Small community near Merrill hoping to find burglar who rode snowmobile
Story By Lane Kimble
MERRILL - Home should be a place you can relax and feel safe. Not a place where you'll find a burglar standing in your living room. That happened in a small community near Merrill on alert last week.
Pine Dells Road sits just southeast of Merrill. It seems like a fairly quiet place. But last week a snowmobiler walked right into Joreen Jaeger's daughter's home. She lives next door.
Joreen's granddaughter was just getting out of the shower when she saw him in the house.
"Our granddaughter said she could smell liquor on him," Joreen said. "She figured he had been drinking. Now, if it had been someone who was unemployed and just looking for gas money for pleasure to ride his snowmobile, or if he was looking for money to buy more alcohol."
The man rode off on his sled, but not before taking two change jars and a carton of cigarettes.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies searched the scene and trails, but still haven't found him.
"We looked at the tracks trying to find, potentially, what kind of snowmobile it may be based on the tracks in the snow," Lt. Tim Fischer said. "We were unsuccessful for that."
Witnesses say the man has short brown hair, is clean shaven with bad teeth and a black snowmobile suit.
But more than a week out, deputies don't have any other leads.
If you know something about this case, please call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 715-536-6272.
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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