Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Chalk drawings on Doylestown street draw tickets for 2 teens

The two young men face fines of about $100 if convicted of criminal mischief.

Chalk drawings on Doylestown street draw tickets for 2 teens

Chalk it up as a learning experience.

Two Central Bucks County teenagers were ticketed this week for criminal mischief when they were allegedly caught drawing chalk figures of sea turtles and a whale on a Doylestown Borough street.

Connor Logan, 18, of Doylestown Township, and a 17-year old Doylestown Borough boy were drawing the figures with white chalk on North Clinton Avenue near Wood Street just before midnight Tuesday, borough police said Friday.

Officer Bryan Pullar came across the teenagers and wrote the tickets, Police Chief James Donnelly said.

Logan and the 17-year-old — police withheld his name — face an Aug. 22 hearing before District Judge Mark D. Douple. If found guilty, each could be fined “in the range of $100 or more,” Donnelly said.

“That’s if they’re found guilty,” the chief said. “I don’t believe they are going to be found guilty.”

Borough buildings have been vandalized with graffiti recently, Donnelly said, “mostly with spray paint, but some with chalk. Some have been obscene — drawings of penises.”

Logan and his chalk mate “are not connected to that other thing,” Donnelly said, “but then again, they were drawing with chalk and doing it at midnight.”

Police were not trying to send a message by ticketing the teenagers, the chief said.

“All I know about it is that the officer discovered them and cited them for criminal mischief,” Donnelly said. “I haven’t talked to the officer.”

Logan did noit return messages. 

He told the Doylestown Intelligencer that he and his friend found the chalk and drew the figures as they waited for friends.

“I just thought drawing on the street with chalk was a harmless, harmless thing.”

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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