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June 16, 2014

Councilwoman sprays over graffiti at Roxbury court

JOHNSTOWN — The mess left by graffiti vandals at a popular Roxbury Park basketball court last week was worse than any recently reported in the city, Johnstown police Chief Craig Foust said.

But the scrawled symbols and letters didn’t last long.

West End resident and city Councilwoman Marie Mock was informed of the damage and painted over the spray paint on Sunday.

“I thought, ‘Oh, man,’ ” Mock said. “I had some green paint left over from my house. I knew it wouldn’t match, but I covered it up.”

Reports of the vandalism circulated on social media over the weekend, and a friend sent Mock a photo showing the damage.

The basketball courts are beside racquetball courts that are being cleaned up by Greater Johnstown High School students, teachers and others.

The racquetball courts are to be dedicated to the late Jimmy Kist, who taught at the school. Kist played racquetball in a Roxbury Park league despite having lost the use of his legs due to polio.

Police continue to investigate the vandalism, Foust said.

“We don’t have any leads,” Foust said. “Anybody who knows any information, they should call us at the nonemergency number.”

That number is 800-281-1680.

Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/photogriffer57.

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