Morenci parks vandalized, reward offered

MORENCI, Mich. (WTVG) - Crews are Wakefield Park in Morenci are in preparation mode as they gear up for the Town and Country Festival in just a couple of days. But this year, there's a little extra work on their plates, after vandals caused some significant damage.

"We're thinking probably upwards of $8,000-$9,000 for the damage, once you put the department of public work's time into it," Michael Sessions, Morenci's city administrator said.

From the outside, nothing appears out of place. But a closer look inside some of the facilities show what police found early Sunday morning.

Mirrors were smashed, stall doors in the restrooms were ripped off the hinges and the portable bathrooms outside were tipped over.

"Our bathrooms probably won't be up to snuff the rest of the year," Sessions said. "It is what it is."

The damage has also impacted the Little League fields, right in the middle of the season.

"A lot of effort has gone into that and I know a lot of effort went into fixing those dugouts this year and then someone goes off and busts up one of the roofs," the former president of Morenci Little League, Tim Decker, said.

He adds that he's disappointed someone would want to do this to a park.

"So many people work so hard to make is as good as it is for so many kids," Decker said. "It only takes a couple of people to ruin the whole thing."

But as news of the crime spread, the community responded and raised reward money for anyone who can provide information that will lead to charges.

For many people in Morenci, this vandalism is personal.

"Whoever did this has some moral issue," Decker said.

Sessions adds: "we really want to find the suspects that have done it and let them go through the process of making this right for our community."

Anyone with information should contact Crime stoppers of Lenawee County at 517-266-6161 or 877-276-8477, online at www.p3tips.com/431, or on Facebook at "Crime Stoppers of Lenawee."