UPDATE: Suspected Nutcracker Vandals Plead Not Guilty

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/6/13
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The men that police say were responsible for smashing two large nutcracker Christmas decorations in downtown Nelsonville have pleaded not guilty to vandalism charges.

Justin Huling, 24, of Cincinnati, and Taylor Whitehill, 23, of Mason, Ohio, were arraigned Wednesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court after being indicted on the charge last month.

Police and prosecutors said the men were drunk when they smashed the nutcrackers that cost about $650 each. They also said the men were in town visiting a student at Hocking College when the alleged incident happened. That man has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor failing to report a crime. He was given a 30-day suspended sentence, two years probation and ordered to pay a fine, according to court records.

Following their arraignments, Huling and Whitehill were released on their own recognizance. Their trials are set for May.

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Two large nutcracker statues were smashed to pieces and police believe they have arrested the vandals.

Nelsonville police arrested Justin Huling, 24, of Cincinnati, Taylor Whitehill, 23, of Mason, Ohio, and James Degrace, 24, of West Chester, Ohio. They are all charged with a misdemeanor of failing to report a crime.

Huling and Whitehill were in town visiting Degrace, who is a student at Hocking College.

Police Sgt. Ed Kurtz says the men were drunk and destroyed two nutcrackers that were out for holiday decorations.

The nutcrackers cost about $650.

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