MERRILL POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
At 3:14 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of a possibly-intoxicated male party that was said to be urinating on a tree. The officers searched the area but were unable to locate the individual.
At 2:23 p.m. officers took a report of a domestic disturbance that had occurred the night prior. The victim stated that a male party had strangled her and took her purse and phone during the altercation, then left the residence. As a result of the investigation, the male party was later taken into custody.
At 9:25 p.m. officers responded to a report of a fight that had occurred in the 300 block of Hendricks St. Contact was made with the involved parties, one of whom was injured in the fight. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
At 6:19 a.m. an officer responded to a local gas station after it was reported a patron had stolen a bank bag of money after distracting the staff member. The investigation is ongoing.
At 1:50 p.m. a crash was reported in the parking lot of a restaurant. A semi truck had struck a sign in the parking lot. It was found the driver did not have a valid commercial driver’s license. He was cited for operating a commercial motor vehicle without a valid license.
A female sent a Facebook message to the police department in which she described receiving a phone call from an automated system informing her that her social security number had been suspended. She recognized this as a scam and hung up. She noted that the displayed number was a local number. Be aware that scammers can use spoofing apps to create fictitious phone numbers, making them appear to be from a particular area or even a specific business/agency. They have even gone so far as to use the Merrill PD as an originating name/number.
At 12:58 a.m. officers responded to a vehicle crash where one vehicle struck a parked vehicle. As a result of the officer’s investigation, the driver of the vehicle was arrested for OWI.
At 4:26 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a hit-and-run vehicle crash involving two vehicles in the roundabout. The driver stated the striking vehicle rear-ended them in the roundabout then continued driving. The investigation is ongoing.
At 8:51 p.m. an officer responded to a report of a stove on fire in an apartment. The officer arrived and was able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the apartment complex.
At 4:01 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a local gas station for a report of a party that left without paying for their gas. The gas station was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle in question. The investigation is ongoing.
At 3:26 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a vehicle crash. The vehicle was said to have crashed into a fire hydrant after “spinning ou.t” It was determined that the driver had done a burn out while leaving a parking lot, then struck the fire hydrant. The driver was cited for disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle and failure to maintain control of the vehicle.
At 9:01 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of a violation of a court order. It was reported that a female party was with a male party while the male party had a bond condition to not have contact with the female. The female party was located and confirmed that the male had picked her up from her residence earlier in the evening. The male was unable to be located, but a charge for felony bail jumping was forwarded to the district attorney for review.