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Vandals damage flags on Main Street

A U.S. FLAG hangs from a pole Monday after it was sliced by vandals along Findlay’s North Main Street. Six flags in that area have been damaged in recent weeks. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

A U.S. FLAG hangs from a pole Monday after it was sliced by vandals along Findlay’s North Main Street. Six flags in that area have been damaged in recent weeks. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

Flag City’s flags are being vandalized along North Main Street.

According to Karl Kuhlman, who, along with Nick Moser, buys and displays flags along North Main, just north of the Findlay Downtown Improvement District’s boundary, six flags have been sliced.

The material was either left to hang, or cut completely from the poles.

The damage happened during the past few weeks and occurred at night, Kuhlman said.

Police reports have been filed. Kuhlman is urging anyone with information, or who sees suspicious activity, to call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7163.

The flags in that part of town are more vulnerable to damage and theft, Kuhlman said, because they are on poles that are set into sidewalks rather than higher up on utility poles.

But “we don’t want to take them down. We’re Flag City,” Kuhlman said.

Kuhlman said he considers the crimes “a desecration” and hopes the vandalism will stop.

Jim Woodward, who is responsible for hanging flags in the Downtown Improvement District, said he hasn’t seen any of those vandalized in decades.

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