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Campaign signs in heated Pa. race destroyed, police say

October 19, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

MONT ALTO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the ongoing damage to and theft of Todd Rock campaign signs in the Borough of Mont Alto and Quincy Township, according to a news release from police.

On Tuesday night, someone in a pickup truck or sport utility vehicle drove over wooden signs, police said.

"You can actually see the tire tracks where a truck hit them," said Nancy Rock, the wife of the candidate for the 90th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Eight 3-foot-by-4-foot signs were damaged, she said.

"Seventy-five of the regular yard signs were stolen," Nancy Rock said.

Incumbent Patrick E. Fleagle said he has problems with signs being stolen, but not hit with vehicles. He was not aware of any thefts of his signs being reported to police.

"We've had signs stolen all over the place, particularly out in Wayne Heights," Fleagle said. "I just think it's pranksters."

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An order of 500 yard signs costs $1,100 to $1,300, Nancy Rock said.

"The thing is, once Halloween comes around, you're lucky to have any signs left," Fleagle said.

Anyone with information about the damaged or missing signs may call police at 717-264-5161.

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