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Austintown park fights vandalism

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - A popular community park in Austintown is asking the community to help deter vandalism.

On any given summer day, the Austintown Township park is filled with teens playing basketball and baseball, while younger children swing on play sets and run through the newly added water "splash pad." But according to Township Trustee Jim Davis, in the evening the park becomes a popular spot for vandalism.

"It's that time of year again: the park is open, school is out," Davis said. "The kids need something to do so unfortunately they come to the park and vandalize the park."

Davis said graffiti gets painted onto park property, like benches and bathroom walls. Also, pop machines have been broken into, so often, that the park has had them removed.

Another crime the park is dealing with is illegal dumping. Davis said officials have witnessed people bringing garbage from their home and businesses to dispose of in the park dumpster. It's a crime Davis said they will not tolerate.

"People we are catching, we are pursuing and charging them with theft of service," Davis said.

Davis added that Austintown Police have increased patrols throughout the park. He is also asking community members to help report any suspicious activity.











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