DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - have arrested three people accused of damaging a war memorial last summer.
The memorial site, on Public Square, was vandalized on June 22, 2014. Surveillance video caught a group of individuals climbing onto a cannon and desecrating it.
released the following statement regarding the arrests:
The Staff and Commission of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument has been informed that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office has identified and charged three individuals with second-degree misdemeanors in connection with vandalism of the Monument that took place in the early morning hours of June 22, 2014.
We are grateful for the hard work and diligence of the Prosecutor's Office, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and the Cleveland Police Department in their pursuit of this investigation. We also wish to thank the northeast Ohio media for the attention given to this incident, as well as the well wishes we have received from citizens.
As we understand the terms of the agreement with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office, the alleged individuals will pay for the repair of the damages to the Monument that resulted from the vandalism. That amount is just over $10,000. We are also told that community service hours and a public apology will be required.
The Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument commemorates the Civil War and honors the citizens of Cuyahoga County who fought and worked for the Union.
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