Jeannette church vandalism suspect put in jail
As Sacred Heart Church in Jeannette struggles to find money in its budget for repairs to stained glass windows damaged by paintballs in June, one of the two alleged vandals was arraigned Tuesday for failing to appear at a hearing.
District Judge Joseph DeMarchis ordered Courtland Beach, 21, of White Township, Indiana County, held in the county prison when he failed to post $10,000 bond on charges of criminal mischief and institutional vandalism in connection with the June 17 paintball attack.
Beach was first cited by summons mailed to him, but he failed to appear at a scheduled hearing on Thursday before DeMarchis on charges that he damaged the 63-year-old stained glass windows in the church along Patton Avenue.
Both Beach and a teenage acquaintance he was visiting admitted to police that they fired paintballs at the church windows after Patrolman Justin Scalzo discovered two paintball guns and numerous capsules that contain water-soluble dye inside a gym bag on the porch of the juvenile's home.
The juvenile, who was not identified in court documents, is being adjudicated in county juvenile court, police Chief Brad Shepler said.
Police Cpl. Jeffrey Stahl said parish facilities manager Kathy Goodall received an initial estimate of at least $910 to repair the damaged windows.
“We haven't started the work yet. The paint pretty much washed off, but it put a small hole in the one window and cracked some of the surrounding panes,” Goodall said.
Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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