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3 arrested for vandalism at Father Marinaro Park

August 22, 2019 News Extra

Vandalized at the skate park at Father Marinaro Park, police said, were the buildings, fence and fence posts, wooden ramps and cement work.

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Two men and a boy are accused of causing nearly $17,000 in damage at Father Marinaro Park in Butler.

Two of the suspects — Dane Smith, 23, of Butler and Kyle Young, 19, of Evans City — admitted they spray painted graffiti at the park earlier this month, Butler police said.

The men also implicated a 15-year-old city boy.

Vandalized at the skate park, police said, were the buildings, fence and fence posts, wooden ramps and cement work.

Butler Police Chief Bob O'Neill said they received a report of the vandalism Aug. 9. The report came the day before community volunteers led by Lyndora resident Cindy Parker spent a Saturday cleaning up at the park and just days after two of her sons repainted the concession building.

Due to the amount of damage — $16,827.37, according to the repair cost received by the city's parks department — police charged all three suspects Thursday with felony counts of criminal mischief and conspiracy.

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