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Police nab suspected park vandal

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Fields, 18, faces gun, drug, charges

By The Staff

A Lawrenceburg man is facing a host of criminal charges after being arrested May 25 by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, including that he allegedly vandalized areas of the county park last month.

Charles D. Fields, 18, of 182 Walker Lane, was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana with a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Eddie Holmes is investigating the case.

The park has been vandalized numerous times during the past couple of months, and was described by Parks Director Ronnie Hume as “terrible.”

During the most recent incident, Hume said he found air freshener holders torn off the walls, tobacco products stuck on partitions and obscene images fashioned onto the hand dryer in the men’s restroom at the shelter near the county barn.

The air freshener cans, along with cans of dust remover, were found empty outside the fenced in area at the park, and Hume said he believed whoever did the damage also used the cans’ fumes to get high.

Several signs at the shelter were also damaged, including one that was torn down and stuffed into a trash bin.

Hume said someone took two blue trash bins from the shelter, dragging at least one of them past the county barn through a weedy area and into the old city salt bin, where it was then set on fire.

Hume said he didn’t know why anyone would set the bins on fire.