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Charges Against Teen Chalkers Dropped

The citations against two teens who were drawing on a Doylestown street with chalk at midnight have been withdrawn.

 

Two teens cited for drawing chalk pictures on a Doylestown street at midnight are off the hook.

Doylestown Borough Police this week dropped the criminal mischief charges against the two teens, saying the incident wasn't serious enough to warrant legal charges.

Though one of the young men, Connor Logan, 18, told news outlets last week that he was going to plead guilty and pay the fine, he now won't have to. The second person charged in the incident was a 17-year-old boy; the names of juveniles typically are not disclosed in legal cases.

The Doylestown Borough Council member who chairs the public safety committee and works closely with police said Friday that he welcomed the decision.

"It's encouraging to see that Chief Donnelly was responsive to the community's concerns and took decisive action to move this situation to a better outcome," said Dennis McCauley.

A Doylestown police officer had come upon the two teens drawing with chalk around midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 7, on North Clinton Street near Wood Street.

The two had drawn "a large whale and several sea turtles" on the street, according to the police report.

Borough Police Chief Jim Donnelly said Thursday that the officer knew several other instances of chalked graffiti had been found on Doylestown buildings in recent weeks. Some of the drawings were obscene, and some were quotes from song lyrics, Donnelly said.

With that context in mind, the officer cited the two teens.

Logan later told news outlets that he had found the chalk on the street and was drawing "harmless" pictures on the ground, which then washed away in the rain.

The incident sparked , both here at home and across the country, as the story was picked up by national news organizations.

Doylestown police got phone calls from as far away as Texas from callers demanding to know why they had cited the teens, Donnelly said.

While this incident now seems resolved, the chalk graffiti around Doylestown has continued.

Someone wrote chalk graffiti on the side of the building that houses the Antheil, Maslow, and MacMinn law office on West State Street, according to police reports.

The graffiti was reported on Monday, Aug. 13, but Donnelly said it probably was drawn there the weekend before.

Sally Rogers August 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
The police department should consider practicing better public relations with the citizens of this community. In my 16 years of living in the township most of my dealings with the police have been negative. They lack people skills, profile citizens, and lack knowledge of ordinances which govern this community. The only time I ever see a policeman is when their all hanging at Nat's. This is time well spent and there answer to serve and protect......
Brando Monium August 17, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Yeah thats a great point. Why are theyre police officers ALWAYS hanging behind the counter at Nats? haha
Bettina August 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
uh....maybe they are a Nat's for their lunch or dinner break? I'm glad Doylestown Police made this decision...there are so many ridiculous laws out there...it's difficult to know what's ok and what is not.
Bob Powell August 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM
ain't that the truth!
Bob Powell August 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM
all of them at the same time?
Bob Powell August 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Bravo! Why submit something so stupid in the first place...
Brando Monium August 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Its too bad it was raining when this was first reported. We were going to draw sea turtles and whales with chalk all down main and state streets as a show of solidarity haha
Brando Monium August 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Bob perhaps Sarah Larson can go undercover with some investigative reporting to find our answer.
CivicRepublican August 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Perhaps some of the D'town police officers should take a community relations course - - - watching weekly episodes of NYC 22!!!
Harold J August 18, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Sounds like Nats must be the safest place to eat in Doylestown... It's sad when an 18 year old kid shows more maturity than the police force - good for you Connor, you handled yourself well.
MistyDawn August 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
They seem to have a general attitude of indifferance and intollerance toward the public. When asking an officer from doylestown/buckingham for some information yesterday, he smirked and told me I was asking the wrong man. I stopped in awe for a moment and said I believe there is a patch on your arm and a badge on your chest I believe I am,
Nitrogirl August 19, 2012 at 01:00 AM
I'd like to know what officer cited these young men? Many years ago I was cited for something similarly ludicrous and took it to court to fight and win my case. It seems that nothing has changed!
tommy o August 21, 2012 at 05:25 PM
give these kids life in prison! lol

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