The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in Viroqua has made five arrets in connection with vandalism that occurred in the Chaseburg Village Park, the weekend of Sept. 27-28.
According to an Oct. 4 press release, Dalton Hammes, 19, and Mackinze Lenzner, 17, both of Chaseburg, were arrested on charges of party to the crime of criminal damage to property. Two juveniles were also arrested.
A 17-year-old rural Cashton youth, Lewis Gameson, was arrested Oct. 2 for criminal damage to property in connection with the vandalism. He was released on his own recognizance and will return to Vernon County Circuit Court in Viroqua Oct. 28.
Several solar-powered lights that had recently been installed along a walking path were damaged extensively. The installation was a Boy Scout Eagle Service project which was paid for by local donations.
The damage was reported by a village of Chaseburg employee on Sept. 29.
An estimate of monetary damages is not yet available.
Sheriff John Spears thanked the Chaseburg community for the outpouring of information that is helping solve this case. In the press release, Spears asked youths to remove themselves from criminal behavior or any inappropriate behavior and tell an adult.
The sheriff’s department investigation continues.