---- — Pre-teen charged with cemetery vandalism
SARANAC — A witness’s help in identifying a suspect in last month’s cemetery desecration has resulted in the arrest of an 11-year-old, police said.
State Police did not release the name or gender of the juvenile, who was arrested at about 5:45 p.m. Monday.
The child was charged with second-degree cemetery desecration, a misdemeanor, and was released on a Clinton County Family Court appearance ticket, said State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.
On Sept. 16, the day of damage, the witness reported seeing the juvenile vandalizing Independence Cemetery in Saranac, Fleishman said.
Seventy-five headstones were overturned or broken, with an estimated $8,000 in damage done to the cemetery, which dates back to before the Civil War, according to Sam Tedford, president of the Independence Cemetery Board of Trustees.
Fleishman said investigation into the crime is continuing.
“There could be others involved. There could be another charge pending.”
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg
Essex Chain Lakes open to public
ALBANY — For the first time in more than 100 years, access to about 11,600 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the center of the Adirondacks is open to the public for outdoor recreation.
Under an interim plan administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the public can now access these lands.
“The Essex Chain Lakes and the property that we acquired from Finch Pruyn are magnificent natural resources that New York’s residents and visitors can now enjoy for the first time in more than a century,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.
In August 2012, the state signed an agreement with the Nature Conservancy to acquire 69,000 acres of land, formerly owned by the Finch Pruyn Paper Co., over the course of five years.
Three major tracts of land have been secured under this acquisition to date: the Essex Chain of Lakes, the Indian River tract and the OK Slip Falls tract.
The interim plan allows the public to access these lands for day use only before their final classification and completion of a unit management plan.
For a map of the Essex Chain Lakes tract, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/Essex-chain-access.pdf.