LEAGUE CITY — The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating who is responsible for tagging the county’s Calder Road annex during the weekend.

Sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning someone sprayed the phrase “Land of the Free?” on the front of the north county annex, 174 Calder Drive, in League City.

The graffiti artist also painted a happy face on the side of the building. It appears the face is the tagger’s signature.

County Judge Mark Henry discovered the painted messages when he went by the building to catch up on some work following last week’s primary election.

Henry is coming off a narrow 500-vote victory over Michelle Hatmaker. The election turned nasty in the final weeks of the campaign, but it didn’t appear the graffiti was tied to the election.

Henry said the graffiti wasn’t on the building Saturday when he performed a wedding ceremony. County workers were scheduled to remove the graffiti today.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

(8) comments

Centerpointe Moderator

About a mile away from the Annex on West Walker, someone also tagged a large For Sale sign on an undeveloped plot of land at about the same time. I didn't see it on Friday but I did see it on Sunday. Not sure if it's related (same person?) and I didn't read what the tag said because someone immediately tried to cover it with white paint. I'll post a pic of it in an hour or so when the sun comes up.

This is the first time we've seen this kind of mischief in the four years I've lived here. We've had other mischief, including the stealing of valves from sprinkler systems in public areas (drug users sell the metal for cash) and someone shot the Victory Lakes Park and Ride sign full of holes, but no tagging. I'll be on the look-out for more.

tgarland855

Cpointe Mod....

We have had a few instances of "tagging" in the VL area. It has been on the brick walls, electrical transformers, and the developers signs. The HoA usually removes it very quickly once its been reported.

With regard to the "artist" comment, I agree, I think they should've been referred to as vandals not artists.

Antony Freeman

Really? You're calling this vandal a"Graffiti Artist"?

Lars Faltskog

The 'happy face' can be considered art, accomplished (a word used loosely) by a graffiti artist. Definitely not desirable in its location, however.

The happy face, however, appears to be from a cardboard cut-out. Anyone agree?

David Covert

Artist? Really? Try 'vandal'... or 'criminal'...

Mike Meador

Watch Out! You might find B _ _ _ S _ _ _ painted. You won't be able to drive-by. You might have to cover the eyes of the ladies and children.

Miss Priss

Maybe it's those two little kids that Mark Henry had working the polls all during early voting without adult supervision, food or water. They had them working out there all day during that time.

Centerpointe Moderator

tgarland, with a middle school and a Walmart across from you, it doesn't surprise me that you've had this kind of thing happen in your area. It undoubtedly happens everywhere sooner or later, but this is the first time in four years I've seen it happen here.

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