3 charged in vandalism of Lee Anderson signs

Columbia County jail
: Angelique Bane, left, 29, of Martinez; Kyle Austin Hobson, 17, of Martinez; and Haley Nicole Craft, 18, of Grovetown
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 11:43 AM
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Authorities arrested three people Wednesday and charged them with damaging campaign signs at the Lee Anderson for Congress campaign headquarters.

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A sign in front of the Lee Anderson for Congress campaign headquarters in Evans was vandalized overnight along with Anderson and Romney signs in Columbia and Richmond counties.   SPECIAL
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A sign in front of the Lee Anderson for Congress campaign headquarters in Evans was vandalized overnight along with Anderson and Romney signs in Columbia and Richmond counties.


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Angelique Bane, 29, of Crawford Drive, Martinez; Kyle Austin Hobson, 17, of Waylon Court, Martinez; and Haley Nicole Craft, 18, of Beech Lane, Grovetown, were each charged with two counts of criminal trespass. They were being held Wednesday in the Columbia County Detention Center, each on a $2,700 bond, according to jail records.

The three were already in custody after being caught spray-painting on the roof of Target in Mullins Crossing shopping center, Morris said. When authorities learned of the damaged campaign signs, they connected them to the vandalism.

Red spray-paint was used to deface numerous signs at Anderson headquarters on Washington Road at Belair Road in Evans, according to a statement released Wednesday by Anderson’s communications director Ryan Mahoney. Campaign signs throughout Columbia and Richmond counties also were vandalized. Morris said 32 signs were damaged.

“This is what Democrats do when they are losing,” Mahoney said. “This is ridiculous, inexcusable, and downright criminal and we intend to press charges for this juvenile and destructive behavior.”

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pgapeach2
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pgapeach2 10/17/12 - 11:13 am
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Who said

Who said it was a Democrat? I could have been a Republican or someone from the Independent party.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 10/17/12 - 11:31 am
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You ain't Seen Nothing yet....

Wait until Romney wins...these wackos will go nuts!

dwb619
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dwb619 10/17/12 - 11:32 am
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NAPD

Don't worry about the one on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, NAPD has it under surveillance.

TParty
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TParty 10/17/12 - 11:35 am
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dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/17/12 - 11:40 am
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Oh yeh, and it could have

Oh yeh, and it could have been Bigfoot too.

allhans
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allhans 10/17/12 - 11:56 am
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The prankster crossed out

The prankster crossed out Romney-Ryan (as if that will stop anything!)
but didn't mark through Anderson.
Sounds personal to me. The person is afraid Obama will be defeated.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/17/12 - 01:11 pm
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Seen/Heard It Before
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My brother-in-law was running for City Council, north of Atlanta. His signs were torn down or defaced by his opponent's friends and family. If you have actually bought signs, they are not cheap, in the grand scheme of things. The big ones run around $50 for the group.

smAShT
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smAShT 10/17/12 - 01:17 pm
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How do they know they where Democrats??

Ryan Mahoney really need to work on his finger pointing...I bet it was some kids. I also got a email from Anderson polictical machine asking for 50 bucks to replace a sign...50 bucks is what a sign cost??? those things better light up and flash!!!

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 10/17/12 - 01:28 pm
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Pardons

Maybe Obama needs to pass out some pardons to his homies who got caught.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 10/17/12 - 02:04 pm
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Sign vandalism is one the

Sign vandalism is one the dumbest things I've heard of. It's pathetic and only makes you look like an idiot.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 10/17/12 - 02:10 pm
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Seriously?! Obama will win.
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Seriously?! Obama will win. How can he not....just look at what he is up against.

Same as in 2008.

Its not a challenge.

Thethirdjq
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Thethirdjq 10/17/12 - 02:15 pm
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Where is Lee Anderson?

I feel like Ryan Mahooney is running for office. Is Lee Anderson ever available for a comment or interview.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/17/12 - 03:36 pm
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Henry, that's funny! I

Henry, that's funny! I remember 4 years ago in the last election and people said the same EXACT thing about Obama...."_____ will win. How can he not....just look at what he is up against.". You never know..you just never know.
As far as the cost for signs, I guess they do cost that much. We've got a friend up around Athens way, and she's running for office. We donated $100 to her campaign, just to show her our support, and she said "Great! That'll buy us a couple of signs!".

