Merrill Police Department
12:53 a.m.- An officer conducted a traffic stop after observing a vehicle cross the center line and deviate from the lane of travel. Minutes earlier a caller had also reported a vehicle matching the description strike a curb. The driver exhibited characteristics indicative of intoxication. He refused to perform field sobriety tests admitting he was drunk. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
3:08 p.m.- A male was arrested for a Marathon County warrant.
5:12 p.m.- A caller reported returning home to find a screen removed from a window and a cat missing. The officer was able to determine nobody had entered the residence through the window. The caller believed the neighbor may have taken the cat. The neighbor allowed the officer to check the residence and the cat was not inside. It is believed the cat knocked the screen out and escaped through the window.
7:48 p.m.- A caller reported a juvenile was in possession of marijuana at a church group. The young man possessed a small quantity of suspected marijuana. He initially stated he found it in his brother’s bedroom and intended on disposing of it but forgot. Based on the marijuana’s appearance it was quite old and it was suspected he had been carrying it around to show off to friends rather than ingesting it. He confirmed this. He was lectured by the officers and was turned over to his mother. The marijuana was disposed of at the police department.
10:55 p.m.- A caller reported a driver had struck two parked vehicles in her neighborhood. It was found one vehicle had damage from a previous, unrelated incident and the driver had actually struck one vehicle. The driver displayed characteristics of intoxication. She performed field sobriety tests and as a result was arrested for operating while intoxicated. It is suspected she was drinking and the combination with her prescription medications was causing her impairment. The officer will await blood test results to confirm this suspicion.
A caller in the 1300 block of River Street reported their vehicle had been entered overnight and items were removed. A second party later reported their vehicle was entered at this same location with several items being taken as well. The investigation is ongoing.
An officer took a report of two more vehicles entered overnight in the 100 block of Stuyvesant Street. Items were taken from both vehicles.
An officer took another report of a vehicle entered in the 200 block of South Park Street. Items were removed from this vehicle as well. As a reminder to the community, please lock your vehicles. Of the vehicles involved in these recent incidents, all were left unsecured.
7:51 p.m.- Officers responded to a reported disorderly conduct incident occurring in the 600 block of Liberty St. Upon arrival an intoxicated male party was found causing a scene outside the residence. It was learned that the male was involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend during a fight. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and a probation violation and was taken to jail.
9:30 a.m.- A male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of Probation & Parole.
12:20 p.m.- A female reported being battered and strangled by a male. The male was spoken to and denied the allegations. Based on the evidence at hand he was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct, domestic battery, strangulation/suffocation and a probation violation.
2:14 p.m.- A male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of Probation & Parole.
2:50 p.m.- A caller reported someone had stolen a package from his front door the previous day. The caller confirmed with the post office the package had been delivered.
3:02 p.m.- A crash was reported on 1st Street at Mill Street. A driver pulled out from a stop sign in front of an oncoming vehicle. A crash report was completed. The offending driver was cited for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign.
4:14 a.m.- A caller requested assistance as she was intoxicated and didn’t know where she was. She had called in earlier but officers were unable to locate her. She was found and was clearly under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. She had no logical explanation as to how she ended up where she was or how her dog came to be with her. She agreed to be medically assessed.
12:40 p.m.- A caller reported someone had stolen meat from his freezer sometime in the recent past.
5:13 p.m.- A caller reported a man lying in the grass and a female yelling for help. It was found the man was intoxicated and the female was attempting to get him home. The two made it back to their residence.
8:26 p.m.- A caller reported her ex-boyfriend was yelling at the landlord’s residence and had also contacted her in violation of an open bond via text messages. The officers were unable to locate the ex-boyfriend. A charge of bail jumping will be sent to the district attorney’s office.
1:11 a.m.- A caller reported a possible domestic disturbance at a neighbor’s residence. The first officer on scene could hear a physical struggle inside the residence. The officer yelled for the occupants to open the door and a male yelled vulgarities to the officer. The officer made forced entry to the apartment to check on the welfare of the occupants. The male fled to a rear room and a female became disorderly towards the officer. Once a second officer was on scene entry was made to the interior of residence and the male was located in the backroom. He began fighting with the officers causing injury to both officers. The man was tased and was taken into custody. The female was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and bail jumping. The man was arrested for two felony counts of battery to law enforcement officers, a felony count of resisting arrest resulting in substantial bodily harm, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, domestic disorderly conduct, bail jumping and probation violation.
9:52 a.m.- A caller reported a bear near the library. Several additional calls of the bear sighting were received throughout the day. Callers were advised to leave the bear alone and it would leave on its own.
6:30 p.m.- An officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. The driver was found to have a juvenile passenger which is in violation of an open bond. The driver was arrested for bail jumping.