Vandals hit Jefferson school site

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Police in Warren are trying to find the person or persons responsible for vandalizing construction equipment and the new Jefferson Elementary School.

According to reports, Scott Owen, with Mike Coates Construction, arrived at the school construction site on Tod Avenue early Thursday morning and found several windows smashed out of an excavator. He then discovered a glue type substance in the gas tank of one of the heavy equipment machines and foam insulation stored at the site was broken up. Also, the rear, east side wall of the school building was spray painted with the word “T-RAW.” That same word was also spray painted on other construction equipment.

Owen said he is most concerned about the foam insulation that is to be installed in the roof. Owens said it will have to be reordered and could lead to a delay in construction.

“Especially on a tight schedule like we have here, one thing goes wrong like this and it affects multiple things,” said Owen. “Without the roof, you can’t do finishes in the interior. It affects a lot of things.”

Warren Superintendent Michael Notar is optimistic the project will be completed on time.

“Our schedule date is August 19. They promised us if they have to work nights and weekends, they will get the project completed,” said Notar.

No arrests have been made. Video surveillance cameras in the area may have picked up the vandalism in progress.  Anyone with information is asked to call Warren Police at 330-394-2521.

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