A 21-year-old Merrill man is in the Lincoln County Jail facing a criminal traffic charge after a crash in the Town of Merrill. At 2:30 a.m. on Friday morning a caller reported that a vehicle had struck a pole in a parking lot at an establishment north of Merrill. When contact was made with the driver he displayed signs of intoxication and was arrested for a second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. It was later found the driver had previously driven through and damaged the volleyball court at another establishment. The man was also cited for driving after revocation and held on a probation violation charge.
A 46-year-old Weston man was arrested on Friday afternoon on a felony warrant for sexual misconduct with a minor. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Everest Metro Police Department. A Sheriff’s investigator has forwarded six felony charges related to the incident that took place in the Town of Schley.
A 22-year-old Irma man was taken into custody early Sunday morning after deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle in the Town of Merrill. Just before 1 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle stopped on State Rd. 107 near Lone Pine Road and the operator appeared to be unconscious. Deputies arrived and found the vehicle parked in the opposite late of traffic. The driver displayed signs of impairment and was placed through field sobriety tests and eventually cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, first offense, and for not having insurance.
A 56-year-old Rhinelander man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a road rage incident in the Town of Merrill. Just after 2 p.m., a motorist reported having contact with a reckless driver as they traveled on State Rd. 17 in the Town of Merrill. The caller reported the other driver was holding and displayed what appeared to be a handgun. An officer from the Merrill Police Department spotted the vehicle coming into the city and stopped it. Law enforcement recovered an airsoft pistol which resembled a handgun. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct. He was later able to post a cash bond and be released.
The number of car deer crashes is back up to eight after only three people struck deer the week before. One of those crashes this past week involved a patrol vehicle. A deputy on patrol struck the deer on US Hwy 51 near County Rd S outside of Tomahawk causing severe damage to his marked patrol unit.