Lincoln County Sheriff?s reports 1-1-14
A Town of Harrison woman became the victim of a scam last week. The woman applied for a loan online from a company that claimed to be providing loans while you wait for your tax return. The scammer told the woman she had to send money in advance via a green dot cards from Walmart prior to them processing the loan. The woman sent almost $600 via the green dot card before she realized it was a scam. Deputies warn residents to beware of anyone asking for a green dot card; they are favored among thieves because they are untraceable. Further, if you provide them with the pin to your card they can drain the entire card and vanish.
Deputies reported a quiet holiday. No major incidents took place over Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Deputies did put on extra miles checking for stalled motorists as temperatures went below zero again and minor snow accumulations led to some slippery roads. No injuries resulted in the handful of slide-ins that were investigated.
The Town of Russell Fire Department along with deputies responded to a chimney fire on Thursday morning. Just after 11 a.m., a resident in the 4000 block of State Rd 17 reported a chimney fire. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour, no property damage was reported.
A 53-year-old Merrill woman was arrested Thursday evening at her Town of Pine River home at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The Sheriff’s Office was notified around 8 p.m. that a home monitoring unit had detected alcohol when a test was conducted and requested the woman be taken into custody for violating terms of her probation. When deputies went to the residence, they too received a positive reading for alcohol when the woman submitted to a test. The suspect was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she was booked and held.
With the opening of the snowmobile trails in the county, the Rec. Deputy is reminding riders to stay on the marked trails. On Friday, a deputy investigated after two youths riding snowmobiles went onto private land on County Rd C in the Town of Schley and may have caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to the golf course. Lincoln County snowmobile trails are made up mostly of private land by permission of local snowmobile clubs who maintain the trail system.
A 28-year-old Lac Du Flambeau woman was arrested early Saturday morning on a warrant charge and will face criminal traffic charges along with an obstructing count after a traffic stop in the Town of Merrill. Around midnight Friday night, a deputy stopped the vehicle the woman was driving for speeding on US Hwy 51 near County Rd K. The driver kept changing the information for her name and deputies became suspicious when no record was found for her in the DOT files. The woman finally admitted she lied because she had no driver’s license and was wanted by the Marathon County Sheriff. The woman was taken into custody on the warrant through Marathon County for driving after revocation due to an OWI and failing to have an ignition interlock installed. She was also cited for a county ordinance of obstructing and the deputy indicated she will most likely face similar traffic charges in Lincoln County as her open case in Marathon County.
Deputies are seeking a 45-year-old Kenosha man after an investigation into a vehicle in the ditch resulted in a battery complaint. Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, a deputy was investigating a vehicle that had slid into the ditch on North Star Drive in the Town of Merrill when he spoke to the Kenosha man who admitted being the driver. He stated the incident actually took place on Friday and he was waiting for a friend to come pull him out. As the deputy was speaking to the man, a woman with a bloodied face approached him on foot and told him the suspect and her got into a fight at a nearby residence and she was struck in the face and choked by the suspect who fled the scene and put his vehicle in the ditch. After doing that the man came back to the residence they were both visiting and struck her again. The suspect then fled the scene prior to the deputy arriving. The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released. The deputy will request charges from the district attorney including, battery, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and a felony count of strangulation/suffocation.
A 42-year-old Gleason man is in the Lincoln County Jail facing charges after deputies responded to an ambulance call in the Town of Russell. At 5:18 a.m., a 911 call requested an ambulance in the 6000 block of State Rd 17 after it was reported a female had fallen. When deputies arrived, they found the woman had fallen after becoming involved in a domestic fight in which she was strangled. The suspect was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of battery and a felony charge of strangulation. He is being held in the Lincoln County Jail awaiting a Monday bond hearing. The victim was treated and released.
Only four people reported striking deer this past week.