Deputies Seek Help In Canton Cemetery Vandalism

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St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies are investigating vandalism at a town of Canton cemetery over the weekend

Deputies say dozens of headstones were knocked over at St. Mary's Cemetery on Riverside Drive.

Deputies say flags and flower pots were broken.

A number of people were at the cemetery Monday to check on the damage, estimated to be in the thousands of dollars.  

When Carrie Garrow visited the graves of her late husband and parents, she couldn't believe what greeted her.

She found a dislodged grave stone and a small American flag that had been removed from the grave of her father, a World War I veteran.

"I'm kind of discouraged about it and disgusted as well to think people can do this," she said.

Resetting the headstones is expected to start Tuesday.

"We figure it's at least 50 stones that have been toppled," said the Rev. Douglas St. Lucia of St. Mary's Church.

"None have been destroyed that we can see," he said, "but it will be a major effort to reattach some of the stones."

Anyone with information should call deputies at 315-379-2222.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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