Gaylord offers reward for vandalism information

GAYLORD – The City of Gaylord is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the vandalism of City Park on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday, Aug. 21.

Police said toilet paper rolls were started on fire in the park’s lavatories and garbage containers. A fire extinguisher was discharged in the Sertoma taco wagon and a toilet was destroyed. Police Chief Tony Padilla said he is interested in creating a city ordinance to restrict park hours.

At the same time as the park vandalism. two juveniles were caught discharging a fire extinguisher in a Sibley East school bus. The vandalism was observed by Highway 22 project contractors.

Padilla recently reported to the Gaylord City Council that his department has handled 458 more incidents this year than at the same time last year. The incident numbers are more than double what Arlington or Winthrop Police deal with.

Padilla reported more than 300 incidents in July 2014, compared to 264 in June, 2013 in May and 252 in April.

Two new part-time police officers were recently hired. They are: Charlie Eichten, who works in law enforcement in the Owatonna area and Bob Petrasek who works for the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office.

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