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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
March 24, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Chief Tom Casady, Lincoln Police Department, 441-7237
Scott Opfer, Public Works and Utilities, 441-7711

CITIZENS ASKED TO REPORT INFORMATION ON SIGN VANDALISM

Mayor Don Wesely and Police Chief Tom Casady today urged citizens to report any information they may have concerning vandalism to about 50 stop signs in southeast Lincoln. The City Public Works and Utilities Department has received calls over the last few days about the word “war” being spray painted on the signs.

“Emotions are running high over the war in Iraq, but this is just senseless vandalism that is costing our community,” said Mayor Wesely.

Engineering and Traffic Manager Scott Opfer said the type of paint being used to deface the signs cannot be removed without destroying their reflectivity, so the signs must be replaced at a cost of about $50 per sign.

Those with information can call Crimestoppers at 475-3600. Callers can remain anonymous, and they may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

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