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Reports received by the police departments in Price County for the month have been condensed and summarized.


2-1-2023:  The Price County Highway Department noticed a tan/gray Chevy truck parked north of Short Cut Road.  It had been there for two days and could be a hazard to a snow plow driver.  The owner of the vehicle was contacted.  He said his truck stalled out while taking his wife to have a baby, and he would get it moved soon.

2-2-2023:  A Phillips woman called to report that her adult daughter was missing or endangered.  The woman stated she received a phone call from a detective in Illinois on December 30, 2022 stating her daughter was found walking on the highway, confused, disoriented, and thinking she was in Iowa.  The woman's vehicle was towed in Illinois, and the woman was transported to a hospital there.  The mother of the adult woman has not been able to make contact with her daughter and requested she be listed as a missing person.

2-2-2023:  A Park Falls man sent a letter to the sheriff's office with concerns about snowmobiles on his road, especially where there is a straight stretch.  He estimated the snowmobiles travel at 75 MPH or more past his residence.  He stated he followed snowmobiles that were traveling about 50 MPH to talk with the drivers about safety after their reckless behavior near his plow truck.  He said several individuals have told him their vehicles have been hit by snowmobiles.  The man noted seeing an alcohol can on the freshly plowed area after the snowmobilers went by.

2-2-2023:  A Phillips man reported rolling his truck but did not have any injuries.

2-3-2023:  A Phillips woman reported a man came to her door asking to call 911 because his wife was injured in a snowmobile accident down the road, but he did not state how severe her injuries were and he already went back to be with his wife on the road at the time of the call.  Emergency services responded.

2-6-23:  A Park Falls man entered the sheriff's office lobby and said the FBI was slowly killing him and was going to kill him if he fell asleep.  Since the nearest deputy was in Park Falls, the man was asked if he could wait for the deputy to arrive, but the man replied he did not want to put up with "stalling techniques."  Officers responded.

2-7-23:  A panic alarm was activated for the Price County District Attorney's Office, but it was a false alarm as it was accidentally triggered while the IT department was installing the button.

2-8-23:  A truck was in the ditch near Short Cut Road.  When a Fifield man stopped to see if any one was injured, the person in the vehicle just waved his hands and it was believed the man was highly intoxicated.

2-9-23:  A Phillips man reported stolen meat at his residence.  He bought eight boxes of meat and left it outside so it would not thaw while he went to buy another freezer.  When he came back, one box was missing and the other box had meat spilling out of it.

2-10-23:  A Phillips woman reported a scam and stated almost $500 was removed from her account for "Computer Safety."  When she called the company to state she did not purchase anything, they told her they would return $150 and the remainder; however, the woman first needed to wire transfer them $10,000, and she was not allowed to tell anyone she was doing so or she would be charged with wire transfer fraud.

2-11-2023:  A caller stated a 59-year old female crashed her snowmobile into a tree on 108.  The snowmobiler was conscious but was believed to have a broken knee and was experiencing right side pain and chest pain while breathing.  Emergency services responded, and the woman was taken to the hospital.

2-11-2023:  A caller reported a snowmobile accident with an unconscious juvenile who was breathing and another person with a possible broken leg.  Emergency services responded.  See related articles, Fatal Snowmobile Crash Takes Life of Little Girl and Remembering Kaylee, An 8-Year Old Girly Girl Filled with Joy.

2-12-2023:  A Kennan man reported his brother opened the windows at their parents' residence three times during the day, which the caller felt was elder abuse due to the cold weather.  The brother being reported called police and explained he opened windows because it was 90 degrees in the house and too hot for his father.

2-12-2023:  A Prentice man reported approximately 30 lights in a formation in the sky with no sound.  The man wanted this information on file as he believed the incident was government-related.

2-13-2023:  A Park Falls man reported his mail carrier would no longer bring his mail to his residence due to a large number of loose animals at his neighbor's residence.

2-21-2023:  A Phillips man called stating, "I'm doing this for my paralegal job; the judge is okay."  When dispatch asked the caller why he was calling 911, he stated a profanity and hung up.  He called again.  Dispatch asked for his address, and he replied, "The judge is okay."

