Cemetery vandalism draws complaints

September 18, 1995|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Vandals have knocked over several tombstones at the Savage Cemetery during the past few weeks, and angry residents complained about the problem at a recent town meeting.

"We want that to stop," Cathy Whitehead, a Savage resident who is a member of the board that oversees the cemetery off Cemetery Lane, said last week. "We don't want it torn up."

The Savage Cemetery is one of at least two Howard County cemeteries vandalized in recent weeks.

Howard County police received a report last week that vandals overturned as many as 25 tombstones at Zion United Methodist Cemetery in nearby Elkridge, said Sgt. Steven Keller, spokesman for the department. The Elkridge incident occurred between Sept. 7 and 9.

The Elkridge cemetery also was vandalized last spring.

"It's very upsetting and very frustrating," said Gloria Mollman, a member of Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church, which owns the Elkridge cemetery. "Maybe it's a gang of them. I don't know. All I know is, we've never had any problems up there before."

Police are continuing their investigation of the Elkridge incident. Police said they had no report of the Savage incident.

Police log

Jessup:Jessup: 8700 block of Mary Lane: Intruders broke a vacant home's rear door, entered and vandalized it Wednesday or Thursday, police said.

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