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 - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
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