Nevada Teens Accused Of Writing Racial Graffiti

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) - Two Carson City teenagers have been charged
with writing graffiti that advocated white supremacy and violence
to Hispanics.

The boys, ages 18 and 15, were taken into custody after swastikas, racial slurs, obscenities and references to skinheads, neo-Nazis and Hitler youth were found at homes, parks and other buildings throughout Douglas County on March 12-13.

Appearing Tuesday in Minden juvenile court, the older boy admitted to a charge of defacing various locations while the younger boy denied the allegation.

Among other things, the 18-year-old admitted painting "white power" and pictures of Hispanics being hanged.

Deputy District Attorney Justina Caviglia said the 18-year-old was charged as a juvenile because the offense occurred in March while he was 17.

"He sure is acting like an adult - an adult racist pig," Judge Dave Gamble said.

Among other places, graffiti in black paint was found on a wall of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, the Old Gym Playhouse, the Heritage Park pavilion floor and various sites at Lampe Park.

Several homes around the Carson Valley also were defaced.

Sentencing was set May 27 for the 18-year-old, who could be placed on probation or sent to a youth detention facility.

"Bring your toothbrush," Gamble told him. "You better give me a really good reason for this. You did this in the dark. Doesn't that tell you about your character? You're not brave enough to do it in the daytime."

The case against the younger boy was pending.
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Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier,
http://www.recordcourier.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-09-08 1556EDT


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