With streetlights out, vandals paintball Columbus neighborhood

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COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) – Residents say their streetlights aren’t working and vandals made a mess in the dark.

Deanna Gooch, and folks on Fox Chaple Dr said they feel frustrated. They’ve been in the dark too long and vandals are taking advantage.

“Paintballs. Roughly about 60 70 was collected throughout the individual homes. It was very disturbing waking up to this finding this all over properties,” said Gooch.

Thursday Deanna Gooch and her neighbors, like Nate Thomas, woke up to paint splatters.

“A couple of my other neighbors were all out washing paint off of other people’s garage doors and cars. No respect. No respect and half of them don’t live here,” said Thomas.

Both of them say this is a nice quiet neighborhood and this usually doesn’t happen here. They say they reported the broken streetlights.

“I contacted the city of Columbus they was not sure why we had the lights out. They could not provide information to us, so I was concerned as to why the lights were out,” said Gooch.

She said city officials never fixed the issue so she reached out to NBC4 for help.  We contacted the city’s Public Utilities department to find out if they knew what was going on. A spokesperson told me they sent crews out there over the weekend and fixed a circuit issue, but residents say the lights were still off Monday morning.  NBC4 called Public Works back, and within the hour, crews were back out replacing bulbs and checking street lights.  City officials said if residents still have the same issue with the lights they should call the city’s 311 line. 

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