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Rock throwing case moves forward for one of the accusedSubmitted: 07/31/2014
Story By Adam Fox


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.



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