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3 men charged in Nikiski school vandalism case

Posted: September 22, 2011 - 8:43am  |  Updated: September 22, 2011 - 8:52am

Three young men have been charged with vandalizing the Nikiski Middle-High School.

Anthony Ming, 21, Roy Bellamy, 19 and Karl Buchholz, 19, all of Nikiski, were arrested Tuesday, and each were charged with five counts of third degree criminal mischief, a class ‘C' felony.

On Sept. 14, Alaska State Troopers responded to a call and found the school vandalized. Numerous areas of the main building, three buses and a privately-owned vehicle had been spray painted.

Staff and students worked together, spending the day cleaning up the mess. Students were willing to do what they could to clean the school, Principal Dan Carstens said in a statement.

"Students concerned with what happened at their school pulled together and worked outside cleaning up the building and taking ownership of our cleanup process," he said.

Troopers estimated the total repair and cleanup cost at more than $6,000. According to court records, costs to clean and repair the building exceeded $500, damage to the private vehicle exceeded $500 and cleanup and repair of the Kenai Peninsula Borough buses exceeded $500 each.

Using surveillance video from the school, Troopers identified three individuals. Following an investigation, Ming, Bellamy and Buchholz allegedly admitted to spray painting the school property on the night of Sept. 14 during an interview.

Class ‘C' felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines reaching $50,000, according to the Alaska Legal Resource Center.

Bail is set at $1,000 each. The preliminary hearings are set for Oct. 3.

 

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justamom
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justamom 09/22/11 - 11:53 am
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Bail Amount is NOT enough

Are you kidding me? Only $1000 each? Their bail should at the very least cover the cost to clean it all up. And speaking of cleaning it up, why don't those three vandals have to do as part of their community service? Unless we have punishments that are much more harsh than this, it's going to keep happening. Wake up Alaska court system!!!!!

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 06:54 pm
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@justamom

The $1000 is just bail, i.e. "pay extra to sleep at home tonight rather than in jail." If you'd read the article, (did you?) you may have noticed that they're also facing up to 5 years in prison and $50,000 fines for their crimes.

The cost to clean it all up is most likely exaggerated and based on what professional cleaners would charge. "Exceeded $500", "exceeded $500", "exceeded $500 each".. those are all very convenient numbers. I'd like to see what method they used to estimate the cost.

As stated in the article, staff and students volunteered their time to clean it up. Would you rather have it left there until the suspects were caught, charged, and scheduled for community service? What if they were never caught? Should we leave the graffiti there forever?

You seem to want to make an example out of these three, but if it were your head on the chopping block, you'd want the courts to be as lenient as possible. Think about that next time you get pulled over for speeding, rolling through a stop sign, or just having a headlight out. We don't need to permanently ruin three young peoples' lives over something like graffiti.

Harsh punishments do nothing to prevent crime. It's a terrible thing that we, as a society, want people punished harsher and harsher for small crimes like this. Might as well throw them into a pit with lions.

ItsMyWorld
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ItsMyWorld 09/22/11 - 04:52 pm
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What About the other places......

What about the Nikiski Pool that got hit more then once? What about the old Lighthouse resturant and the old Chuck Wagon building? The graffiti was similar to what was all over the Middle/High School. There should be more counts of criminal mischief and it should of been a big deal before it happened to a school building. Why was it only brought up because the final incident was a school?

drudge
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drudge 09/22/11 - 05:01 pm
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@ItsMyWorld

Define 'similar', because your average person is just going to see 'graffiti' no matter what it looks like.

We shouldn't charge people with crimes that we can't prove. I'm sure that this event has given them more information to work with on the previous vandalism. How about we let law enforcement do their jobs?

I had heard about the graffiti at all of the places you mentioned. I don't expect any newspaper to report on every single thing that happens around town.

spwright
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spwright 09/22/11 - 06:50 pm
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Got Ya ! 9/22/11

Great News ! They actually Caught the Idiots doing the Vandalism !
The Security Cameras Worked !

