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PSU student from Murrysville accused of ethnic intimidation

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Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 3:57 p.m.

A Murrysville man accused of vandalizing property in November near a predominantly Jewish fraternity in State College will stand trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing last week.

Eric J. Hyland, 20, is facing charges of ethnic intimidation, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct along with fellow Penn State University sophomore Hayden J. Grom, 19, of New Fairfield, Conn., who also waived his right to a hearing in mid-December.

State College police allege the pair spray-painted 12 vehicles, a Dumpster and garage near Delta Sigma Phi and Beta Sigma Beta fraternities on Nov. 8 on Berry Alley.

Police said most of the graffiti consisted of sexual and graphic words, swastikas, anti-Semitic language and the initials ‘KKK.' Police said the pair admitted to the vandalism during interviews with police last week.

Hyland could not be reached Wednesday. Attorney Mark Bolkovac declined to comment.

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