UPDATE: Teenagers charged in Knox County vandalism case

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Knox County Sheriff's Deputies say they charged six teenagers in the vandalism case on Happy Lane.

Deputies say all six are charged with criminal mischief.

No other information is released because they are all juveniles.

Neighbors say the vandals spray-painted a racial slur and other inappropriate words and pictures on mobile homes, signs, and the road.

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10-29-13

People in one Knox County neighborhood say they are fed up with vandalism on their property. Sheriff's deputies say vandals spray painted obscene language and pictures in the mobile home park on Happy Lane in Barbourville.

You cannot read the "Happy Lane" street sign because someone painted over it, and people who live there say it reflects their mood. They say this is not a happy place to live right now due to vandalism.

"Sunday when we came home from church, we noticed all the stuff spray painted on the trailer," said Larry Ramsey.

Neighbors say six trailers have one letter painted on them that all together spells a racial slur. Inappropriate pictures and words are also spray painted in the neighborhood.

"It ain't okay. They went a little too far, should not have did what they did," said Johnny Taylor.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies took ten reports of vandalism in the mobile home park in the past two weeks. Neighbors say someone punctured tires last week and then the spray-painting happened this week.

Deputies calls it a possible hate crime due to the racial slur but people who live here say they are not worried.

"The other night it was considered a hate crime but it's not, I know that for a fact. I've been here forty-something years and I've never had a problem," said Allen Bledsoe.

Neighbors on Happy Lane are taking action against the vandalism. They are creating a neighborhood watch program in hopes of preventing future problems.

"I didn't know what to think was going on. I hope and pray they catch whoever is doing this," said Ramsey.

The Knox County Sheriff's department is following leads and asks anyone with information to call the Sheriff's Department at 606-546-3181.

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10-28-13

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating what they call a hate crime.

Deputies say someone spray painted racial slurs on homes on Happy Lane. They say obscene pictures were also spray painted on cars, road signs, and the road, itself.

Investigators say this is the same street where someone punctured tires last week.

Deputies ask anyone with information on the vandalism to call the Knox County Sheriff's Department.


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