What ever the Punishment turns out to be ? Having to spend
Days of Hard Labor Cleaning up Vandalism must be included in the punishment.

SPW in Slooooooowdotna

aspiecelia
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aspiecelia 09/22/11 - 09:10 pm
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Surprised

I assumed high school age kids would be the perps.

camaro1970
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camaro1970 09/22/11 - 11:29 pm
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Old Enough

The men that were involved were not adolescent teens. They are men that are old enough to know the difference between right and wrong.

As the saying goes, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." I'm sure that whatever the justice system deems as appropriate consequences will not "permanently ruin three young peoples' lives over something like graffiti." If anything, it will probably be more lenient.

If it wasn't for the volunteers to clean up the mess who else would have done it? Not many people out there would clean up after other people for minimum wage? The clean up should be done by professionals. Without knowing what damages were done, we can't just say that these estimates were too high. You do realize that bodily wastes is considered as hazardous material?

I guess maybe we should have sent them to the corner of a room and let them think about it instead. Maybe that would prevent them from becoming repeat offenders.

bearhunter60
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bearhunter60 09/23/11 - 08:40 am
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DO THE CRIME.......

In response to justamom, 6 months jail time is what is needed. I think a little of that would go a long way. we are getting tired of seeing this tagging in our community, and I think that if a couple of " Northroaders" or " Nikiskibillies" as were so often called, had caught these kid's in the act, you would have seen a little bit more than just a slap on the wrist. This kind of behavior is BS, and community service WILL NOT STOP IT!!! Northroad justice and a severe asswhipping will. QUIT THE CODDLING!!!. Next you'll say " What if it were your kids"? Would not happen, because they know what dad would do to them would be far more severe than our liberal court's and society. @ end, I respectfully disagree w/ your comment!!

jlmh
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jlmh 09/23/11 - 11:24 am
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Too old to scribble on walls

Good grief, I figured it was some little brats that did it, not grown men. Two of them should have been out of school at least a year ago, and then the other is 21 years old... seriously, an adult can't think of anything better to do with his time than spray-paint circled A's all over the community? My kids quit drawing on the walls when they were toddlers.

It's too late to make them clean up the school graffiti, but making them clean up the mess on the Lighthouse Inn, Magnetic Fluids Treating facility, and anywhere else that was recently vandalized would be appropriate. It doesn't really matter whether they were the same ones that vandalized the other places; they made ugly graffiti, and now they should clean up ugly graffiti.

Before you accuse law enforcement of possibly "ruining their young lives," let's look at what their lives have entailed so far, besides running around trashing the place at other people's expense. They haven't been in the system very long, yet all three of them have managed to accrue charges of speeding and driving without insurance. Anthony Ming was charged with a few infractions just this month - possibly while on his graffiti mission. Karl Buchholz didn't even bother to register his vehicle, and Roy Bellamy failed to yield on a left turn - which is almost always caught as the result of an accident. Anyone who has been stuck with the bill when a careless driver causes an accident but doesn't have insurance (or money) or even own his vehicle, knows what a burden it is. Sounds like these kids have a lot of responsibility to learn, and consequences aren't going to "ruin" their oh-so-productive lives. Maybe they'll just learn to value of hard work - whether that be scrubbing walls or making license plates.

iwrestle54
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iwrestle54 09/23/11 - 12:55 pm
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to bearhunter

Well said Dad.

camaro1970
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camaro1970 09/23/11 - 01:17 pm
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Attention Bearhunter60

Hey Bearhunter60, it was Drudge that is opposed to "harsh" punishments. Justamom was the one who thought the bail amount was not high enough and also feels that their punishment should be in line with the crime that was committed.

bearhunter60
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bearhunter60 09/23/11 - 01:31 pm
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Whoops, My Apologies justamom

Sorry for the mistake, I am not trying to [filtered word] anyone off. I'm just a little tired of liberal BS, and the way that is seems that they get let off w/ a slap on the wrist. Make them Accountable!!!!

