LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Weekend Wrap Up: 06/06/2022 – 06/19/2022
06-09-2022 a K9 deputy on routine patrol stopped a vehicle on CTH P near Logan Rd. in the Town of Pine River for minor traffic violations. Upon deploying his K9 partner, the dog had a positive alert on the vehicle. Following the investigation, a 34-year-old Tripoli man was arrested for criminal operating after revocation, felony bail jumping, and possession of meth paraphernalia.
06-10-2022 deputies were dispatched to the area of USH 51 and CTH H in the Town of Rock Falls for a reported two car crash with injuries. The two vehicles were traveling N/B on USH 51 when the vehicle in the right lane suffered a mechanical issue, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and enter the left lane, striking the second vehicle. Minor injuries were reported as the result of the crash. No citations were issued.
06/10/2022 deputies were dispatched to an address on Carpenter Rd. in the Town of Somo for a reported Burglary in progress. The homeowner reported to dispatch that his game camera alerted him by cell phone to someone being on his property. The homeowner reported that no one had permission to be on the property. Upon arriving on scene, the first deputy located the suspect in the shed by the home and he was putting items into his pockets. The deputy made contact with a 22-year-old Merrill man. Additional deputies arrived on scene and they took the subject into custody. While en route to the jail, the subject became belligerent and began banging his head against the protective cage in the squad, causing him to suffer a head injury. The subject then kicked a window out of the squad. The suspect was then removed from the squad along the highway, and an ambulance was called to treat him for the head injury and to transport him to the hospital for medical clearance. At the hospital, the subject remained disorderly – screaming, swearing, spitting, and urinating himself. He was later brought to jail and booked in on several criminal charges as well as a probation hold. No deputies were injured during this encounter.
06-10-2022 a deputy on routine patrol stopped a vehicle on USH 51 near CTH Q in the Town of Pine River for an equipment violation. A K9 officer from the City of Merrill was requested to assist with the stop. The officer deployed his K9 partner which indicated a positive alert on the car. The driver of the car, a 37-year-old Marshfield man, was found to be impaired and ran through a series of standard field sobriety tests. Following those tests, the driver was arrested for OWI as well as possession of meth and marijuana.
06/11/2022 a deputy on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation on USH 51 at USH 8. The driver of the vehicle, a 33-year-old man from McHenry, Ill., was found to be under the influence of intoxicants. The driver was put through a series of standard field sobriety tests and, as a result of those tests, he was arrested for first offense OWI. The deputy also located several firearms in the vehicle. The driver was also booked on operating a firearm while intoxicated.
06/11/2022 deputies were dispatched to the area of STH 107 and Tug Lake Rd in the Town of Rock Falls for a reported vehicle crash. Upon arrival, deputies located and detained a 35-year-old Irma man. Upon further investigation, the driver was found to be under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested for fifth offense OWI, operating after revocation, and felony bail jumping. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
06-11-2022 deputies were dispatched to the area STH 86 and CTH YY in the Town of Tomahawk for a reported ATV crash with injuries. It was reported that a lead ATV was turning around on the trail when a second ATV operator, a 50-year-old woman from Ogema, Wis., came over the hill and thought she was going to collide with the first ATV. As a result, she applied the brakes to avoid the collision, lost control of her ATV, was ejected from the ATV, and the ATV rolled and came to rest on the woman. Lifelink medical helicopter was dispatched to the scene and transported the woman with unknown injuries. As of this time, the crash is still under investigation. The woman was not wearing a helmet.
06-13-2022 deputies were dispatched to an address on CTH P in the Town of Pine River for a domestic disturbance involving a gun. It was reported that two subjects, a 59-year-old Merrill woman and her 56-year-old husband, were fighting over a gun after one threatened the other. The gun was removed from the situation prior to deputies arriving on scene. Upon investigating, the male was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. It was alleged that the gun was never loaded. The male was transported to Aspirus Merrill Hospital for medical clearance due to a high level of intoxication, and when cleared, he was brought to the Lincoln County Jail.
