Ten junior high students associated with vandalizing Valparaiso schools
In a statement from the Valparaiso Police, since early September police have had three separate schools report vandalisms inside their schools. Police began their first investigation on September 9th when police were called to Memorial Elementary for a vandalism. Police arrived and discovered a fire extinguisher had been discharged in an halfway (sic) and other items were thrown about. On November 20th police responded to a vandalism report at Central Elementary School. Police arrived and learned in the construction area inside the school doors, windows and glass blocks were broken or damaged. On November 27th police responded to Northview Elementary School for a vandalism report. Police arrived and learned that numerous items within the construction areas, inside the school, had been vandalized. Items damaged included duct work, copper piping and bent metal doors. A detective began investigating the incidents and through her investigation discovered ten junior high students were associated with the vandalisms. Some were more involved than others, and not all 10 participated in each of the incidents. The request, for a range of criminal charges, (from trespassing to criminal trespassing) are being forwarded to the Porter County Juvenile Probation Department for review. The damages to all three schools were estimated at $10,000.
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