BrianW
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BrianW 09/23/11 - 02:17 pm
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1980's New York; Anyone remember?

During the 80's and 90's NYC had one of the worst murder rates of all large cities in the world (>100K). It was 14 per 100K people. What did Guiliani do about it? He cracked down hard on small crimes like grafiti and public urination and squeegee men. He made the transit union clean vandalized subways within 24 hours. He spent millions on mobile bust stations for subway fare evasion. Reaction? "Why the heck does he spend so much time on fighting small crimes?" The reason is simple; if there are broken windows that go unrepaired, pretty soon you have more broken windows. Is it a crime to break out windows even if the building is unoccupied? Yep, it sure is. The result of Mayor Guiliani's efforts? Violent crime dropped 75% and the murder rate dropped to 5 per 100K people. One of the lowest in the world. Why is that? Because smaller crimes were consistently punished. Neighborhood's actually started to take pride in their areas. Garbage didn't pile up. Drunk people urinating in the streets nearly vanished.

I agree that these guys are over 18 and they should take responsibility for their poor choices and inappropriate actions. I believe that they should be tried and pay ACTUAL costs of the repair and clean up efforts as well as accept any punishment set forth by the law, if they are found guilty. But, I also know that people shouldn't be judged by their mistakes alone. Hopefully after repaying their debt to society, they become productive members of it.

camaro1970
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camaro1970 09/23/11 - 02:30 pm
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I doubt he will repeat.

That reminds me of a case in Singapore years ago. Here is a short snippet of what I got on Wikipedia.

"Michael Peter Fay (born May 30, 1975) is an American who briefly shot to international notoriety when he was sentenced to caning in Singapore as an 18-year-old in 1994 for theft and vandalism."

I truly doubt Michael Fay will ever return to Singapore and decide to vandalize their city again.

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 03:01 pm
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slap on the wrist

@bearhunter60 --
"Class ‘C' felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines reaching $50,000, according to the Alaska Legal Resource Center."

(sarcasm) Yeah, this is just a slap on the wrist! They should be hanged in the town square for all to see!

As far as labeling me a 'liberal'... sorry, I can't help but laugh. People with their political labels these days are just hilarious. It's like they've completely lost the ability to look at any circumstance subjectively, instead relying on labels and parroted talking points. They can't form their own opinions, and depend on the talking heads on TV to tell them what to think.

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@BrianW --
Ahh, the Broken Window Theory. It's been thoroughly debunked, as it implies direct correlation with causality, which is, of course, highly prone to fallacy.

Here's some more detail on your story: In the 1980s, New York was experiencing an epidemic of Crack abuse. Violent crime was indeed rampant. As you stated, Mayor Giuliani took some impressive steps in cleaning up vandalism with his Zero-Tolerance policy.

However, that's where the "Correlation implies Causation" fallacy comes into play, and where most people seem to stop thinking logically.

The truth is, in the late 80s and early 90s, the Crack epidemic subsided, and so did crime rates. This was seen in cities that did not adopt a Zero-Tolerance policy, as well.

The timing of Major Guiliani's clean-up and the decrease of Crack use makes it appear that the clean-up is what stopped the rampant crime.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 09/23/11 - 03:19 pm
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Who cares!

Who really cares what happened in that cess pool of NY back in the 1980's. These young adults need to be taught a lifelong lesson in taking responsibility for their actions.

Anyone caught using drugs should be charged with sponsoring terrorism since their hard earned dollars are going to people who will kill innocent civilians just to send a message!

BrianW
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BrianW 09/23/11 - 03:27 pm
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@ Drudge

That's right; Guiliani said "Crack Abusers, police yourselves while I chase down fare evaders!". Not really, but well played. I guess my only question then is this; if enforcing written laws is ineffective, why have them? The standards are not what are written, Drudge, but only what we tolerate.

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 03:44 pm
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@cheapersmokes

Punishment is not equal to Taking Responsibility. They've been caught, jailed, and in a couple weeks will be tried and sentenced. The Justice System has dealt with the situation. What you're calling for is vengeance.

