Vandalism spree hits Ashland

A vandalism spree early this week left a string of damage in downtown Ashland, affecting several vehicles, at least one business and the Lights for Life sign at East Main Street and Siskiyou Boulevard.

Ashland police believe they've identified one person responsible for one of the four incidents, but Deputy Chief Corey Falls declined to release a name while the investigation is continuing.

The vandalism occurred sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning. In the 100 block of Sherman Street, three cars were vandalized. In the 100 block of East Main Street, flower pots and a drip irrigation system were damaged. On the 500 block of Siskiyou Boulevard, someone tried to light a section of latticework on fire.

At the intersection of East Main and Siskiyou, someone tore down the sign for Ashland Community Hospital Hospice's Lights for Life Christmas tree.

"What a Grinch, whoever that was," said Janet Troy, the hospital's director of development.

The pole that the hospice used to string lights in the shape of a tree has since been removed.

On Sherman Street, two of the cars had a windshield wiper blade broken, and a Honda Prelude had its passenger side mirror torn off, police said.

"It seems like one person managed to let his dissatisfaction get the best of him," said the owner of the Honda, who didn't want to be named. "It's just senseless."

The two other cars vandalized belonged to his wife and son, he said. The vandalism to the three cars caused about $750 worth of damage total, he said.

Each of the reports were called into police between 8 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Falls said strings of vandalism aren't out of the ordinary for Ashland, but he hopes that one person is responsible for all of the crimes.

"It would make me feel much better if this was one person as opposed to four separate incidents," he said. "Then, we would be dealing with four different criminals."

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism cases is asked contact the Ashland Police Department at 541-482-5211.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or by email at

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