Lincoln County Sheriff’s reports
A 22-year-old Merrill woman was arrested last Wednesday evening on a warrant charge. A deputy stopped the vehicle the woman was driving at 10 p.m. A check showed she was wanted by the Merrill Police Department for failing to pay a fine.
Deputies were able to assist and recover a substantial amount of money after a scammer targeted an elderly resident. It is very rare for law enforcement to recover the money as it is typically untraceable. The 90-year-old Tomahawk woman was contacted by someone claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency and said the woman’s grandson was in custody in southern Wisconsin on drug charges. The woman was told to send $4,000 to an address in the state of Michigan. When the victim agreed, the scammer increased the amount that was needed to over $10,000. Scammers often target elderly female widows. You are asked to educate elderly members of your family as to the latest approach by scammers. If possible, create safety measures at their financial institution to prevent them from withdrawing large amounts of money. Financial institutions train their staff to spot people who may be falling victims to scams. Banks can also note accounts of adults who may be vulnerable to scams to prevent them from withdrawing large amounts of money without involving family members.
A 64-year-old Merrill man was arrested Thursday afternoon on a probation violation charge. Deputies went to the man’s home in the Town of Pine River at the request of his probation agent on a welfare check. They found the man had been drinking in violation of his rules and took him into custody.
A 35-year-old Merrill man was arrested early Friday morning on a felony charge. A deputy on patrol made contact with the man who was seated inside of a vehicle in the parking lot of a tavern in the Town of Merrill. A short time later the vehicle was spotted driving into the city of Merrill. A Merrill officer attempted contact with the operator who parked the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers and deputies found the man hiding in some bushes and he was placed through field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests he was arrested for a fifth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
A 29-year-old Merrill man is in the Lincoln County Jail and will face charges after deputies investigated a suspicious vehicle in the Town of Merrill and discovered a burglary. When deputies arrived they found that a house had been burglarized. A short time later the suspect was stopped near the scene of the incident and a firearm which was stolen in the burglary was found in his vehicle. The man was charged with burglary with an enhancer for going armed during the act, theft, six felony counts of bail jumping and six misdemeanor counts of bail jumping.
A 31-year-old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening on a warrant charge and will face a misdemeanor charge in Lincoln County. Deputies went to the man’s home late Friday night at the request of the Shawano County Sheriff after a warrant was issued there for contempt of court. When deputies attempted take the man into custody, he physically resisted their efforts leading to a new charge of obstructing.
Tomahawk and DNR firefighters along with deputies responded on Saturday morning for a grass fire in the Town of Bradley. At around 11:30 a.m. the fire was reported in the 7000 block of County Rd. E. Tomahawk firefighters brought the fire under control, the homeowner informed the deputy he suspected sparks from an outdoor wood furnace caused the fire.
Two people were injured after a two vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in the Town of Scott. A 48-year-old Merrill man and a 19-year-old Wausau woman were both transported to Ascension Good Samaritan Health Center where they were treated and released.
Fourteen people reported striking deer this past week.