanty engulfed in flames. Tomahawk Firefighters put out the flames but the camper was a total loss. The owner of the camper, a 25-year-old Tomahawk man, told the investigating deputy that he had started a fire in a small wood stove in the camper and then had left to take a lap around the lake, when he returned he found the camper fully engulfed in flames.
Tomahawk Firefighters and a deputy responded to a fire alarm on Saturday afternoon in the Town of Bradley. A business on County Rd. L phoned the 911 center at noon and reported a fire alarm sounding. When a deputy arrived on the scene minutes later, he advised it was a false alarm. Tomahawk Firefighters were on the scene a short time investigating before they returned to their station.
Only one person reported striking a deer this past week.