Merrill Police Department reports
4:13 p.m.- An officer investigated a theft in the 100 block of Pier Street. As a result, a 16-year-old male was cited for theft.
9:08 a.m.- A caller reported the theft of money and medication from her residence. A suspect is known and investigation continues.
3:20 p.m.- A caller reported a cat stuck in a storm drain. An officer removed the cover and while enroute to the PD to retrieve the catch pole the cat escaped on its own.
5:12 p.m.- A caller reported the neighbor took her moped. It was found this was some type of transaction involving three people. All three were being dishonest with the officer so it is unknown what the original agreement had been. The caller was advised to pursue the matter in civil court.
11:07 p.m.- A male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of Probation & Parole.
1:37 p.m.- A door-to-door salesperson was warned for failure to have the proper permit for door-to-door sales. The person stated they did not wish to obtain a permit and stated they would sell their wares elsewhere.
7:14 p.m.- A caller reported a runaway at a church function. An officer made contact with the 15-year-old female. As she was being escorted out of the church to return her home she fled from the officer. After a short foot pursuit she continued to resist the officers. She was subsequently transported to secure detention and a referral was completed for resisting an officer.
9:38 a.m.- A 15-year-old student was cited for truancy for skipping classes.
12:17 p.m.- A caller reported the theft of prescription medication from her safe.
12:32 p.m.- A caller reported a scam attempt. He has received the scammer’s phone calls in the past from a male with a Jamaican accent claiming he had won prize money and requesting him to send money to claim his prize money. When the caller refused his requests he began making threats against the man and his family. The man claimed to be from Publisher’s Clearing House but clearly is not. The man did not fall for the scam and did not suffer any loss.
1:40 p.m.- A caller reported someone struck his wife’s vehicle while parked at her place of employment. The offender did not report the crash. The officer is waiting to hear from the place of employment as the parking lot has surveillance video.
2:50 p.m.- A 15-year-old student was referred to juvenile court for disorderly conduct after he displayed his buttocks to two different classes.
8:11 p.m.- A caller reported her daughter had taken her vehicle without permission. With the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officer the vehicle and daughter were located. The vehicle was returned to the caller and she decided she did not wish to pursue charges against the daughter.
12:13 a.m.- An officer stopped a vehicle after finding the registered owner had an expired driver’s license as well as a warrant for her arrest through Marathon County. The officer discovered the woman appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Field sobriety tests confirmed she was impaired and she was arrested for operating while intoxicated and the warrant. A search of her revealed a piece of drug paraphernalia.
12:29 a.m.- A caller reported catching a man attempting to enter a vehicle in the neighborhood. The man initially ran away but returned after the man yelled to him. The caller provided a statement and the man was arrested for attempted theft. The suspect denied the allegations and provided a story that didn’t make any sense. He was found to be in possession of an inordinate amount of coinage. Several vehicles in this neighborhood had been entered and items stolen from them in the recent past. Additional investigation to follow.
2:42 a.m.- A caller reported a fight outside of a tavern. The first officer on scene observed a male run out of a back door of the tavern. A second officer made contact with two males, one of whom had fresh blood on his hands and scrapes. He did not cooperate with any questions. Another officer then located the male who had fled hiding in some bushes. He became resistive with the officer and was subsequently tased by the second officer. He was then able to be taken into custody for disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. While the officers were preoccupied with the resistive man one of the two other men began punching the other in the head. He initially refused to obey the officers’ orders to cease punching the man. He was arrested for disorderly conduct (the victim did not wish to be a victim of battery).
12:36 p.m.- A caller reported a wagon stolen from her yard sometime overnight.
10:09 p.m.- A caller reported finding her brother had travelled from Kansas to Medford and returned with a 14-year-old runaway from Kansas. The runaway was eventually transported to secure detention in Wausau until arrangements can be made by Kansas for her return to them.
10:13 a.m.- A caller reported someone had punctured the tires on her vehicle overnight. She reported an intoxicated man came to their door and spoke to her son at 3 a.m. inquiring about a party. The man was informed there was not a party at the residence. The man left but a short time later a noise was heard outside. It is believed this intoxicated man caused the damage to the tires.
11:22 a.m.- A store called after finding a woman had been shoplifting in the store. She was observed eating from a bag of grapes throughout her shopping and after eating approximately half of the bag placed the bag back on a display. She was also observed concealing several other items and leaving the store without paying for them. She did however purchase a can of beer.
6:30 p.m.- An officer came upon a vehicle blocking a lane of traffic seemingly broke down. The driver was found to be naked, seemed confused and was unable to answer questions. An ambulance was requested. The man was evaluated by the Drug Recognition Expert and was arrested for operating while intoxicated (drug related).