Lincoln County Sheriff?s reports
Two people were injured, one severely, in a head-on crash on County Road D east of Cloverbelt Road in the town of King at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Julie Bergerson, 27, Irma, was taken to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk and then airlifted to Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Injuries are described as severe but not life-threatening. A pick-up truck driven by 17-year-old Aaron Leonhard, Gleason, also was involved. He was taken to Ministry Sacred Heart and released with minor injuries. The cause is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
As of Sunday, Bergerson remained hospitalized at Aspirus in good condition.
A 19 year old resident of Lincoln Hills Schools, formerly from Milwaukee, is in the Lincoln County Jail after a deputy investigated a battery complaint at the institution on Tuesday. Kevin Johnson was brought to the Lincoln County Jail on a felony charge of battery by prisoner after the investigation revealed he battered a staff member of the school. At a bond hearing on Wednesday a Lincoln County Judge set a $2,500 cash bond and remanded Johnson to the Lincoln County Jail.
A 22 year old Tomahawk woman was taken into custody Thursday evening after an off duty Lincoln County Deputy reported a wrong way driver on US Hwy 51. The deputy phoned the Sheriff’s Office just before 9:30 p.m. to report a possible impaired driver heading north on US Hwy 51 south of Merrill. As the deputy was observing the vehicle the driver stopped just south of State Rd 64, turned around and started driving south in the northbound lane. A short distance later the vehicle entered a highway turn around and proceeded south in the correct lane. Dispatchers informed Marathon County of the vehicle and as deputies from both counties were searching for it a 911 caller reported a vehicle in the ditch at Irma. When a deputy found the vehicle just north of County Rd V he noted it was the same vehicle that was reported to be going the wrong way 20 minutes earlier. Chastity L. Chase was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result was taken into custody on a first offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She was later released to a responsible party.
Town of Pine River Firefighters were called out just before 11 p.m. Thursday evening after a fire was reported in the Langlade County Town of Ackley. Rural Fire Control of Antigo requested Pine River to respond to the residence on State Rd 64 after they were notified of a garage fire. A short time later Pine River units were canceled after the fire was found to be contained and small.
A 21 year old Illinois man was cited for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon in the Town of Bradley. The Rec. Deputy was working with the DNR monitoring trails near County Rd L when he observed two sleds fail to stop for a stop sign near County Rd N just after 2:30 p.m. When contact was made with the driver who is from St. Charles, IL the odor of intoxicants was noted. The operator was placed through field sobriety tests and taken into custody for the offense. He was later released to a responsible party.
A 35 year old Merrill man was cited for operating a snowmobile while intoxicated early Sunday morning. The Rec. Deputy stopped a sled on County Rd G at Memorial Drive after he observed the operator fail to stop for a stop sign at Riverbend Rd. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and taken into custody for the offense. He was later released to a responsible party.
The Merrill Fire Department and a deputy responded to a snowmobile fire Sunday morning in the Town of Merrill. At 10:48 a.m. a cell 911 caller reported the sled engulfed in flames at the intersection of Pier Street and R. O. W. Road. According to the deputy’s report a Merrill man owned the 1996 Ski-Doo. It was a total loss.
A 22 year old Watertown man was arrested Sunday afternoon on a criminal traffic charge. A deputy, who was working a special detail for traffic safety stopped Joshua J. Archambeau on US Hwy 8 near County Rd Y north of Tomahawk for a traffic violation. A check showed Archambeau was required to have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle after he was convicted of an OWI charge in Winnebago County in 2012. The deputy found that Archambeau did not have the required device to measure alcohol. Archambeau was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on the misdemeanor charge and released on a court date.
Only one person reported striking a deer this past week.