2-25-2023:  The Minocqua Police Department contacted Price County Sheriff's Office about a man from their area who reported receiving counterfeit money from a transaction that took place in Price County.  The man was selling a generator that he had listed on the Internet.  The man had been communicating with a Phillips woman about the transaction and they agreed to meet at a bar in the Park Falls area.  The man brought the generator and met with the woman and an unknown man for the transaction to take place.  The man did not look at the money until he was in Minocqua, which is when he realized it was counterfeit, and the police department confirmed it.  The transaction was recorded on video taken by the bar.  See related article.

2-26-2023:  A Kennan man called to request a deputy as he believed his brother covered his vehicle with snow.  He was certain his vehicle was scratched, and there were tracks all around his vehicle.  He was concerned something may have been put in the gas tank or harm may have been done to the tractor.

2-26-23:  Snow was plowed into a pile on School Street in Catawba, making it impassable to traffic.

2-26-23:  During a traffic stop, dispatch received a call from a woman that her vehicle had been stolen.  The vehicle she reported as stolen was the vehicle involved in the traffic stop that was taking place.

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2-3-2023:  Received a complaint from an employee of a local business that he was assaulted by his supervisor while at work.  An officer responded to investigate.  Two hours later, police were notified of a damage to property complaint that occurred at the same local business.  Investigation pending.

2-4-2023:  Received a report of an ex boyfriend causing a disturbance in the crawl space under a residence in the City of Phillips.  An officer responded to the residence and determined there was no unusual activity occurring and no one had been inside the crawl space.

2-5-2023:  Received a phone call of smoke in the area of a residence in the City of Phillips.  Phillips Police responded and discovered steam from a dryer vent was the cause.

2-5-2023:  Received a report of snowmobiles operating off the trail in Elk Lake Park being driven in a reckless manner.  An officer checked the area; however, the snowmobiles had departed prior to the officer arriving.

2-6-2023:  An officer spoke to a complainant who advised she was received harassing text messages from her ex-friend.  The complainant advised that she would like an officer to speak to her ex-friend and advise her not to contact her any longer.  And officer contacted the ex-friend and asked her not to contact the complainant any longer.

2-6-2023:  Received a call reporting a person with a felony warrant from Colorado was staying at a motel in the City of Phillips.  One adult male was located and taken into custody on a parole violation felony warrant that was issued from Colorado.

2-7-2023:  Met with an adult male who wanted to report an assault that occurred on January 28, 2023 with an another adult male.  An investigation is pending.

2-7-2023:  Assisted a local school district with investigating an incident that occurred on the playground.  The incident involved several juvenile male students getting into an altercation.  An officer assisted by monitoring students as a school official determined what occurred.  It was determined the students would be disciplined within the school and no law enforcement action was required.

2-8-2023:  Received a phone call from an adult female who asked if an officer could tell her friend that was staying with her that she did not want the person living with her any longer because of hygiene issues.  An officer spoke with the male individual and relayed the message. The officer told the male that the officer could not keep him from going to the residence but was relaying the message.  The male said he would not go back to the residence.

2-8-2023:  Received information from an adult female that she had found a small bag containing methamphetamine in the pocket of her significant other's pants.  The adult female stated she removed the illegal substance from her residence and called the police.  The adult female provided the officer with the illegal substance and completed a statement of how she had obtained the drugs.  The adult male suspect was later located and placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping.

2-10-2023:  Received information of a stolen chainsaw that was in the bed of a truck of a city resident.  The chainsaw was reported stolen to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.  Phillips Police were able to recover the chainsaw.  A Taylor County deputy retrieved the chainsaw from the Phillips Police Department and interviewed the male suspect who was in custody at the Price County Jail.

2-11-2023:  Received information about multiple incidents of sexual assault from a victim which had occurred several years prior.  The incident is under investigation.

2-13-2023: A Phillips woman reported she was contacted by her financial institution and was informed they believed she was a victim of a scam.  The adult female stated that she had received and deposited a check and was then given instructions to overnight mail the money to South Carolina.  This matter is currently under investigation.

2-13-2023:  Advised of a battery incident that occurred at a local school.  An officer investigated the incident and will be referring one juvenile male to the Price County Human Services Department.

2-16-2023:  Assisted with removing an unruly child from a local school bus.  An officer assisted the elementary school staff with the removal of the student.

