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Graffiti sprayed on the new courthouse

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Updated: 11/21/2012 4:18 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A woman was arrested after police say she vandalized the new courthouse.

People at the new courthouse had a surprise when they showed up Friday. The new $350 million courthouse was vandalized with purple spray paint.

State Attorney Angela Corey hadn't heard about it until we told her. "I can tell you we'll be asking for the maximum sentence," said Corey.

According to the police report, Audrey Dostie spray painted hearts on the front columns on Thursday night, and wrote "F Judge James Ruth" and "Free us" on the front steps.

There are security cameras outside the state-of-the-art building, but they aren't monitored 24/7. The chief judge told Action News they're now trying to change that. The state attorney says people need to take more pride in the city, and the buildings that cost so much to build and maintain. "It's a shame. You don't deface anyone's property, much less a public building or a church. It should never be done," said Corey.

Dostie is in jail, charged with criminal mischief causing more than $1,000 in damage. Her bond is set at $15,000. Dostie also has an arrest from 2010 for battery.
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