Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 30, 2013

Vandals target Mercer County recreational center

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — A local recreational center utilized by area youth and their families has been defaced by a group of vandals.

The Green Valley Recreational Center in Ceres was vandalized sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning. The vandals used black spray paint with messages ranging from “crack head” to “cop killer” emblazoned across the building, according to Lt. Joe Parks of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Parks said damage to the building is estimated at $1,500, which makes the crime a felony destruction of property offense.

“It’s just a shame that somebody does something for the community, and a couple of people decide to make a real bad statement to the good people who use it,” Parks said. “Very disappointing. It’s there for the youth to use, and not in this way. It’s kind of a slap in the face for the property owner.”

Parks said the owner of the building is offering a reward for anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the crime.

For more on the investigation, see Tuesday's edition of the Daily Telegraph.