Women Get Community Service For Vandalizing Grace's Bus Stop
September 14, 2018
Two women arrested earlier this year for vandalizing "Grace's Glendale Bus Stop" on Lockwood Avenue have apologized for the crime and have been ordered to complete community service hours before their next court date.
Allison Fry, 25, of the 1100 block of North Berry Road in Glendale, and Rachel Kuehnle, 25, of the 7000 block of South Rock Hill Road in Affton, were arrested the night of June 2 after the vandalism occurred when they were seen walking on West Lockwood near the bus stop at Austin Place.
A Thin Blue Line flag in support of "Police Lives Matter" at the bus stop was torn down and stolen, and the words "Police Lives Murder" had been spray painted on "Grace's Glendale Bus Stop" sign.
Fry and Kuehnle admitted to the vandalism after police found a can of black spray paint and the "Thin Blue Line" flag in their vehicle. Both were charged in Glendale Municipal Court with property damage and stealing.
At a municipal court hearing on Monday, Sept. 10, Fry and Kuehnle were each ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, with a final disposition in the case scheduled for Jan. 14, 2019, Sgt. Bob Catlett of the Glendale Police Department said.
"They must successfully complete the community service before the city will make a final recommendation for disposition," Catlett said.
At Monday's hearing, both defendants spoke with Grace Mehan, who has been decorating the bus stop for several years. Mehan, who has Down Syndrome, rides the bus on a daily basis.
Mehan said she was glad she had a chance to speak with Fry and Kuehnle.
"They said they were sorry," Mehan said, adding she now considers both of them friends. "I told them my beliefs – love. I want them to have a second chance. I asked that they help someone with a disability, and I invited them to visit me at work."