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July 10, 2013

Police say tagger caused thousands of dollars in damages


Police say they received a slew of reports since Friday and that thei investigation focused on the "KOSK" tag. Other incidents of tagging that were either reported or discovered by officers on patrol are not part of the investigation that led to yesterday's arrest.

Those other incidents include tagging on a rear wall of the Nettle Middle School. On Monday, school custodian Ronald Lavoie discovered a spray-painted image of a mouth and teeth and what appears to be a large bloated image of the letter "S" on the building's rear brick wall.

"I don't have the equipment to remove it, so I hope the Sheriff's Department can send its graffiti crew," Lavoie said.

Thompson said that either police or the city's Highway Department will work to put in a request to the Essex County Sheriff's Department to send its anti-graffiti truck to the city.

"One way or another they'll get it removed," Thompson said.

Police were notified yesterday of tagging on the rear wall of a building and on a dumpster at 140 Hale St.

"It's a tag that we've noticed in several other places in the city," Thompson said yesterday.

Police were also notified of tagging at 515 Hadley West Drive. Thompson said someone spray painted black letters on a dumpster and a basketball court.

Thompson said an officer on patrol yesterday discovered tagging on the Woolworth building on Merrimack Street.

On Saturday, Public Library Director Carol Verny said she received a call about graffiti that was painted on the auditorium wall facing summer street.

"It was a small patch of blue, some kind of design," Verny said. "The custodian removed it and painted over it."

"We have a lot of pride in our library and our city and would never let graffiti or anything else that detracts from the building linger," Verny said. We don't want people to see it as we don't want more people thinking they can get a way with it."

Haverhill Police are urging property owners who have not yet reported recent graffiti vandalism to call police at 978-373-1212 so that additional charges may be filed.

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