2 charged under new graffiti law in Portland

Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 10:47 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A man and woman found lying in a Portland street are the first people to be charged under a new anti-graffiti ordinance in the Maine city.

Robert Sinnott, 26, of Portland and Alana Saleeby, 22, of Scarborough were charged Monday with criminal mischief.

The city council enacted the new ordinance on June 20.

The Portland Press Herald says the ordinance makes it against the law to apply graffiti or carry graffiti implements such as spray cans and markers used by people who “tag” public or private property.

Police say Sinnott and Saleeby were spotted lying in the road near the intersection of Deering and Mellen streets at 1:40 a.m. Monday.