Suburban Graffiti

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, October 16 2012 at 4:08 PM, Updated: Tue, October 16 2012 at 4:18 PM

Deputies say they're seeing a spike in graffiti and tagging in the suburbs of Klamath Falls...

One woman's home has now been vandalized five times.

Evelyn Parlagreco says she's getting tired of vandalism to her house and car...

"The third time, they used black spray paint.  The fourth time, they used red spray paint.  And this is the fifth time, and I guess you can pretty well see what happened."

Deputy Manuel Diaz of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says it's best to paint over the graffiti as soon as possible...

"We ask them to report online, ( ) or, if they wish to have a deputy respond, they can have a deputy respond, and take pictures.  If they do report online, we ask them to take pictures before they clean it up."

Police say there was a surge of nearly 20 taggings in the area in early September.

While deputies are pursuing several leads, no arrests have been made...but Evelyn Parlagreco hopes the vandals will be caught soon.

"And I've never had this happen.  And the second and third and fourth and fifth time, it's more than a shock, it's disgusting."


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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