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Many residents in the Winchester Estates Neighborhood awoke this weekend to discover a rash of car window shootings in the area. Winchester Estates is located to the south of 14th Street and east of Winchester Road.

According to Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards, the department had 16 different reports of vandalism to cars with several windows being shot out or damaged over the weekend.  Edwards also stated that approximately 2 weeks ago there were reports of five car windows with similar damage.

“We have been conducting a thorough investigation associated to the reports and as of today (Monday) we have identified some people of interest in the incidents,” Edwards said.

As they investigation is ongoing, Edwards declined to give any more specifics about who or even how many people may be involved in the incidents.

We will continue to follow this story and update you on any further developments.

 

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Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 19-year-old Eudora man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage for spray-painting the Eudora school district’s stadium earlier this year, an act that caused several thousand dollars in damage.

Spencer Travis Board, a 2011 Eudora High School graduate, entered the plea in front of District Judge Michael Malone Wednesday afternoon, according to the judge’s office.

Prosecutors allege that on July 7 he caused more than $25,000 in damage to the $2 million stadium that opened last fall on the Eudora High School campus, 2203 Church St. Turf, a concession stand, concession stand light cover lenses, the track and restroom entrances were damaged.

Police also initially detained two juveniles in connection with the case.

Malone is scheduled to sentence Board at 10 a.m. Nov. 23.

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The Eudora Police Department along with the Eudora School District have released some further information about the vandalism the occurred at Eudora District stadium on or near July 8.

The Douglas County District attorney, as announced last week, has filed charges against an 18 year and two 16 year olds.  In addition, a fourth suspect was allegedly present when the crime was committed but did not participate in actual damages.

“The crime was solved by normal investigative techniques,” said Eudora Sgt. Tom Willis. “The suspects were cooperative.”

According to Eudora School District Superintendent Don Grosdidier, the damages will be submitted to the district’s insurance company and there will be both short-term and long-term remedies for repairs.  The district is estimating the repairs will be in excess of $100,000.

“We will clean as much as possible to prepare the facility so that this doesn’t affect our fall sports schedule,” Grosdidier said. “The long-term plan is to make whatever remaining repairs are needed so that the stadium is restored to its original state.”

The district stadium will remain closed to the public while repairs are being made and security measures are evaluated. It is currently available to district students under the direct supervision of a coach.

 

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Story by George Diepenbrock, special to www.eudorareporter.com

Douglas County prosecutors confirmed Friday morning that Eudora police have arrested three people in connection with the recent vandalism that damaged the new Eudora District Stadium.

District Attorney Charles Branson said one adult suspect, an 18-year-old Eudora man, posted bond and was released from jail Thursday night and two other juvenile suspects were arrested and later released from custody.

“We are awaiting additional information from the Eudora Police Department before charges are filed,” Branson said.

Eudora police said earlier this week they were investigating vandalism at the stadium that opened last fall on the Eudora High School campus, 2203 Church St. Voters approved a 2007 bond issue to fund the near $2 million stadium.

Police and school officials said suspects late last week spray-painted the Cardinal mascot head on the new field’s artificial surface and a portion of the track, causing at least $25,000 in damage.

According to Douglas County Jail records, an 18-year-old Eudora man was arrested at the Eudora police department on suspicion of criminal damage to property greater than $25,000. He posted $2,500 bond through a bondsman and was given notice to appear in court July 28. Prosecutors could file formal charges before then.

Eudora police Friday morning said supervisors authorized to speak about the investigation would not be available Friday, and Kristin Magette, a Eudora schools spokeswoman, said the district and police department were planning a joint news release for Monday.

Once the damage was reported last week, Eudora school district closed the stadium, pending repairs and additional security measures.

Magette said Superintendent Don Grosdidier told school board members Thursday evening that the district has received a preliminary estimate of $130,000 from a contractor for the repairs to the turf and track. The estimate included a full resealing of the track — not just the portion that was damaged — for appearance of uniformity, she said.

“Those are really preliminary estimates,” Magette said. “At this point they’re exploring a lot of options.”

She said the district does have insurance so likely not all costs would be an out-of-pocket expense. District officials have said they expect to seek damages from anyone prosecuted for the vandalism.

Grosdidier also told board members Thursday the district planned to use the stadium this fall for football and soccer games, even if that means coming up with a short-term solution, Magette said.

“It demonstrates in my mind the magnitude of what’s been done,” she said. “It quantifies exactly how extreme of a situation that we’re in. This isn’t something that you simply buy paint for or buff it out. This is significant.”

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Eudora Police are investigating a case of vandalism at Eudora District Stadium late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

According to Sgt. Tom Willis of the Eudora Police Department, vandals spray painted several profanities and graphic symbols on the field turf, the concession stand and the water tower.   Eudora Police are estimating the damage at just over $25,000.

According to school district officials, the district will be working with ATG, the construction company that built the stadium last year, to assess all the damage and determine the best plan for repair.

While the assessment goes on and repairs are made, the stadium will be locked and not accessible to the public.

“This stadium is a brand new facility that our district’s taxpayers put forward for the community, with the idea that it would be open for everyone to use and enjoy,” Superintendent Don Grosdidier said. “So it is deeply frustrating that the acts of a few have taken this facility away from us all.”

The Eudora Police Department is asking anyone that may have information about the vandalism to contact the Eudora Police Department at 785-542-3121.

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