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A cabin in the Pinicon Alders Wildlife Area in northeast Mitchell County was pushed off its foundation and severely damaged by vandalism on March 13. 

RICEVILLE | A Riceville man has been arrested in connection with vandalism to a cabin in northeastern Mitchell County cabin in March. 

Ryan Lynn Root, 29, was charged with misdemeanor accessory after the fact. He was released after posting a $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Mitchell County District Court June 15. 

Court documents say Root assisted a person who is accused of using a truck to damage a cabin in the Pinicon Alders Wildlife Area in the early morning hours of March 13. The Globe Gazette is not identifying the second individual as they have not been charged with a crime. 

The person's truck was disabled during the incident, according to charging documents prepared by the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office. 

The individual was then given a ride by his mother to Root's residence in Riceville, court documents said, and Root is accused of using his vehicle to pull the disabled truck back to the residence of the individual's mother in Stacyville. 

The sheriff's office said video surveillance in Stacyville shows Root's vehicle pulling the truck through Stacyville at 5:44 a.m. that day. 

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Search warrant information obtained on Root's phone indicates the two made several phone calls to each other and that Root's location was in the Riceville, McIntire and Stacyville area during the time in question, court documents said. 

Root has refused to cooperate with law enforcement, according to the sheriff's office. 

The Mitchell County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that additional charges are being considered against Root. 

In March, Mitchell County officials said the 4-year-old cabin could not be rented until it is repaired, due to the extent of the vandalism. 

The handicap-accessible ramp leading up to the cabin was severely damaged in the incident, and the front of the outhouse was smashed in, partially collapsing it. Damage was also done to a wall and support beams, knocking the cabin partially off a footing on one side. 

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Contact Ashley at 641-421-0556 or on Twitter @GGashkmiller. 


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