2-18-2023:  Met with a female who reported that her vehicle slid on the ice striking a dumpster.  The female stated that she did not believe there was damage at the scene, but when she returned home, she noticed there was damage.

2-20-2023:  At 5:35 p.m., police received a report of an accident where the driver hit two vehicles and ran his vehicle into a street sign.  The driver of the striking vehicle fled the scene.  Later, an adult male came to the scene and stated that he was the driver of the vehicle, and he had been drinking.  Witnesses stated the male claiming to be the driver was not the driver.  Officers were able to locate the driver based on witness statements.  One adult male was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 7th Offense.  See related article.

2-21-2023:  Assisted the Price County Sheriff's Department with a male individual who was calling the Price County Dispatch Center and making vulgar comments.  An officer arrived at the residence and spoke with the male individual until Price County deputies arrived.  The male was warned for his actions and Probation and Parole was contacted.

2-22-2023:  Received a report that two juvenile boys had gotten physical with each other at a school event two days prior.  Discipline was being handled by the school.  A school official asked that the school resource officer speak with both juveniles about consequences should the behavior occur in the future.  A report was generated to document the incident.

2-24-2023:  Responded to report of a male that had fallen and struck his head and was not breathing outside the City of Phillips.  The officer arrived on scene and preformed CPR until the Central Price County Ambulance arrived.  The male subject was pronounced dead at the scene.

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2-1-2023:  Deputies responded to a domestic situation with two male juveniles out of control and fighting with their parents. One male juvenile had a bloody nose and the other male juvenile had barricaded himself in a bedroom containing firearms.  One male was arrested.

2-3-2023:  A person reported that he followed a male home after he "flipped him off" and had a yelling argument, but the reporting party stated he did not want anything done.

2-6-2023:  Responded to an argument between two adults, which was an ongoing situation for several weeks.  An officer spoke to both individuals regarding the situation and tried to mediate.

2-6-2023: Information came from Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office referencing a traffic stop that led to the finding of a check from the Chequamegon School District.  The check appeared to be stolen after the school had mailed it out.

2-7-2023:  A caller stated that there was an unknown man stalking her in the library.  However, the claim turned out to be unfounded as the caller knew the man and had asked to meet him there.

2-10-2023:  Officers responded to the nursing home for the report of a male in the building who was not supposed to be there.  Upon arriving, officers learned the suspect had departed in his vehicle.

2-10-2023:  Individuals came to the police department to report neighbors yelling at their contractor who was plowing their driveway.  The issue was handled with a no contact placed on them.

2-11-2023:  Police assisted Price County Sheriff’s Office with a snowmobile that had struck a tree.  One passenger was life-flighted while another was transported to the local hospital.  See related articles, Fatal Snowmobile Crash Takes Life of Little Girl and Remembering Kaylee, An 8-Year Old Girly Girl Filled with Joy.

2-12-2023:  Officers received information that a male was currently at a bar. Upon investigation, officers discovered the man had numerous warrants for his arrest. Officers observed the male subject outside of the bar and took him into custody without incident.

2-17-2023: An officer responded to Park Falls Hardwoods regarding a man who had gotten his hand stuck in a machine and was bleeding heavily.  An officer arrived and controlled the bleeding with first aid.  The man was transported to the hospital.

2-21-2023:  Officers responded when a female stated she wanted a male to leave her residence and for law enforcement to take away his medications. Upon investigation, it was deemed the male resided at her residence and the medications were prescribed to the male.  The female ultimately stated she would be filing a complaint at the police department and with federal DEA agents.

2-21-2023:  An off-duty officer was walking with a friend on Case Avenue when a dog from a residence began running at them.  The off-duty officer and her friend then encountered the owner of the dog who had been using profane language toward the two.  On-duty officers investigated the matter further, and the male began using profane language towards the officers.  The male was cited for disorderly conduct.

2-24-2023:  A caller reported numerous criminal activities going on inside someone else's home including child abuse, possession of THC, and felon in possession of a firearm.  This is an ongoing investigation.

2-24-2023:  Officers responded and assisted with a fire call at Park Falls Hardwoods.  There were no injuries as a result of the fire.  See related article.

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