Latest Vandalism News

Leaked UK memo says Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama

Jul. 14, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador's blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018...

2 charged in Gerald Ford grave vandalism could clear records

Jul. 10, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two young people who were charged after the gravesite of former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford in western Michigan was defaced could see their records wiped clean. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Tuesday that 19-year-old Christian Johnson and 18-year-old...

Man sentenced for stealing Marilyn Monroe statue in LA

Jul. 9, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe from atop a Hollywood public art installation has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Austin Mikel Clay on...

Rainbow flag again set on fire at New York gay bar

Jul. 8, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rainbow flag was set on fire at the entrance to a New York City gay bar on Monday — the second such incident at the same club in just over a month. Alibi Lounge owner Alexi Minko said staff members, alerted by someone on the street, found the flag had been set aflame between 12:20...

Zoo vandals let bobcat, raccoon briefly escape, police say

Jul. 7, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Police are searching for whoever cut locks and fencing on exhibits at a New Mexico zoo, allowing four animals, including a bobcat, to escape before they were quickly found nearby. Police in Roswell, New Mexico, say they discovered the vandalism after a visitor noticed cut fencing at...

Anti-ICE graffiti spray-painted on Michigan Capitol

Jul. 5, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol. The Detroit News reports someone spray-painted "STOP ICE" on the 140-year-old building early Thursday. It follows similar graffiti directed against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement twice...

Wilmington police say woman vandalized 2 Confederate statues

Jul. 5, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in a coastal North Carolina city are looking for a woman who they say vandalized two Confederate statues. Wilmington police tell news outlets that someone threw orange paint onto the statues sometime Thursday morning. Surveillance video released by police shows the woman...

Arrests made over Hong Kong protests, legislature break-in

Jul. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police said they had arrested 13 people after the protests on Monday's anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, including one man accused of storming the legislature building in a break-in involving hundreds of pro-democracy protesters who vandalized offices and the main chamber. The...

Hong Kong lawmaker: China may boost pressure after violence

Jul. 3, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A pro-democracy lawmaker who tried to stop Hong Kong protesters from breaking into the legislature this week says China will likely use the vandalizing of the building as a reason to step up pressure on the Chinese territory. Democratic Party member Lam Cheuk-ting was one of at least three...

The Latest: 1 arrested in Hong Kong legislature break-in

Jul. 3, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 2:30 a.m. Police say a 31-year-old man has been arrested after storming into Hong Kong's legislature building in a July 1 break-in involving hundreds of protesters who vandalized offices and the main chamber. Police said Wednesday that...