Threat on Clin­ton sign draws po­lice at­ten­tion

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The Shan­daken chief says pa­trols in the area have been stepped up dur­ing night­time hours.

Van­dal­ism to a Hil­lary Clin­ton/Tim Kaine cam­paign sign in the ham­let of Phoeni­cia is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and pa­trols in the area have been stepped up at night, the po­lice chief said Thurs­day.

The phrases “Bitch ... I’m go­ing to kill you” and “I watch you ev­ery day” were writ­ten on the blue and white sign on prop­erty owned by Chris­tian Smythe and Swanna Mac­Nair, and a black X was scrawled across the can­di­dates’ names. The words “I’m gonna” were crossed out and re­placed with ‘“I’m go­ing to.”

Shan­daken Po­lice Chief Chad Storey said the des­e­cra­tion, which he called “the first for us in the town,” is be­ing in- ves­ti­gated as crim­i­nal mis­chief. In an email to the Free-

man, Smythe and Mac- Nair wrote, “This is trou- bling and we feel the area should know about this.”

Storey said the threat was “alarm­ing” to Smythe and McNair.

“We’ll try to put ev­ery­body’s mind at ease,” the chief said, “I feel as [if] this was some­one ex­press­ing their po­lit­i­cal view on some­one’s pri­vate prop­erty.” The chief asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the graf­fiti to call Shan­daken po­lice at (845) 688-9748 or 688-9902.

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The vandalized sign in Phoeni­cia

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