Superior men charged with entering Cooper construction site

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Two Superior men accused of entering the locked Cooper Elementary School construction site made initial appearances last week in Douglas County Circuit Court

Bradley John Draper Jr. and Jason Damien Bowens, both 21, each face a charge of entry onto a construction site. Draper also faces a charge of bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

Superior police officers were dispatched to the construction site at 1614 Pennsylvania Ave. at 12:49 a.m. Sept. 14 for a report of people "banging" and "screaming" in the frame of the school under construction.

When they arrived, the officers heard yelling, swearing and items banging from the top level of the school. They went to the top level and found Draper and Bowens.

The two men told officers that they went to the school to look at it because they haven't seen the newly-built portion. Officers reported nothing suspicious was found on the men and neither had anything belonging to the construction site in their possession.

The site was fenced off and locked at the time of the incident.

The class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of nine months of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000. Both men have their next court appearance scheduled for Oct. 27.

Bowens was released on a $500 cash bond and ordered not to come within 500 feet of the school or construction site. Cash bail of $1,o00 was set for Draper and he was ordered not to come within 1,000 feet of the school or site.