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Charges pending in local vandalism spree

Heather Chapin-Fowler • Jun 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

As this village cleans up after the extensive rash of graffiti, police have collected several suspects who are expected to be charged for the attack on the southeast part of the town and events leading up to the vandalism.

The investigation started with the vandalism on June 3, but has grown to include a suspected underage party.

Five juveniles are suspected of drinking and three adults who were allegedly at the home at the time, said Police Officer Kevin Verburg.

One of the adults includes the 19-year-old who was allegedly part of the vandalism. While another of the adults is on probation and could face a violation of probation charge if he is charged. However, Verburg is keeping the investigation close to the vest until his reports are filed with appropriate prosecutor's offices.

Both the eldest female and male at the residence during the alleged drinking party denied any knowledge of the drinking, Verburg said earlier this week.

The investigation has been tedious and time consuming because police have been waiting for information to come in regarding the amount of damage being reported from homeowners who were hit by the graffiti.

Even the village is still cleaning up after the barage of paint was left throughout the area on signage.

Some residents have already repainted their homes to cover the red and black painted anarchist signs left on homes, cars, garages, sidewalks, fences and apartment complexes. Others got the paint off their cars immediately that Saturday morning at a local car repair shop.

But, many of the signs remain on aluminum sided dwelling, apartments, fences and the homes of the elderly as an ugly reminder of the night the town was painted red and black.

Police are confident that at least the 19-year-old and two juveniles will likely be held responsible for the vandalism while the other suspects could face underage drinking violations.

The eldest member of the vandals has a history of criminal behavior while details on the other two are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

"I hope to have my reports sent to the prosecutors' offices this week," Verburg said yesterday.

Verburg is working with the Huron County Adult Probation Office regarding the male who was at the home during the underage party who is not being charged for anything regarding the vandalism, he said.

The officer will also work with the Huron County Prosecutor's Office for the woman who was present at the party as well as the 19-year-old alleged vandal while the county's juvenile prosecutor will handle the cases against the five juveniles, if Verburg collects enough information to recommend charges.

"Maybe we'll make an example of them," Verburg said of the suspects as summer just kicked off for the New London students the weekend of the party and vandalism.

"With all the information we are getting we're going to have to sit down with the prosecutors and figure out who is getting charged," Verburg added.

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