Lincoln County Sheriff’s reports - June 25, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:15 AM
A 29-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested last Monday morning at the court house. The deputy assigned to court house security took the man into custody just before 10 a.m. The man had appeared to answer on a criminal traffic charge but a check showed he was wanted by the Oneida County Sheriff for failing to pay his fine for an OWI case in that county. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was held until late Monday when he was transported back to Oneida County.
A 20-year-old Tomahawk man is facing numerous charges after a deputy investigated a theft case in the Town of Bradley. A Tomahawk resort owner contacted the Sheriff’s Office late last Monday afternoon to report he was the victim of a theft. The man advised the investigating deputy that he had crates of wood set out at his resort for retail sale and he noticed the wood piles were shrinking but he was not selling any of the wood. A check of a surveillance camera installed showed a vehicle pulling into the area on two separate occasions early Saturday morning and two males got out and started loading wood into it. Within hours the deputy located the vehicle parked in the Town of Bradley and found the owner on Tuesday in Tomahawk. He admitted that he and a friend had stolen the wood. The man refused to identify the friend. The deputy advised he would be submitting charges of obstructing, two counts of theft and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping for violating terms of a bond in Lincoln County Court on a drug case.
A deputy investigated last Wednesday after a 32-year-old Wausau man accidently shot himself at a cabin in the Town of Somo. The man went to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk to seek treatment after the incident occurred early Wednesday morning. The man told the deputy that he had just arrived at the cabin when he got out a .40 caliber handgun, loaded it and then walked around his truck. In doing so the victim advised he accidently bumped into the side of this truck, which caused the gun to discharge sending a round into his foot. The man was treated and released for his injury and the deputy noted in his report that foul play is not suspected.
A 30-year-old Rhinelander man remains at the burn unit at UW Madison Hospital after an incident on Thursday afternoon in the Town of Schley. Just after 2 p.m., the Town of Russell Fire Department was sent to State Rd. 17 near Lecks Lane after motorists reported that a tree had become entangled in electrical wires and started on fire. When Russell firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the 30-year-old male who appeared to be seriously injured standing near the pole. A deputy arrived and requested an ambulance which eventually transported the man to Aspirus Wausau Hospital. From there the man was transferred by helicopter to UW Madison. According to the report, the deputy who investigated the incident suspects the man stopped to check on the burning tree and was electrocuted by a downed wire. A deputy also found open containers of alcohol in the man’s vehicle and he showed signs of impairment. Pending the results of a blood test the man may face a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated second offense. He remains in serious but stable condition at UW.
A 16-year-old Illinois girl was injured after a one vehicle rollover on Thursday afternoon in the Town of Bradley. A cell 911 call reported one vehicle had left the roadway and rolled over on County Rd. S west of US Hwy. 51 south of Tomahawk at 2:49 p.m. According to the deputy’s report, the woman was driving west on County Rd. S when her vehicle went off onto the shoulder of the road. She overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross over the eastbound lane of traffic before hitting the ditch and rolling over twice. Tomahawk firefighters along with Tomahawk EMS responded to the scene and the driver, who is from Machesney Park, IL, was transported to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
A 40-year-old Merrill man was arrested on Thursday night after a disturbance in the Town of Scott. A caller reported a man was causing problems at a residence on County Rd. Z and making threats to another via the phone. Merrill Police officers initially responded to the call as deputies were out of position. When they arrived at the residence, the man was outside and immediately laid down in the driveway and surrendered. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a telephone. At a bond hearing on Friday afternoon, the man was released on a signature bond.
A 35-year-old Neillsville man was taken into custody on Saturday evening on a warrant charge. A deputy stopped the vehicle the man was driving on State Rd. 17 at Lawless Lane north of Gleason after running a check and finding the registered owner was wanted. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the warrant for contempt of court after the man failed to pay a fine. The man called a friend in Clark County and as he and the deputy waited, the friend went to the Clark County Jail and paid the outstanding fine. After Clark County confirmed the money was collected, the man was released.
A 23-year-old Merrill man was taken into custody early Sunday evening after deputies responded to a crash in the Town of Merrill. A resident at State Rd. 107 and Swede Rd. called 911 at 5:34 p.m. after a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into their fence. When deputies arrived, the driver told them that he had blown a tire on his truck when he rounded the corner causing him to crash. A witness and evidence at the scene showed that the driver was turning the corner at a high rate of speed when he continued to accelerate, lost control and struck a tree. The driver admitted to drinking prior to the crash and he originally submitted to field sobriety tests but then refused to continue. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was cited for first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated along with refusing a chemical test, operating a motor vehicle while suspended and operating without insurance. He was later released to a responsible party.
The number of car deer crashes being reported is down slightly, with 12 being reported this past week.