Three arrested after graffiti outbreak

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Graffiti appeared on several walls around Lewisburg Wednesday and Thursday last week, but three juveniles were arrested on Friday just after defacing a bridge, perhaps ending the outbreak.

Lewisburg Police Department officer Kevin Clark was called to Lewisburg Middle School at about 11 p.m. Feb. 18, and shown graffiti painted in red on the gymnasium wall.

Officer Steve Sanders Jr. spotted graffiti while he was on patrol during the day on Feb. 19. The rear wall of Marshall County Plaza and one of the bay doors at Shearin's Complete Interiors on Silver Creek Road had been painted with graffiti and owners believed this had been done overnight.

Patrolling in the evening the same day, Officer Amanda Newcomb noticed "graffiti on the bathroom doors and pavement" at Harmon Park.

Finally, at about 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, Officer Denise Savage received word that three juveniles had been seen preparing to use blue spray paint on a bridge on East Commerce. When Savage got there, she found that someone had painted "GK7" on the flag of Tennessee, and thrown the paint can in the creek.

Sgt. Jerry Broyles, Corporal Billy Duckworth, Officers Dac Burrow and John Christmas, and off-duty officer Amanda Newcomb, as well as Capt. Norman Dalton of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, helped to locate the juveniles. Dalton found that the blue paint was still wet on the bridge, and one of the suspects had blue paint on a finger.

Det. Sgt. Jimmy Oliver interviewed the 16- and 17-year-old juveniles with their parents present. Two were charged with vandalism and criminal responsibility for the conduct of another, and the third was charged only with criminal responsibility.