Local News

Two accept community service for damage to Raleigh police memorial

Posted August 18, 2014

Jordan McClain Adams, left, and Ryan Barnard Timms

— Two Greenville men will serve 75 hours of community service and pay $1,500 in restitution for damage to a downtown Raleigh memorial honoring the city's fallen police officers.

Ryan Barnard Timms, 22, and Jordan McClain Adams, 27, were arrested in May on charges of defacing public property.

The two accepted deferred prosecution in their respective cases on Monday, and if they abide by the terms of their agreements, their cases will be dismissed after six months.

The charges stem from skateboard damage to the $500,000 Raleigh Police Memorial, which wraps around the corner and in front of the Raleigh Municipal Building at 222 W. Hargett St.

The 21-stone granite structure, which memorializes the lives of eight police officers who died in the line of duty between 1922 and 2002, was unveiled in April by the city and the Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation.

A "No Skateboarding" sign is posted next to the memorial.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    View quoted thread



  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    What the heck is wrong with these two!?!
    27 and 22-years old is well old enough to know better.
    Blessed they came forward. Their community service should consist of visiting schools to share skateboard safety, along with skateboard etiquette and respect, if they even know that.

  • Sean Creasy Aug 18, 2014
    user avatar

    I guess my caning comments were too offensive for the thought police so I'll just say this.. These two should have recieved a much harsher punishment than what they got. Being the ages they are they know right from wrong....

  • tri123 Aug 18, 2014

    I saw the memorial in person for the first time the other day. Frankly, it's as if it is designed for skaters to mess with, and you cannot tell that the lip is part of a "memorial" and not just an architectural feature. Whoever created it really wasn't thinking and if they don't fix the design shortcomings this is just going to keep happening.

  • Fanny Chmelar Aug 18, 2014
    user avatar

    View quoted thread

    Look at the left panel under "More On This".

    Grab the tweezers and pull - it's not the others who are having issues with their shorts. The information is right at your fingertips. In detail.

    Wait, I'll be a nice guy:

    "There already is damage that has occurred both to the plaza steps and the water table itself," Thomas Sayre, the memorial's creator, said in a statement. "There is increasing chipping of concrete, deposits of various materials from the undersides of the skateboards as well as a black wax, which apparently is used as a lubricant."


  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Aug 18, 2014
    user avatar

    Geez, I figured it was a teenager that did the damage. Full grown men in their 20's don't know any better?!

  • Classified Aug 18, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Yeah cause if they ride skateboards they can't possibly have jobs. Comical.

  • Hippy_mom Aug 18, 2014

    View quoted thread

    It shouldn't really matter what town this memorial is in. It's a memorial to those who have given their lives protecting others. As other posts have pointed out, earlier news reports detailed the damage. Plus, there are links to the earlier stories in the "More on this" section.

  • ytb781pearl Aug 18, 2014

    This sounds like something young teenagers would do. Both need to grow up and get a job.

  • grampasbaby Aug 18, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Because this is the first I have heard of this "crime". Sorry. I don't live in your precious town. None of that matters though. If a story makes a claim, proof of that claim in that story, is crucial. They didn't mind posting pictures of these suspects. Show pictures of the damage and the memorial after the damage was repaired. Don't get your shorts twisted up.