BAXTER SPRINGS - For the second time in 10 years the fountain outside the Johnston Public Library has been vandalized.
According to Library Director Betty Burrows at about 7:15 p.m. Monday an unidentified person knocked the fountain over and broke it into several pieces.
"They destroyed it, it's in pieces," she said. "We've left it out for the moment. We want people to see it."
Burrows said the perpetrator was captured on the library security camera, but Baxter Springs Police Chief David Edmondson said the person has not been identified.
Burrows said the damage was discovered by Assistant Director Andrea Bresee about 9 a.m. Tuesday and Burrows saw it about 3:15 p.m. after returning from a conference.
The last time this happened the vandals merely broke off the small figures of children around the outside of the fountain - this time it's been shattered.
"It's probably totally gone now," Burrows said, adding it appears some of the wiring has been ripped out as well.
"The board hasn't made any decision about what they're going to do with it," she said. "They'll decide at the next meeting."
Burrows was obviously upset by the destruction.
"You try really hard to have a nice place for people to come, a nice lawn to play," she said. "It's a shame one or two people have to ruin that."
Edmondson said they don't currently have any suspects and are looking for any information they can get.
Anyone with information on the vandalism can contact the Baxter Springs Police Department at (620)856-2112.