Deputies need your help as they investigate a theft case from this past weekend. On Monday morning, Aug. 3, workers at the gravel pit located on the far north end of Pine Ridge Ave. in the Town of Pine River reported one of their trailers entered. According to the report, sometime over the weekend an equipment trailer was entered and once inside a 100-foot heavy duty extension cord, two leads for a portable welder and a Power Team power pack pump which is used for pressurizing hydraulics were stolen. The total estimated loss for the items is over $5,000. If you have any information on this theft case or saw any suspicious activity in the area, you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272. Callers may also call Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A 34-year-old Merrill woman was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges related to violating a restraining order. A resident of the Town of Merrill phoned the Sheriff’s Office late Tuesday night and complained that he was receiving obscene text messages from the woman who had been served a restraining order just days before. When a deputy made contact with the suspect, she admitted to sending the pictures but said she did so by accident. The woman was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she was charged with knowingly violating a restraining order and bail jumping. At an initial appearance on Wednesday, the woman was given a signature bond but she remains jailed on a probation hold.
A 45-year-old Ogema man was arrested late Thursday night on warrant charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Scott. A deputy stopped a vehicle being operated by the man as it traveled north on US Hwy. 51 near County Rd. Q for an equipment violation. A check showed the man was wanted in both Clark and Taylor counties for contempt of court. The suspect was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was able to post bond and be released.
A 58-year-old Vilas County man was arrested late Thursday night after a 911 caller reported a possible impaired driver traveling north on US Hwy. 51 near Irma. A deputy found the vehicle and followed it from County Rd. S traveling north just after 11 p.m. As the vehicle went north, the deputy noted it was traveling at 45 MPH and had its turn signal stuck on. When the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren, the man failed to stop for over a mile. Upon making contact, the deputy noted the odor of intoxicants and asked the man to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests, the man was taken into custody for a second offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The man, who is from Winchester, was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was also cited for having an open intoxicant in the vehicle. Unable to find a responsible party, the man was held in the Lincoln County Jail where he was held until late Friday morning when he was sober.
A 16-year-old Merrill youth was referred to the Department of Social Services on several charges after deputies investigating a suspicious person case, recovered a stolen vehicle and solved several theft cases and a burglary. At 4:30 a.m. on Friday, a resident on Corning Rd. in the Town of Corning reported three teen boys hanging out by his house. When deputies arrived, the youths fled into the woods. A Merrill Police Officer found tracks on a nearby road that indicated the suspects had been picked up by a vehicle. A short time later, the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office reported a 13-year-old boy was missing from that county and he was suspected to be a runaway in the company of the 16-year-old Merrill youth and a 14-year-old Antigo boy. Deputies and officers from the Merrill Police Department went to the Merrill youth’s home on North State St. and recovered numerous items that were stolen from vehicles overnight in the City of Merrill. They also learned the 16-year-old entered the home in the Town of Corning and committed a theft. He denied knowing anything about the others involved but officers found the two youths from Antigo hiding in the bedroom of the 16-year-old. Deputies are seeking charges for the 16-year-old including burglary, operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and theft. The Merrill Police Department will also be referring the 16-year-old on multiple charges.
A 39-year-old Merrill man was jailed and a 19-year-old Merrill man will be cited after the Rec. Deputy investigated the report of a shooting on Friday evening in the Town of Corning. The 19-year-old phoned 911 just after 7:30 p.m. to report he was shot at while riding his four wheeler off of Forks Rd. The Rec. Deputy was aware several neighbors have lodged complaints in the past of ATV’s running on private property and the 19-year-old was warned in the past about this. The 19-year-old told the deputy he was riding on the neighbor’s property when he was confronted by the man who had a rifle. As the 19-year-old went to drive away he heard a shot and then two additional shots which he thought hit the ground near him. When the Rec. Deputy located the land owner, he admitted to confronting the man and firing the shots in order to scare him. The land owner told the deputy he knew his actions were wrong but he was frustrated by the ongoing issue of trespassing by the suspect. The 39-year-old was taken into custody on charges of disorderly conduct and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was able to post a cash bond and be released. The 19-year-old will be cited for operating on another’s property without consent, having expired registration on his ATV and also for littering.
A 50-year-old Merrill woman was injured after a motorcycle crash on Saturday evening in the Town of Bradley. The woman and her husband were riding separate cycles on State Rd. 107 south of County Rd. S when the woman lost control and crashed. She was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital and then flown to the trauma center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield where she was released on Sunday. The woman was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and alcohol is not a factor.
A 42-year-old Gleason man was arrested Sunday morning after deputies investigated a fight that occurred in the Town of Russell. A cell 911 call reported an altercation occurring behind an establishment in downtown Gleason just after midnight. When deputies arrived, they learned the suspect had started a fight with the victim earlier in the evening but it had been broken up. After the victim had gone outside, the suspect confronted him and a physical altercation took place in which the victim was kicked in the head. The victim refused medical treatment. Deputies were not able to locate the suspect immediately but took him into custody late Sunday morning at his residence. He was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a cash bond.
The Town of Corning Fire Department and a deputy responded to a possible car fire on Sunday afternoon. At 3 p.m., a cell 911 caller reported a vehicle with heavy smoke coming out from under the hood on Tesch Rd. in the Town of Harding. When Corning firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered the vehicle had a faulty radiator and there was no fire.
A 21-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested Sunday evening on a warrant charge. A deputy stopped the man on County Rd. A near County Rd. U north of Tomahawk after recognizing the man as being wanted by the Oneida County Sheriff. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the man was wanted on several warrants for contempt of court. The man was brought to the county line and turned over to an Oneida County Deputy there.
A 28-year-old Tomahawk man will be referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney after a traffic stop on Sunday. The deputy was traveling on State Rd. 86 west of Tomahawk when he saw two café racer style motorcycles accelerate rapidly as they went west. The radar indicated the speeds at one point were 90 MPH. The deputy stopped the pair who turned out to be father and son. Both admitted to speeding in excess of the limits and a check showed the son did not have a valid driver license and he has a prior conviction for driving without one. The man also had three open criminal cases in Lincoln and Marathon County courts with bail bonds which prohibit the man from committing any other crimes. The 28-year-old will be summonsed into court on three misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.
Only one report of a person striking a deer was received this past week but another bear was struck. A Merrill man reported striking and killing a bear cub on Tuesday night on State Rd. 17 at Heineman Rd.