Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Four Mason grads charged with vandalizing high school

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — As the school year started Tuesday, four Mason High School graduates were in court, charged with vandalizing their alma mater.

        Police said Justin Wheeler, Chad Blount, Brent Gray and Todd Hoffert, all 18, admitted to trashing the parking lot with beer cans and spray-painting profanities at the school entrance at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

        The four were arraigned on felony charges of vandal ism in Mason Municipal Court. They are free on bail and are scheduled to return to court Aug. 29 for a preliminary hearing.

        Each teen faces up to one year in prison and a possible fine of $2,500 if convicted.

        The arresting officer, Ja mie Barker, was not available for comment Tuesday.

        A police report said the arrests came after a resident of Fieldstone Drive reported suspicious activity — two pickup trucks were parked across from his residence.

        The resident told police he saw the four occupants carry a garbage can through his yard toward the high school. When the four returned, the resident questioned them and was told the teens were visiting a friend, the report said.

        The resident got the li cense plate number of one of the trucks and called police.

        Mason police said that after they picked up the teens for questioning, they admitted to the vandalism.

        A spokeswoman for the school said the graffiti and trash were cleaned up before students arrived.


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