ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph Public Safety Director Steve Neubecker said he was disheartened to learn Saturday morning that the South Pier off of Silver Beach County Park in St. Joseph had been spray-painted with political and racial messages.

“Especially right after all the Sept. 11 memorial commemorations. This is extremely disheartening,” Neubecker said Monday afternoon. “Everybody’s trying to do the right thing.”

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