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Frat Members Blamed for Trees Felled in National Forest

It allegedly happened during Pi Kappa Alpha initiation ceremony

(Newser) - Fraternity members from the California State University's Chico campus are facing federal criminal charges after they allegedly cut down dozens of trees in Lassen National Forest during a camping trip as part of a pledge-initiation ritual, CBS San Francisco reports. Per the Los Angeles Times , at least 32 trees... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Soccer Fans' Mistake Just Cost Their Own Team $50K

They thought Crystal Palace bus was rival Middlesbrough's bus, vandalized it

(Newser) - Fans of a British soccer club in the Premier League may need to take their zeal down a notch after an incident over the weekend that reportedly ended up costing their own team nearly $50,000, reports the Telegraph . Crystal Palace devotees determined to make a literal mark on rival... More »

Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument Vandalized

World War II memorial also hit with graffiti

(Newser) - The National Park Service says graffiti has been found at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial, the AP reports. US Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose said Tuesday that the messages written in permanent marker were discovered over the holiday weekend. Similar graffiti was... More »

Teens' Punishment for 'White Power' Graffiti: Book Reports

They vandalized black schoolhouse; now they have to read tomes about oppression

(Newser) - Some say don't judge a book by its cover, but a Virginia attorney's office will be judging the progress of a group of teenagers by their book reports. The five teens pleaded guilty to vandalizing the Ashburn Colored School, a historic black schoolhouse, by spray-painting it with swastikas... More »

Subway Riders Saw Swastikas. Then They Dug Into Their Bags

One of 3 such incidents to make headlines this weekend

(Newser) - Houston made headlines first over the weekend, after a swastika was drawn in chalk on Rice University's statue of William Marsh Rice on Friday night. As CNN reports, it was the first of three such incidents to occur in different pockets of the country over a roughly 24-hour period.... More »

Playground Named for Beastie Boy Defaced With Swastikas

Someone also spray-painted 'Go Trump!' on Adam Yauch Park

(Newser) - A Brooklyn playground named for the late Beastie Boys' star Adam Yauch was vandalized with swastikas and the words "Go Trump!" the AP reports. Photos show the swastikas and words were spray-painted on playground equipment in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The city named the park for the late... More »

Guy Who Smashed Trump's Star Is, Um, Unapologetic

James Otis says he was fueled by Trump's behavior to women

(Newser) - The guy who smashed Donald Trump's star on the Walk of Fame with a pickax apparently told witnesses his real name, which helped Los Angeles police track him down Thursday. James Otis, who admitted to the crime, was arrested on felony vandalism charges in West Hollywood hours before he... More »

Here's What's Left of Donald Trump's Hollywood Star

Vandal decimated Walk of Fame landmark with pickax, sledgehammer—and it's all on tape

(Newser) - He didn't want to destroy it; he said he wanted to pry it out and sell it. But either way, a guy in construction worker getup smashed Donald Trump's star to bits on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday morning—and now the LAPD is on the hunt,... More »

Cops: Peanut Butter Bandit Hit 'Trump Rally,' Smeared Cars

But it was not a Trump rally; Wis. woman, allegedly drunk, faces disorderly conduct charges

(Newser) - Disorderly conduct charges are pending against a woman who authorities say smeared peanut butter on 30 vehicles outside a gathering in Amherst, in central Wisconsin, that she mistakenly thought was a Donald Trump rally. WSAW-TV reports that investigators say the Monday night conservation group meeting in Amherst had nothing to... More »

Teachers Arrested on Suspicion of Drawing Very Poor Dinosaur

While allegedly ruining a newly poured sidewalk

(Newser) - Two Vermont teachers have found themselves in a very embarrassing situation, publicly exposed as unable to draw a dinosaur. Oh, also they were arrested on suspicion of vandalism. Windsor police say 29-year-old Abigail Howard and 35-year-old Jennifer Rist were told to stay away from wet concrete that had been poured... More »

Group Wrecks Rock Formation, Calls It Justice

Authorities initially thought sandstone pedestal had been destroyed by erosion

(Newser) - Cops and park officials in Oregon would like to speak to a group of young people captured on video destroying a unique rock formation in the state's stunning Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Authorities initially thought the 7-foot sandstone pedestal known as the "Duckbill" had been destroyed by... More »

Boys Had Good Intentions, Ruin 5K-Year-Old Rock Art

It's 'a national tragedy' in Norway

(Newser) - A 5,000-year-old rock carving of a figure on skis is among the most recognized symbols of Norway. Two kids, however, thought it could use some improving. In what's been described as "a national tragedy," the Norwegian boys are accused of using a sharp tool to retrace... More »

Woman Banned From 524M Acres of Public Land

Casey Nocket gets 2 years' probation for tagging national parks in 2014

(Newser) - Casey Nocket left her mark on national parks across the West, but she won't be able to go back and reminisce—at least not while she's on probation. The 23-year-old San Diego woman pleaded guilty last week to defacing rock formations in seven parks, and for the next... More »

Hacked Texas Road Sign Blinks Message About Trump

He's probably been called worse than a 'shape shifting lizard'

(Newser) - Electronic construction signs in the Dallas area appear to have been hacked, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring early morning commuters to take a day off work, the AP reports. The portable signs along Interstate 30 and elsewhere flashed various messages early Tuesday, including "Donald Trump... More »

Vanessa Hudgens Pays Up for Defacing Rock

She admitted to carving her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock

(Newser) - Vanessa Hudgens has paid a $1,000 after she was caught having carved her and her boyfriend's name into Bell Rock near Sedona, Arizona, TMZ reports. According to the Guardian , the actress had been facing up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail for damaging a... More »

Man Accused of Vandalizing Ex's Car, Being Bad at Spelling

Who has time for dictionaries when in the throes of passion?

(Newser) - South Carolina's Timothy Trammell is accused of causing hundreds of dollars of damage to his ex-girlfriend's car in an act of revenge. He's not accused of being a champion speller. The Smoking Gun reports a sheriff's deputy says he saw Trammell, 36, last Friday spray-painting the... More »

Guy Does $10K in Damage to Wrong House: Cops

Ajinka Kelka, 20, is arrested in New Jersey

(Newser) - Ajinka Kelka may be wishing he read the address number a little more carefully. The 20-year-old New Jersey man is accused of seeking revenge against his ex-girlfriend's new guy by attacking his property—only he got the wrong place, the Star-Ledger reports. Police say Kelka was caught on home-surveillance... More »

Graffiti Ruins Famous Rock Arch

Rangers in Utah say it could be too big to remove

(Newser) - Rangers at Utah's Arches National Park are investigating large graffiti carved so deeply into a famous red rock arch that it might be impossible to erase, officials say. The carvings discovered earlier this month measure about 4 feet across and 3 feet high, park Superintendent Kate Cannon says. The... More »

Cops Crack Case of Who Egged Home 100 Times

'Somebody is deeply, deeply angry at somebody in that household'

(Newser) - Police say they have finally cracked the case of who egged a Cleveland-area home more than 100 times in a year, the AP reports. A former neighbor, 30-year-old Jason Kozan, has been charged with feloniously vandalizing the home starting in May 2014 and ending in June 2015, according to court... More »

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