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Arrest made in felling of Connecticut’s ‘door tree’

August 6, 2019
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In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo provided by David G. Johnson of the Hamden Historical Society, the historic 200-year-old "Door Tree" stands in a wooded area in Hamden, Conn. Connecticut authorities say the person responsible for cutting down the tree with a chainsaw on July 18 has been arrested. The historical society says the tree was first photographed in 1898. (David G. Johnson, Hamden Historical Society via AP)
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In this Jan. 21, 2017 photo provided by David G. Johnson of the Hamden Historical Society, the historic 200-year-old "Door Tree" stands in a wooded area in Hamden, Conn. Connecticut authorities say the person responsible for cutting down the tree with a chainsaw on July 18 has been arrested. The historical society says the tree was first photographed in 1898. (David G. Johnson, Hamden Historical Society via AP)

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities say the person responsible for cutting down a distinctive tree has been arrested.

The New Haven-based Regional Water Authority announced the arrest Tuesday. No name was released.

The authority said the Door Tree in Hamden, a 200-year-old white oak that grew in a “distinctive doorway-like arch,” had been cut down with a chainsaw on July 18.

The Regional Water Authority owns the land where the tree stood.

David Johnson, Hamden’s municipal historian and a member of the Hamden Historical Society which first discovered the tree had been felled, called it a “terrible act of thoughtless vandalism.”

The historical society says the tree was first photographed in 1898 and was featured in works including Ripley’s “Believe It or Not.”

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