A group of children might be to blame for a recent
spree of vandalism that has some residents wondering what has happened to the
other-- wise quiet town.
The problems, including theft, egg throwing and general
mischief, started last summer,
raid Burgess Donald Trimmer. But the past month has
been the Worst.
Residents said a woman's lawn mower gas tank was filled
with water, windows have been broken and someone's water was turned on while
she was at work, resulting in a hefty water bill.
"There's been quite a bit of ,vandalism in town," Mr.
The most recent sign of property damage is a thin black
swastika, outlined in yellow
paint on a white garage at the corner of North Second
and Elizbeth streets.
The 1-by-l-foot symbol of ate has gone relatively
unnoticed by some neighbors, the building's owners, Mr. Trimmer and
commissioners for about a month.
Mr. Trimmer said he passedby the marred building six
times Wednesday without seeing the swastika and said no commissioner, sheriff's
deputy or resident had mentioned the symbol to him.
The owner of the building, who declined to give her
name, also said she did not know about the swastika.
"It's upsetting to know that it's there," she said. "I
will get it taken care of."
A man who would not be named, fearing retribution, said
he called the town office Wednesday to let officials know aboutthe swastika.
"I was just sick of it," he said. "There's this group
of kids that have this town paralyzed. The cops won't touch them, and the town
won't do anything about it."
When asked what measures have been taken to stop the
vandalism Mr. Trimmer said: "It's just a bunch of kids being smart" He then
said he had no further comment before hanging up the telephone.
Commissioner Roger Hub said he had not heard about the
swastika and refused to comment on it or the recent vandalism.
Sheriff's deputies said a writ-ten a report was taken
about the swastika. Woodsboro's commissioners and Mr. Trimmer receive a monthly
briefing from the sheriff's office that is part of their town meeting, Deputy
First Class Jennifer Bailey said. But she is not certain whether or not town
commissioners have received written news of the swastika yet.
"Dependent upon whenit happened, it may be in next
month's report, or if it happened several weeks ago it may have been in last
month's," she said.
Mr. Hub did say the town has an arrangement with the
Frederick County Sheriff's Office for a deputy to patrol Woodsboro at various
The town's April 2004 meeting minutes referenced
several juvenile complaints made to the sheriff's office. The May 2004 minutes
list the Community Deputy Program as "reinstated" and "in full force."
Deputy Bailey said in addition to a 24-hour a day
patrol officer assigned to Woodsboro there is also a deputy funded by the town
that patrols the area in a four-hour block.
"I'm not going to give exact times because that would
defeat the purpose of us being up there," she said.
The patrolling deputy runs service callswhile also
acting as a noticeable presence of law and order in the community that Kelly
Hines of Second Street said has a lot of problems with children running wild.
"If you don't keep your stuff locked up, God knows what
will happen," she said.
Ms. Hines `who has lived in Woodsboro for nine years,
said she knows children have sliced tires and window screens and sees no sign
of it letting up.
"It's never been like this before," she said.
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