Vandals again strike bridge planters

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2004

By Staff
NILES - Sometime over the weekend of the Riverfest, some unknown culprits damaged the flowers and containers that line the Main Street Bridge by cutting the metal straps that hold them down, then throwing them into the river.
These planters that decorate the Main Street Bridge were installed by the Niles Main Street Promotions Committee with donations from businesses, clubs and individuals from the Niles area to help beautify the downtown area.
There were about 12 planters thrown into the river.
Two have since been recovered. The value of these planters are about $50 each.
The Niles City Police will offer a reward for any information on the subjects responsible for this act of vandalism.
Please contact the Niles City Police Department Detective Bureau at 269-683-0404 , your identity will be kept confidential.
On Aug. 6, Niles City Police arrested Scot Sloderbeck, 32, of 700 Platt St. No 53., pending charges for assault &battery.
He was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call.
On Aug. 6, Niles City Police arrested Bernard Jemal Gaston, 25, of 722 Ferry St., Apt.B, pending charges for alleged crack-cocaine possession.
The arrest was made when Niles City Police stopped a white Dodge mini-van and an officer allegedly found a bag with crack-cocaine on the rear seat.
The police report states that police have received previous complaints about drug sales out of that apartment.
On. Aug. 6, Niles City Police arrested Jacqueline Ann Brown, 45, pending charges for assault &battery.
She was arrested after police responded to a domestic disturbance call and interviewed Brown and her husband.