Saturday, May 24, 2003

Reward offered for cemetery vandals

By Brenna R. Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WALTON - A $300 reward is being offered for the arrest of whoever stole one headstone and turned over five others in a cemetery here.

The vandalism was discovered April 2 at the Walton Cemetery on Church Street, said sexton Mike Glenn.

Four large headstones had to be lifted back into place by a crane, Glenn said. One smaller headstone was manually moved back into place. Another headstone, a round log-like marker, was stolen.

The nearly 150-year-old cemetery - originally the cemetery for Walton's First Baptist Church - is now run by a board of three churches.

The cemetery board, the Walton American Legion Post 277 and Walton Good Guys Club is offering the $300 reward to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest, Glenn said.

The cemetery wants to recover the missing stone that dates to the early 1900s.

The 10-acre cemetery is about half full and sees about eight to 10 burials a year, said Glenn, who has run the cemetery for about a year.

Boone County Sheriff's Maj. Jack Banks said the department has followed several leads in the vandalism case, without success.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the sheriff's department at (859) 334-2120.


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