Arrests made in Ironton vandalism

Published 12:01 am Sunday, February 24, 2013

Two Ironton teens were arrested last week in connection with vandalism at one of the city’s pump stations in January.

Isaiah Nelson, 18, of 845 S. Tenth St., was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court. A 16-year-old female was also arrested in connection with the vandalism and cited to juvenile court.

Nelson was charged with fifth-degree vandalism and bond was set at $7,500. Attorney Warren Morford was appointed to the case and a preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 28.

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Acting Ironton Police Chief Chris Bowman said Nelson was also charged with two counts of arson in connection with two house fires in June of last year.

The two homes, at 925 S. Tenth St., and 615 S. Ninth St., were abandoned, Bowman said.

“He was a suspect in the arson cases and the vandalism,” Bowman said. “He was brought in by officers and questioned and admitted to the three charges.”

Bowman said Nelson would be charged as a juvenile for the arsons.

In addition to the Ironton Police Department, the Ironton Fire Department and the Ohio State Fire Marshall’s Office helped in the investigation.

“We also appreciate the calls we got from the public,” Bowman said.

Late last month, Floodwall Superintendent Mike Pemberton and another city employee discovered pump station No. 5, under the Second Street overpass, was defaced with graffiti, most of which was profane.

The façade of the brick structure was covered with crude drawings of swords dripping with blood, various profanities and a hanged man with the words “Killen The Pigs.”