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Arrests Made in 21st St Gym Vandalism

By Glenn Collins
Monday, August 6, 2012 | 7:48 PM

21st Street Gym vandalized

Haleyville Police have arrested and charged three individuals for vandalizing the 21st Street Gym, less than 24 hours after the vandalism was reported.

Sometime between 5 PM Saturday and 4 PM vandals struck, breaking a water pipe and flooding the building. The flooding ruined the sub-flooring for the gym and the verdict is still out on the original tile floor. The main floor surface itself is waterproof and may be able to be re-used over a new sub-floor.

The sub floor was saturated

There is no prelimary dollar estimate on the damage. An insurance adjustor is scheduled to survey the damage Tuesday morning.

The vandals also set small fires, toilet papered the goals, discharged fire extinguishers in rest rooms, and damaged safety mats.

Mayor Ken Sunseri called ServPro Sunday evening and the company worked into the early hours Monday to clear the building of water. Work continued Monday to dry out the building. No estimate yet on when the building will be re-opened.

Councilmember Jonathan Bennett, the Council's liaison to Park & Rec, said, “It takes a sorry individual to vandalize something that kids use.”

On Monday afternoon at around 3 PM, Haleyville Police Lt. Tim Steien, Sgt. Jason Williams and Ofc. Rodney Lewis arrested Jeffrey Blake Morris, 19, 2045 County Line Church Rd., Haleyville; Samuel Blake McCool, 23, 6336 County Road 59, Lynn; and, Jonathan Earl Martinez, 21, 1817 21st St, Haleyville. Each is charged with one count of 3rd Degree Burglary and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief. The three were transferred to Winston County Jail.


SGT Michael Glasheen prepares to cast a mold of tire tracks

The floor outside Monday morningSubflooring is ruined

The original tile floor Monday morningVandals busted the water pipe

HPD Sgt Rodney Shirley, Park & Rec Director Joel Sherill, Ofcs Nathan Whitman and Shane Whitten

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