Second Suspect Still Being Sought In Martin Light Damage

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said authorities are still looking for a second suspect in connection with damage to the Martin Christmas light display last week.

Shirley said that the suspect, whose identity has not been released, remains at large.

The sheriff did say that the suspect is from Franklin County.

Shirley added that they believe these individuals may have been involved in other incidents in the Martin area.

“(There was) some other damage that was done in the Martin area over the past year and we believe that these arrests will take care of the damage that was reported earlier,” said Shirley.

Last week, more than $7,000 worth of damage was done to the holiday lights in the city of Martin.

Hugh Alexander works for Martin and was finishing up work on the lights Wednesday when he described exactly how they believe so much damage was done.

“They threw these really big rocks off of the railroad tracks and the bulbs were hot and if it hit one, it would knock a lot more out,” said Alexander. “Then they took a baseball bat and broke some of them out too.”

18-year-old Ernest Black of Childs Street in Martin was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence and charged with criminal interference with government property in connection with the damage.

(MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia contributed to this story)