MERRILL POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
At 7:18 a.m., a business reported finding someone had placed bags of trash in their dumpster. Officers were able to determine the owner of the trash. The male was warned for illegal dumping.
At 2:35 p.m., a male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
At 7:54 p.m., a caller reported a domestic disturbance at an apartment. Contact was made with the tenant who reported she had been yelling at her boyfriend during a phone call. Officers have dealt with this same issue in the past and the tenant was cited for violation of noise ordinance.
At 9:26 p.m., a caller reported she and her seven-year-old daughter were locked in their apartment. She reported her boyfriend’s mother came to the apartment where she created a disturbance over the removal of trash from the premises. When she departed, she damaged a latch on the exterior of the only door to the apartment, preventing them from leaving. An officer was able to correct the damaged latch. The boyfriend’s mother was arrested for disorderly conduct and two counts of false imprisonment.
At 11:21 a.m., officers executed a search warrant at a residence, after a suspect in several burglaries and thefts was identified. A male was arrested for burglary and several additional charges.
At 1:00 p.m., a caller reported losing several thousand dollars in a scam. It was found the man had been contacted and informed he had won nearly a million dollars from Publisher’s Clearing House. He was instructed to send a money in order to claim his prize. Investigation continues.
At 4:51 p.m., a caller reported she believes someone caused damage to her vehicle while parked at a business a couple of days prior. An officer will be reviewing surveillance video to determine if someone did, in fact, damage the vehicle at the business.
At 5:53 p.m., a caller reported being involved in a scam. The female was informed there were issues with an online account. She was instructed to download various apps, and when the person began asking for banking information the female became suspicious and contacted police. The officer spoke with one of the callers while he was present. It quickly became clear the caller did not work for the company he claimed. The apps were deleted off the phone, and the female’s bank account was frozen. She did not suffer a loss of any money.
At 8:12 p.m., a caller reported a domestic disturbance at a residence. The involved male had left prior to officer’s arrival. The involved female reported the incident was a verbal argument. Phone contact was later made with the male, who also stated the incident was a verbal argument. It was found, however, the male has an open bond which prohibits him from contacting the female. A charge of bail jumping will be sent to the district attorney’s office.
At 9:11 p.m., an employee for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections requested an officer assist her with checking on a probationer, after it was reported he was possibly intoxicated. It was found the man had not been drinking, however, he was found to be in possession of a bottle of vodka. It was found he has open bonds prohibiting the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. He was arrested for bail jumping.
At 10:47 a.m., officers were tipped off to the location of a wanted person. Officers arrived on scene and located the individual with a warrant, who was arrested.
At 3:44 p.m., officers were notified by the Merrill Park and Rec Department about some youths who were entering and possibly damaging a typically locked shelter at one of the parks. Officers arrived on scene and determined there was no damage to the shelter.
At 4:29 p.m., officers were called to an area department store regarding two motorists who were creating a disturbance in the parking lot. Officers determined the argument stemmed from one of the drivers driving against the flow of traffic dictated by the business for the parking lane. Officers deescalated the disturbance and verbally warned both parties for their actions.
At 6:47 p.m., officers were called to a local playground in response to a group of youths possibly damaging equipment and spraying one another with perfume. Officers made contact with the youths who were determined to not be damaging the equipment.
At 8:19 p.m., officers were called to an area department store concerning a series of shoplifting incidents perpetrated by two parties over the past few days. The store discovered the stolen electronic items were being sold by the offenders online. As a result of the investigation, both offenders were located and arrested for the incidents.
At 1:33 a.m., officers were called regarding a vehicle driving in a reckless fashion through an undeveloped parcel of land. The caller followed the vehicle and, upon confronting the driver, the driver fled into the residence. Officers later had contact with the driver of the vehicle, who claimed their actions were an attempt to avoid another vehicle. The witness statements and damage caused by the vehicle’s driving was not consistent with the driver’s account of what occurred. The driver was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.
At 10:56 a.m., officers were called in regards to a party violating terms of their open bond conditions. Officers located the party and confirmed the party was knowingly violating terms of their bond. The party was arrested as a result.
At 3:51 p.m., officers were called to a car vs. bicycle crash. Investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
At 5:13 p.m., officers were called to a local business for a disturbance. Officers made contact with the business and learned the party creating the disturbance left prior to officers’ arrival. It was learned that the disturbance stemmed from the party not being eligible to receive a family member’s employee discount. Store staff was advised to call if the party returned and continued the disturbance.
At 2:52 a.m., a crash was reported on St. Paul St. at Monroe St. A vehicle had failed to stop at the T-intersection and drove into a wooded area after striking a street sign. The driver was cited for failure to keep vehicle under control, and a crash report was completed.
At 8:48 a.m., a female was arrested for a probation violation at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
At 9:18 a.m., an officer investigated a suspicious activity complaint, after it was found potting soil was tossed around and potted plants disturbed in the lobby of City Hall. Pieces of a broken cell phone were found buried in one of the planters. Surveillance video revealed the phone had been placed in the planter by a probationer who had been arrested shortly prior to this. The cell phone was turned over to the suspect’s probation agent.
At 4:15 p.m., a burglary was reported at a residence. The tenant reported arriving home to find the door partially ajar and his dog missing. A dog matching the description had been located earlier at large at the police department parking lot. It was determined a roommate had not closed the door properly and the dog escaped; there had not been a burglary. The owner was informed his dog was at the Humane Society.
At 1:57 p.m., a caller requested an officer for a civil complaint after she reported her deceased brother’s girlfriend and her son were moving property she considered stolen. Officers had spoken to the family the previous day and explained they would need to work their property dispute out in civil court. A male had blocked another vehicle in the driveway. When removing the vehicle, the man struck a squad car. He was found to have a suspended driver’s license. He was cited for operating while suspended. A crash report was completed by the Sheriff’s Office, given an MPD vehicle was involved.
At 9:27 p.m., a caller reported her juvenile son was at a park when another youth popped his football with a pocket knife. The officer will be reviewing surveillance video from a nearby church to help identify the suspect youth.
At 9:34 p.m., a tavern reported an intoxicated female was at the establishment causing issues. They requested she be removed from the area. Officers located the female, who was found to be on probation, as well as having an open bond both prohibiting the consumption of alcohol. She was arrested for bail jumping and probation violation. The female resisted officers’ efforts to take her into custody and, as such, she was additionally charged with resisting an officer.
At 3:10 a.m., an off-duty officer was on his way home after ending his shift. He reported following a vehicle that was crossing the center line, operating in the oncoming lane of traffic and nearly had struck a guard rail at one point. Contact was made with the driver who displayed characteristics indicative of intoxication. She agreed to perform field sobriety tests, and as a result of those tests was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
At 8:17 a.m., a caller reported someone had stolen the registration plates off his vehicle.
At 12:43 p.m., a caller reported someone had written a derogatory remark on her vehicle windshield in the dust. A suspect was named and contact was made with that person, and she was warned to leave the caller alone.
At 1:40 p.m., a caller reported someone had struck her mailbox sometime after 9:00 a.m., damaging it. The vehicle left the scene without reporting the crash.
At 4:37 p.m., it was reported that a male was at a residence in contact with another male that he is prohibited from having contact with as part of his probation rules. Contact was made with the male at the residence, and he was arrested for probation violation.