Latest Vandalism News

Mistrial declared for man who snapped $4.5M statue's thumb

Apr. 10, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.  Michael Rohana was attending a Christmas-themed ugly sweater party at the Franklin Institute in December 2017 when he entered a...

The Latest: California advances police shooting restrictions

Apr. 9, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on police use of force legislation (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A first-in-the-nation measure restricting when police can use deadly force has moved forward in the California Legislature. The legislation advanced Tuesday faces a tougher fight in the full Assembly. Even...

2 arrested for vandalizing U. of North Carolina memorial

Apr. 8, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police at North Carolina's flagship public university say they've arrested two people accused of vandalizing a monument to enslaved and free black workers who built the school. University of North Carolina police say 31-year-old Ryan Francis Barnett of Sanford and 50-year-old Nancy...

Charges filed against Oklahoma woman in racist vandalism

Apr. 8, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Charges were filed Monday against an Oklahoma woman suspected of spray painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on Democratic Party offices in Norman and Oklahoma City. Allison Christine Johnson, 45, of Norman, was charged in Cleveland County with one felony and three...

Confederate monument in N. Carolina cemetery defaced again

Apr. 8, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A Confederate monument in a North Carolina cemetery has been vandalized. The News & Observer reports cement or another hard substance was smeared on the monument in Durham's Maplewood Cemetery. Durham police say the vandalism was reported Sunday. This is at least the second time...

Warrants issued for alleged vandals of Border Patrol museum

Apr. 5, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than a dozen people from eight states are facing arrest in connection with the vandalism of a West Texas museum that celebrates the work of U.S. Border Patrol agents. Activists peppered the institution with stickers and left explicit messages in the guestbook in February in...

The Latest: False ID is 'like reliving the day,' family says

Apr. 4, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on efforts to confirm the identity of a person who told police he is Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who has been missing since 2011 (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The family of an Illinois boy missing since 2011 says they are heartbroken after police determined that a person...

More racist graffiti found on Democratic office in Oklahoma

Apr. 4, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted Wednesday on a Democratic Party office in Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks, and authorities said vandals left similar graffiti at a nearby school and arts center. The vandalism was discovered on the windows...

UNC obtains warrants for suspects in memorial vandalism

Apr. 2, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Police have obtained arrest warrants for two people accused of vandalizing a monument to people of color at the flagship campus of the University of North Carolina. UNC police said late Monday that officers have warrants for two people but did not disclose their names. Separate...

'Racist language' found on UNC minorities founder statue

Apr. 1, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The interim chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill says "racist language" has been found on a monument dedicated to the people of color who helped create the university. The News & Observer reports Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz sent a message to the university Sunday night that said the...