CRANDON - Prosecutors in Forest County accuse a group of four people of throwing rocks off of a bridge and damaging a car. Victims Wednesday described the sound like a bomb going off.
19-year-old Thomas Hines is one of four people facing charges for throwing rocks off of a Forest County bridge just after 3 a.m. June 3, 2014. The other three facing charges include 18 year-old Mariya Tuckwab, 20 year-old Ryan Kitchmaster, and 21-year-old Dillon Votis.
All four face multiple felony charges for recklessly endangering safety and criminal damage to property.
Prosecutors say those rocks hurt a woman inside of the car.
Hines was in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.
The driver of the truck testified that the rock hit the windshield and shot a piece of glass into her eye. According to testimony, she had to have that glass removed and has scratches to her eye that will take a year to fully repair.
Hines' attorney argued he was only at the scene, and didn't throw any rocks.
However, Judge Leon Stenz found enough evidence for the case to move forward.
Hines will be back in court in August.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Dillon Votis was also facing charges for throwing rocks that night.
His case didn't move forward because there wasn't enough evidence against Votis in the criminal complaint.
However, he will face charges again because the prosecutor has a witness that says Votis did throw rocks.
Votis will have another initial appearance in court once the district attorney adds information to the criminal complaint.
Tuckwab and Kitchmaster's cases are at different points in the judicial process.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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