Significant incidents reported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, for the week ending July 22, 2019:
A fire destroyed a pickup truck and closed northbound U.S. Hwy. 51 Wednesday morning. Just after 2:15 a.m. the fire was reported north of County Rd S in the Town of Bradley. Tomahawk Firefighters extinguished the fire but the truck was a total loss.
A 50-year-old Merrill man was arrested Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charges of bail jumping. The man appeared in Lincoln County Court House for a hearing and the Merrill Police Officer involved in the case advised he could detect the odor of an intoxicant coming from the subject. The man provided a preliminary breath test which showed he was over twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. Bonds in Lincoln County Court prohibited the man from drinking.
A 44-year-old Merrill man was arrested Thursday afternoon after crashing his vehicle on Joe Snow Rd in the Town of Scott at 3:22 p.m. When a deputy arrived he found the man seated in his truck “huffing” the contents of an aerosol can. The driver was taken into custody for intentionally abusing a hazardous substance along with a misdemeanor count of bail jumping for violating a bond in Lincoln County Court.
A 28-year-old Merrill man was arrested Thursday evening after deputies responded to a disturbance in the Town of Pine River. Just after 6 p.m. deputies went to a home and learned that the intoxicated man had slapped someone during a disturbance. When deputies attempted to take the man into custody he refused to comply with their commands and an electronic control device was used in order to gain compliance. The man was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Two rounds of storms came through Lincoln County this weekend causing issues throughout the county and greatly increasing the call volume in the 911 center. The first report of damage during Friday night’s storm came through at 7:24 p.m. when a tree fell and blocked Hwy. 8 near Tripoli. All five fire departments in the county were dispatched on a range of calls throughout the storm including downed trees on power lines and homes filling with smoke. In total the 911 center handled 111 calls regarding the storm, fourteen of those from other counties whose 911 centers where overwhelmed causing the calls to ring through to Lincoln County.
Lincoln County also assisted Langlade County by organizing and dispatching all five fire departments to assist with opening roads and performing welfare checks on residents who were trapped in their properties due to trees covering roads and driveways. Corning, Merrill, Pine River, Tomahawk and Russell Fire Departments all deployed to Langlade County along with the county’s Emergency Management Director. On Sunday most departments returned to Langlade County to provide water for residents lacking electricity.