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Pinon Elementary School playground vandalized -- Exclusive photos added

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Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism to the Pinon playground.

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 Police and the fire department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground. At approximately 1:28 a.m. Wednesday, a report from a resident was called in to Fire Station 3. Police officers Corporal Sheldon Simpson, Detective Joey Robinson, and firefighters from Engine 10 responded and extinguished the fire within minutes. No structures were damaged; however, the recently installed “big toy” slide on the upper playground was badly damaged.
 Pinon Principal, Jill Gonzales, who arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m.expressed dismay that students would arrive for their first day at school and not be able to play on their new big toy. School Superintendent Gene Schmidt stated, “It saddens me this senseless, mean-spirited act disrupted the first day for students.”
People with information about this vandalism are encouraged to call Joan Ahlers (the school district’s Chief Operation Officer) 663-3281 or call Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 662-8222.  All calls will be remain confidential.

More on this story in Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.