MERRILL POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
At 1:28 a.m. a caller reported an intoxicated male had been at her residence and caused damage to a door. He had reportedly left the residence. It was found the male, who has a child with the female in question, had become intoxicated and passed out. Upon waking, he began yelling and swearing at the female and broke the door and lock before departing. The man was located by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies at his residence in Gleason and was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
At 6:24 a.m. a caller reported a male was walking around his business talking to himself and carrying a sledge hammer. Contact was made with the man who stated he was using the sledge hammer as a walking stick. He agreed to leave the sledge hammer at home.
At 10:20 a.m. a caller reported being involved in a crash in a parking lot. It was found one driver had meant to brake but instead pressed the accelerator crashing into the other vehicle. A crash report was completed.
At 3:33 p.m. a caller reported someone had struck her vehicle, causing damage, while it was parked at a store parking lot. An officer will be reviewing surveillance video of the lot to determine the striking vehicle which had left the scene without reporting the crash.
At 4:43 p.m. a caller reported someone had attempted to enter his locked storage unit. Access was not made, but the lock was damaged. Investigation continues.
At 5:06 p.m. a caller reported a male had changed his oil in a car wash bay draining the oil into the drain. The officer reviewed surveillance video of the man and was able to identify him. Enforcement action will be forthcoming after the officer makes contact with the man.
At 6:56 p.m. a caller reported she had an argument with a male who had fired a handgun into the air before pointing the gun at himself. It was found the male had fired two rounds into the air before entering his parents’ residence. A perimeter was established around the residence and, after phone contact was made, the man surrendered himself without incident. He was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, possession of THC, and bail jumping. Later, two methamphetamine pipes and a quantity of methamphetamine were turned over to officers, after the man had concealed them in the residence. Additional charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia are forthcoming.
At 2:30 p.m. it was found that a vehicle had driven over some barricades at the High School parking lot. Video surveillance depicts the suspect vehicle, and the officer will be following up with the driver.
At 5:23 p.m. a caller reported someone stole the registration plate off her vehicle.
At 6:09 p.m. a caller reported a male stumbling into the roadway who appeared intoxicated. Officers located the man at a restaurant where he is employed. It was found it was his day off, but he had been called in due to staffing shortage and arrived intoxicated. The employee’s condition was pointed out to the manager, and the employee was sent home.
Throughout the day, officers dealt with numerous calls related to missing children. These calls were found to be related to busing issues from the Merrill area schools.
At 11:02 p.m., officers were called to a Department of Corrections community supervision residence for a female party who was reported to have trespassed at the facility. Investigation is ongoing.
At 5:54 a.m. officers were dispatched to East Second St. for a suspicious person at a business threatening a person with a sledgehammer. The suspect continued to follow the reporting party, yelling and threatening the part,y until officers located the suspect and arrested him for disorderly conduct while armed and resisting arrest.
At 7:39 p.m. officers received a report of ATVs racing at the parking lot of a business on Pine Ave. Officers issued the ATV drivers citations for the behavior.
At 10:40 a.m. a caller reported she was currently out of state but received information that someone had dumped property off at her residence. It was found a significant amount of scrap and misc. trash had been left at the property. A possible suspect is known, and additional follow-up will be conducted.
At 3:10 p.m. an officer conducted a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation. An occupant was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested for the warrant.
At 7:52 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity. She reported a male had dropped something off along the side of the road. She was able to provide a registration plate. Officers did not locate anything lying along the roadway. Officers made contact with the man, and he reported he had caught a chipmunk in his live-trap and released it in a wooded area.
At 8:00 p.m. a caller reported unauthorized charges to his debit card. It was found someone attempted to use the man’s debit card information in New York. The charges showed as pending, and the card was cancelled.
At 7:59 a.m. a caller wished to meet an officer to turn herself in, as she had an active warrant for her arrest through Marathon County. The officer confirmed the warrant, met the female, and she was arrested for that warrant.
At 11:38 a.m. a caller reported someone broke into a garage and stole tools. The victim is putting a list of missing tools together. Investigation is ongoing.
At 4:46 p.m. a motorcyclist led an officer on a brief high-speed pursuit. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle after finding the registration suspended, and the motorcyclist fled at a high speed. The pursuit was terminated, as the motorcyclist’s identity is known. He was found to have a warrant for his arrest. He will now be charged with fleeing an officer.
At 6:43 p.m. an officer observed a male walking and knew there was a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was confirmed, and the man was arrested for that warrant.