As far as "sponsoring terrorism" goes, you'd need to prove intent and show a clear connection. Otherwise you're just throwing baseless accusations.. How very American of you.

What about people caught abusing prescription medications? Are they supporting terrorism? Does that make Big Pharma a terrorist organization?

FYI: Alcohol is a drug. Nicotine is a drug. Caffeine is a drug. All of them have negative and adverse effects. Just because they're legal doesn't mean they're inherently good.

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 06:58 pm
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@BrianW

Minor point: My alias is 'drudge', not 'Drudge'.

I never claimed that enforcing laws is ineffective. I'm saying that there were many factors in the decline of violent crime from your story. Fixing windows and removing graffiti did not directly reduce crime, and it was not the sole factor. It's silly to claim it as such... though that's exactly what politicians such as Giuliani would do.

BrianW
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BrianW 09/23/11 - 04:18 pm
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Getting the point

My apologies drudge.

My point is that by consistently punishing crime, it will decrease. If small crimes go unpunished or even under punished, they will multiply and eventually lead to larger crimes.
I never said that a magic political hand wiping grafiti saved a city. It was a combination of things like busting drug dealers and hookers too.
A very wealthy man once said, "if you take care of the small stuff, the big stuff takes care of itself."

By the way, what would your response be if it were your property that was vandalized?

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 07:00 pm
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Punishment

Punishment, no matter how harsh, does nothing to address the underlying problems of society and the systematic causes of crime. Education and rehabilitation are far more effective as a long-term strategy.

Look at countries like Norway, where the primary focus of their prison system is to rehabilitate their inmates so that they may return to society as normal, productive members. They have an excellent rate of success.

Then look at the USA, where our prisons are a breeding ground for hatred and violence. We treat our inmates like animals, and they behave as such. Our regression statistics are horrendous, and there is little to no actual rehabilitation.

You ask how I would react if my property (I rent, so it's not entirely applicable)... My answer is simple: Rationally.

I expect the police to investigate and apprehend. I expect the courts to serve a sentence in accordance with the law. And that's it. I don't want vengeance, and I don't want them to suffer.

There's a reason why the world labels America as barbarians.

BrianW
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BrianW 09/23/11 - 05:43 pm
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The Banter

I agree that being rational is a minimum expectation. I would also be rational and expect the law to take it's course. Having never been an inmate, I cannot speak to their treatment. But to the contrary of your statement, these people most likely acted like animals prior to being sentenced. It is not the prison's fault that these people act the way they do; in fact, their actions got them into prison. I would also contend that I don't want my tax dollars spent education and rehabilitating animals that have already proven their inability to cohabitate with regular society.
For these young men in this article, I stated that I hope they repay their debt to society and become productive members of it and that people should not be judged by their mistakes alone. Maybe a little time with animals will preclude their future intolerable disregard for others.
As for your statement blanketing America as barbaric; this is ignorant and completely irrational. As an American, I don't care what people in Norway think of me or this glorious country. I don't care how they do their business in Norway. What I do care about is someone like you who seemingly (by statement) has never sacrificed a thing for this country and makes disparraging comments about it by comparrison to another country. You can judge the character of a country by how many people are trying to get in and how many are trying to get out. Luckily for people who have your views, there are people like me who may not like or agree with you, but would die to protect your RIGHT to verbally thrash the country you so freely live and prosper in.

drudge
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drudge 09/23/11 - 06:53 pm
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rationality is dead

"Unless we have punishments that are much more harsh than this" -- the courts aren't brutal enough!

"There should be more counts of criminal mischief" -- doesn't matter if they did it or not, let's blame them anyway!

"had caught these kid's in the act, you would have seen a little bit more than just a slap on the wrist. " -- mob violence! vigilantism!

"Anyone caught using drugs should be charged with sponsoring terrorism" -- who cares about the truth, they're terrorists!

