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Arrests After Santa Put Up for Dying Toddler Is Stabbed

Homeowners help police catch teens who mucked with Christmas display

(Newser) - "They gutted the stomach. And then they sliced it sideways and up and down." The victim was an inflatable Santa Claus, but more than just a balloon was harmed. A Cincinnati-area neighborhood has been troubled for days over vandals who had been stabbing Christmas decorations put up to... More »

'Serial Rapist' Written on Cosby's Walk of Fame Star

It's not the first time the star has been defaced

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was found vandalized early Tuesday, the words "serial rapist" written on it with black marker. Los Angeles police are investigating, reports the Los Angeles Times , which has a picture of the defaced star. Cosby, 81, received the star in... More »

Unanimous Vote on Trump's Hollywood Star: It Must Go

But West Hollywood City Council resolution is nonbinding, and past stances suggest it will stay

(Newser) - It's unanimous, at least in the West Hollywood City Council: The group voted Monday night to get rid of President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, reports the Wrap . The resolution urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City of Los Angeles to remove the... More »

Someone Made a 2-Mile Trek to Shoot Up This Sign

It's the 3rd version of the sign about Emmett Till's murder to be vandalized

(Newser) - The scene of an infamous criminal act has once again been vandalized. The New York Times charts the recent history of the sign that has marked the spot where Emmett Till's body was in 1955 pulled from the Tallahatchie River; the 14-year-old had been lynched after a white woman... More »

Vandals Target DeVos' $40M Yacht

It was set adrift, hit dock in Ohio

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos has another problem on her hands besides the education of US children. A $40 million yacht owned by the education secretary's family crashed into a dock after it was set adrift from an Ohio marina over the weekend, reports the Toledo Blade . Huron police, who are reviewing... More »

Trump's Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Is Now Rubble

It was basically destroyed, again, by a guy with a pickax

(Newser) - Vandalism has once again hit President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This time, a man who had a pickax hidden in a guitar case almost completely destroyed the star, reducing it to mostly rubble, NBC Los Angeles reports. The suspect left the pickax at the star... More »

Teen's Prom Invite Leaves Mark Where It Shouldn't

Someone spray-painted rocks at Colorado National Monument

(Newser) - A teen apparently saw it as the perfect "promposal." The National Park Service sees it as vandalism. Someone spray-painted rocks at the Colorado National Monument with messages including, "PROM...ISE?" reports the Denver Post . Monument officials are now seeking the person who did it, per this Facebook... More »

An Act of Hate, Then an 'Outpouring of Love' in Illinois

Suspect in custody after 200 graves marked with swastikas before Memorial Day

(Newser) - The weekend might have started with a "devastating" act of hate, but it ended with an "outpouring of love." That from the manager of Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Ill., 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. Early Saturday,... More »

2 NFL Brothers' 'Bizarre' Fight: 'I'm Going to Fight for Jesus'

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones arrested for felony vandalism after incident with Vikings' Cayleb Jones

(Newser) - A fight between brothers isn't all that uncommon. But you don't often see one arrested for felony vandalism, especially when the brothers are players for two different NFL teams. TMZ has video of the "bizarre naked struggle" Monday night between 22-year-old Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones and... More »

Boys Face Felony Charges After 500K Bees Killed

Police say boys destroyed 50 beehives on Iowa honey farm

(Newser) - This should take a bit of the sting out of their loss. A few days after Christmas, Justin and Tori Englehardt discovered someone had destroyed every beehive on their Wild Hill Honey farm, the Des Moines Register reports. According to the BBC , the destruction of the 50 hives in Sioux... More »

Vandals Smash 115M-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint

Print was in one of the only known polar dinosaur sites

(Newser) - Some 115 million years ago in what is now South Australia, a theropod dinosaur left a footprint that remained through the ages until this month, when somebody deliberately smashed it. Officials say they were "disheartened" to discover the vandalism at the famous Flat Rocks site in Victoria state. "... More »

Lincoln Memorial Gets an Unwelcome Paint Job

National Park Service says profane graffiti was scrawled on monument on Tuesday

(Newser) - More troubling news amid an already tense week : The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with profane graffiti that was discovered Tuesday, reports Reuters . "F--- law" appeared to be spray-painted in red on one of the monument's white columns, though based on a National Park Service photo, there's some... More »

Teen Damages Holocaust Memorial, Gets Tackled

Bystanders in Boston hold him until police arrive

(Newser) - A holocaust museum in Boston was vandalized for the second time this summer, and this time bystanders tackled the alleged vandal. Boston police say a 17-year-old shattered a glass panel of the New England Holocaust Memorial with a rock, reports the Boston Herald . The panel contained etchings of the numbers... More »

Witnesses: Chick-fil-A Trashed After Nugget Dispute

It happened in Jacksonville, Florida

(Newser) - A tiff over cold chicken nuggets apparently led to a trashed Florida Chick-fil-A. Action News Jax reports on the incident, which took place Monday night in a Jacksonville restaurant and started with what witnesses say was a teen boy complaining he wasn't satisfied with his order. Allison Music, who... More »

Leave No Trace? Not in the National Parks These Days

'What can we do as a culture to cut down on these occurrences?'

(Newser) - There's a growing number of vandalism citations at national parks in the US, and the Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado appears to be a top target. In a Facebook post, the park says its mission of educating and inspiring "this and future generations" through the "... More »

Vandals Destroy Famous 'Troll Penis' Formation

Norwegians are raising money to restore it

(Newser) - Activists are collecting money to repair a penis-shaped rock formation in southern Norway after the popular tourist attraction was found badly damaged. Joggers discovered Saturday that the Trollpikken rock formation had cracked and they noted drilling holes in the rock—something that experts say strongly suggests the rock was deliberately... More »

LeBron James' Home Vandalized With Racial Slur

N-word spray-painted on front gate of LA residence

(Newser) - A Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning, the n-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to TMZ . Los Angeles police confirmed the vandalism to USA Today , though the spokesperson didn't offer specifics on what racial slur was used. The Cleveland Cavaliers player, whose primary... More »

Little Mermaid Statue Doused With Paint ... Again

It appears to be a protest against hunting whales

(Newser) - Danish officials on Tuesday hosed down Copenhagen's famed Little Mermaid after the statue was found doused with red paint, the AP reports. On the ground in front of the statue was written in red, in English, "Denmark defend the whales of the [Faeroe] Islands"—likely a reference... More »

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 »

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