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$500 reward offered regarding repeated vandalism on the Beatty Mills bridge

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 11:45 p.m.
Armstrong County officials are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identity of whoever is responsible for repeated acts of vandalism on the Beatty Mills bridge in North Buffalo Township.
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Armstrong County officials are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identity of whoever is responsible for repeated acts of vandalism on the Beatty Mills bridge in North Buffalo Township.

Armstrong County officials are offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identity of whoever is responsible for repeated acts of vandalism on the Beatty Mills bridge in North Buffalo.

“Somebody's been painting graffiti on it,” said David R. Wolfe, chairman of the North Buffalo supervisors.

The bridge, which spans Buffalo Creek along Beatty Mill and Hogg roads, was erected in 2008 to replace the original 1876 structure. It is a county-maintained bridge.

Tom Swisher, project manager for Armstrong County Planning & Development, said crews have cleaned the bridge at least twice in the past 18 months.

“We've gone out and cleaned it and spent time and energy cleaning it,” he said. “The materials to clean it are a little pricey, and then we're spending the manpower out there doing that (when) they could be doing something else. The police have been involved for a quite awhile.

“The commissioners thought it would be a good idea to offer a reward and try to nip it in the bud.”

Pat Fabian, chairman of the Armstrong County commissioners, said in prepared remarks, “Every time we have to send our public works crew out there to clean up, we have to spend hundreds of dollars. These acts of vandalism are costing our county money. It's unfair to the taxpayers.”

Wolfe said vandalism on the bridge has been going on for years. He said every time the graffiti is taken off, it's replaced with new graffiti.

“You clean it off, and it comes right back,” Wolfe said.

Some of the graffiti consists of negative statements against President Trump and Hillary Clinton as well as phrases like “Happy Birthday,” Wolfe said.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, mczebiniak@tribweb.com, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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