2 cited for spray painting bridge

2 cited for spray painting bridge

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - After first denying her part in defacing a bridge, a Craighead County sheriff's deputy said a Bono woman finally came clean.

About 11:15 Tuesday night Deputy Dustin Norwood was called to the area of County Road 108 regarding "several individuals spray painting/defacing/vandalizing" the wooden bridge that crosses the Union Pacific Railway tracks.

While heading toward the bridge, Norwood met a Nissan Altima matching the suspects' vehicle.

Norwood stopped the car and explained to the driver, 18-year-old Rachel M. Lebaron of Bono, the reason for the stop.

According to his initial incident report, when he asked if she and her three passengers had been spray painting the bridge, Lebaron initially said they had not.

"Lebaron quickly changed her story and admitted to spray painting her name on the bridge in white spray paint," Norwood reported.

He then questioned the front seat passenger, 18-year-old Haley D. Hendon of Bono, who "admitted to spray painting a yin-yang symbol on the bridge in white spray paint."

She then told Norwood there was a can of white spray paint in the glove box and retrieved it for him.

Due to numerous vandalism complaints in the area, Norwood cited each woman with second-degree criminal mischief and ordered them to appear in court on July 26.

Norwood then contacted the parents of two boys, ages 15 and 16, who were with Hendon and Lebaron.

One of the boys' parents came and picked up the child. The other child's parents asked he be released to Lebaron, the report stated.

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