Three Teens Charged After Racial Graffiti Found on Bridges

By Jeff Raasch, Reporter

Graffiti was spray-painted on three bridges in Fayette and Bremer counties recently, authorities said. Three boys were charged in connection with the crimes Wednesday. (Courtesy: Fayette County sheriff's office)

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By Aaron Hepker

FAIRBANK, Iowa – Three teenagers have been charged after graffiti and racial slurs showed up on three bridges in Fayette and Bremer counties.

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher said in a news release the graffiti was reported Monday on bridges on 20th and 30th streets just north of Fairbank. Investigators learned a similar incident in Bremer County also had been reported.

The sheriff’s office released a picture showing the letters “KKK” spray-painted on a concrete guardrail.

Fisher said three Fairbank boys, a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds, were charged Wednesday in connection with the crimes. They are charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, and were referred to Juvenile Court Services.

Fisher said the investigation was a cooperative effort between law enforcement, the Wapsie Valley School District and citizens that came forward.

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