A nasty case of vandalism leaves a smear on a local park

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Reporter - Briana Conner
Photographer - Justin Jones

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - A local mayor is sounding off on her personal facebook page about a nasty case of vandalism.

The restrooms at Kess Creek Park in Mayfield, Kentucky have been completely trashed twice now in just a matter of weeks.  People who enjoy playing at the park said they're disgusted.

Shelvy Misher had a hard time trying to figure out why anyone would want to smear feces around the facilities. She said, "I think it's 'I dare you to do this,' And they think it's cool." But, anger is running hot against the two teens suspected of vandalizing the restrooms. Sonny Ford said whoever's responsible needs to be taught a lesson. "I wouldn't say send them off to prison or nothing, but I mean they need to know. Too many times today they just let them go, slap their hands, and that's it," he said.

The teens were caught on camera thanks to the park's video surveillance system. Once they're identified, they will likely have to pay the price for their stinky behavior. Misher said, "If they're allowed to get away with this, what else will they do next? Maybe go in and bust up everything else."

Because of what Mayor Teresa Cantrell calls "the continued abuse of these restrooms," she now plans to lock the restroom doors every night at 9. She also wants to put a gate at the front of the park to keep would-be vandals out.

Mayor Cantrell is working with the Mayfield Police Department to find who's responsible for the vandalism. She asks anyone who has helpful information to call her office directly.

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