A 72-year-old Madison man was taken into custody early Monday evening after a deputy stopped a speeding vehicle south of Tomahawk. At 6:30 p.m., a deputy spotted a vehicle traveling north on US Hwy. 51 that radar indicated was traveling at 89 MPH in the 65 MPH zone. When the vehicle was stopped near County Rd. S, the deputy noticed two bottles of vodka sitting on the passenger seat and noted the odor of an intoxicant coming from the vehicle. When the driver exited the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, he fell on the side of the road and a bottle of vodka was found in his pants pocket. The man refused to perform field sobriety tests but provided a breath sample that was more than twice the legal limit for driving. The man was eventually released to a responsible party and according to the deputy’s report, he will be cited for speeding, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated first offense and for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.
A New Hampshire man was cited on Tuesday morning after a deputy in an unmarked squad car spotted the man speeding on US Hwy. 51. The deputy was traveling south on US Hwy. 51 near Irma just after 7 a.m. on Saturday when a café racer style motorcycle passed him at a high rate of speed. The deputy followed the man as he weaved in and out of traffic at speeds estimated to be at 110 MPH. When the man was stopped south of Merrill, the driver told a deputy he was heading back to New Hampshire from the Minocqua area and did not realize he was traveling at that rate of speed. The man was issued a citation for reckless driving which carries a fine of $389.50.
A 35-year-old Tomahawk man escaped injury after a one-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday evening in the Town of Bradley. Cell 911 callers reported a vehicle had left the roadway and crashed on US Hwy. 8 near Gate Wood Heights Rd. at 5:;41 p.m. When the investigating deputy spoke with the witnesses, they reported the vehicle had been driving recklessly just prior to it crashing. The driver was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital but he left that facility before he could be treated. The investigating deputy cited the man for not having insurance and for failing to maintain control of his vehicle; alcohol was not a factor. The Tomahawk Fire Department also responded to the crash and assistance was received at the scene from an Oneida County deputy.
Pine River Firefighters were called out on Wednesday evening after a barn fire was reported just after 7:30 p.m. A 911 call on Center Rd. reported what appeared to be flames coming from the top of a barn. A deputy arrived on the scene within minutes of the call and found the fire was actually a brush pile that was near a building. The owner was burning with a permit but he was reminded to call the Sheriff’s Office before burning next time.
Two people were taken into custody early Friday morning after a traffic stop in the Town of Bradley. Just after 2 a.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on County Rd. A at Duck Point Rd. north of Tomahawk. Detecting the odor of an intoxicant, the driver, a 41-year-old Tomahawk man, was asked to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests, he was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. After processing at the Tomahawk Police Department, the man called a friend to act as a responsible party, but when the 40-year-old Tomahawk man arrived at the police station, a check showed he was wanted by the Merrill Police Department for failing to pay a fine. Both men were brought to the Lincoln County Jail and they were held until early Friday afternoon when the 41-year-old was sober and the 40-year-old had his bond posted.
A 19-year-old Merrill woman was arrested Friday evening on a warrant charge. The woman turned herself in at the Sheriff’s Office after a warrant was issued for her arrest by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The woman was held for violating terms of her probation.
A 49-year-old Wausau man was taken into custody on Friday evening after an ATV stop led to an OWI. The Rec. Deputy stopped the ATV when he spotted it traveling on County Rd. A near Horse Shoe Rd. at 58 MPH in the 35 MPH zone. When the Rec. Deputy stopped the man to speak to him about the speed, he detected the strong odor of an intoxicant and asked the man to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests, the man was taken into custody for a first offense of operating while intoxicated. The driver will also be cited for speed. He was released to a responsible party.
A 38-year-old Merrill man is in the Lincoln County Jail after a deputy investigated a vehicle in the ditch in the Town of Merrill late Friday night. Just after 10 p.m., a passerby reported a vehicle in the ditch at County Rd. K at County Rd. C. When a deputy arrived, he found the passenger car in the ditch with an SUV trying to pull it out. The suspect provided a false name to the deputy but later admitted to his true identity. A check showed the man was on probation and it was found he was drinking in violation of his rules. The suspect was arrested on a charge of obstructing for providing the false name along with probation violation. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where a pill was located in his wallet that turned out to be narcotic which was not prescribed for him. An additional charge of possession of a narcotic was added to the man’s charges.
A 52-year-old Birnamwood man was injured after falling out of a tree on Saturday morning in the Town of Harrison. A resident on Seven Island Lake Rd. called 911 at 10:18 a.m. to report the incident. According to the deputy’s report, the man was hired to cut down trees on the property and while he was an estimated 25 feet off the ground, the man fell to the ground. The victim was wearing a safety harness at the time but it is believed it slipped over and off the top of the tree stump. The man was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander and then transferred to the trauma center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield where as of Sunday he is listed in fair condition. Weather at the time prohibited flying the man from the scene which was at first planned. The Town of Russell Fire Department assisted at the scene of the incident.
A 35-year-old Tomahawk woman was arrested early Sunday morning after deputies responded to a reported disturbance at an area campground. Just after midnight, a caller reported a possible disturbance at the Otter Lake Campground in the Town of Skanawan, but when deputies arrived they found that one of the parties involved had left the area and it was possible she was driving while intoxicated. About an hour later, a deputy driving in Tomahawk spotted the vehicle and made contact with the driver. She admitted to being at the campground and said she left due to the disturbance. She was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result she was arrested on a charge of first offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a minor passenger as the woman admitted she had her four children with her when she was driving. The woman was booked into the Lincoln County Jail but was later released to a responsible party after posting a cash bond.
The Rec. Deputy is still considering whether citations will be issued after a deputy found an ATV traveling on a county road towing a refrigerator. The deputy was on County Rd. H near Grundy Rd. in the Town of Skanawan when he saw an ATV traveling south on County Rd. H towing a hollowed out refrigerator with two adult male passengers inside. The deputy could not tell at first what was being towed by the ATV but saw a shower of sparks coming from it. After questioning the driver, the deputy was able to see marks on the ground showing the trio had made a few laps down the road prior to being located at 12:30 a.m. The men - one from Gleason and two from Wausau - admitted to drinking but none of them were intoxicated. They agreed to push their ATV home and pick up the refrigerator later Sunday morning. The Rec. Deputy noted the stretch of road is open to ATV traffic but a citation for operation in a careless manner will probably be issued.
The number of car deer crashes has increased with four being reported this past week. Another animal struck this past week was a cow. A Wisconsin Dell’s man struck the cow on State Rd. 17 just north of County Rd. G in the Town of Merrill. A nearby farmer was located and advised the animal was his. A deputy had to put down the suffering animal.