3 young Ohio men arrested in smashed nutcrackers

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Police in southern Ohio say they've cracked a case involving two large nutcracker statues that were found smashed to pieces.

Nelsonville police say they've arrested three young men in connection with the damage.

Twenty-four-year-old Justin Huling of Cincinnati and 23-year-old Taylor Whitehill of Mason are facing felony vandalism charges, while 24-year-old James Degrace of West Chester faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a crime.

The Athens Messenger reports that (http://bit.ly/Z8p9uA) Huling and Whitehill were in town visiting Degrace, a student at Hocking College.

Police Sgt. Ed Kurtz says the men were drunk when they left a neighborhood bar and destroyed two nutcrackers that were decorating a main street for the holidays.

The nutcrackers cost a combined $650.

It's unclear whether the young men yet have attorneys.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/