Merrill Police Department Report Week Ending July 14

The Merrill Police Department responded to 15 incidents last week. Four calls were received for disturbances and disorderly conduct, one of those involving a suspect brandishing a knife during an assault. There were three crashes reported. One was a hit and run and another where a vehicle hit a parked car, resulting in an arrest for OWI. One call was received for theft at a local business, involving the use of a counterfeit bill. There was one call for a probation violation with the suspect being taken into custody. There…

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Irma Man Arrested On Charges Of Violating Court Bond

IRMA – On Thursday July 11 in the Township of Birch, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted a traffic stop on US Hwy 51 for a vehicle with a defective headlight. Upon making contact with the driver, the deputy noticed and odor of intoxicants. The driver, a 48 yr old Irma man had previously been released on bond in Rusk County which prohibited him from consuming alcohol. While the driver was not in violation of any OWI laws, he was arrested for violating the court bond and transported to…

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Lincoln County Officials Name Two New Leadership Team Members

LINCOLN COUNTY – Lincoln County officials have named two current team members as new hires to replace recent vacancies in county leadership. Heather Marheine, who has worked for the County in an accounting role for the Highway and Solid Waste departments has been appointed to replace Samantha Fenske as Lincoln County Finance Director. Fenske, who served in the role for the last year and a half, took part in her final county board meeting on Tuesday night. Jason Lemmer, who has served as interim Highway Commissioner over the past two…

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Lincoln County Finance And Insurance Committee Meeting Summary

LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Finance and Insurance Committee met in the County Service Center on Friday July 12. There was a request to have $50K of contingency Sheriff’s Office 911 software budgeted, as a grant believed to cover the costs was not awarded. Also proposed was a request for $20K to cover expenditures related to the IT components of the Pine Crest transition that were originally planned to be covered from proceeds of the sale of the property, which was voided due to pending litigation. Both requests were…

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Lincoln County Death Team July 8th Meeting Notes

LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Death Team held their latest meeting on Monday July 8 in the Land Services Conference Room. County Coroner Valerie Caylor stated that she is seeing an average of 28 deaths per month in Lincoln County, with most of those in the 70 years or older category. Discussions took place during the meeting surrounding potential preventative initiatives specific to postpartum follow up. Those initiatives could include follow up mailings, phone calls and home visits. The team’s next meeting is scheduled for October 14.

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Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Report Week Ending July 14

LINCOLN COUNTY – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies conducted 42 traffic stops last week. There was a report of one crash with multiple injuries on US Hwy 8 near Honey Rd, in the Township of Wilson. Deputies from both Lincoln and Oneida counties were dispatched to the scene.  There were 33 security checks performed. Deputies also responded to 2 calls involving cars hitting deer and followed up on 14 calls for unsafe driving. The 911 center took seven nuisance calls. There were two hang-up calls.

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Lincoln County Administrative And Legislative Committee July 2nd Meeting Summary

LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Administrative and Legislative Committee met on Tuesday July 2nd at the Government Services Center. UW Extension Dept Head Art Lersch announced his retirement at the meeting. Candidates to fill the position are yet TBD. Matt Pultz of the Veterans Office shared that walk-in’s have been up as of late, and that veterans should be encouraged to come into the office with questions about benefits that are available. Jason Spoehr of the county’s Information Technology department shared that a chatbot recently rolled out on the…

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Antigo Mayor Resigns, Interim Mayor Selected

ANTIGO – The Antigo city council has announced that they have accepted the resignation of Mayor Terry Brand who will be moving out of the city, making him ineligible to hold the position effective immediately. Tom Bauknecht, Fourth District Alder has accepted the title of Interim Mayor. He will fill the position through the 2025 Spring election. This leaves an opening for the District 4 Alder position. The Council is accepting applications and cover letters from residents interested in filling the position.

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Merrill Fire Department Report Week Ending July 14

MERRILL – The Merrill Fire Department responded to 40 calls last week, bringing the total for 2024 to 1193 calls. There were 2 motor vehicle accidents that resulted in injuries. There were 29 calls requesting EMS services, excluding the 2 accidents that resulted in injuries. The department responded to 3 fire calls, 2 were grass fires and the third was a recreational vehicle fire. EMS responders were also dispatched to rescue an individual at a local swimming area.

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Lincoln County Farm Reports Wolf Attacks

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports that a beef calf was killed and an adult cow injured by wolves recently on a local farm in the Town of Pine River. The depredation and injury were verified by the US Department pf Agriculture on June 8, 2024. The DNR said that discussions are taking place with the livestock producer regarding non-lethal abatement options. The DNR partners with USDA Wildlife Services to investigate reported conflicts with wolves. If you are a Livestock producer and suspect depredation or harassment by a wolf…

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