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/17/12 - 04:16 pm
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Double take

When the article changed from this morning I pulled it up to see what was new.

When I initially the saw the photos below the article I immediately wonder what would make this pair stoup to pulling a political dirty trick like this.

Well you know what they say about 1st impressions.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/17/12 - 04:49 pm
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Lee Anderson's been in hiding

Lee Anderson's been in hiding for so long now that the Comical has to use a 20 year old photo of him in their profile article on this page.

Hint to Chronicle, there are multiple video's of the man on youtube and I'm sure you have at least one genius down there on Broad Street who can extract a current photo of the "recluse" from that.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/17/12 - 04:53 pm
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I see we have the vandal photos now...

better than just the 2 political runners, also saves some misunderstandings.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/17/12 - 04:57 pm
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The 26 big R'Tree signs

he order them from Texas ran him under 5K.
I guess local printing is more costly.

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rebellious 10/17/12 - 05:40 pm
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How did this start

we wuz justa sittin on haley's tailgate in Grovetown, and Skeeter (Kyle) says whachaw wanna do? So I sez "yall wanna go paint some of dem dere signs for fun, diddys got some ole spray paint. Mite be fun. Then after we can go sit on top of the target and watch folks ride by" Haley sez Ok. And now here we are, yall askin us a buncha questions. Heck we dont even know who romney is! And the udder sign, we thought the tractor wuz cool.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 10/17/12 - 05:53 pm
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Another case of democrats
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Another case of democrats being democrats. This is the same ilk that wants Obama reelected, the same kind he represents.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/17/12 - 06:19 pm
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i just want to say

They are white teens from the conservative stronghold of Columbia County.

ccres
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ccres 10/17/12 - 06:23 pm
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Last time I checked 29 years

Last time I checked 29 years old is NOT a teenager. These are part of the 47% of America...

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/17/12 - 06:49 pm
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Ok. so the ringleader was an

Ok. so the ringleader was an adult. but get this......with the last name Bane!!!!!!!

folks, this is an attempt to discredit the republican party from the inside!!!

lol, ok. done trolling. can't believe this story is being taken so seriously.

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Fiat_Lux 10/17/12 - 07:00 pm
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Well, they're idiots for sure

And they almost certainly are absolutely certain they're too cool for words in their skulls-full-of-mush liberal loyalty.

Just wait until they have children to support and own some property. Unless they end up being on the public dole, tunes will definitely change.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/17/12 - 07:05 pm
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Sheesh

Obama voters from the party that likes to lecture us on tolerance and diversity of views....

allhans
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allhans 10/17/12 - 08:23 pm
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A 29 year old with 2

A 29 year old with 2 teenagers? hmmm

HeWolf
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HeWolf 10/17/12 - 10:00 pm
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The three were already in

The three were already in custody after being caught spray-painting on the roof of Target in Mullins Crossing shopping center, FAIR ENOUGH< But the damaged campaign signs, ?? Publicly identify them to the signs as there voice on the matter. Depending on voting age,

KSL
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KSL 10/18/12 - 04:50 am
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jmo @

I could not agree with you more, Just My, 9:15. You too, allhans.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 10/18/12 - 04:48 am
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A man who was a republican
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A man who was a republican had a daughter in college who was a vocal democrat who often argued with her father about his political leanings. One day when she was home on a break he asked her how school was going. She replied, " well, my grades are great but it is a lot of work, I have to study every night and don't have time for anything else." He then asked her how her friend was doing and she complained " she parties too much, does not study hard and is barely keeping a 2.0 average". Her father then suggested that with her 4.0 average she could give her friend one point and they would both have 3.0 averages. The daughter then got angry and railed " that would be totally unfair that she studied and worked so hard for her grades just to give a point to her friend who did not so they could be even". Her father then smiled and said, " welcome to the Republican party".

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Tullie 10/18/12 - 04:54 am
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Hewolf said:

But the damaged campaign signs, ?? Publicly identify them to the signs as there voice on the matter. Depending on voting age,

Can you translate this for me? For the life of me, I can't understand what you are trying to say here.

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palmetto1008 10/18/12 - 06:25 am
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We could argue on here for
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We could argue on here for days on who is "mixed up." I think ICL holds the appropriate attitude. Folks on these comment threads cannot simply wait to use others as their punching bags...I guess it reinforces their superiority complex.

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