06-13-2022 a K9 deputy on routine patrol with his partner, Poncho, observed a vehicle on CTH W in the Town of Pine River with an equipment violation. When the deputy attempted to turn around to stop the vehicle, the driver a 33-year-old Schofield woman, attempted to evade the deputy by pulling into a driveway. The deputy pulled down the road to wait and after a short time, the woman pulled out of the driveway. As soon as she saw that the deputy was still there, she pulled into a second driveway. At the second location, she drove around some buildings and left a short time later, at which time the deputy stopped the vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle and investigating, the deputy deployed his K9 partner, “Poncho.” After a short time, , Poncho, indicated a positive alert on the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, nothing was found. The deputy returned to the last address the suspect had pulled into and talked to the homeowner. That owner stated that the suspect pulled behind the buildings in an attempt to hide. At that point, a male subject got out of the car and fled into the woods. The homeowner stated they saw the male subject drop a backpack in the woods. The female then left the property, driving over the homeowner’s new septic system, causing damage. Based on this information, the deputy located and recovered the backpack, which contained illegal drug items. He then also placed the female under arrest. She was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on three counts of felony bail jumping, one count of misdemeanor bail jumping, criminal damage to property, possession of methamphetamine, possess with intent to distribute amphetamine, and obstructing an officer. The male subject was not located.
06/14/2022 a deputy was assigned to investigate a fight that occurred between two inmates at the Lincoln County Jail. Upon investigating, the deputy found the fight was between a 24-year-old Kronenwetter man and a 22-year-old Racine man. Neither of the inmates wished to cooperate with the investigation. Charges against the Racine man for battery by a prisoner will be referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.
06-15-2022 a deputy was dispatched to an address on CTH CC in the Town of Bradley for a reported burglary. It was reported the victim went to the property, found the door to one of the buildings open, and his lawn mower was missing. The owner also reported additional items missing including an enclosed car hauler trailer. The following day 06-16-2022 detectives with the Sheriff’s Office, while conducting an investigation in the area, recovered several stolen items, including the items listed above and cleared up multiple burglaries. Several individuals were taken into custody. This investigation is ongoing.
06/17/2022 a deputy on routine patrol stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation on CTH A near Red Oak Ln. in the town of Bradley. The driver of the vehicle, a 62-year-old Tomahawk woman, was found to be under the influence of intoxicants. The driver was put through a series of standard field sobriety tests and, as a result of those tests, was arrested for first offense OWI. The driver was later released to a responsible party.
06/17/2022 deputies were dispatched to the area of USH 51 and the 229 mile marker for a reported motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival, deputies found the driver a 28-year-old Schofield man, suffering from chest pain, from his seat belt and the vehicle airbags being deployed. Subject was checked by Tomahawk area EMS and refused transport. The driver stated he dozed off while driving and struck the guard rail. No citations were issued.
06-17-2022 a deputy was assigned to investigate a theft by contractor complaint. The victim reported that in March he and his wife hired a 31-year-old Tomahawk man as a contractor to do some work, paid the contractor $24,000, and the work was supposed to start April 1. As of this date, the contractor has only finished a portion of the project. This report will be referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office for review and possible charges.
06-19-2022 a K9 deputy on routine patrol with his partner, Poncho, observed a vehicle on CTH W in the Town of Pine River with an equipment violation. A check on the vehicle’s registration revealed that the owner of the car, a 39-year-old Lac Du Flambeau man, did not have a valid driver’s license. After stopping the vehicle, the driver confirmed his license was revoked. Also present in the car was a 37-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, both of Lac Du Flambeau. Based on his initial contact, the deputy deployed his K9 partner, Poncho. After a short time Poncho indicated a positive alert on the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle, several illegal drug related items were found. The woman stated that one of the male subjects threw a large bag of heroin out the car window when they saw the deputy. She had hoped her cooperation would lead to her being released. All three subjects were arrested. Upon arrival at the Lincoln County Jail, it was discovered the woman had a large amount of drugs and drug equipment concealed on her person. The three were booked on various charges of felony bail jumping, delivering articles to jail, manufacturing/deliver of heroin, manufacturing/deliver of amphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of illegally obtained prescriptions, possession with intent to manufacture/deliver cocaine, and obstructing an officer.
During this two-week time frame, there were 16 reported car/deer crashes and 1 car/bear crash.