Man charged in vandalism of Hurricane school, other buildings

Man charged in vandalism of Hurricane school, other buildings

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HURRICANE — A 20-year-old man was charged Friday with vandalizing multiple buildings in Hurricane, including a middle school, and spray painting a message that is hostile to police.

Kade Stanley Pendleton, of Hurricane, was charged in 5th District Court with three counts of vandalism, two of them third-degree felonies, and the other a class A misdemeanor.

Pendleton is also charged with class A misdemeanor drug possession and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass upon school property, criminal trespass, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in addition to a littering infraction.

Police say Pendleton spray painted walls at Hurricane Middle School, Hall Park and an auto parts business. The graffiti was discovered Tuesday.

Pendleton was later arrested following a traffic stop after police matched his description with surveillance images, said Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell. Items likely used for graffiti, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia, were allegedly found in Pendleton's vehicle.

An "explicit statement regarding the police" was found among the various spray painted writings allegedly carried out by Pendleton, Buell said. It took school district and city employees several hours to clean up all of the vandalism, he said.

Police are also investigating whether others were involved, the sergeant added Friday. Anyone with any information about the vandalism is asked to to call Hurricane police at 435-627-4999.

Pendleton is currently being held in the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Court records show that Pendleton pleaded guilty to attempted drug distribution within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone, a felony, in June 2015. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug possession in a separate case that month.

A felony drug possession case that was filed against Pendleton in November 2014 has not been resolved.


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