Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Vandals deface airport curbs

By Steve Kemme, skemme@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Vandals defaced three new curbs at the Butler County Regional Airport last week by writing the words “Hogan Field” 10 times in wet cement.

        Damage is estimated to be about $4,500, according to Fairfield police.

        No one has been charged, Police Lt. Ken Colburn said.

        The county commissioners recently denied a request to add “Hogan Field” to the airport's name in honor of the four dead Hogan brothers who developed and operated the airport for many years.

        The brothers' family and friends made the request.

        Ron Davis, manager of the county-owned airport, said it looked as though the vandals had pounded a steel plate with raised letters about 5 inches high against the freshly cemented curbs.

        “They didn't write it in cement with a stick or with their hand,” he said.

        Mr. Davis said “Hogan Field” will have to be ground out of the top of the curbs, and the curbs will have to be patched.

        The vandalism occurred April 22. The night before, someone drove a vehicle on newly planted grass behind the new terminal building, causing $500 in damages. Fairfield police also are investigating that incident.

        The commissioners refused to add “Hogan Field” to the airport's name because they said it would lessen the impact of the county name.


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