Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reports
Deputies kept busy this past Monday as heavy rains fell throughout much of the day and evening. Roadways began to flood in many areas. Deputies and townships kept an updated list of affected roads to the 911 center and the Lincoln County Highway Department. The water started receding by late Tuesday. No major damage or injuries were reported.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a rather suspicious call on Tuesday morning. At about 8:55 a.m., the dispatch center received a call from a male party with what sounded like a middle eastern accent. The caller spoke with a female dispatcher and began requesting sexual favors. When the caller was questioned about if he knew who he was calling, he stated he did not care and began using profane language and stating that Americans cannot make a difference. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was later contacted by other local Sheriff Offices advising they have received similar calls. The information was passed on to the FBI.
A 29-year-old New London man was arrested late Tuesday night after a disturbance in the Town of Schley. Just before 6 p.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 3000 block of State Rd. 17 after a 911 call reported the incident. The suspect had fled the scene and was later located in New London and brought back to Lincoln County where he was booked into the jail on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Unable to post bond, the man was held for an initial appearance on Wednesday afternoon where he was released on a signature bond.
A 46-year-old Tomahawk man was taken into custody early Wednesday morning on a traffic charge. A deputy stopped the vehicle the man was operating on County Rd. N at Sunset Drive in the Town of Bradley after he observed it crossing the center line. The man submitted to field sobriety tests and as a result was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was released from the jail to a responsible party.
A 24-year-old Merrill man was arrested early Friday morning after he fled a traffic stop in the Town of Scott. A deputy recognized the driver and knew he did not have a driver’s license. When the deputy activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle, the man pulled into a driveway and fled on foot into the woods. Deputies searched the area and eventually located the man hiding in some nearby woods and took him into custody. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was held on a probation hold. He was also charged with resisting arrest and cited for driving a motor vehicle while revoked.
A Town of Merrill tavern operator will be cited for allowing consumption after hours after a deputy found the tavern in operation at 4 a.m. The deputy was doing security checks at local businesses. When he got out of the car to check the tavern, he noted what sounded like people inside. The owner opened the door and advised the patrons, who were drinking alcohol, would be leaving. As the bar had been previously warned in the prior three months the information will be forwarded to the district attorney.
A 35-year-old Gleason man was arrested Friday afternoon on a warrant charge. Deputies went to the man’s home after his probation agent issued a warrant for his arrest for violating terms of his probation. When deputies arrived they found him in the yard and took him into custody without incident. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held.
A 24-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested early Saturday evening on a charge of bail jumping. Deputies went to a residence after a man called about a person violating a no contact provision of a bond. Deputies investigated and found the caller himself was actually violating terms of a misdemeanor bond from Oneida County by staying at the residence. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked on charges of bail jumping. He was held until Sunday morning when cash bond was posted and he was released.
Two people were taken into custody following a traffic stop Saturday evening in the Town of Russell. Just after 8 p.m., a deputy stopped a vehicle on County Rd. J at Schielke Road for driving just under 90 mph. The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old Bryant man, exhibited signs of impairment. The driver was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was also cited for speeding before he was released to a responsible party. The passenger in the vehicle, a 28-year-old Wausau man, was also found to have been drinking. As a rule of his probation he is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail and held.
A 33-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested early Sunday morning on a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. A deputy stopped a vehicle on US Hwy. 51 near County Rd. H at 2:49 a.m. after he observed it speeding and crossing the center line. The driver refused field sobriety tests and was taken into custody on the fourth offense charge. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he will remain pending a bond hearing on Monday.
No injuries were reported but traffic was slowed on County Rd. K in the Town of Scott Sunday afternoon after a two vehicle crash. A vehicle being driven by a 35-year-old Merrill woman was traveling south on County Rd. K when she turned east onto County Rd. Q in front of a northbound vehicle being operated by a 23-year-old Merrill man. The impact caused one of the vehicles to leave the roadway, landing in a farm field. All parties involved refused medical transport and traffic was flowing normally in about an hour.
Sheriff Jeff Jaeger is wishing residents a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. He passes on a reminder that his deputies will be out helping to keep the highways safe throughout the holidays with the goal of having everyone arrive safely at their destination. So far in 2015, over 400 people have been killed on Wisconsin highways; eight of those in Lincoln County.
“No one should have to find me or one of my deputies knocking on their door right before Christmas with tragic news. By slowing down, buckling up and using a designated driver; we can all reach our destination and enjoy the holidays with our families,” said Sheriff Jaeger. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones in 2015 on the roadways and we hope through our efforts of prevention we can keep others from going through the holidays without the ones they love.”
The number of car deer crashes remains steady with nine being reported.