Lincoln County Sheriff’s reports
A 54-year-old Antigo man escaped serious injury after a truck he was driving rolled over last Monday morning in the Town of Merrill. Just before 7 a.m., a cell 911 call reported the double trailer pulp truck, which was empty, had rolled over on County Rd. R east of County Rd. K. The driver told the investigating deputy that he was trapped inside of the cab of the truck after it had rolled over but he was able to free himself. He refused medical transport from the scene. The Wisconsin DNR was called in to assess a fuel spill that occurred after the crash. It took over four hours to clear the scene.
A 34-year-old Clintonville man was taken into custody early Thursday morning after a deputy investigated a suspicious activity report in Gleason. A business owner reported that he heard a couple having a dispute outside of his business and he was concerned for the welfare of one of the parties who left on foot. As a deputy checked the area he found a vehicle similar to the one described by the caller in the ditch on County Rd. J by Town Hall Road. The male admitted to being involved in the incident at the bar and admitted trying to get the vehicle out of the ditch. He was placed through field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Unable to find a sober ride he was held until noon on Thursday when he was sober enough to be released.
It is that time of year where the seasons are about to change and many outdoor sports enthusiasts will start stocking up the cabins for the fall and winter activities. And with the increase in traffic comes the increase in property crimes as thieves start visiting cabins stocked with items to steal such as weapons, generators, hunting gear, televisions, gasoline and power equipment. This past week a seasonal cabin owner on Midway Road in the Town of Corning west of Merrill reported his property was entered. A chain was cut at the gate and a garage door was kicked in. The thieves in this incident stole a leaf blower, a jump pack, three cans of gas, and emptied the gas tanks on three ATVs. If you are preparing your cabin for the fall make sure you keep valuables locked up, hidden, or take them home with you at the end of the day. Game cameras also provide great evidence when law enforcement is searching for leads in property crimes, so if you have an extra one, hang it up near the gate, or by your cabin or garage. Most important is to keep an eye on your property and your neighbors’ properties for suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles. Write down license plates, take pictures with your phone, or call law enforcement if you are concerned about suspicious behavior.
A 23-year-old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening on a criminal charge after a traffic stop in the City of Merrill. A deputy stopped a car on East Third Street near Logan Street after a check on the license showed the plates were expired. When contact was made with the driver he confirmed his driver’s license was revoked for an OWI and he had four prior convictions. Further the man was out on bond through the Marathon County Courts on a criminal traffic charge and as a condition of bond he was not allowed to operate a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. The man was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of bail jumping. He was cited for operating after revocation as a repeat offender and also cited for failing to register his vehicle. Unable to post bond the man remained jailed awaiting an initial court appearance on Monday.
A 27-year-old Tomahawk man was taken into custody early Sunday morning after a traffic stop in the Town of Bradley. A deputy stopped a vehicle at 3:09 a.m. on Muskellunge Lake Road near Nibbler Road after he observed it cross the centerline several times. The driver admitted to consuming alcohol and agreed to perform 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. He was later released to a responsible party.
The number of car deer crashes is up again with five being reported this past week.