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Male genitalia etched into Bedford football field

Turf rendered unusable for Bedford JV game Thursday


Sod has been removed from Grogan's Towne Field at Bedford Community Stadium where grass or weed killer was sprayed causing damage to the turf.

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TEMPERANCE — A 100-yard long image of male genitalia was drawn into the grass of the football field at Bedford Community Stadium late last week.

Vandals used weed or grass killer to draw the “irregular pattern” on the field. The damage, which will require about a third of the field to be replaced, was discovered on Thursday, but delayed effects of the spray made the damage worse over the weekend, said Athletic Director Mark German.

The damage to the field rendered it unusable for the junior varsity team's Thursday game versus Ypsilanti. The game was postponed until Saturday and will be hosted at Whitmer High School at noon. The district’s first junior high football game was scheduled for next Tuesday, but the game was moved to next Wednesday and will be played at Saline Junior High School.

Repairs to the field are expected to be completed by Friday, Sept. 19, in time for homecoming.

Mr. German estimated that the district would have to pay out at least $1,000 despite vandalism insurance.

“It’s just unfortunate that someone chooses to do something like this,” Mr. German said. “If they have this kind of energy, I have plenty of work for them.”

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jeff Pauli said today that there are no suspects.

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