Lincoln County Sheriff’s reports
A 20-year-old Merrill man was arrested Monday evening on multiple charges after deputies investigated a domestic dispute in the Town of Merrill. At 5:46 p.m. Monday the victim phoned 911 and reported the incident which took place in the 2000 block of County Rd. K. The suspect was located by Merrill Police Officers in the City of Merrill and was eventually brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct charges along with felony charges of strangulation/suffocation and intimidating a victim by use of force. At a bond hearing on Wednesday the man was released by a Lincoln County Judge on a signature bond, he however remains jailed on a probation hold.
A 55-year-old Waukesha County man was taken into custody Tuesday evening on a traffic charge. A deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding just before 8 p.m. on County Rd. D at Gouda Road in the Town of Harrison. The driver, from Hartland, Wis., had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and displayed signs of impairment. After field sobriety tests he was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was also cited for speeding before being released to a responsible party.
Deputies checking on a suspicious person call Saturday morning located a person who was reported to be missing and endangered from the City of Wausau. At 10:34 a.m., a cell caller reported a person lying in a field on Lake Road near the Lincoln and Marathon county lines who appeared to be in distress. When a deputy arrived on the scene four minutes later he found the man had spent the night in the field and located the man’s truck nearby. A check showed the 73-year-old man was being sought by the Wausau Police Department after his family reported him missing on Friday; the family was concerned due to the man’s health. The man was checked by medical staff and returned to his family.
A 55-year-old Wausau man was arrested Saturday morning on a criminal traffic charge. Several cell 911 calls reported a possible impaired driver that was traveling on State Rd. 17 heading north. A deputy was able to find the suspect vehicle and stop it in Gleason. The driver displayed signs of impairment and was placed through field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests the man was taken into custody for a misdemeanor fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The man was also cited for driving on a revoked license before being released to a responsible party.
Two 23-year-old Merrill men were injured after two ATVs collided in the Town of Harding. The crash was reported at 5:09 p.m. on County Rd. MM near County Rd. E. According to the deputy’s report, the group was traveling west on County Rd. MM when one ATV crashed into the rear of a second ATV ejecting both operators; neither of whom were wearing helmets. One man refused medical care while the other was transported to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for treatment of his non-life threatening injuries. The Town of Corning Fire Department assisted at the scene. Both inattentive operation and alcohol were factors in the crash, although citations were not issued.
A 27-year-old Tomahawk woman was arrested early Sunday morning on several charges after deputies responded to a disturbance in the Town of King. At 11:11 p.m. a cell 911 caller reported the incident off of Shady Shore Rd. Deputies learned that the female had caused a disturbance at the residence and took her into custody on a disorderly conduct charge. The woman also provided a breath sample which showed she had been consuming alcohol in violation of two felony bonds in Lincoln County Court related to OWI and fleeing cases. The woman was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and two felony counts of bail jumping, she was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where she remains awaiting a bond hearing on Tuesday.
A 31-year-old Kronenwetter man is in the Lincoln County Jail awaiting a bond hearing after deputies responded to a report of shots fired early Sunday morning in the Town of Russell. At 1:08 a.m. a cell 911 caller reported a disturbance had occurred at a cabin off of Town Hall Road near Gleason and the suspect had fired off rounds. When deputies arrived, bystanders had detained the man. According to witnesses, an argument had occurred and the suspect was requested to leave, but instead he returned with a firearm and fired off several shots. The man was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was charged with a felony count of first degree recklessly endangering safety, and misdemeanor charge of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon while intoxicated. The man will be held for a bond hearing on Tuesday, none of the bystanders were injured during the incident.
Deputies kept up with traffic which was heavy throughout the week as seasonal visitors headed north for the holiday weekend. Deputies checked on several stalled vehicles and stopped and spoke to a few reckless drivers after complaints were received. On Friday afternoon a traffic crash in the Town of Scott backed up traffic. At 12:47 p.m., a vehicle struck the bridge over the Wisconsin River just north of County Rd. Q on US Hwy. 51. As Troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol cleared the crash site, deputies worked to slow northbound traffic which quickly backed up to Brokaw. It took about 45 minutes to clear the highway and get traffic flowing again.
The number of car deer crashes is up again with seven being reported. Two turkey strikes were reported this past week. On Monday a Merrill woman reported striking a bird on State Rd. 64 at State Rd. 107 in the Town of Corning. On Saturday a Tomahawk woman struck and killed a turkey on County Rd. CC near Hillside Road.