Courthouse annex targeted by second round of graffiti |

Courthouse annex targeted by second round of graffiti

Graffiti on the side of a Moffat County building didn’t seem to create as much fervor the second time around.

County officials were notified at about 9 a.m. Tuesday of demeaning words directed toward police scrawled in black spray paint on the north-facing wall of the courthouse annex on Victory Way. The incident marks the second time in less than a week that graffiti has been prominently displayed on a county building.

“People are just doing it for attention,” said county maintenance worker Lennie Gilliam.

“They made the front page last time, and they think they’re going to make the front page this time,” he said about pictures and stories that ran in local papers about a comparable incident Thursday.

Employees of First Entity again were called in to pressure wash words off a county building.

Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said the two cases might be related because their messages were similar.

He said the department is investigating the cases and will approach the Crime Stoppers board with the information.

Gilliam said he wondered whether the culprit or culprits knew they were wasting taxpayers’ money, which may include their own.

Gilliam said the county would be billed for the costs to remove the words, but he wasn’t sure how much that would be.

“It does kind of stink because it costs us money,” he said. “I don’t think they realize each time it comes out of my and your pockets.”

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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