Merrill Police Reports
At 2:04 p.m. an officer stopped a vehicle after recognizing an occupant of that vehicle as having a warrant for his arrest. The man with the warrant was arrested. A K9 was requested at the stop and K9 Eros indicated a positive alert to the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle. A search of the driver revealed a methamphetamine pipe as well as a quantity of methamphetamine. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and several counts of bail jumping.
At 4:43 p.m. officers were dispatched to a residence after dispatch received a 911 call with a female screaming and swearing. It was found an adult daughter and her mother had gotten into an altercation and it was reported the daughter had pulled her mother’s hair. The daughter had also created a disturbance at a store a short time prior to this complaint. The daughter was arrested for disorderly conduct.
At 6:05 p.m. a store reported three people were creating a disturbance. It was found the three were suspected of attempting to shoplift and became argumentative with store management when confronted. One of the three had been warned she was no longer allowed at the store due to a similar incident the previous week. She will be cited for a municipal trespass ordinance violation. The other two were informed they are no longer welcome at the store and will be subject to the same violation in the future.
At 2:06 p.m. a business reported that two females had entered the building and stole a plunger from the bathroom which was chained to the wall earlier in the morning. The investigation is ongoing.
At 5:47 p.m. officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male near Grand Ave and Cottage. A med unit was requested based on the condition of the male who was later identified and found to have open bonds. The male was in possession of a bottle of vodka. The male was found to be in violation of his bonds and charges will follow for bail jumping.
At 4:33 p.m. officers were requested by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole to respond to the 1000 block of East First Street and take a male subject into custody for a probation violation. The male subject was taken into custody and transported to the jail.
At 6:54 p.m. officers were dispatched to a driving complaint. Contact was made with the reporting party who was found to have Probation restrictions to not be at a residence she was currently at. The female party was taken into custody for the probation violation and transported to the jail.
At 8:50 a.m. a caller reported two dogs running at large in the 100 block of Prospect St. The responding officer located the dogs after a second caller reported them near the library. The officer was able to capture one dog but not the other. The captured dog was transported to the Lincoln County Humane Society. The officer recognized the dogs as being at large in late-2018 as well. The owner was able to be identified through that earlier complaint. She was cited for animals at large.
At 11:59 a.m. officers were dispatched to a residence after a grandmother reported her granddaughter had stolen money from her purse. The grandmother wished to have her granddaughter charged for the theft as she has a history of stealing from her. The granddaughter was arrested for theft as well as bail jumping. The granddaughter’s boyfriend then became loud and vulgar within the residence toward the other family members. He refused to calm himself down and asked to be arrested. The officer obliged and he was arrested for disorderly conduct.
At 10:58 p.m. a caller reported coming upon a vehicle stuck in a snow bank and he suspected he was under the influence of something. Officers arrived on scene and observed the driver had left the vehicle. An officer followed the lone set of footprints in the fresh fallen snow to a nearby residence. Officers observed a male inside attempting to hide around a corner. Contact was made with the homeowners who wished for officers remove the man, as he had entered their residence without their permission or knowledge. The man refused to leave on his own and when officers began physically removing him he became resistive. He was arrested at that point for resisting an officer. He refused to participate in field sobriety testing and based on officer’s observations was arrested for operating while intoxicated (7 th offense) and operating after revocation due to alcohol violation. He was also charged with disorderly conduct, after being loud and profane at the emergency room, after being warned numerous times to cease his behavior. He was additionally arrested for a probation violation.
At 9:17 a.m. a caller reported a scam attempt. She had placed an online ad searching for a house to rent. She was contacted by a male who told her his house was for rent but she could not see the inside as he was out of town. The caller found this suspicious and refused to send him the requested money to rent. Officer confirmed this was a scam attempt and found the house in question is actually for sale and the scammer copied pictures of the residence from an online realtor site. The caller recognized the scam and has not lost any money.
At 11:31 a.m. a caller reported someone damaged his vehicle sometime over night.
At 11:37 a.m. officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence. It was determined that the altercation had been a verbal argument, however the involved male was found to have a probation rule not to have contact with the female. He was arrested for a probation violation.
At 8:09 p.m. a caller reported the theft of money from their residence. A suspect has been identified and the investigation will continue.