Bail set in Pell Lake standoff case

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Gazette Staff
February 6, 2008
— A man suspected of holding police at bay for four hours Sunday night and into Monday morning was ordered to remain in custody Tuesday in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

Michael J. Panici was arrested on pending charges of taking a hostage, failing to comply with officers, discharging a firearm into a building, disorderly conduct, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, criminal damage to property and bail jumping, according to Walworth County Jail records.

Official charges are due by Monday, Feb. 11, which is also Paniciís next court date.

Police arrested Panici hours after his girlfriend reported he retrieved a rifle following a fight the couple had. The Walworth County SWAT Team stormed the house, at N1537 Overlook Circle, Pell Lake, early Monday morning.

Officers heard two shots fired inside the home shortly after arriving on scene. A 13-year-old boy, who called 911, was pulled out of a basement window about an hour after the standoff started. Nobody was injured.

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