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Woman accused in graffiti case appears in court

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She was given monitored release and ordered not to leave Marion County and to have no contact with city property

By Stephen Lega

Deanna Rupa of Lebanon has been arrested and charged with second-degree criminal mischief in connection with graffiti that was spray-painted on a city-owned basketball court. Rupa has pled not guilty to the charge.

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On Feb. 8, someone used spray paint to vandalize the Cleaver Court basketball court with messages declaring a love for black coffee, black records, and Muhammad Ali. The spray paint was on both backboards, the basketball poles and the court.

The spray painting was done the day after city employees had finished making improvements at the court, including putting up new backboards and poles and re-striping the court.

Rupa, 43, of 213 N. Proctor Knott Avenue was arrested Feb. 16 by Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Belcher, who served her with an arrest warrant. According to the arrest warrant, Rupa has been accused of defacing City of Lebanon property and causing a loss of $802.

On Monday, Rupa appeared before Marion District Judge Amy Sullivan Anderson. Rupa's bond was set at $1,000 (unsecured) and she was granted pretrial monitored release. She was ordered not to leave Marion County and to have no contact with city property.

A pretrial conference has been scheduled for March 5. Rupa has not yet entered a plea in this case.

Reward offered in stolen grate case

The Lebanon Police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an individual or individuals involved in the theft of sewer grates from the City of Lebanon.

A dozen cast iron grates were removed from city streets on or around Dec. 13.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department at (270) 692-2121 or the police department's tip line at 692-5LAW (692-5529). Tips can be left anonymously.