For week ending March 17, 2024

On 03/14/2024 a 38-year-old Merrill woman came to the Sheriff’s Office to report a domestic disturbance that had taken place at a residence on Lone Pine Rd. in the Town of Merrill the night before. The woman reported that the disturbance was between her and her 45-year-old boyfriend, also of Merrill. The disturbance started over a disagreement at a local bar. It was reported that once the couple got home, the male subject tackled the female and forcibly took her cell phone, demanded other items, and then head butted her. It was also reported that he hit her in the face and kicked her feet out from under her. When talked to by deputies, the male subject denied any wrongdoing and said that the female was out of hand. The male subject advised he had called the Sheriff’s Office after the incident but he advised that it wasn’t out of hand and he didn’t want the police. The female subject had injuries similar to those of someone being hit in the face. The male subject was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked for disorderly conduct, battery, and robbery with force.

On 03/16/2024 deputies responded to Lincoln Hills School for a battery complaint. It was reported that a 17-year-old male student was making threats to staff and other students while being defiant, disruptive, and resistive towards staff. While attempting to confine the student to his cell, he became combative and fought with the staff. During the ensuing altercation, three staff members were injured and sent to the hospital for treatment. The student was taken into custody by the investigating deputy and transported to the Lincoln County Jail. The student was uninjured in the incident. The deputy is requesting two counts of battery by prisoner, and one count of disorderly conduct. The subject was cooperative with the deputy and Lincoln County corrections staff.

On 03/17/2024 deputies were sent to a fast food restaurant on CTH W in the Town of Pine River for a complaint of disorderly conduct. An 18-year-old female from Sheboygan was reporting that her boyfriend, a 30-year-old male from Merrill, was driving drunk and threatening to kick her out of the car. The male subject then reportedly exited the vehicle and left the scene on foot. Investigating deputies found that the subject was on bond through Marathon County and was in violation of the conditions of that bond. The male subject was found a short time later and was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail. At the jail, he was booked in for a charge of disorderly conduct (domestic related) and bail jumping for the violation of his bond in Marathon County.

On 03/17/2024 the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a suspicious person at a convenience store in Tomahawk. It was reported that the female party was acting strange, described like she was under the influence of something, and she had been driving a car. Tomahawk PD was dispatched to the call and found the 59-year-old Michigan woman. They found no signs of impairment but told the woman that she could not drive, as she didn’t have a valid license. A short time later, a deputy pulled into the business and noticed the female party had moved her car. After investigating, the deputy – who has advanced specialty training and is a drug recognition expert – determind that the female was impaired and had been driving her car. The driver submitted to standard field sobriety testing along with advanced drug impairment testing and, as a result of those tests, she was placed under arrest for OWI 1st offense. She was later released to a responsible party.

On Sunday 03/17/2024 the Sheriff’s Office took a complaint of a mailbox being struck and damaged. The reporting party advised they observed a vehicle heading southbound on CTH JJ with a male hanging out the window smashing mailboxes. The reporting party said there were several damaged mailboxes in the area and also said her husband had gone after the suspect vehicle and was last seen southbound on CTH JJ. During this call, the reporting party’s husband also called the Sheriff’s Office, reporting that he was following the suspect vehicle and continued to do so until law enforcement was able to locate and stop the vehicle. Once stopped, it was learned that the vehicle was being driven by a 16-year-old Merrill juvenile, and the passenger who was hitting the mailboxes was a 15-year-old Merrill juvenile. Upon subsequent searching of the area, as of this time, there were 35 mailboxes damaged by the two. Anyone who may have found their mailbox damaged who hasn’t been contacted by the Sheriff’s Office yet is asked to call to report their damage. The damage was found to be in the area of the Towns of Merrill and Rock Falls. The two juveniles were turned over to their parents, and charges against the two are pending. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

During this timeframe, deputies conducted 49 traffic stops and 25 security checks and responded to 2 domestics and 3 car vs. deer crashes. The 911 Center took five hang-up calls and seven nuisance calls.

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