A 35-year-old Merrill woman is facing felony drug charges after a deputy investigated a reported delivery of prescription drugs at a Town of Russell group home this past week. On Monday, the manager of the group home phoned the Sheriff’s Office and reported that they were conducting an internal investigation after a resident of the group home told staff members that the suspect sold two different prescription drugs to him while he was there. The man told the deputy he purchased 25 prescription stimulant and four pain control pills from the woman at the beginning of May. The woman, who was on administrative leave from the home, admitted to the deputy during an interview that she delivered the items to the man. A report will be filed with the Lincoln County District Attorney requesting three felony charges related to the delivery of the prescription medications. 
On Monday night, a deputy stopped a vehicle on County Rd. CC at Peaceful Valley Rd. at 8 p.m. for equipment violations. When contact was made with the vehicle, both the 18-year-old male driver and passenger both gave indications of recent drug use. The Tomahawk Police Department K9 unit was called to the scene and upon further questioning the driver turned over a pipe he admitted he used to smoke marijuana. A report will be filed with the Lincoln County District Attorney requesting a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A 23-year-old Merrill woman was arrested Monday evening on a felony drug charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Pine River. A deputy stopped a vehicle on County Rd. W south of State Rd. 64 for an equipment violation just before 9:30 p.m. After learning that the woman has a history of narcotics possession, the deputy called in the Merrill PD K9 unit to the scene. The K9, Eros, had just started his career at the Merrill PD hours earlier. After a check, the dog indicated on the odor of drugs and during the subsequent search the deputy found several baggies filled with marijuana and two pipes commonly used to smoke it. The woman admitted the items belonged to her and she was taken into custody and brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she was charged with possession of marijuana as a repeat offender, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping. The woman violated terms of a bond in Lincoln County Court where she was charged with criminal damage to property and was given a $100 cash bond. At the initial appearance hearing on Monday the woman was released on a signature bond. 
A 17-year-old Merrill man was arrested on Tuesday morning on misdemeanor charges after deputies investigated a bail jumping complaint in the Town of Merrill. A caller reported that the suspect, who was out on a cash bond in Lincoln County Court after being charged in April with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, was violating terms of his bond by using drugs and staying out past his court ordered curfew. A short time later, a deputy spotted the suspect driving into the City of Merrill on North Center Ave. and attempted to stop him. The driver kept driving until he reached a friend’s house and attempted to run inside. The suspect was taken into custody on charges of bail jumping and resisting / obstructing an officer and was also cited for operating with a suspended license. At the initial appearance hearing on Wednesday the suspect was released on a signature bond. As of Friday, the 17-year-old had fled the area and had again violated terms of his bond. Deputies have alerted local law enforcement to be on the lookout for the man and plan on requesting additional bail jumping charges. 
A 30-year-old Wausau woman was arrested on Tuesday evening after a traffic stop in the City of Tomahawk. A deputy and Tomahawk Police Officer were searching for a vehicle after a cell 911 caller reported that it was traveling north on US Hwy. 51 and weaving all over the road. The vehicle was located a short time later at business on Somo Ave. near US Hwy. 51 and when the driver was contacted she showed signs of being impaired. She was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result of those tests was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.  After testing and citations were issued, the woman was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she remained as of Sunday on a probation hold. 
Tomahawk Firefighters along with the DNR Ranger a deputy and troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol all responded to US Hwy. 51 north of Tomahawk on Friday morning after a grass fire was reported near Nibbler Rd. At 9:43 a.m., cell callers reported a fire on the west side of the roadway. When a deputy arrived on the scene minutes later, he was able to extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher and firefighters wet down the area to prevent a rekindle. The deputy found a broken brake drum in the burnt area and suspects it broke off a passing vehicle. Firefighters cleared the scene and traffic was flowing again in less than a half hour.
Deputies are investigating a burglary in the Town of Corning and are seeking the public’s help in solving it. On Friday, a seasonal resident reported in the last month that forced entry was made to the family cabin on Tower Rd. near Camp 26 Rd. and that items were stolen. The investigating deputy found that the suspects broke a lock off a tool shed and stole a green Coleman brand cooler and then took a window off of the cabin where they made entry and stole a generator. Nearby properties were checked and no other damage was located. If you know anything about this crime, 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 48-year-old Rib Lake man was arrested early Sunday morning on a criminal traffic charge.  At 2:15 a.m., a deputy was driving in the City of Tomahawk when the suspect was observed turning onto Somo Ave. from South Tomahawk Ave. As the driver made the turn, he crossed completely into the other lane of traffic. As the deputy continued to observe the vehicle, it again drove into the opposite lane of traffic at one time almost striking the curb on the north side of the street. The deputy conducted a traffic stop after the suspect turned into a closed business on North Fourth Street. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result he was arrested on a third offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Unable to find a sober ride, he was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held until he was sober enough to be released Sundayafternoon.
Three people reported striking deer this past week. On Friday afternoon a bear was struck on State Rd. 17 at Hilts Lake Rd. in the far northern part of Harrison. Whoever struck the bear kept going and a DNR Warden who found the animal had to put it down to end its suffering.