Council approves vandalism ordinance

Council approves vandalism ordinance

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Nov. 21 Update: The Walnut Ridge City Council passed a new vandalism ordinance at Monday night's meeting.

According to Mayor Charles Snapp. anyone caught vandalizing the Christmas lights in Stewart Park will be fined $1,000 for their first offense.

The second time, they will be fined $5,000.

The ordinance goes into effect on Tuesday and will apply in all common areas in Walnut Ridge.

The City of Walnut Ridge and the Walnut Ridge Police Department are asking area deer hunters for help during Christmas in the Park.

Residents, businesses and organizations have spent over $36,000 on Christmas light sponsorships, with the city providing an extra $10,000.

The city and the police department are asking for help with security. They are asking hunters to donate game cameras to help protect the displays from vandalism and theft.

Officials will propose an ordinance at the Nov. 21 city council meeting that addresses vandalism in city parks.

The proposal will include fines. The first offense will be a $1,000 fine and a second offense will be a $5,000 fine with three days in jail and restitution.

If you want to help out and move your game camera to Steward Park, contact Police Chief Chris Kirksey (870) 886-6638 or the Walnut Ridge City Hall at (870) 886-3568.

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