At least three cars recently were keyed at the Long County Recreation Department, according to Director Henry Strickland.
Strickland said one incident occurred on Oct. 5, and the two other incidents occurred sometime during the prior week of that incident. He said so far, the recreation department has no idea who is committing the damage, but the three vehicles were owned by parents with kids on the same team.
“They were pretty brazen in where they did it and really kind of stupid, because it’s a well-lit area,” Strickland said. “If they keep doing it, someone is going to see them.”
Lt. Jeff Dawson of the Long County Sheriff’s Office said one formal compliant has been filed in regards to the vandalism, and that the department is increasing its patrol of the area as a result of the complaint.
“We are patrolling the parking lot more often, and we also are having more deputies on duty at the recreation park during games,” he said.
In other law-enforcement news, Ludowici Police Department Officer Sam Frank responded to a report of an assault Oct. 1 at a residence on West Church Street. Chief Robert Poppell said that upon his arrival, he found that Ludowici resident Christopher Griffin, 32, had allegedly assaulted his elderly mother.
Poppell said Griffin was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery to a person 65 years of age of older, and criminal domestic violence.
Poppell said that on Oct. 6, Frank initiated a routine traffic stop on a silver Lexus on Cypress Street because the driver failed to maintain his lane. During the stop, Frank discovered that the driver, Fombang Fru, 31, was wanted on a shoplifting charge in Hinesville and had an outstanding warrant in El Paso, Texas.
Poppell said a .45-caliber handgun, 82 grams of marijuana and nearly 69 grams of methamphetamine were discovered in the vehicle. The chief said Fru was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, trafficking of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and failure to maintain a lane while operating a motor vehicle.
Poppell said LCSO assisted with this arrest.