An 18-year-old Merrill woman will be summonsed into court on a misdemeanor theft charge after a deputy investigated a theft from a business in the Town of Scott this past week. A gas station notified the Sheriff’s Office that they had terminated an employee the week before after they suspected her of theft due to her nightly reports showing inaccuracies. The woman voluntarily met with the deputy and admitted to stealing the lottery tickets while she worked and scratching them off and redeeming the winning tickets. The thefts occurred during the first week of July and after an audit it was determined over $1,300 in tickets were taken.
A 19-year-old Gleason man was arrested Tuesday evening on a disorderly conduct charge after deputies investigated a disturbance in the Town of Russell that morning. Just after 11 a.m., a 911 call reported the incident at a residence on 1st Ave. Deputies learned that the suspect had become upset and had smashed the windshield of a truck with a hammer. When law enforcement arrived, they found the man had left the area but he turned himself in to deputies at the jail late Tuesday evening. He was booked on the charge and released after posting a cash bond.
A 57-year-old Merrill man was taken into custody late Tuesday night on a traffic violation. A deputy was heading south on Center Ave. in the City of Merrill when he observed a vehicle heading east on 6th Street go through the stop sign and turn north on Center Ave. As the vehicle turned north, it crossed both of the northbound lanes causing the deputy to take evasive action fearing he would be struck. The vehicle was stopped on 9th Street at Spruce Street and the driver was placed through 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 and was later released from the jail to a responsible party.
Pine River Firefighters and deputies responded on Wednesday morning after a semi caught fire. The semi driver stopped his truck on the onramp to US Hwy. 51 south at State Rd. 64 after noticing the fire and called 911 at 11:39 a.m. The fire was contained to the undercarriage of the vehicle and was believed to have been caused by the failure of a wheel bearing. Firefighters were on the scene for just less than an hour.
A 27-year-old Fitchburg woman received two citations after the agency’s Chief Deputy observed her texting while driving. The Chief Deputy had just left the Sheriff’s Office when he observed the woman driving on North Center Ave. at 2nd Street and it appeared she was texting. The Chief pulled the woman over and she admitted she was texting and knew she should have stopped her vehicle. A check showed the woman’s driver’s license was revoked for an OWI offense and had two prior convictions for driving while revoked. The woman was cited for texting while driving and operating after revocation third offense.
Deputies are investigating and are seeking the public’s help in solving a rash of theft cases on Lake Alexander north and west of Merrill. On Friday, a seasonal resident reported a theft from his pontoon boat which was docked at an address on Von Besser Drive. The victim reported some time after the Fourth of July he had a tackle box, small hand tools and four fishing rods stolen from his covered boat. A short time later, another resident reported that he had a fishing net stolen from his boat while another reported an aluminum ladder stolen from theirs. All thefts occurred between the Fourth of July and Friday. If you have any information on these thefts you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 715-536-6272 or callers can call Crime Stoppers of Lincoln County at 715-536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A 23-year-old Gleason man escaped serious injury after a single vehicle crash on Friday evening in the Town of Merrill. Just before7 p.m., a cell 911 call reported a vehicle had left the roadway and crashed on State Rd. 17 just south of County Rd. C. When deputies arrived on the scene, witnesses told them the driver of the vehicle was hiding beer cans in the ditch prior to their arrival. The occupants of a northbound vehicle told a deputy that the driver crossed into their lane of traffic causing them to take to the southbound lane to avoid a collision before the vehicle left the road and struck a culvert. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests which showed the man was drinking but not impaired. He was transported by EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, operating left of the center line, failing to have control and not having proof of insurance.
Tomahawk Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on Saturday evening in the Town of Bradley. Just after 10 p.m., a cell 911 call reported a pickup truck on fire at a business on Heafford Rd. off of County Rd. N. Just prior to emergency personnel arriving on the scene, a neighbor put the fire out using a fire extinguisher. The owner of the vehicle, a 28-year-old Tomahawk man, told the deputy that he and his daughter were lighting off bottle rockets just prior to them driving the vehicle and he suspected one landed in the bed of his truck and started the bed liner on fire. Damage to the 2001 GMC Sierra was limited to the bed liner and a tail lamp along with the paint on the back side of the truck. The owner was warned for lighting off illegal fireworks without a permit. No injuries were reported.
A 34-year-old Wausau woman is in the Lincoln County Jail and will face several charges after a disturbance in a campground in the Town of King late Saturday night. Deputies responded to the campground east of Tomahawk off of Sandy Lane after a 911 call reported the incident at 11:21 p.m. The victim told deputies she asked the woman to be quiet after they had returned from the tavern because they had been warned earlier in the evening about noise. When she did so, the suspect shoved the woman and then struck her in the head numerous times. The suspect also claimed to have been struck but she had no marks on her but the victim had swelling and abrasions consistent with the other witnesses who observed the incident. A check also showed the suspect was out on bond in Marathon County on two misdemeanor cases which require her to be sober, but a breath sample showed the woman’s blood alcohol level to be a .21. When told she was under arrest, the woman physically resisted the deputies and had to be restrained. She was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she has been charged with battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping and probation violation. She will have a bond hearing on Monday in Lincoln County Court.
The number of car deer crashes has gone way down with four being reported last week and five being reported this week.