Residents Want Action In Cemetery Desecration Case
People Charged In Case Have Yet To Be Arraigned
POSTED: December 20, 2005
WESTPORT, Mass. -- Westport preservationists are putting pressure on the Bristol County district attorney to prosecute three people accused of desecrating a cemetery.
"A neighbor had come to the police department -- a neighbor of this property -- and said that the cemetery had been disturbed. This goes back now [to] November of 2004," Sgt. Jeff Majewski said Tuesday.
That's when Westport police charged the owners of Bristol, R.I.-based contractor ELJ with two felony charges of destroying a burial site. The company was clearing land for a housing development.
Preservationists worry that this case could endanger dozens of other cemeteries in town -- some of which are unmarked.
"We all die. We all have dead ancestors. This could happen to any of us," [concerned resident Betty] Slade said.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
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