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Published: Tuesday, 10/5/2010

Bowling Green cemetery damaged by vandals


BOWLING GREEN — Police are investigating what are believed to be two separate incidents of vandalism at the city's Oak Grove Cemetery, which is located in the midst of the Bowling Green State University campus.

Brian Craft, public works director, said about 13 gravesites were damaged either late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Vandals pushed over tombstones and broke urns and other parts of the memorials.

Then, Tuesday morning, city employees found the memory wall near the Merry Street entrance to the cemetery "damaged beyond repair," Mr. Craft said. He said replacing the stone would cost $6,000 to $8,000.

City officials are looking at how to address the situation. The cemetery has no real lighting, Mr. Craft said, and, while it is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence, the grounds are easily accessible from the Merry Street entrance.

"We're looking at installing some lighting and researching what it would take to put up a security camera if it comes to that," Mr. Craft said. "You don't want to overreact and provide an inconvenience to everyone because of the foolish acts of a few people."

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Bowling Green police.

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