Kettlewell Memorial Stadium vandalized

WINTERSVILLE — Village Police are investigating vandalism Friday night at Indian Creek High School’s Kettlewell Memorial Stadium.

Chief Art Fowler said the scoreboard and play clocks were struck with paintballs and trash was thrown onto the field. He said the vandalism was discovered Saturday morning.

Fowler, who is a coach for the Indian Creek Chiefs, a youth football team, said the scoreboard was malfunctioning during the Chief’s game on Sunday.

Fans at the high school football game on Friday got their first glimpse of more than $1.2 million in improvements to the stadium, including the installation of FieldTurf and new LED light bulbs.

T.C. Chappelear, Indian Creek Local School District superintendent, said the district is evaluating the damage.

He said the district will be contacting a company to come in and determine how to clean the paint off the scoreboard, which was installed several years ago. He said the new playing surface wasn’t damaged. It only had trash and food dumped on it, he said.

“It is sad. It is a shame,” Chappelear said of the vandalism.

He said the district will be looking at additional security measures.

Fowler said the police department is looking at leads in the case.

He said there is nothing to report at this time, other than an investigation has begun.

The chief said the village has been plagued with vandalism during the past several weekends, including spray painting and reports that items had been stolen from yards.

He isn’t sure if those incidents are connected to the vandalism at the stadium. He said the vandalism is most likely the work of juveniles.