$200 cash reward offered in SL vandalism

A week after two believed-to-be-related incidents at Spring Lake High School and the district administration building, police investigations continue in an attempt to get a handle on the vandal.
Marie Havenga
Mar 14, 2012

“I’m optimistic we’re going to catch the person,” Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Chief Roger DeYoung said Tuesday, adding that a cash reward is available for information that leads to an arrest.

In the wee hours of March 7, someone threw a brick with an attached note at a window in the school district’s administration office, 345 Hammond St. in Spring Lake. The handwritten note said the action was the result of a school board decision the night before, which denied an appeal by Spring Lake Public Schools Athletic Director Calvin Mohrhardt.

Police said they believe the brick incident is related to graffiti that was spray-painted at the high school that same early morning. Security camera footage shows a person in dark clothing around the high school flag pole shortly after 2 a.m., according to police.

DeYoung said his department is conducting a joint investigation with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The district’s administration building is in the village and within DeYoung’s jurisdiction. The high school on 148th Avenue resides in Spring Lake Township, which is the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department.

“We’ve talked to about six possible suspects, but at this time nobody stands out as the person that did it,” DeYoung said Tuesday. “A lot of times, these things take a little bit of time to ferment. People get loose-lipped after a while. They forget we’re still looking.”

Silent Observer will pay a cash reward for information leading to an arrest, according to the police chief. Call 842-1889 or 877-88-SILENT.

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