AUGUST 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:21 a.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - Some Jonesboro residents have begun efforts to raise $5,000 to repair damage to a downtown skate park. The park's facilities were destroyed earlier this week by a businessman at the controls of a front-end loader.
A lawyer for the Bobcat driver says his client now wants to help with the repairs.
The park, originally builty by volunteers, was destroyed in about five minutes. Ramps, rails and other elements of the downtown gathering place were torn up by the heavy equipment.
30-year-old Chris Baugh says he was frustrated with the conduct of some of the park's patrons. Baugh is charged with second-degree criminal mischief after the assault on the park Tuesday morning.
Baugh is refurbishing a nearby building into apartments. He said he told police that his building had been vandalized, though police said they had no record of any reports of vandalism at the building site.
Baugh serves on the city's parking committee, and is a member of the board of the Downtown Jonesboro Association.
K8's Melissa Simas has more information on this story in the Community Coverage section of this website.