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Shelter for special needs kids in Butler County destroyed


An early Monday morning run in with police in Hamilton ended when a truck hit a shelter at Crawford Woods Park, destroying it.  The crash caused $11,000 in damage.

"The frustrating part about is when the kids come down here to play baseball and after their game they go to the shelter and receive refreshment and a snack," said Butler County Challenger league president, Alan Lakamp. "The foolish act that someone has done to ruin what these children have looked forward to."

Hamilton Police say an officer was on a routine patrol of Crawford Woods park early Monday morning when he noticed a stolen pick up truck allegedly being driven by John Fackey, 18. Police say Fackey hit the accelerator and headed straight for the officer at 60 miles per hour. Skid marks show where the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the shelter.

"This league means so much to our kids and to us and its tragic," said Terry Huff who's son plays in the league. "It's heartbreaking to see what happened."

Police say Fackey stole the Ford pickup truck from Fairfield Township. He faces several charges including receiving stolen property and obstruction.

He's being held without bond.

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