Suspects in Spirit of ’76 Park vandalism to be charged in juvie court

Steve Chapman

A number of children raging in ages from 14 to 16 will be charged in juvenile court for their alleged roles in the vandalism of the new Spirit of ’76 Park bathrooms last month. Vandals damaged the bathrooms between Aug. 12 through Aug. 14, causing about $500 in damages and shutting down the bathrooms over that weekend.
David Hubert, chief of the Mt. Vernon Police Department, said the department was conducting interviews with the juveniles suspected of the vandalism and their parents. He declined to say how they were identified, other than by “investigative means.”
“We got information and made contact with parents and the juvenile office and set up interviews,” he said.
Hubert said the juveniles suspected in the vandalism, if determined to be responsible, would face probation at most. Despite the cost to repair the damage caused by the vandalism, Hubert said he wasn’t certain the juveniles would be required to pay for the damages.
“There might be some restitution,” he said. “Restitution is hard to recoup, but the juvenile judge can order restitution.”
As for a motive for the vandalism, Hubert said one hadn’t been established.
“Kids being kids,” he said.
As of Friday, Sept. 3, the number of juveniles who would be charged wasn’t available, but Assistant Chief of Police Jason Lacey confirmed 12 had been interviewed.


Lawrence County Record

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Mt. Vernon, MO, 65712


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