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Friday, October 23, 2009

Teenager Accused of Painting Racist Graffiti on I-26 Overpass

Editor's Note: To view exclusive pictures of the graffiti on the overpass, originally shown on the Douglass Website on April 21st, please click Racist Graffiti Pictures.
Your Douglass Website broke this story exclusively back on April 19th.. the original story is below:

Graffiti referenced President Obama as ‘the modern Hitler’ and said ‘all blacks must die’ and ‘KKK.’



KINGSPORT — A 19-year-old Kingsport man has been indicted on a charge of vandalism after allegedly spray painting graffiti that was “racist, obscene and threatening to President Obama” on an Interstate 26 overpass.

The case against Andy B. Frye, 1608 Seaver Road, is currently pending in Sullivan County Criminal Court. Kingsport Police Department Detective Chris Tincher said evidence was presented to the grand jury last month.

According to a press release from police, the vandalism was reported April 19th on the Meadowview Parkway I-26 overpass. Some of the graffiti referenced Obama as “the modern Hitler,” while other beams read “all blacks must die” and “KKK.”

Photos of the graffiti are posted on the Web site of the Douglass Alumni Association, a community group based in the Riverview community of Kingsport.

Tincher said Frye was developed as a suspect following a piece on the vandalism that was aired by WCYB.

Anonymous tipsters then contacted Kingsport police and implicated Frye.
Frye has not admitted to being the culprit, Tincher said.

Tincher added that the tipsters said Frye had also posted racist and anti-Obama comments on the Internet, but authorities were unable to verify those claims.

Police said the Tennessee Department of Transportation spent nearly $1,000 on repairs.