David Johnston-Primary 2018

Alleged BD Park vandal admits ‘stupid decision’

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

Bobby D. Howard Jr.

By Lee Bratcher / OC Monitor

BEAVER DAM, Ky. — Beaver Dam Police have arrested a suspect in the latest incident of vandalism at the Beaver Dam Park.

According to Beaver Dam Police Chief Mike Allen, Tuesday afternoon, a concerned citizen came to the Beaver Dam Police Department and told Allen he saw two men breaking into the vending machines at the Beaver Dam Farmers Market Pavilion.

Allen and Officer Dalton Mellott arrived at the Beaver Dam Park and saw two men fitting the witness’ description. The two men were identified as Bobby D. Howard Jr. and the other man was a juvenile.

According to the BDPD, during the investigation, Howard admitted to vandalizing the vending machine and a men’s bathroom stall door. The juvenile did not take part in the vandalism and was not charged.

When asked why he vandalized the vending machine and men’s bathroom, Howard said he didn’t know.

Howard was arrested and charged with first degree criminal mischief and third degree criminal trespassing. He was taken to the Ohio County Detention Center.

While at the detention center, after he was advised of his rights, Howard said, “Breaking in the machine was a stupid decision.”

Tuesday’s vandalism was just the latest in a long line of destruction the city has had at the Beaver Dam Park. In fact, less than a month ago, vandals damaged a vending machine with a cutting torch.

If you have any information on any other incidents of vandalism at the Beaver Dam Park, call the Beaver Dam Police Department at 270-274-7106.

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