Tying up some loose ends regarding the two 16 year old girls that went missing last Sunday evening. Authorities were contacted Sunday night by relations, after the girls failed to return home. Extensive efforts were made to locate the two girls. Deputies spent hours checking all possible routes between Merrill and Tomahawk . Law enforcement officers throughout the state were asked to be on the lookout for the girls as the dispatch center worked with cell phone companies attempting to locate them. Just after noon on Monday the girls were found in Oshkosh.
Regarding questions about using Amber Alerts they say, “The Sheriff’s Office, like all law enforcement in the United States is bound by the strict criteria of the Amber Alert program. Any Amber Alert in Wisconsin is sent to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Dane County authorities than ensures the alert meets the criteria before it is sent out. At no time did this incident meet the strict criteria of an Amber Alert. We appreciate the help of the media and the concerns of both the media and the public when two girls go missing, but we are bound by laws and procedures and can only release so much information in cases such as these.”
Snowy roads caused issues in the county during the early parts of the week. Deputies went to several slide offs during the evening commute and at least one crash with injury on Monday. A slide-off on Highway 8 lead to a 31 year old woman being transported to the hospital. Her vehicle rolled in the ditch but she was able to free herself.
The on-ramp to US Hwy 51 at US Hwy 8 was closed for over two hours on Wednesday in the noon hour after a semi-truck lost part of its load. As the truck started up the ramp it lost several steel industrial sized I-beams onto the shoulder and into the ditch. A crane was brought in to retrieve and replace the beams onto the trailer at 2:30 PM and the ramp was re-opened at 5:20 PM.
A 26 year old Merrill man was arrested Friday evening on a criminal traffic charge after a Deputy stopped to check on a suspicious person in the City of Merrill. The Deputy was driving on Grand Ave near Prospect Street when he observed a man standing alongside of the roadway urinating. He was standing next to a vehicle registered to him but he denied driving it and told the Deputy a friend named “Michelob” was driving the vehicle. Based on the fresh tire tracks in the new fallen snow and the only set of footprints in the snow were leading from the driver’s seat to where the man was standing. He was asked to perform field sobriety tests but he refused and had to be physically restrained. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was also cited for driving after revocation before being released to a responsible party.
A 20 year old Tomahawk man was taken into custody and cited after a stop on the ice of Lake Somo Saturday afternoon. The Rec. Deputy was working with the DNR when they observed an ATV operating in a reckless manner and speeding near pedestrians and shanties. The man was asked to perform field sobriety tests and as a result of those tests he was taken into custody for operating an ATV while intoxicated. He will also cited for underage drinking as a repeat offender. He was later released to a responsible party.