Knife incident results in more trouble for Merrill woman
Sunday evening, officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance on 8th Street.
Upon arrival, officers met with the reporting party who indicated being threatened with a pair of knives by 44-year old Tracey Dittmar.
According to officer notes, the reporting party indicated Dittmar has a Methamphetamine problem and was experiencing withdrawals. Dittmar reportedly arrived at the reporting party’s apartment earlier Sunday morning and had become increasingly agitated, striking the reporting party several times and putting a cigarette out on the reporting party’s back. The victim indicated Dittmar later obtained two knives and raised them in a threatening manner, before disarming her and requesting the assistance of officers.
As a result, Dittmar was taken into custody on charges of Domestic Violence Related Disorderly Conduct and Bail Jumping.
Dittmar appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Monday November 7, facing a Felony charge of Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor charges of Battery, Disorderly Conduct and two counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping. Dittmar remains in the custody of the Lincoln County Jail on $1500 cash bond and $4500 signature bond.
A week prior to the November 7 appearance, Dittmar appeared in Lincoln County Circuit Court facing a Felony charge of Possession of Methamphetamine as well as Misdemeanor charges of 4th-Offense Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Bail Jumping.
According to court records from that case, Dittmar was the alleged operator of a vehicle which was involved in a Hit and Run crash in the city of Merrill on October 31.
Dittmar was reportedly found a short time later in the driver seat of a vehicle, matching that of the vehicle identified as being involved in the crash.
Dittmar reportedly admitted to being involved in the Hit and Run incident.
During contact with investigating officers, Dittmar reportedly displayed lethargic behavior and the odor of intoxicants was reportedly discovered about her person. Dittmar submitted to Standardized Field Sobriety Testing which she did not pass in a satisfactory manner. Upon a search of Dittmar’s vehicle, a white crystal-like substance was reportedly discovered, which later tested positive for Methamphetamine.
In addition, glass pipes commonly used to consume Methamphetamine were also found in the vehicle.
Dittmar was later released on $1,000 cash bond.