Graffiti rampage at Rotary Park

CORBIN, Ky (WTVQ) –The News Journal from Corbin reports 22-year-old Joseph Couch and a 17-year-old friend of his damaged Rotary Park and the surrounding areas, after drinking together on the morning of May 23.

Couch and the juvenile admitted to spray-painting the graffiti, explained police, which the young men had applied to a concession stand, dugouts and a monument in Rotary Park. They also vandalized the planters behind Sanders Park and a donation commemoration sign at the former St. Camillus Academy.

Corbin Police Colonel David Maiden said he discovered the damage around 9 a.m. while on patrol.

Maiden reported the friends admitted they had purchased alcohol Friday night, and made “A spontaneous decision” to buy some spray paint and begin their rampage around 2:30 a.m.

Maiden added that Couch is cited to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief in the first, second and third degree, as well as unlawful transaction with a minor.  The juvenile, he said, was facing the same charges, minus the unlawful transaction.

First-degree criminal mischief is a class D felony, potentially with a prison sentence of one to five years. Police say the other charges are misdemeanors.

Manager Marlon Sams from the Corbin Parks and Recreation Department says he is infuriated at the destruction. While graffiti on dugout walls and concession stand can be covered with paint, he noted the monuments are a different story.

“We have a monument company looking at it,” Sams continued, giving a cost estimate of approximately $3,000 in labor and supplies.

Corbin Tourism Director Maggy Kreibel and Corbin Independent Schools Superintendent Ed McNeil reported the damages were fairly minimal at Sanders Park and Denes Stadium. The words could be covered with paint or removed with a brush and graffiti remover, they said.

McNeil added that the sprayed commemoration sign had been taken down, and the restoration was currently in progress.

Police Colonel Maiden says he will be pushing for; “Full restitution, along with a lot of community service.”

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