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Man cited for vandalism at Lower Chester hockey rink

A 20-year-old man has been cited for spray-painting graffiti at Duluth's Lower Chester Park hockey rink last month. The Duluth Police Department reported Tuesday that Reece Townsend was cited Aug. 13 for criminal damage to property in connection ...

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Reece Townsend

A 20-year-old man has been cited for spray-painting graffiti at Duluth's Lower Chester Park hockey rink last month.

The Duluth Police Department reported Tuesday that Reece Townsend was cited Aug. 13 for criminal damage to property in connection with the July 9 incident at the park, located at 15th Avenue East and Fifth Street.

The graffiti was reported to police by the Neighbors of Lower Chester Park group at about 6:50 a.m. July 9, and a police officer collected a black spray paint can that was in the trash near the hockey rink. The paint can was processed for fingerprints and a usable fingerprint was found, which an investigator used to identify Townsend, according to police. Townsend initially denied involvement, but Duluth police said he confessed when he was confronted with the fingerprint evidence.

Cleaning up the graffiti cost the city of Duluth $471.92. The police department noted that it was a good example of the community and police working together to solve criminal activity.

The graffiti at Lower Chester Park occurred less than a day after city of Duluth Parks and Recreation Division staff announced a new "Protect Our Parks" initiative to address increasing vandalism and illegal dumping occurring in the city's parks. The goal of Protect Our Parks is to encourage residents to respect the city's parks and trails, and to call 911 when they see vandalism or illegal dumping occurring.

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Lower Chester centennial

As reported in the News Tribune earlier this year, Neighbors of Lower Chester Park is planning a centennial celebration for the park on Aug. 29-30.

There will be a Lower Chester alumni hockey game at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center at 7 p.m. Aug. 29, and a family potluck picnic at the park from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 30. For more information, go to lowerchester.org.

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Vandalism is visible on the boards of the hockey rink at Lower Chester Park in Duluth on July 9. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

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