Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2001

Police department still investigating vandalism of Eudora Cemetery

August 16, 2001

Eudora police are still investigating vandalism at the Eudora Cemetery. The cemetery had eight headstones and two road marker posts vandalized between noon Aug. 5 and 8 a.m. Aug. 6, Police Chief Bill Long said.

Sgt. Greg Dahlem said the police had no leads but would welcome information from the public. He said he couldn't estimate how long the case would take to solve.

Long said that although eight stones were toppled over, only one had cracked. The other stones, Long said, shouldn't need repair and can be uprighted. There appeared to be no rhyme or reason as to why certain stones were toppled.

The road marker posts had been pulled out of the ground.

Hutton Monument of Topeka already fixed all but one stone that was toppled over, City Clerk Donna Oleson said. The bill for the repairs totaled $1,090, she said.

Douglas County District Attorney Christine Kenney said to be considered criminal damage to property, damage must be more than $500.

"The estimates on those headstones is usually pretty high," Kenney said. "It looks like it will be easily met."

A statute against criminal desecration addresses grave vaults, headstones, memorials, public monuments and flags specifically. Kenney said if damage is less than $500, desecration is considered a misdemeanor. If damage is more than $500, the charge is a felony, with the level depending on the extent of damages.

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