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Church sign damaged in Beaver Dam

August 31, 2018

A sign for a Spanish-speaking church was damaged for the second time in the last year sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The Beaver Dam Seventh-day Adventist Church, 503 Gould St., also had an egg thrown at its door.

A sign for a Spanish-speaking church in Beaver Dam was damaged for the second time in the last year sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, 503 Gould St., also had an egg thrown at its door.

“The front and back of the sign in front of the church was spray-painted black,” Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger said. “There was nothing racial, gang, sexual writings, etc., related to the painted sign.”

Kreuziger said police are unsure of the vandal’s intent, but believe it is possible that someone wanted to cover up the message.

The Rev. Jonathan Fetrick from Wisconsin Academy Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Columbus said the church is owned by the Seventh-day Adventists and operated by the Wisconsin Academy with the Spanish-speaking portion of the congregation renting it for the last two years.

“We are really sad that the church was vandalized,” Fetrick said.

Fetrick said the first time the sign was vandalized was also done by paint.

“It’s only been done since the sign was in Spanish,” Fetrick said. “It’s really disheartening. It never happened when the sign was in English.”

The church fixed the sign the first time and will do so again, Fetrick said.

There was no entry to the church and Beaver Dam police are collecting evidence that will be analyzed, Kreuziger said.

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