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Austintown vandals aim at houses, 911 park



Published: Tue, May 12, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Elise Franco

Obscenities were written in the park chapel’s guest book.

AUSTINTOWN — Several vandalism incidents in the township have raised concerns with trustees and residents.

During the night of May 5, 21 homes and vehicles in the College Park neighborhood were spray- painted with vulgarities.

Trustee Chairwoman Lisa Oles said she drove through the neighborhood shortly after the vandalism took place.

“It’s so disheartening to see someone destroy another person’s property,” she said during Monday night’s trustees meeting. “The township won‘t tolerate this.”

Police Chief Bob Gavalier said the department is interviewing “people of interest.”

“By the end of the week, we should have something more on this,” he said.

The 911 Memorial Park, across from Austintown Middle School on Raccoon Road, has also been the target of vandalism in recent months.

Sam Swoger, park committee member, said the vandalism began about four months ago when the chapel door was broken.

Since then, two other incidents have taken place, the most recent over the weekend, he said.

“Everything that’s been done has been done to the chapel,” he said.

Swoger said the person or people involved have trampled flowers, placed a shopping cart covered in Silly String inside and written obscenities in the chapel’s guest book.

“It’s too emotional,” he said. “A lot of work went into that park and what it stands for.”

Gavalier and Oles both said the department is working to solve the cases and anyone with information should contact the Austintown Police Department at (330) 799-9721.

“In College Park, there were absolutely too many homes vandalized for someone not to have seen something,” Oles said. “Please call the police department.”


Comments

1gmann415(268 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

these punks need to be caught. someone needs to report this. this is not a joke its a pure disgrace to destroy something that someone worked so hard for. if you punks want to destroy stuff then destroy your parents property. this is not a joke this is serious. i mean money and jobs are so hard to come by and you punks are going to make people spend out money that they may not have to fix what you,ve done. i hope you @ssholes get caught and i hope the judges make you and your parents pay for everything up front no payment plans and then on top of that the judge should make your or your parents house a free for all for all of those that you destroyed.

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2l826w(8 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

In addition to their parents paying for the damage, the vandals should have to work every day helping to repair the property until all of what they've damaged it completely fixed.

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3AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I couldn't agree more. To destroy another person's property is just ridiculous. To vandalize a 911 memorial is disgusting. I truly hope they make examples out of these punks when they are caught, and their parents.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Every parent who has children at home either knows or suspects what they are doing. The kids have been educated well on the streets. They are professionals at contributing to the decay. Truly the lost generation.

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5henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree, to commit vandalism is juvenile and these kids need to be punished severely. Just be glad this happened in A'town, had it been Y'town, the property would not have been spray painted, it would have been sprayed with bullets and people may have been hurt.

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6kids2028(87 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

This breaks my heart AGAIN. This is not the first time they hit 911 Park.
Some of them maybe weren't even born yet?
They should be made to meet the
families of the Safety Forces that lost their lives being so brave on the
horrible morning. MAYBE THAT WOULD HELP.
Also, made to pay for ALL damages,
with their parents, and spend some
time in juvy hall.
Put up traps and let them loose their
hands. Whatever it takes, they should be found and punished!!!

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7aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Since their parents obviously didn't, somebody else needs to teach these kids respect, honor, and compassion.

Kids don't appreciate anything these days.

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8scrooge(563 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

I agree ae, problem is that if we "teach them a lesson" their parents will trip over themselves to sue US for doing what they should have.

Risk I'm willing to take.............. Come to my house you punks - your friends will carry you away!

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9aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Hope, and people get shot at and killed the most frequently in Youngstown. Does that mean that should happen in Austintown, and we should just "get over" that, too?

The fact that something happens in one city doesn't mean people should disregard it when it happens in another city (in fact, it should have never been disregarded when it happened in the first city). People with a mind like yours are the reason why this area has such a high crime rate -- because people just don't care about anything anymore.

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10kids2028(87 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It was not mentioned what time this happened in College Park. I can not believe that no one heard anything?
What happened to the curfews in these towns?

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11cwis(29 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Parents need to start (Tuff Love) and be parents & not affraid of the kids saying i'll call the cops on you if you do anything to me.
My 17yr. old knows better he may be bigger than me but i'll kick his @ss if i ever catch him disrespecting anyone or anything ,and my 9yr old the same .Kids now think they have power over the parent not if parents give a crap about the kids they are raising.And single parents like myself need to be even tuffer.

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12gmann415(268 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

oh and since these pumks want to deface a 911 park then maby they should be sent over to iraq so they can see what we are fighting for. maby we should get them for treason.

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13metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

must be those darn AMS kids. They are bad enough to do it for sure.

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14fireems2005(6 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

It is a shame that these kids don't understand what happened on 9/11 and the reason that memorial was created. It just show the LACK of responsibility and education from PARENTS and TEACHERS from Fitch. If these kids are caught....they should have to RELANDSCAPE the ENTIRE memorial, with their OWN money.

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15metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Well we don't know if they are from Fitch or not but it's is there parents fault for letting them do what the want for sure.

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16dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

hope4thevalley, you need to change you name on here with that kind of attitude! Hope for the valley, you do realize that Austintown is part of the valley, right? I think the resident saying what the are saying, and lighting a fire under their butts will help find these punks. Then the hope can still be a belief!

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17metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

well they are punks whoever they are.

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18TB(1167 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Not to be too off topic, but that chapel is hideous and I've never understood it's place in a memorial park.

It doesn't deserve destruction, but has no place in that park.

I don't understand how the teachers got dragged into this one.

While I agree there should be some punishment, I'm not sure I agree with some of the methods being recommended here in the comments. Some of you would be at home under Sharia law I think.

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19metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Well that is just your opinion.

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20cwis(29 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the chapel is there for people to pray for those who lost loved ones on 9 /11 .Or maybe to pray for everyone in our military who risks their life everyday for our country and us.
Not anything wrong with that chapel at all it has a pupose for some.
If you don't like it don't go to the memorial.

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21metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Well you said it looks bad but does that alone mean it should not be there?

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22BLOGFROG(14 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

WELL YOU MAY BE ABLE TO TAKE THE JERK OUT OF THE GHETTO, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE GHETTO OUT OF THE JERK. THINK ABOUT IT.

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23metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Human nature is hard to change.

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24Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

The culture is misunderstood. Just as wine turns to vinegar if exposed to the right elements, society sours if certain elements are not contained.

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25metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

And it is hurt to turn that vinegar back into wine. basically you have to nip it in thee bud in the begigging or it is next to imppsible to change behavior.

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