Police still seek SP turf vandals 6/17/2014

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Police still seek SP turf vandals

By John Howell

Batesville police have talked with suspects in an investigation of vandalism that damaged the turf surface at the South Panola High School football field, but no arrests have been made.

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BPD Detective Captain Paul Shivers said that information from the investigation will probably be turned over to the district attorney’s office to go before a grand jury before charges are filed.

The damage in late May was caused by two pickups that were driven onto the field and in large circles, leaving “doughnut” tire impressions on the surface.

Shivers said that the investigation hinges on coordination with the South Panola School District and District Attorney John Champion to determine the cost of the damage repair. The cost is expected to exceed $1,000. Exceeding $1,000 would establish a felony malicious mischief charge, the detective captain said.