Community service, apology ordered for damaging UP statue
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.
Information from: WLUC-TV, http://www.wluctv6.com