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UPDATE: Competency Exam Ordered for Suspect in Merrill Heroin Overdose

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 5:37 PM, Oct. 14, 2012

A 20-year-old Merrill woman accused of injecting another woman with heroin, leading to an overdose, will have to prove she is competent before she can stand trial.

Kristine Woellner is facing numerous criminal charges after the alleged victim stopped breathing and required medical care. Prosecutors says Woellner left the woman in a gas station bathroom and then drove away in an acquaintances vehicle. Woellner turned herself in days later and was arrested.

Woellner is charged with delivering heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2nd recklessly endangering safety, operating a vehicle without the owners consent and bail jumping. She's behind bars on a $50,000 bond; $25,000 cash, $25,000 signature.

A competency hearing has been scheduled for November 22.

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UPDATE: Wed 3:25 PM, Oct. 9, 2013

Two people are now charged after a 33-year-old Michigan woman overdosed on heroin October 5 at a Merrill gas station.

Kristine Woellner, 20, is charged with delivering heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, 2nd recklessly endangering safety, operating a vehicle without the owners consent and bail jumping. She's behind bars on a $50,000 bond; $25,000 cash, $25,000 signature.

Michael Deau, 50, is charged with possession of a controlled substance. He's free on a $1,000 signature bond.

According to court documents, the alleged victim and Michael Deau drove to Crandon from Iron Mountain, Michigan to pick up Woellner and an unidentified male. The woman said they stopped at a gas station in Merrill as she said she didn't feel well. She told investigators she and Woellner went to the bathroom and that's when Woellner injected heroin into her [Woellner's] arm and allegedly told the woman injecting it would make her feel better.

The woman said she allowed Woellner to inject it into her leg. The woman said the next thing she remember was waking up in the hospital.

Woellner is accused of fleeing the scene in Michael's Deau's vehicle.

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UPDATE: Tues 2:13 PM, Oct. 8, 2013

A Merrill woman wanted for questioning following a heroin overdose is expected to be charged Wednesday in Lincoln County Court.

Kristine Woellner, 20, is expected to be charged with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing/delivering heroin, taking a vehicle with the owner consent, and bail jumping.

The Merrill Police Chief said in new release Woellner was traveling with another person. However, that person has not been identified.

The woman who overdosed is from Iron Mountain, Michigan. She was treated and released from a Merrill hospital.

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UPDATE: Mon 6:20 PM, Oct. 7, 2013

A stolen vehicle believed to have been used by two people wanted for questioning following a heroin overdose in Merrill Saturday night, was recovered Monday evening in Tomahawk.

Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff also tells NewsChannel 7, Kristine Woellner has agreed to meet with investigators.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 10:21 AM, Oct. 7, 2013

The Merrill Police Department is searching for two people after they believe a 33-year-old woman overdosed on heroin Saturday evening in the bathroom of the Shell Gas Station in Merrill.

Police are looking to speak with Kristine Woellner, 20, and an unidentified man she may be with. Police believe Woellner and the man may be traveling in a stolen 2001 white Chevy Blazer with Wisconsin plates JD9845.

The woman who overdosed is from Iron Mountain, Michigan. She was treated and released from a Merrill hospital.

A fourth person involved, a 50 year-old male from Niagra, Wisconsin remained at the scene and was later taken into custody for possession of a schedule II narcotic without a prescription. He is expected in Lincoln County Court Monday at 1:30 p.m.


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