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GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are close to making arrests in the case of the smashed ‘G’ at Arrowhead Stadium as new vandalism surfaces.
But the community has come together to help rebuild the symbol of the community hours before a night of Friday night football against Newton Falls.
“That ‘G’ stands for more than Girard. It really is a community emblem. It really is a ‘G’ that kids know we got their back, the administration got their back, the teachers have their back. That ‘G’ stands for a lot of things. It’s going to mean a lot to the kids playing,” said Girard Superintendent David Cappuzzello.
AJ Construction, who built the original sign, volunteered to replace the broken sign with a new wooden sign. Crews worked overtime to make sure it was ready for kickoff Friday night. but workers said they had a lot of help from the community.
“Bazella Electric was out here doing the lights and getting everything ready. Everybody comes together. It’s a tight knit community,” said Anthony Guerrieri, an employee of AJ Construction.
The new wooden sign eventually will be replaced by a new steel G, and Girard is considering moving the wooden one to the high school for a memorial. But officials plan to make sure security is tightened so nothing happens again, especially after someone shot paintballs at another stadium sign Thursday night.
The stadium marquee was splashed with yellow paint blotches and streaks believed to be from a paintball gun. That vandalism was discovered around 9 p.m. Thursday.
“We have some cameras we are fixing right now and we also have an idea of having a night patrolman, off-duty policeman who is retired, to patrol the grounds during the night even,” Cappuzzello said.
The vandals, who are not from Girard, are expected to face charges, plus it could cost them several thousand dollars for the damage they did. School officials said one of the suspects may be a disgruntled student.