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Stop Signs in Richland Vandalized Overnight

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RICHLAND, Wash.--Richland police are investigating a string of incidents involving 13 stop signs. Overnight, suspects managed to bend and remove signs all across town, including the intersection of Goethals and Comstock. You can see the street sign lying on the corner. A temporary sign, held down by sandbags, takes it place.

"It's very dangerous," says Ofc. Damon Jansen. The public won't know to stop at the stop signs and creates a very great hazard of collisions and any kind of injuries involving those."

Some of the harder hit areas surrounding Humphrey and Basswood street had yield and stop signs vandalized on block after block. One driver said if she doesn't see a sign, stopping becomes a moot point.

"If there is no sign, I'm not really going to stop because there is no sign telling me too," says Mikki Chandler. So, I'm just gonna go through as if it's a regular street."

But neighbors are concerned for people just passing through or drivers who use local roads as detours to get to SR 240. If stop signs aren't visible or posted, how will they know to stop?

"People that aren't as familiar with the area, without those stop signs or the cues, would just assume the intersection is open and just sail right on through it," says Resident John Ayer. So, there again, I think it could have some very serious consequences."