Vandalism wrecks public property in Houston

HOUSTON – Vandalism recently of a bathroom at Joe Brigance Park in Houston and seriously damaged a car in the Houston High School parking lot.

Police Chief Billy Voyles said that he first heard of a group of juveniles rolling yards in the Woodland Circle area Saturday night and patrolled the area Sunday morning to check for damage. Voyles and patrolman, Larry Mims, responded to a call from a citizen using the Bray Creek Walking Trail who reported water running at the pavilion in the park.

The vandals had broken the sink, toilet and urinal in the bathroom using a safety pole installed to keep motor vehicles off the walking trail. The discovery led to another at HHS.

“We looked around the school and saw the car,” Voyles reported. The group had smashed in the front windshield of the vehicle and damaged the exterior.

“We got a call about the group of boys who were rolling yards that Saturday night and went to talk to them,” Voyles said.

The boys, ranging in age from 13-15 years-old, will face juvenile court and their parents are legally liable for the damages. Voyles said it was a case of bored youth going too far.

“It started out to be just a fun night and it turned out bad,” Voyles said.

Voyles also said that parents can help this kind of vandalism from occurring by knowing the whereabouts of their children.

“The parents need to help us with these juveniles and keeping them out of trouble,” Voyles said.

Safe Halloween

Halloween will fall on a Saturday this year and Voyles is asking parents to keep an eye on their children and youth to prevent further vandalism.

“We won’t have any tolerance for people, kids or adults, damaging property or causing problems,” Voyles said.

The Chickasaw Journal

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