Teenagers Suspected of Suspicious Behavior at Kempton’s

On July 19, 2015 at 8:04pm an officer was dispatched to telephone Lou Ellen Smith in reference to a juvenile problem. The officer telephoned and spoke with Smith who told the officer the following: At approximately 7:30pm Smith and her sister, Rhonda Roser, walked from their residence on the 100 block of 7th Ave to the Giant convenience store at the corner of 8th Ave and 8th Street. While walking to the store, Smith and Roser saw a group of four teenage male subjects riding scooters and skateboards in the 700 block of 8th Ave. While walking back from the store, Smith and Roser again saw the same group of boys now sitting on the park bench on the southeast corner of Main St and 8th Ave. Smith and Roser avoided the boys by walking through the lawn area of City Hall. When Smith and Roser got to the corner of highway 70 and 7th Ave they again saw the same group of boy now on the north side of the highway. As Smith and Roser waited for traffic to clear they heard a buzzing noise behind them in the parking lot of Kempton’s Chevrolet. At that time, the four boys sped off north on 7th Ave then east on 4th Street.


Smith informed the officer that when she and her sister heard the loud noise they both realized the group of boys had thrown a rock at them. Smith stated that they think the rock hit a work truck parked in the service parking lot of Kempton’s. Smith told me she has seen that group of boys regularly skating and scooting around the courthouse and Main Street.


The officer responded to Kempton’s Chevrolet where he found a utility work truck belonging to H & S parked in Kempton’s parking lot. The officer found the truck’s rear window shattered but still in place due to the window tint. The officer photographed the broken window and contacted Kip Kempton who responded.


The officer met again with Smith and Roser. Both told the officer the group of boys must have left where they were sitting on Main St and gone north on 8th Ave because they did not go on 7th Ave. Smith and Roser both said they would recognize the boys if they saw them again. Both Smith and Roser said they believed there were two boys on scooters and two on skateboards. Smith said she thought the time frame was between 7:30pm and 8:00pm when they were going and coming from the Giant.