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Feds probe vandalism tied to NC Confederate marker

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REIDSVILLE, NC (AP) -- North Carolina and federal crime investigators are looking into the vandalism of a residence and business owned by a vocal opponent of a Confederate monument in a North Carolina town.

The Times-News of Burlington reports that the Caswell County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, and the Secret Service are also looking into the damage caused to property belonging to 66-year-old Ernest Pinnix.

Pinnix spoke publicly against restoring a Confederate soldier monument in Reidsville that was damaged in a traffic accident in 2011. Reidsville's City Council recently voted to rebuild the monument in a cemetery filled with Civil War dead.

Caswell County Sheriff's Lt. Frank Rose says vandals spray painted the phrase "the statue's coming back" and an obscene insult against President Barack Obama on Pinnix's auto repair shop.

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