2014-01-23 / Front Page

Vandals strike town cemetery

Vandals are moving into the county cemetery off Joe Howard Street, a leader of the facility's Adopt-A-Plot program says.

On Friday, Jan. 24, one volunteer arrived early to find an unidentified man sleeping on a grave--with an empty bottle of peppermint schnaps nearby, said Ron Loya, who coordinates the cemetery effort.

"I've caught (homeless people) multiple times up here, buck naked, using the hose to bathe," Loya said. 

On Friday, an inspection showed that someone had destroyed at least three aluminum mountings designed to hold Veterans of Foreign Wars medallions, Loya added.

A Mariposa County Sheriff's Office deputy took a report on the damage.

Anyone who observes vandalism in progress can call the Sheriff's office at 966-3614.

Ron Loya shows a Veterans of Foreign Wars medallion at the Mariposa County Cemetery on Jan. 24. Aluminum mountings designed to hold the medallions were found damaged the same day.Ron Loya shows a Veterans of Foreign Wars medallion at the Mariposa County Cemetery on Jan. 24. Aluminum mountings designed to hold the medallions were found damaged the same day.

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Why is this? Why should they

Why is this? Why should they target a cemetery at all? We need to skip some points and there is no logic of using cemetery

How sad. Where has RESPECT

How sad. Where has RESPECT gone?

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