A pair of area teens have been indicted in connection with causing railroad traffic to be stopped for about two hours.
Norwalk resident Zachary S. Gilbert, 19, of 967 1/2 Ohio 61, and Spencer B. Griffin, 18, of Huron, will be arraigned Oct. 25 in Erie County Common Pleas Court. They were indicted this month by an Erie County grand jury in connection with an incident just after 4 a.m. Aug. 26 investigated by the Huron Police Department.
"They were alleged to have been throwing brick-like items or rocks at ... a passing train," Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Ashley Thomas said.
"There was a call into police," she said. "A train was struck. A window was broken. ... It caused traffic to be stopped for about two hours."
The window cost $2,015 to be replaced.
"According to the bill, it's heated and they had to replace the frame, too," Chief Bob Lippert said.
The suspected throwing incident happened on Williams Street. The train stopped about 1 mile away on River Road.
Lippert was asked how Gilbert and Griffin were identified as the suspects. The chief said the responding officers used a spotlight and saw three people at the railroad tracks who fled the scene. Lippert said after officers found Gilbert, police used surveillance footage from a 24-hour gas station to identify Griffin and a 17-year-old Huron boy.
"They found Gilbert hiding under a tree," Lippert said.
Gilbert and Griffin are charged with two counts each of complicity to commit railroad vandalism and one charge each of complicity to commit disrupting a public service. Each fourth-degree felony is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars and a maximum fine of $5,000.
The boy was convicted through Erie County Juvenile Court.
After the suspected incident, Gilbert and Griffin were arrested and transported to the Erie County Jail.
Gilbert was behind bars from Aug. 26 until Aug. 31, when he was released on a personal recognizance bond and turned over to the Huron County Sheriff's Office. He served a 10-day sentence at the Huron County Jail for an underage consumption conviction, according to jail records.
Griffin spent three days in the Erie County Jail and was released on a personal recognizance bond Aug. 28.