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KPD: Ballad's vandalism claim against protester 'unfounded'

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Nov 6, 2019 at 10:58 AM

KINGSPORT — Due to questions about ownership of a strip of land outside Holston Valley Medical Center, city police have closed a criminal complaint against Ballad protester Dani Cook.

The claim of vandalism was made by Ballad Health Security Director Ken Harr. In a report filed Monday with Kingsport police, Harr said that protestors’ tents and tarps have killed grass outside the hospital on West Ravine Road. He said Ballad had to spend $1,300 to re-sod the area, which included a ditchline allegedly dug by Cook.

Harr said the protestors have now moved to an adjacent area, where the same type of damages are now occurring. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.

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