Vandals destroy flag at Gold Bar City Hall

GOLD BAR — The graffiti was bad enough, but vandals in Gold Bar did more than deface buildings.

Someone apparently used a crude Molotov cocktail to destroy the American flag that flew in front of city hall.

“Oh my goodness, I’m stunned,” said Dorothy Corshaw, a member of the Martin-Osterholtz Veterans of Foreign Wars post in town. “I’m totally stunned. It just hurts my heart.”

Corshaw, whose brother was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, said it is hard to understand why someone would do such a thing.

A deputy from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office was called to City Hall early Tuesday morning to investigate the red, white, blue and black remnants.

He found parts of the flag melted to a rock in a fountain in front of City Hall, according to a sheriff’s office report.

“The rock was covered in soot from the burned flag and had two smaller rocks on top of it, which were holding the flag down,” the report said.

The deputy then inspected the area around the flag and found pieces of a broken and burned beer bottle.

The neck of the bottle was partially melted on landscaping stones around the fountain. It was wrapped with tape and had a burned rag sticking out of it, the deputy wrote.

A City Hall employee reported the vandalism early Tuesday morning.

He first discovered graffiti on the town’s marquee and at City Hall.

One bit of graffiti said “ALL RISE” in black spray paint with a picture similar to a smiley face with a straight mouth and eyes that looked like musical notes.

Similar scrawl was found on a city park gazebo and at Gold Bar Elementary School.

After the deputy took photographs and collected evidence, volunteers scrubbed away the graffiti.

“One of the first rules about graffiti is you clean it up quickly,” Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers said.

The mayor said the destruction of the American flag was particularly troubling.

“That has irritated a lot of people in town,” Beavers said. “We have a lot of retired and ex-military living around here.”

Anyone with information about the vandalism spree is asked to call the sheriff’s office tipline at 425-388-3845.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Longboarders from near and far hit the trail in Arlington

The Centennial Sk8 Festival was serious competition for some and just for fun for others.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
After a 2-year trial, are I-405’s toll lanes here to stay?

Lawmakers will decide whether to keep them or end the experiment and try something else.

Weary drivers using toll lanes say they have little choice

Congestion continues to be a tedious reality for commuters on I-405, which is as clogged as ever.

Council passes six-month moratorium on safe injection sites

Proposal by County Councilman Nate Nehring passed unanimously.

Terrace woman held following collision in Everett

The three occupants in vehicle were transported to a local hospital in serious condition.

Information sought on drive-by shooting in Everett

Debris from an apparent crash, evidence of gunfire found in the 2800 block of California Street.

Crews recover body of man who fell over Wallace Falls

The area where the man fell is called Sky Valley Lookout, 2.4 miles from the parking lot.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

This week’s Herald Super Kid is Nathan Nicholson of Snohomish High School. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
‘The future is biotech,’ but for now he’s busy with everything

Snohomish senior Nathan Nicholson is a student leader and media master.

Most Read