Lincoln County Sheriff: Weekly wrap up

Key events reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for the week ending August 2, 2021:

Storms led to several service calls in the past week, which led to numerous inquiries to the law enforcement authorities in the district as well as to the fire departments in the region. A storm that broke in late Monday evening caused problems mainly from Irma Nord and resulted in numerous wires and trees over the streets. The Tomahawk firefighters stood by with several fallen cables, including one that restricted traffic on US Highway 8 for over six hours. Firefighters also checked several trailers at the Clear Lake Condos trailer park, including one that had fallen through a tree. From the beginning of the storm until Tuesday noon, a total of 39 service calls were processed by the emergency call center.

Traffic was delayed and a Tomahawk man was quoted twice following an accident Monday night in Bradley City. The driver of the vehicle, a 59-year-old Tomahawk man, said he turned to miss a bear and bumped into a mailbox and power pole, causing wires to fall on the pavement. A check revealed that the driver’s license had been revoked due to a previous conviction by the OWI. The driver left the scene, but returned a short time later in another vehicle. He informed the deputy that he wanted to remove his vehicle himself. The man was charged again with driving with his license revoked.

A 47-year-old Tomahawk man was arrested Thursday night on charges of assault and misconduct. MPs found the man at his home in King City and took him into custody. They were investigating a disorder that was reported late Tuesday night.

A 29-year-old Merrill man was arrested Wednesday morning on an arrest warrant. A MP was conducting a social check in the city of Merrill when she discovered the man had been warranted for failure to pay child support.

A second storm front hit the area on Wednesday evening. The first reports of falling trees came around 8:00 p.m. Numerous reports were received in Tomahawk City, Harrison City, and Pine River City. State Rd 64 in the town of Pine River was closed or restricted for several miles after numerous trees fell on the pavement. A power line was also laid and prevented commercial vehicles from driving on the lane. Pine River firefighters also checked two homes where falling trees damaged propane tanks and started leaking. On Thursday, the Rec. Deputy assisted a group of hikers who spent the night in the Underdown Recreation Area but found the access road covered with fallen trees as they set off. The recom. Deputy and WPS were able to clean trees and cables to get the parties out. A total of 70 service calls were processed by the emergency call center, which were caused by the storm during the night of Wednesday and into Thursday.

A 50-year-old man from Antigo was arrested early Thursday morning for jumping on bail. MPs arrested the man after inspecting a suspicious vehicle in the city of Birch. They found that the man had violated three crimes by breaking a non-contact policy and consuming alcohol.

Driver speeding remains an issue as MPs patrolled US Highway 51 on Friday. At 7:30 p.m., a man from Outagamie County who was traveling at 110 mph in the 65 mph zone was cited. Shortly after 11:30 p.m., an 18-year-old Waunakee woman was summoned for 99 mph on US Highway 51 on Lincoln Drive. On Saturday, the recreational agent quoted a Tomahawk man for traveling at 74 mph in a Can Am UTV on Tannery Road north of Tomahawk. Half an hour later, a second traffic stop on a 46 MPH UTV on Tannery Road resulted in the 52-year-old driver, a Tomahawk man, being charged with driving a UTV while drunk.

A 55-year-old man from Merrill suffered minor injuries Saturday morning after being hit while riding his motorcycle. The man was driving on County Rd K near Duginski Rd when a vehicle pulled out of a driveway and hit the man. He refused the ambulance.

The number of game falls in the past week is low, with only four reported. An eagle was found struck and killed on State Road 17 and Hinz Road in the city of Merrill on Wednesday afternoon.

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