According to a release from the Merrill School Board, on June 6 the board voted to terminate Jay Peterson. Peterson was the High School football coach and a middle school teacher. Prior to his termination he was on paid leave following allegations he was tied to a Langlade County drug ring.
Jay Peterson is the brother of Scot Peterson, a retired teacher from the Antigo School District. Scot Peterson is facing 26 charges in Langlade County relating to the sale and purchase of Marijuana.
Interim Superintendent, Bruce Anderson told NewsChannel 7 in January, Pete Miller, a former athletic director and scorekeeper for the school is no longer working for the district due to his alleged involvement. However, Miller is still a referee for the WIAA and may have contact with the school in that way. Anthony Crabb, a substitute teacher has also been relieved from teaching future classes with the school. To clarify, Miller and Crabb are not on paid leave.
In the criminal complaint filed against John Lund, Jay Peterson says he had picked up a bag of "dope" from Scot Peterson once or twice. He also says he knew of other people from Merrill who were picking it up there, too.
According to a criminal complaint, during an investigation in November 2011, at the home of Scot Peterson, 55, officers discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia items. During the search Scot Peterson told detectives he bought about three 1-oz. bags of marijuana from John Lund, the former Antigo High School coach and elementary principal, that month. Scot Peterson told officers he normally bought marijuana from another man. Scot Peterson said he had been selling marijuana to his friends for five years and would also deliver marijuana on roadsides, mostly near Bass Lake.