Racist graffiti mars park wall

LEWISTOWN – Fountain Square Park at the Five Points intersection and a number of cars in the East End neighborhood of Lewistown were spray-painted with graffiti early Monday morning, according to a report from the Lewistown Police Department.

At the park, a swastika and various racial slurs were spray-painted on the side of one of the adjacent buildings.

LPD Chief William Herkert said various vehicles were found to have been vandalized in the area of Valley, Chestnut and Forsythe streets as well as Shaw Avenue.

Herkert said the investigation is continuing and potential charges are being determined against people who police believe are involved. The grafitti at the park, which is owned by Downtown Lewistown Inc., has already been covered by a fresh coat of red paint.

“The most important part (was) to remove it as soon as possible,” DLI Executive Director Jim Zubler said. “It’s important that the perpetrators are apprehended and certainly have their acts addressed.”

DLI, in conjunction with the Lewistown Police Department and Mifflin County Communities That Care will hold a Downtown-East End Neighborhood Community Watch Meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Regional Business Center Conference Room, located at 152 East Market St.

Interested residents, property owners, tenants and business owners are encouraged to attend to hear updates from police and community leaders regarding issues and news of interest to the neighborhood.

Anyone with any information about the graffiti incident is asked to call Lewistown Police Department at 248-6716.