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Arrest expected soon in vandalism at courthouse

WARREN — The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office has a “person of interest” in the vandalism Saturday morning at the Trumbull County Courthouse and expects to make an arrest in the next few days, according to Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe.

He said more than a dozen first-floor windows were broken out with rocks. Only one window was broken all the way through to the inside, while the others had only one pane broken. The windows are double-pane glass, Monroe said.

He said no windows were broken in the courtrooms, but all of the broken windows were in offices, including the clerk of court’s office and the office of Trumbull County Probate Court Judge James Fredericka.

Monroe said the person of interest is a woman and she will face charges of felony vandalism. He said charges likely will be filed Monday, and she has not yet been arrested.

According to a Trumbull County 911 report, a woman walking in Courthouse Square Park saw windows broken on the east side of the building and she called 911 just after 10 a.m.

Police asked for a K-9 unit to come out, but Warren, Liberty, Newton Falls and the Ohio State Highway Patrol did not have one available, the report states.

Monroe did not say how his office identifed the person of interest, but there are numerous surveillance cameras around the courthouse and the administration building across the street.

Trumbull County Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said 16 windows were damaged, but only one was broken all the way through. He said commissioners will get quotes from three window repair companies early this week.

Cantalamessa said the county has insurance to cover the cost, and he believes the county’s deductible already has been met.

mreichert@tribtoday.com

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