SL school vandal still at large

Leads have hit a brick wall in the vandalism incidents earlier this month at the Spring Lake Public Schools administration building and high school, but police are still hopeful new information will arise.
Marie Havenga
Mar 28, 2012

 

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Chief Roger DeYoung said it could take some time until all evidence is processed, including fingerprints taken from the scene.

“It's not like the crime shows on TV,” DeYoung said of the print process. “This isn't 'CSI.' It takes a while to get a hit back. Our evidence is still at the lab and we're still waiting on that.”

A $200 Silent Observer reward for information leading to an arrest hasn't stirred up any new leads, according to DeYoung. Nor has a Fast $100 reward program being offered at the high school.

“There's just nothing right now,” he said. “I just talked to the detective and everything has dried up. It kind of went quiet. Sometimes these things take some time to ferment. Sometimes people start saying things when they think no one is paying attention anymore.”

The Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff's Department are working jointly on the two believed-to-be-related vandalism cases.

During the early morning hours of March 7, someone threw a brick with a note attached, shattering the outside pane of a double-pane window at the school administration building, 345 Hammond St. in Spring Lake. Around the same time, according to police, someone painted the words “beware” and symbols that mean “anarchy” on several walkways at Spring Lake High School on 148th Avenue in Spring Lake Township.

Surveillance video shows a person in dark clothing around the high school flagpole shortly after 2 a.m. March 7.

The hand-written note taped to the brick said the actions were in response to the school board's decision the night prior to uphold a written reprimand in SLPS Athletic Director Cavin Mohrhardt's file. Mohrhardt was reprimanded by SLHS Principal Mike Gilchrist for saying, “I am not going to kiss your butt” to a Newaygo parent following a January basketball game between the Lakers and Lions.

After he was denied an appeal before the school board, Mohrhardt filed a lawsuit in late February and was allowed to state his case before the board on March 6.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call police at 842-1889 or Silent Observer at 877-88-SILENT.

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