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Police investigating leads in vandalization of memorial wall

Port Orchard police are investigating the recent graffiti attack at the Marina Waterfront Park playground, parking lot and memorial wall.

Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said that investigators have no suspects at the time.

“We’re working hard on the case,” Marti said Thursday morning. “We have some leads which we are following up with.”

According to a police report, a Port Orchard police officer discovered the graffiti while en route to headquarters about 7:30 a.m. on June 14.

The officer discovered graffiti sprayed on the Veterans Memorial Wall, concrete wall and trash cans. Light fixtures along the memorial wall were also damaged.

He also found graffiti along the boardwalk, including several handicapped parking signs and the electronic pay station.

Police notified Brian Robinson, maintenance lead for the Port of Bremerton, who came out to assess the damage. Estimated damages total about $5,000.

Robinson said crews began cleaning up the graffiti on port property Friday night and on Saturday.

Crews painted over the graffiti on the chalk wall mural. Robinson said the wall’s artist would repaint the design and the port will use anti-graffiti material once repairs are complete.

Volunteers cleanup memorial wall

Mark Traylor planned to spend Father’s Day with his family and relaxing.

Instead, Traylor spend part of Sunday cleaning up the Veterans Wall after it was vandalized overnight.

Traylor, the senior vice commander at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2669, said the individual or individuals used spray paint to write graffiti and destroyed lights along the wall. The phrase “Make love not babys” (sic) was sprayed across the brick honoring local and area servicemen and women.

“This is a disgrace for someone to have done this,” Traylor said.

Damage on the wall and lights was estimated at about $1,500.

Traylor and a group of volunteers arrived at the wall Sunday morning to begin clean up.

The graffiti was blasted off the wall with a high-powered hose and cleaner. Volunteers used thin brushes and black paint to etch names back into the bricks that were defaced by the vandalization.

Traylor’s 17-year-old son, Aaron Thomas, was among the volunteers.

“They don’t deserve to have their names defaced,” said Thomas, the reigning Fathoms O’ Fun king this year.

A special anti-graffiti coating was sprayed on the wall.

To help prevent further incidents, Traylor said local VFW members plan to keep a closer watch on the wall.

 

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