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Vandalism occurs in Rugby Jaycees, county fairgrounds parks

By Staff | May 19, 2017

Carissa Mavec/PCT The Rugby Jaycees Park (pictured), among others, was vandalized early last week. The parks have since been cleaned and a report has been made to Rugby Police.

The Rugby Jaycees Park and the park near the fairgrounds were vandalized early last week.

Permanent marker writing described as vulgar by several residents on a thread posted on the Rugby Rummage Sale Facebook page decorated playground equipment. Tonia Dosch made the original post after discovering the writing while at the Jaycees Park with her children.

“I just happened to be at the park, and my kids and myself discovered the graffiti permanent marker on a number of different pieces,” Dosch said. “It’s not the first time it has happened, and unfortunately, probably not the last time. It is frustrating, as the Jaycees and many community members came together to raise funds for the park, for people to disrespect the area. This is not the only park that gets hit with vandalism.”

Community members discussed the disappointing events and ways to clean up the writing on the original Facebook post. The area was cleaned shortly after the incident was posted.

A report was made to the Rugby Police Department, asking for extra patrol surrounding the area.

Police Chief John Rose said that while the Jaycees Park was reported, the park near the fairgrounds was not.

“At this time, I know nothing about the park by the fairgrounds, as nothing has been reported to us. I have no idea what was vandalized or damaged at that location. The Jaycees Park was reported as request for extra patrol. I was only told it was permanent marker, and it was going to be cleaned up. My understanding, from what was written, it sounds like younger children,” he said.

Rugby resident Catherine Minick would like to see those responsible held accountable for their actions.

“People can be made aware and be vigilant to talk about it among youth and hold culprits responsible,” she said. “[It was] most likely some juveniles who need some consequences. Small crimes unchecked lead to bigger ones.”

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