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Broughton Students Charged in New Year's Day Vandalism Spree

Posted January 8, 2008
Updated January 9, 2008

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— Two Broughton High School students face more than seven dozen charges connected to a New Year's Day vandalism spree.

Raleigh police arrested Clifford Wellons Anderson and Logan Sloan Aronson, both 17, Tuesday and charged them with 89 counts of damaging and spray-painting vehicles, and breaking windows and smashing in mailboxes with a baseball bat.

The crimes occurred in the Carolina Country Club and Brookhaven areas of Raleigh near Rembert Drive and Carteret Street. Anderson, of 2114 Myrtle Avenue, and Aronson, of 6112 Chowning Court, live in the areas.

According to court records, damages to properties of more than 40 victims exceed $11,000.

In one case, another Broughton student and her boyfriend were injured.

Sarah Lane, 16, said she was taking her boyfriend home at about 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day when they saw someone smashing in car windows of parked vehicles.

"I was scared. I was really scared," she said. "So, I pulled over. I didn't want to get in a car chase."

That's when, Lane said, another car pulled up next to her and smashed in her back window. She suffered cuts to her back and her boyfriend suffered from a cut to his face.

Timothy Edwards, another victim, said he woke up at 3:20 a.m. after hearing a loud crash and found that someone had thrown a rock in his front window that crashed into his china cabinet.

"It is not a childish prank," he said. "It is very serious."

Anderson has been charged with 36 counts of injury to personal property, five counts of injury to real property and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Aronson faces 35 counts of injury to personal property, six counts of injury to real estate property, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of careless and reckless driving.

Both teens were out of jail early Tuesday evening under a $20,000 secured bond.

Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, could not comment about the school status of either Anderson or Aronson.

He said the school system evaluates cases of student-involved crimes on an individual basis to determine whether they should be suspended or expelled from school.

In the past, students accused of committing similar crimes have been punished in this manner, Evans said.

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  • RedMan84 Jan 9, 2008

    I live in Meredith Woods and in late August, I had the rear window and left side-rear window of my Jeep busted out on a Saturday night/early Sunday morning while it was parked on the street over night. It was obviously done with a bat too b/c there were scratches on the two other remaining left windows in a line that would have been from a swing, as well as a scratch deep scratch in the paint just below the window.

    The following weekend, mailboxes were broken, not on to the box, but to the post itself...hit with a bat as well likely.

    Given that my neighborhood is a "Broughton neighborhood" and Brookhaven and Country Club Hills are both within five minutes of here, I think I might have finally just discovered who broke my windows and caused over $400 in damages. Not saying it was them....but I sure seems likely.

  • nckid Jan 9, 2008

    yall dont know anything about these kids. they both go to my school and there not bad kids. you all can shove-it

  • Commentor5 Jan 9, 2008

    It's 1:30AM in the morning - do you know where your children are? Apparently mom and dad didn't know.....parents are by no means perfect (I am a parent and try every day to be a better parent). But a 17 year old child/young adult has no business being out on the streets in the middle of the night. Call me old fashioned, but the parents need to be involved in these boy's activities from now on - and make RULES that are to be followed. Mom and dad are RESPONSIBLE for raising their children and raising them to RESPECT the property of others. Remember, we are examples to our children!

  • SisterChristian Jan 9, 2008

    My sibling and family were vandalized by these spoiled little brats. One of the brats lives in their neighborhood in Brookhaven. What these brats did was very serious. They could have killed someone! A huge rock was thrown through my sibling's window at 3am in the middle of the night, destroyed her television and did other damage in their Brookhaven home. If one of my nephews/sister or brother in law would have been up getting a drink and been hit in the head these brats would be charged with first degree murder. This is a serious offense and the parent's should repay everyone for the damage these brats did. Speaking for myself, I know they did well over $2,000 worth of damage to my sibling's home. These brats should also be EXPELLED from school. Watching Aronson go 'whew' on TV last nite when his DaDa bailed him out on 20K was a joke. The brat did a hellofalot more damage on his New Year's Joy Ride. EVERYONE IN THESE NEIGHBORHOODS NEEDS TO BE REIMBURSED FOR THE DAMAGE DONE.

  • Joe Blow Jan 9, 2008

    Handle with Care:

    I don't think they only put this on WRAL because they are WHITE CCC (whatever that means) They put them on there because the broke the law BIG TIME. Put many lives in danger and vandalized over 11,000 dollars worth.
    What did your younger brother do?? Get in a fight? Get caught skipping class? NOT news worthy...

    These boys need a stiff punishment.

  • SunnyDays Jan 9, 2008

    I am a BHS parent and I have been there and I have money, so there!

  • Handle With Care Jan 9, 2008

    Kids get arrested at school everyday.This one must have made the news because they were white CCC kids.My youngest brother was arrested at BHS last year during school hours. He was suspended for 5 days. Thank God, WRAL did not humiliate my parents in this way.

  • pulstar40 Jan 9, 2008

    Misjudgement? Awesome guy? Are you kidding? Picture this. A young mother is nursing her baby by one of those windows when the rock crashes through, and glass cuts her, and her infant. The two folks that were cut when their back window was shattered were lucky they didn't obtain more severe injuries, or loose control of the car. They are 17 years old, and should know better! This is not a childish prank, but many acts of violence.

  • dlb800 Jan 9, 2008

    Many years ago, I was picking up some Chinese takeout in Cary,
    and as I came out, a Cary cop was talking to 2 boys, and the
    cop asked me what I would have thought if someone had shined a
    laser through a window at me. Of course I know where he was
    going, so I told him "a laser sight on a gun of course". He
    was trying to let the kids know that it wouldn't be out of
    the question for someone to pull a gun and start shooting before finding out what the laser was attached to.

    As for the person who said that they would empty a clip if someone through a rock through their window... well, I might do the same thing. After all, you don't know if they are trying to break in, or straight vandalism. Vandalism needs to be taken seriously, as does theft. You break a window, you are taking your chances that the homeowner doesn't shoot back.

  • dlb800 Jan 9, 2008

    Too many people want to go easy on criminals. My brother-in-law
    was driving when 2 of his friends shot up a house. He went to
    prison. Did that teach him anything? Nope.. he got nailed for
    robbing a drug dealer after that, and went back. My in-laws
    made excuses for him. Did he learn after that? Nope, he
    is now a drug dealer, and that's his sole means of support.

    You need to be extremely harsh on criminals.

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