Police charge 2 damage to Nittany Lion Shrine

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The police has charged two people with breaking the ear off with a picture of the Pennsylvania State University mascot.

Authorities say a 19-year-old man from Connecticut and an 18-year-old man from North Carolina will be faced with the charges of criminal mischief and tampering with evidence in connection with the damage to the Nittany Lion Shrine.

The ear on the right side of the statue was broken down and in the near Feb. 24. The incident happened during the weekend, State Patty’s Day celebration, an unofficial campus holiday that has led to a number of alcohol-related arrests in the past.

The university Office of Physical Plant has since fixed the ear.

Both suspects are up to $500 fine, and are scheduled to appear in court April 17.

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