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  • PUBLIC SAFETY

    No new leads in playground razor blade case

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  • ORO GRANDE — Sheriff’s officials said Thursday they had no new leads in the case of the razor blades and bent forks that were found by a county maintenance worker Tuesday morning at Oro Grande Park.
    Meanwhile, one resident said the community was in the dark until reading about it in the paper.
    “I didn’t find out until I saw it on the news (Wednesday),” Ashley Zaughn, 27, of Oro Grande told the Daily Press. “My son walks to school and goes down that slide every day; that’s his reward if he’s on time.”
    She said she knew something was up because she saw news vans in the area but when she asked what was going on, she was brushed off and told to “watch the news.”
    She did not know the full story until she read Thursday morning’s print edition of the Daily Press. She said public announcements are usually posted at the local post office, but there was no mention of the incident.
    “A lot of us out here are low-income,” Zaughn said. “We don’t all have that luxury and have cable or Internet. I’m surprised the school didn’t say anything.”
    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said the razor blades were “intentionally placed” to harm children. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Pam Hoffman said the blades were placed in the cracks of a slide where the plastic pieces connected and more were placed with bent forks in the sand at the bottom of the slide.
    “It’s just sad because the kids here have nothing left to do anyway,” Zaughn said. “You don’t start messing with the kids.”
    Anneli Fogt can be reached at AFogt@VVDailyPress.com or 760-951-6276. Follow her on Twitter @DP_anneli_fogt.
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