The following significant events were reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department for the week ending May 27, 2019:
Part of Hwy. 51 north of Tomahawk was closed last Monday evening after a vehicle caught fire. Just after 5 p.m. cell callers reported the Ford F250 truck on fire near Hwy 8. Firefighters were on the scene for just less than an hour and the truck was declared a total loss.
A northbound lane of Hwy 51 was closed Tuesday evening after a fire was reported on the side of the road near the Wisconsin River bridge. A deputy found one of the wooden posts supporting the guardrail burning and was able extinguish most of the flames. It was later learned that workers had replaced a section of the guardrail earlier in the day using a torch.
A 28-year-old Merrill woman will be referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney for child neglect, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after deputies investigated a drug use complaint in the Town of Merrill. A citizen reported they stopped at a residence on County Rd JJ to check on a dog that was running loose. When the citizen knocked on the door a small child eventually came to the door holding a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. The investigating deputies located marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the home, some of which was within reach of at least one child.
A wind storm swept through Lincoln County early Wednesday morning keeping emergency responders and the dispatch center busy for most of the day. Multiple reports of downed trees blocking roadways, power wires being down, and power wires caught up in trees causing minor fires, were received throughout the day. In total the 911 center handled around 90 calls related to the storm.
A 21-year-old Madison man was injured after a single vehicle crash early Friday on Hwy 8 near East Circle Drive. The driver was transported by Tomahawk EMS for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.
A 33-year-old Wausau man was arrested Saturday evening by deputies on an outstanding warrant from the Chippewa County Sheriff after receiving a complaint of a no contact order violation at business in the Town of Russell. When contact was made with the male it was found he was violating the rules of his probation.
The Town of Russell Fire Department responded early Sunday morning to a report of a possible fire in the Town of Birch. At 5 a.m. a resident of Irma reported his home filling with smoke. Deputies and firefighters were not able to locate any fire.
An ATV crash resulted in a 44-year-old Waupaca woman being injured Sunday afternoon after striking a tree along an ATV trail in the Town of Harrison. The victim was removed from the woods by the Tomahawk Fire Department and was transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital where she was treated and later released.
A 44-year-old Hartford man was cited Sunday evening for operating a UTV while intoxicated after a deputy stopped a group of riders on County Rd D at County Rd B for a speeding violation. One driver was cited for careless operation and another driver was arrested for an ATV OWI offense after he showed signs of intoxication and was placed through field sobriety tests.
Five people reported striking deer this past week.