Merrill Police Department
1:15 a.m.- officers responded to the 300 block of N. Center Ave. for a domestic disturbance. The suspect was located by Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s deputies and arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
A garage in the 700 block of E. 5th St. was burglarized. A CB radio and amplifier were taken.
Officers were dispatched to 1200 block of E. 8th St. for a disturbance. On arrival, the suspect individuals had left and no assistance was needed.
An internet child pornography investigation was initiated after information was received about local postings on Facebook. The Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Office became involved when the parties were discovered to live outside of city limits but in Lincoln Co.
An intoxicated couple was observed walking in the 600 block of E. 6th St. through private property. They were located in the 400 block of Hendricks St. and discovered to be an intoxicated underage juvenile and non-intoxicated parent. The juvenile became disorderly on scene and was detained. The juvenile then became resistive and was taken to the police dept. The juvenile was later transported on behalf of the parent for medical treatment. The juvenile will be referred to social services for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.
Officers investigated a possible burglary in the 1600 block of E. 10th St. Nothing was found to be missing but the possibility remains that a door was forced open.
A hit and run occurred in the 1000 blk of St. Paul Dr. An unknown vehicle struck a garage door causing damage. Investigation continues.
A 19 yr old shoplifter was arrested in the 500 blk of W. Main St. The suspect had concealed several items of merchandise as well as drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested for theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and bail jumping.
MPD officers and the MFD fire dept. responded to a report of a snowmobile fire possibly involving an attached structure in the 1000 blk of E. 6th St. The owner had extinguished the blaze upon arrival. The owner was later found to have an active warrant from an adjacent county and was taken into custody.
7:52 a.m.- officers were called to a domestic disturbance in the 700 blk of Martin St. A male party was arrested for domestic abuse related disorderly conduct.
Officers were dispatched to a vandalism report in the 300 blk of Blaine St. A resident’s vehicle was egged overnight and no known damage resulted.
Another egging was reported to have occurred overnight in the 900 blk of Chestnut St. No known damage reported.
Two vehicles were egged overnight in the 1500 blk of E. 3rd St. There is no known damage at this time.
Drug activity was reported in the 700 blk of Woodbine Ave. Officers made contact with suspects who admitted to being in possession of prescription drugs without a prescription. A suspect was arrested for a probation hold and the drug violation. A second party will be summoned into court.
Officers were dispatched to a bar fight in the 300 blk of E 2nd St. A male party was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and bail jumping.
A propane tank was taken from a garage in the 200 block of Pine Street. The investigation continues.
4:58 p.m.- an employee from the assisted living Walnut Grove facility on Taylor Street called to report a 77 year old female had wandered away from the facility. Employees did not know where the elderly female had gone. Merrill Police and Merrill Fire, along with other volunteer fire departments searched the immediate area for the lost female. The 77 year old was located just down the street in a neighbor’s garage.
A report of a vehicle getting egged during the overnight hours was received in the 700 blk of E. 2nd St.
A safety patrol volunteer reported nearly being struck by a vehicle near Kate Goodrich Elementary School. The suspect vehicle information given was likely not accurate. The area was checked for closely matching vehicles.
A theft report was completed regarding entry(s) made to a vehicle in the 900 blk of Chestnut St. Items were suspected of being stolen over the past two weeks. The victim vehicle was processed for evidence.
MPD responded to a chimney fire in the 1800 blk of E. 9th St. along with MFD. MPD conducted traffic control in the area until the scene was cleared.
8:30 p.m.- A driving complaint was received about a particular vehicle for the second time in approximately 2.5 hrs. The vehicle was located and observed to be operating in an unsafe manner. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was eventually arrested for OWI. A search of the driver and vehicle yielded 77gms of marijuana, 219 prescriptions pills, and about $500 in US currency. The driver was arrested for possession with intent to deliver and the vehicle was impounded.
8:40 a.m.- A domestic disturbance was investigated in the 1000 blk of E. 8th St. All parties present had been drinking and the argument was largely verbal. One party had initially refused to leave the residence but eventually departed to a location out of the city without police encouragement.
8:45 a.m.- A hit and run crash was reported in a parking lot in the 300 blk of E. 1st St. The damage was very minor and the suspect was not known at the time of the report.
A 17 yr old male was arrested for possession of a weapon other than a firearm on school property. The subject had just previously refused to empty their pockets at the request of MAPS officials and the MPD SRO.
2 p.m.- MPD staff observed a vehicle being driven excessively fast through the round-a-bout causing the tires to squeal before exiting northbound. The matter was investigated and resulted in a citation for disorderly conduct w/ a motor vehicle issued to the driver.
A citizen received a suspicious piece of mail which included a postalgram for $35,000. The items were observed by an officer who determined that this was a scam. The items were shredded at the request of the citizen.