UPDATE: Thurs 2:05 PM, Jan. 16, 2014
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one of their 'Most Wanted' suspects is now in custody after he was arrested in Milwaukee early Thursday morning.
Investigators say Christoper D. Meindel is linked to 46 methamphetamine labs in Lincoln County. Meindel had been staying at a temporary living facility in Merrill and was being monitored by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections when he cut off his ankle bracelet and fled in May of 2013.
Shortly after he fled; Deputies learned that Meindel was making statements that were perceived that he was armed and was a threat to law enforcement.
Thursday around 1 a.m. police officers at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee noticed a suspicious person hanging around in the parking lot of the facility. When he was approached Meindel immediately volunteered information to them that he was armed and he was taken into protective custody. During a search officers found numerous edged weapons, two air soft handguns which closely resembled firearms, and methamphetamine.
Meindel refused to identify himself so he was brought to the nearby West Milwaukee Police Station where his fingerprints were checked and the felony warrants through Lincoln County and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections were located.
At this time Meindel is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail as local prosecutors review charges in Milwaukee County.
When he is completed with the Milwaukee County charges Meindel will be brought back to the Lincoln County Jail to face charges here.
UPDATE: 6/17 at 12:19 p.m.
It's now been more than month since a suspect in several Merrill-area meth lab fled the area.
The Lincoln Sheriff's Department says they have received new information that Christopher Meindel, 36, is in the Wausau area.
He is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If you see Meindel, you're asked to call 911.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5/30 at 5:12 p.m.
A 36-year-old Merrill man wanted in connection to a string of meth labs in Lincoln County is still on the run.
Christopher Meindel was arrested and charged in connection to a November 2012 meth lab, he was then released on a signature bond and has since fled the area. Authorities believe he is connected to 46 meth labs discovered earlier in May just off of Tower Road in Corning. The Lincoln County Circuit Court has issued felony arrest warrants for Meindel.
Meindel is described as 5'10", 170 lbs. with blond hair and blue eyes. He has multiple tattoos on both arms. If you have any information you are asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at (715) 536-6272. You may also call Crime Stoppers at (715) 536-3726. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the Drug Enforcement Agency arranged for the clean up of the meth site in Corning. They are telling people to stay away from the area.
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