A 32-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested last Sunday evening on a sexual assault charge. Deputies, along with the Lincoln County Department of Social Services, investigated a report that the man had sexual contact with the victim who is under 13 years of age. The man was formally charged on Tuesday in Lincoln County Court with three counts of first degree sexual assault of a child. At a bond hearing a Lincoln County Judge set a $25,000 cash bond. Unable to post the bond, the man remains in the Lincoln County Jail.
A 23-year-old Antigo man was injured after a one vehicle rollover on Monday afternoon in the Town of Pine River. At 3:40 p.m., a cell 911 caller reported a single vehicle crash on State Rd. 64 near Cain Creek Road. The driver refused medical transport. The Pine River Fire Department and First Responders assisted at the scene.
A 55-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a warrant charge. The man came to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and informed the jail staff he was wanted. On Thursday, a 52-year-old Gleason man was arrested on a warrant charge after he came to the court house. Later Thursday morning, a 45-year-old Merrill man was arrested at the court house after a judge ordered him jailed for failing to support a child as ordered.
A 41-year-old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening after deputies investigated a report of a reckless driver. A deputy located the vehicle and made contact with the driver who refused to comply with the deputies commands and was detained after a taser was deployed. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with operating while intoxicated second offense, disorderly conduct and obstructing/resisting an officer. Merrill Police assisted with the arrest.
A deputy participated in an unusual rescue Saturday night after receiving a call from a Town of Merrill resident. Just after 7:30 p.m., a resident along the Wisconsin River off of State Rd. 107 reported that they had found what appeared to be a wounded owl in their yard. A deputy went to the scene to investigate and he eventually found two Great White Horned Owls who had gotten out of their nest. The deputy was able to rescue both birds and turn them over to a volunteer for Raptor Education Group.
Grass fires caused problems on US Hwy. 51 Sunday morning. At 11:30 a.m., a fire was reported in the Town of Merrill near the exit for US Hwy. 51 at County Rd. K. As fire units and deputies were arriving in the area additional 911 calls reported fires near County Rd. C and a short time later near County Rd. S. Firefighters from the DNR and Tomahawk reported the fire north of County Rd. S got into some heavier brush and parts of the highway had to be shut down as firefighters spent close to an hour extinguishing the flames and checking hot spots. The causes of the fires are not known.
A 42-year-old Rhinelander man is in the Lincoln County Jail after a deputy stopped a vehicle Sunday evening in the Town of Merrill. At 5:40 p.m., a deputy observed a vehicle traveling on State Rd. 17 that had expired registration. The driver had a revoked driver’s license and was out on bonds in Lincoln and Oneida counties for misdemeanor and felony charges. As part of his bond restrictions he was not allowed to operate a motor vehicle unless licensed. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with one count of felony and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping along with driving after revocation. The driver remains jailed awaiting a bond hearing Monday afternoon.
Clean up your campsite, that is the warning from the Recreation Deputy. The Lincoln County Forestry Department is busy preparing parks in the county for seasonal visitors but already a problem was reported at the Underdown camping area. The Forestry Department found where someone had left behind litter including a mattress. The Rec. Deputy located the group later in the evening and cited them for littering on county forestry land. The Rec. Deputy patrols county campgrounds and recreation areas throughout the year and shows zero tolerance for those who cause damage to these areas or disturb others while using them.
Three people reported striking deer this past week.