Busy weekend for Lincoln County law enforcement
A 17-year old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening after deputies investigated a disturbance that took place Wednesday evening in the Town of Merrill. Just after 4 p.m. a caller reported in incident on Smith Lane where two children were injured. The suspect had fled prior to the arrival of deputies but he was found Friday evening after a tip was reported indicating the man was at a business on North Center Ave. in the City of Merrill. When a deputy and officers from the Merrill Police Department arrived they located the suspect and took him into custody. During a search a deputy located marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and felony physical abuse to a child along with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The marijuana possession charge is a felony charge as the man has a prior conviction for the offense. He will have a bond hearing on Monday afternoon.
A 31-year old Tomahawk man was arrested early Friday morning on several charges after deputies responded to a disturbance in the Town of Bradley. Just after midnight a cell 911 caller reported a man had entered a residence on Kahn Rd and confronted the victim in the bedroom of her home. The victim initially got the suspect to leave the house but when she went inside and locked the door he kicked the door open, it was then that a physical disturbance took place. The man admitted to deputies he drank several beers and then went to the home to see the woman. He refused field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. At the jail he was later booked on charges of disorderly conduct, criminal trespass to a dwelling and criminal damage to property. Unable to post bond the man remained in the jail until a bond hearing on Friday afternoon where he was released on a signature bond by a Lincoln County Judge. Friday evening the man was again taken into custody after the victim notified deputies that he was using a third party to contact her, a violation of both his signature bond and the 72 hour no contact provision of his arrest. The man was again brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on charges of bail jumping and violating a 72 hour no contact. He will have another bond hearing on Monday afternoon.
A 54-year old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening on a criminal charge after receiving a complaint of a threat. The victim came to the Sheriff’s Office after receiving a threatening voice mail from the suspect. Deputies spoke to the suspect who admitted leaving the message as result of an ongoing dispute. The suspect was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on a charge of Unlawful Use of a telephone. He was able to post a cash bond and be released later Friday evening.
A 26-year old Merrill man was arrested early Friday evening on a warrant through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Two deputies were leaving the Sheriff’s Office when they saw the man walking on North Center Ave at First St. and suspected he had a warrant. A check showed the man was wanted for violating terms of his probation. The man was taken into custody and then brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he remains.
A 51-year old Gleason man was arrested Saturday afternoon on warrant charges. Deputies have been searching for the man since January after warrants were issued for failing to pay child support and violating terms of his probation. Just after noon on Monday a deputy watched the man come out the back door of his home on Town Hall Rd and enter a garage. They later made contact with the suspect in the garage and took him into custody. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held.
A deputy assisted after a vehicle started on fire Saturday evening south of Tomahawk. The deputy was on patrol on US Hwy 51 when he heard a Trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol report he was out with a vehicle near Tamarack Lane that had caught fire. When the deputy arrived he was able to use his fire extinguisher to knock down the majority of the flames. Firefighters from the Tomahawk Fire Department were able to extinguish the remaining hot spots.
A 24-year old Merrill man was taken into custody early Sunday morning after a deputy stopped an impaired driver. The man was stopped for speeding after a deputy observed him traveling at nearly 90 miles per hour on County Rd W and stopped him on Alpine Lane. The man completed 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. The man was also cited for speeding. He was held in the Lincoln County Jail until Sunday afternoon when he was sober enough to be released.
Stormy weather kept the 911 center staff busy through the weekend but no significant damage was reported. The National Weather Service issued two severe thunder storm warnings, both on Sunday morning as different storm fronts came through. Deputies monitored the storms and reported heavy hail falling during the first storm in the one o’clock hour Sunday morning. The severe portion of the storm seemed to lessen as it moved across the southern part of the county.
The number of car deer crashes remains steady with another eight being reported this past week. A bear was also struck on Tuesday night outside of Tomahawk. Just after 9 p.m. a Lake Tomahawk woman struck the bear on US Hwy 51 south of County Rd D. The animal had to be put down.