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Rodrigo Tojo Garcia of New Ulm spray paints over several messages on a building near the New Ulm Art Wall Friday.

NEW ULM — Police hope to catch individuals who continue to spray paint symbols and words of hate at the Art Wall park, on a nearby building, in a railroad underpass and on the New Ulm bike trail.

Emmie Turner, a local resident walking the bike path near the Art Wall Wednesday, noticed a crude painting of Hitler with a swastika body. Further down the path, near the tunnel over the railroad track, the passerby noticed more swastikas and use of the N-word.

On Thursday, she and a group of volunteers painted over the racist graffiti on the Art Wall and in the tunnel.

Friday morning, more racist language showed up on the wall.

Friday afternoon, a number of people including Rodrigo Tojo Garcia of New Ulm, returned to area near the Art Wall and repainted some of the message of hope and love.

“I heard they (hateful message creators) covered up some of the graffiti we did yesterday, so I can back to put it back on,” Tojo Garcia said.

Some of those messages read “Be the change the world needs. Spread love, not hate. An eye for an eye makes the world blind-Gandhi.”

After Tojo Garcia left the Wall Park, Kari Rose of New Ulm walked towards it on the trail.

“I think the hateful and racist messages are horrible,” Rose said. “There is no room for it in this town. It needs to change. I’m glad more and more people are stepping up to the plate, saying we’re not okay with it.”

“We’re investigating it. We have leads to follow up on,” said New Ulm Police Chief Dave Borchert. “I walk the trail myself by the Art Wall. I’d like to catch the people doing this.”

“We’re heard from a number of concerned citizens. A group of them is looking for the suspects. The comments are hurtful,” Borchert added.

Borchert said if officers see hateful graffiti, they’ll document it for evidence.

“I’ve never seen it this bad. It’s really spread,” Borchert said. “They’re damaging property now. Painting outside the wall, on the bike trail, underpass and on the state bridge is illegal.”

Borchert said individuals convicted of damage to property for painting messages on places other than the Art Wall could be charged with felonies if the costs to repair the damage exceeds $1,000. Such charges including lesser repair costs would be gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors.

“If it’s juveniles, we can do juvenile petitions for felonies. Reports would go to the Brown County Attorney’s Office,” Borchert said.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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Missing Dunkirk Swimmer Located, Reported To Be Safe | News, Sports, Jobs

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A swimmer who went missing for more than 30 minutes in Lake Erie, was found and rescued on Sunday afternoon by emergency crews near Point Gratiot.

The major search began when the swimmer reportedly went missing around 3:20 p.m. According to scanner reports, the subject was seen near the cliffs close to the Dunkirk Lighthouse. The individual was later found on a cliff at around 4 and added rescue support was needed to reach him.

The swimmer, according to scanner reports, was a male in his 20s.

Dunkirk Fire Department, the Chautauqua County Dive Team, the U.S. Coast Guard and county coordinators responded to the scene.

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UPDATE: Jamestown Man Killed In Morning Crash | News, Sports, Jobs

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A Jamestown man was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday.

A passing motorist around 5 a.m. spotted lights off the road to the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 86 at North Main Street Ext. A trooper located a 2003 Pontiac Vibe on its side with one person inside.

The driver, later identified as 40-year-old Jeffrey A. Baker, was pronounced dead, the state police said in a news release.

Capt. Eric Balon said the vehicle reportedly entered the on-ramp at a high rate of speed when it left the road and traveled down an embankment.

Firefighters from Fluvanna and Falconer were summoned, as well as Chautauqua County EMS. A coroner was later called to the scene.

The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Erie County.

The crash remains under investigation, Balon said.

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More than 139,000 jobs at risk as extent of planned redundancies due to Covid-19 revealed

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Nearly 1,800 UK companies told the government of plans to cut 20 or more jobs in June as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the country’s economy, figures suggest.

Royal Mail, Centrica and The Restaurant Group – which owns Frankie and Benny’s – were among those announcing four-digit job losses.

The worrying figures come as data obtained by ITV News revealed this week the crippling impact coronavirus is likely to have on towns and cities across the UK. With the full winding down of the furlough scheme by October, more than seven per cent of the UK’s workforce could be unemployed by the end of the year, according to the Bank of England.

Now, figures obtained by the BBC in a Freedom of Information request showed 1,778 companies informed the Insolvency Service of their intention to cut more than 139,000 jobs in England, Scotland and Wales.

This compares to 345 companies announcing a total of 24,000 job losses in June 2019, the broadcaster said.

Biggest job cuts announced during Covid-19 outbreak Credit: PA Graphics

Businesses are required by law to give the Insolvency Service advance notification of potential redundancies where more than 20 staff are to be dismissed in a “single establishment”.

However, companies may not end up making the same number of redundancies as initially suggested and these figures will not contain information of job losses from smaller firms.

The UK economy shrank by more than 20% in the first half of the year due to Covid-19, and grim news has continued with further announcements of job losses seen in the past seven days.

Dixons Carphone, Pizza Express, Hays Travel and DW Sports all announced major redundancies, or plans that could put hundreds of jobs at risk.

It comes as many businesses have to decide whether or not to keep staff who have been on furlough on their books as the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme starts to unwind.

More than 26,000 jobs were lost at British employers in July, according to analysis by the PA news agency.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak Credit: Andy Buchanan/PA

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has resisted calls to extend the furlough scheme with targeted measures to stave off widespread job losses, saying the support cannot go on “indefinitely”.

The scheme that has so far cost £33.8 billion supporting the payrolls of 9.6 million workers during the coronavirus crisis has begun tapering off ahead of its scheduled end in October.

But opposition parties are calling for the Government to extend it for the hardest-hit sectors and those plunged into local lockdown, warning the end to the scheme is a “grave mistake”.


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