No injuries were reported but State Rd. 64 east of Merrill in the Town of Pine River was closed for hours after a semi rollover last Monday afternoon. The driver of the semi, a 67-year-old Florida man, told the investigating deputy that he was traveling west on State Rd. 64 when a passenger car crossed the centerline, causing him to take evasive action and leave the roadway. When deputies arrived, they found the semi, which was fully loaded with 79,900 pounds of potatoes, tipped into the ditch at the north intersection of State Rd. 64 and County Rd. X. Due to inclement weather, the towing company waited until additional resources could be gathered on Tuesday afternoon to upright and remove the truck. Deputies closed State Rd. 64 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and kept it closed until the semi was removed at around 7:30 p.m. No citations were issued.
A 28-year-old Madison man who is a resident of the Lincoln County Jail now faces additional charges after he damaged jail property. On Monday evening, a deputy investigated after the inmate smashed a jail phone. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail on Saturday after he was arrested in Dane County on a Lincoln County warrant for resisting/obstructing an officer. At a bond hearing on Monday, a Lincoln County Judge set a $100 cash bond. Unable to post the bond, the suspect remained in the jail where he damaged the phone late Monday evening. On Tuesday, the man was returned to court where he was charged with criminal damage to property and bail jumping. He was released on a signature bond on that case but remains jailed on the original case.
Pine River and Russell firefighters along with deputies responded to a reported structure fire on Thursday morning. At 8:19 a.m., a cell caller reported a fire in the office of a home on Spring Brook Ave. When deputies arrived, they found a computer in an office started on fire and the homeowner, using fire extinguishers that were given out by the Pine River Fire Department to residents, had knocked down most of the fire. Pine River firefighters put out the rest of the fire and checked for extension into the home. The home owner was checked on the scene by paramedics but denied medical transport.
A 27-year-old Irma man was arrested Friday afternoon after deputies responded to a report of a disturbance in the Town of Birch. Just before 3 p.m., deputies went to a home in Irma after second hand calls reported there was a fight happening. Deputies took the man into custody for disorderly conduct. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was able to post a cash bond late Friday night and be released.
A 24-year-old Merrill man is in the Lincoln County Jail after deputies investigated a vehicle in the ditch early Saturday morning. A caller reported a pickup truck in the ditch on Fairview Rd. near County Rd. Z in the Town of Scott at 3:39 a.m. As deputies were responding, the suspect phoned the Sheriff’s Office and identified himself as the owner of the vehicle and said he would remove it in the morning. When he was told the vehicle needed to be removed right away due to the weather, the man became belligerent. Deputies located the man at a home on Pit Rd. but when they tried to speak to him about the incident he started swearing and threatened one of the deputies. The suspect was taken into custody for two counts of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a felony charge of intimidating a victim for threatening the violence towards the deputy. The man had a bail hearing on Monday afternoon in Lincoln County Court.
A 70-year-old Weston man was injured after a snowmobile crash Saturday afternoon in the Town of Wilson. Deputies along with a DNR Warden and Tomahawk EMS Responded to Somo Dam Drive at Zenith Tower Rd. just after 4 p.m. after a cell 911 caller reported the crash. According to the witness, the man lost control of his sled, striking a snow bank, and the sled rolled over on top of the driver before he was ejected. Initially the Spirit II helicopter was requested but later canceled. The driver was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital where he was treated and later released. The DNR investigated the incident, alcohol was not a factor and the driver was wearing his helmet.
A 25-year-old Burlington woman was taken into custody early Sunday morning after deputies investigated a crash in the Town of Wilson. At 2:23 a.m., a cell caller reported a vehicle off the roadway at US Hwy. 8 and County Rd. CC. When deputies arrived they made contact with the driver and she admitted she had been drinking prior to the crash. Field sobriety tests were administered and the woman was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She was later released to a responsible party.
The number of car deer crashes continues to increase with three being reported this past week.