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UPDATE: Person involved in damaging downtown Rhinelander flowers comes forward
RHINELANDER - Flowers damaged in a downtown Rhinelander flower bed last week will get replanted thanks to one of the people involved.

According to business owner Tom Barnett and Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier, one of the people called to admit to what he did.  Newswatch 12 first reported on the story July 5 and RPD shared surveillance video of the incident on its Facebook page.

Barnett noticed flowers he and other business owners planted recently were trampled and killed. Video from Barnett's store on Brown Street showed a group of people walking through the flower bed several times the night of July 4.

Gauthier told Newswatch 12 Wednesday his department agreed to not issue a citation if the person involved could resolve the matter with Barnett.

Barnett says the man will replant the flowers.

"Upon hearing that the individual saw the video and came forward to make things right really made my day," Barnett wrote in a statement to Newswatch 12. 

Downtown business owners sponsored various beds along Brown Street as part of a beautification effort.

"Not only did it show great character in that individual but, also responsibility," Barnett wrote.  "We all need to be responsible for our actions whether we had been drinking or not and I am satisfied that he will be replacing the flowers that died and planting them himself."

Gauthier did not know the identity of the man who came forward, nor did he know if the man was from the area.

Story By: Lane Kimble


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