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Community service, apology ordered for damaging UP statue

February 3, 2019

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A man has been ordered to perform community service and write an apology for damaging the statue of a longtime beloved figure in Marquette in the Upper Peninsula.

The late Phil Niemisto was known around Marquette for washing windows downtown. There’s a tiny park named for him, and a statue of him sitting on a bench.

But police in September discovered that the statue was damaged. A hat on Niemisto’s head was removed. TV station WLUC reports that 22-year-old James Vermeulen must complete 40 hours of community service and write an apology to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

The statue has been damaged at least three times.

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Information from: WLUC-TV, http://www.wluctv6.com

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