Below is an excerpt of a really cool story written by Paula Sirc, how Legislator Terry Bernardo was able to track down the two people that vandalized the Kerhonkson bridge that just opened about a 3 weeks ago. A little detective work and social networking go along away. Kudos to Legislator Bernardo!
Two Kerhonkson youth, ages 13 and 15, have been arrested, each charged with two counts of criminal mischief, following an investigation into the graffiti that appeared at the base and under the deck of the Herbert Poppel Bridge within a month of its' reopening ceremony.
Key to the sheriff's investigation was Ulster County Legislator Terry Bernardo, R-Accord, who, after learning of the problem from members of the Friends of Historic Kerhonkson, discovered that the spray-painted doodles included the offenders' initials. Bernardo promptly posted pictures on her Facebook wall with the post: "Note to self: Don't write your own name when spray painting graffiti on a County Bridge."
The initials of the would-be artists were quickly identified by a local Facebook user after which Bernardo contacted the Ulster County Sheriff. Following police questioning, the two male juveniles confessed and were arrested. They will answer to the charges in Ulster County Family Court on Aug. 10.