Even in a small community like ours, there are those that want to see their neighbors suffer over any infraction. What if it was your family member in this situation? Would you be on here gnashing about stricter punishments?

pickletoes
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pickletoes 09/23/11 - 11:22 pm
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Some things people come up with

Yes they admitted to spray painting the school. No they did not paint any other buildings. Yes they face "5 Class C' felonies each which are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines reaching $50,000, according to the Alaska Legal Resource Center." They are not trying to get out of there actions and know they did something really stupid! No they were never trouble makers in school or in the "system" In fact hold state records and titles. No excuse but stupid we agree. Some comments people make are insane. This involves more than just the three listed above. In fact this was heartbreaking to us.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 09/24/11 - 10:42 am
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Hey Drudge!

Just wondering if your going to vote for your Messiah once again since he has done such a remarkable job on his first term. Or did you have a "Go to God!" moment and your eyes opened to the destruction of this countries values those liberal elites have already caused us? You could of named any Scandinavian country as an example and I am sure the local airport can arrange for your permanent change of station also.

spwright
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spwright 09/24/11 - 12:43 pm
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Grafiti & GangBangers 9/24/11

Sat. 9/24/11
There are some really sincere "Life or Death" issues associated with Grafiti.
GANG BANGERS always "Tag Their Territory" w/ Grafiti.

& Yes there are already a serious Gang problem in Anchorage.
MS 13, Crips & Bloods
It is very important for the Police to take photos of the Grafiti BEFORE it is removed.

Gang Bangers have No Regard for anyone except themselves
& will Kill at the drop of a hat.
M S 13 has a membership of over 42,000 nation wide & All are Armed to the Teeth w/ automatic weapons. & the Drug Cartels hire these Gangs for protection.
per National Geographic documentary.

SPW "Airborne"

ILoveAnchorage
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ILoveAnchorage 09/24/11 - 04:58 pm
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Everyone that tags is not a

Everyone that tags is not a "gang banger".

I have personally never tagged anything but I have researched several graffiti artists and I can say there is a difference between "gang bangers" and graffiti artists.

Some graffiti can be tasteful and real art. People automatically assume that any graffiti is gang related but it is not. No, a school is not the proper place for graffiti but maybe the city could find more appropriate places for kids, teens or whoever to paint.

Utility boxes, dumpsters, etc. Of course there should be restrictions. No foul language, gang signs, inappropriate images.. things like that. It could really put some color into the town and could be a excellent outlet for artists of all kinds.

alaskasammysam
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alaskasammysam 09/25/11 - 07:48 pm
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These boys were not gang

These boys were not gang bangers! I personally know all of them. This is a very common issue in Nikiski (just not with the school). I think just the scare from getting caught should be enough for these boys. Kids tag things all the time, it docent make them terrible people.

drudge
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drudge 09/26/11 - 08:44 am
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@cheapersmokes

"Just wondering if your going to vote for your Messiah once again"

I refuse to vote for puppets of the Corporatocracy. I won't contribute to a corrupt system by voicing support for these parasites. (Same reason I didn't vote for Dubya.)

"Or did you have a "Go to God!" moment and your eyes opened to the destruction of this countries values those liberal elites have already caused us?"

I'm a practicing Atheist... Do you have a few minutes to discuss the absolute horrors and atrocities committed by the Church in the name of God?

"You could of named any Scandinavian country as an example and I am sure the local airport can arrange for your permanent change of station also."

Not likely. The USA doesn't like to let its citizens move to other countries. Even if you manage to, you still have to pay Income Taxes for like 7-10 years. (link)

Your accusations are baseless and uninformed. Better luck next time.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 09/26/11 - 08:37 am
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Some one has the right idea!

ILoveAnchorage in their post above just might of hit on the perfect idea to allow others to show off their creative ability and also provide a little color into the community. That is allowing people to paint on the trash dumpsters with the restrictions thet mentioned. Those that are caught putting it on not authorized places would have to paint over all of them in the spring to allow for a new group to show off.

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