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Man charged with felony in liquor bottle incident

A Plum City man was charged last week in Pierce County Circuit Court with multiple counts relating to an incident last month when he allegedly threw a liquor bottle through a teenager's windshield while he was driving.

Michael Lifto, 35, was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment and two misdemeanors -- criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. The felony carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and 12 years and six months prison if found guilty. He makes his first court appearance on the charges at 10 a.m. Aug. 31.

According to the criminal complaint, a 16-year-old reported around 7:10 p.m. July 19 to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department that, while he was driving his car in Plum City, a liquor bottle was thrown through his windshield.

When law enforcement interviewed the teenager, they noticed blood on his chin as well as on both of his hands and arms.

A look at his car, a 1997 Dodge Neon, showed a large hole on the driver's side and glass all over the interior of the car.

The teenager explained he was driving south on Main Street past a house just north of Cherry Street on the west side of the road, where people were partying.

He told officers he turned onto Cherry Street, and turned around and headed back downtown. When he did that, a man, described as wearing dark shorts and no shirt, walked out in the middle of the road, waving his arms at him. He said the man threw a bottle onto the roadway and shattered it.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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