Cut to the Northern Idaho town of Hayden, where the AP reported last Friday that the city was "reeling" after footprints and dirty words were found imprinted in newly poured sidewalk cement in the Hayden Government Way reconstruction project. Police and the cement company responded by increasing patrols, but knowing how quickly cement dries, a return to the scene of the crime seems unlikely. Score one for the delinquents.
Act three shifts the lens to Garden City, where city cops stopped 22-year-old Kyle Hoskins just after 2 a.m. on October 11 for not having a light on his bicycle. The officers noticed that Hoskins had a can of spray paint in his pocket and paint on his fingers, a la Bart Simpson in the 1990 The Simpsons episode "Bart the Genius." However, unlike Bart's visionary outdoor portrait of Principal Seymour Skinner saying, "I am a weiner [sic]," Hoskins' alleged vandalism of approximately 17 Garden City buildings was a little more opaque.
"It's kind of like W with an F attached to the side, with a dash and a sweeping arched line across the middle," reports John Cook, an employee at Veritas Fine Books, one of the targeted businesses.
"It looks like an O and an M and kinda like a Greek letter theta and an equals sign," adds Bob Finney at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall. "I think it says 'Oneaf,' whatever that means."
Hoskins was charged with a felony count of malicious injury to property and two counts misdemeanor probation violations.