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Vandals caused more than $35,000 worth of damage to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium early Sunday, including making tire marks on the playing field. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Vandals caused more than $35,000 worth of damage to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium early Sunday, including making tire marks on the playing field. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Charges filed in stadium vandalism

By Jane Dail

The Daily Reflector

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An 18-year-old student police believe tore through Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in a utility vehicle faces disciplinary action and criminal charges as police work to identify two other suspects.

William James Banks, 18, an East Carolina University freshman, is charged in the early Sunday vandalism that caused more than $35,000 in damage just six days before a home football game with Navy.


Three people climbed a wall at the stadium between 3 a.m. and 6:20 a.m. and drove three unsecured Kubota utility vehicles with keys in them in circles around the field and underneath the stands, Lt. Chris Sutton with ECU police said Monday. Vehicles in the stadium typically are secured with chains.

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