Latest Vandalism News

Report: Vandalism leads to oil well spill near Watford City

Jan. 24, 2022 19:09 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say a produced water spill at an oil well near Watford City Sunday was due to vandalism. North Dakota Oil and Gas Division officials said valves were opened on the location, leading to a spill of more than 18,000 gallons. Most of the wastewater had...

Headstones, crosses vandalized at Russian cemetery in Alaska

Jan. 19, 2022 16:14 PM EST

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Police are investigating vandalism at a Russian cemetery in Alaska. Police in Sitka are investigating vandalism at the Russian Cemetery. About 20 headstones were knocked over or damaged at Russian Cemetery in Sitka, and Russian Orthodox crosses...

UK: Sculpture by controversial artist attacked with hammer

Jan. 12, 2022 16:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police on Wednesday cordoned off an area outside the BBC's Broadcasting House in central London after a man was spotted scaling the building and using a hammer to attack a statue by controversial sculptor Eric Gill. Officers and ambulance workers rush to the...

Police: Pennsylvania man vandalized North Carolina city hall

Jan. 07, 2022 16:50 PM EST

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for writing graffiti and for breaking windows at a North Carolina city hall which is on the National Register of Historic Places, police said Friday. Reece Sebastian Jaksec, 22, was arrested on Thursday on several...

UN peacekeepers attacked in south Lebanon near Israel border

Jan. 05, 2022 18:35 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Unknown perpetrators attacked a group of U.N. peacekeepers in southern Lebanon, vandalizing their vehicles and stealing official items from them, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Such scuffles with U.N. peacekeepers are not uncommon in southern Lebanon since the...

Hate crime investigation sought into Iowa mosque vandalism

Jan. 05, 2022 13:37 PM EST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A national Muslim civil rights group is calling for state and federal hate crime investigations into the vandalism last week of a northeastern Iowa mosque captured on the building’s security cameras. The video shows what appears to be a middle-aged woman...

Arizona synagogue and mosque vandalized in separate attacks

Dec. 29, 2021 16:51 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man in connection with the vandalism of a Tucson synagogue and are investigating an unrelated attack at a local mosque. Detectives announced Wednesday they arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of aggravated criminal damage...

Vandalism threatening last runs of vintage NYC subway cars

Dec. 26, 2021 10:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The celebratory last runs of vintage New York City subway cars could be in jeopardy because of vandalism. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced recently it would run one train of the 1960s-era R-32 cars on four successive Sundays beginning Dec. 19...

Native American KU students want a say in criminal cases

Dec. 21, 2021 11:24 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Some Native American students at the University of Kansas want a say in criminal cases involving vandalism and thefts at the “Native Hosts” art exhibit. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that members of the First Nations Student Association have asked the...

Mural on Washington University campus defaced by vandals

Dec. 19, 2021 18:23 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University officials said a mural on campus that depicts prominent Black people was vandalized this weekend with racist symbols. Four top university officials, including Chancellor Andrew Martin, sent a letter to students and staff Sunday about the...