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Man charged with vandalizing Vietnam-era helicopter

By Marc Kovac • Jul 30, 2018 at 10:00 PM

NEWARK — A Jackson County man was charged Monday with breaking the windows of a Vietnam-era helicopter frequently displayed for schoolchildren and as part of area parades.

Adam B.W. Williams, 21, of Jackson, was charged in Licking County Common Pleas Court with one count of vandalism after police said he admitted his involvement in the incident, according to court documents.

A Newark police detective told prosecutors that Williams acknowledged jumping the fence and breaking the windows of the helicopter on a dare while he was high on methamphetamine.

The helicopter was used in the Vietnam War for about five years and subsequently by the U.S. Navy and the Ohio National Guard before it was transferred to Newark about 30 years ago for display.

Two of the windows of the aircraft were broken during the weekend of June 30 while it was parked outside American Legion Post 85 on Wilson Street

The helicopter, which rides atop a customized boat trailer, has been used as a mobile historic display at community and school events, with frequent appearances during parades. Planned appearances over the Fourth of July holiday were canceled after the windows were broken, and the helicopter was relocated to a more-secure location for repairs.

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