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Carbondale’s Shade Tree Commission Seeks Answers After Trees Vandalized

September 17, 2018

CARBONDALE — Vandals damaged trees planted to beautify Carbondale and the secretary of the city’s shade tree commission wants answers.

Maria Lawler reported the vandalism to the police department once she discovered several young trees along a lane behind the Burger King off 8th Avenue were bent over and damaged, she said. A flag had been torn down. The vandalism cost the group $1,500. They do not have the funds to replace them.

A homeless woman Lawler knows who hangs out around there told her that the trees were fine at 10 p.m. Saturday and demolished by 4 a.m. Sunday.

Lawler hopes to find footage that would identify the vandals.

— JOSEPH KOHUT

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