Vandal damages ‘Burg fields


Alex Hider

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The Scioto County Sheriff’s Department is seeking a vandal that has caused thousands of dollars in damage to athletic fields in Wheelersburg in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

According to reports, between midnight and 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a vehicle drove on to the baseball fields at Gene Bennett Park, destroying the grass a leaving tire tracks through the diamonds.

According to Wheelersburg Little League President Matt Collier, the vehicle rutted the field, meaning it could cost up to $7,000 to re-level and re-surface the ball fields.

In addition to hosting Wheelersburg Little League games, Gene Bennett Park also serves as the home field for Wheelersburg High School’s softball team, which reached the state final four earlier this year.

On the same evening, a vehicle also caused damage to the nearby soccer practice fields at Wheelersburg Elementary School. Reports state that the “grass was pushed down and several tracks” were left across the field.

According to Cpt. David Hall, the department has obtained video of the suspected vehicle, identified as being an “SUV, possibly maroon in color.” The video will be posted to the Sheriff Department’s Facebook page later this week.

Those with information on the vandalism should contact the Scioto County Sheriff’s Department at 740-354-7566.

Reach Alex Hider at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931 or on Twitter @PDTSportsWriter

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