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UPDATE: Reward money for information about Southwood Park vandalism grows

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 6:33 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/24/2020 10:27 P.M.

200 more dollars is added to the reward to find the people that vandalized Southwood Park last Saturday. Parkersburg City Councilwoman Sharon Kuhl says it’s $1,650 now.

She says she expects the reward money will go even higher.

She says there are no leads yet, but she is hopeful someone will come forward.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/21/2020 5:00 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) -On Saturday, Parkersburg residents noticed that the Seats of Honor benches at Southwood Park were vandalized, the morning of the Back the Blue Rally in downtown Parkersburg.

The Seats of Honor memorial is dedicated to local first-responders, and the benches were primarily covered in anti-police profanity and acronyms.

City council member Sharon Kuhl oversees the Seats of Honor memorial, and questioned the supervision of the suspects involved in the vandalism.

“I am not understanding,” said Kuhl. “If you’re kids, where are the parents? Why don’t they know where their kids are at 4 o’clock in the morning?”

The reward started at $200 for information on the suspects, but the community has pitched in, and the reward was most recently over $1400.

Parkersburg Police is assisting in the investigation.

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