The first snow storm of the season caused multiple problems on area roads Wednesday morning. The first report came in at 5 a.m. Most of the incidents occurred late Wednesday morning and into the early afternoon. A few incidents involved property damage and some highways signs were also struck. In total, 15 slide offs were reported and nine property damage crashes were investigated. None involved any injury.
A 31-year-old Irma man was arrested Thursday morning on a probation violation charge. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections requested the man be taken into custody for violating terms of his electronic monitoring. Deputies found the man at his residence and brought him to the Lincoln County Jail where he was held.
A 24-year-old Merrill man was taken into custody late Friday evening on a traffic charge. A cell caller reported a vehicle traveling south on US Hwy. 51 from Irma that had gone into the ditch and was now all over the roadway. A deputy located and stopped the vehicle on US Hwy. 51 at Lincoln Drive. The driver submitted to field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
An extensive search Saturday morning in the Town of Harding resulted in a 60-year-old Oshkosh man being arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. At 3:30 a.m., residents on Camp Avenue reported the man had gone missing following a disturbance. Witnesses told deputies they feared the man may be in danger due to some medical conditions. Deputies searched the area, unable to locate him, and a formal search was organized. Deputies and firefighters from the Corning, Merrill, Pine River, Russell and Tomahawk fire departments responded with off road vehicles to assist. Contact was also made with the MedEvac helicopter and the Civil Air Patrol for assistance. A deputy found the man walking on State Rd. 107 at Wilderness Drive, eight miles away from the cabin. After determining the man was not in need of medical attention he was taken into custody on the disorderly conduct charge which was reported earlier. During the initial disturbance, the man had displayed a holstered handgun, but did not take it with him when he left. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was able to post a cash bond and be released. Deputies noted alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
A 30-year-old Merrill man was arrested Saturday evening on a felony warrant charge. Deputies located the man at a residence in Pine River and took him into custody on the warrant through Lincoln County Court for failure to appear in court.
A 36-year-old Merrill man was arrested Sunday afternoon at the request of the Marathon County Sheriff. The man voluntarily came to the Safety Building around 10:30 a.m. and was taken into custody based on the request.
A 64-year-old Merrill man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a warrant charge. Deputies located the man during a welfare check. A check showed he was wanted by the Wood County Sheriff for contempt of court.
A 26-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a warrant charge. Deputies and a Tomahawk Police Officer checked a location in the City of Tomahawk and found the man around 4 p.m. The man was wanted for violating terms of his probation.
Sixteen people reported having controlled burns. You are reminded that you need complete snow coverage in order to burn without a permit. If you plan on burning in a populated or well-traveled area, you should call the Sheriff’s Office prior to burning.
The nine-day gun deer season concluded Sunday statewide and deputies noted no major problems. One complaint of trespassing involving hunters was called in during the nine days and that case resulted in a Rhinelander man being cited for trespassing in the Town of Russell.
The number of car deer crashes is lower than previous weeks with only eight being reported.