Lewiston hockey team uprights toppled graves

Posted Aug. 24, 2010, at 10:41 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Police say three residents have been arrested on charges of vandalizing a city cemetery before last weekend.

Police say 20-year-old Shane Haskell, 18-year-old Billie Coburn and Jesse Macia, who’s also 18, are charged with aggravated criminal mischief and desecration of a burial site.

More than 150 graves at the Riverside Cemetery were toppled between Thursday night and Friday morning. Some damaged markers are 200 years old and weigh a half ton or more.

The Sun Journal of Lewiston says dozens of players from the local affiliate of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League pitched in Monday with repairs at the Riverside Cemetery.

On Monday the entire team swapped their hockey gloves for work gloves and picked up gravestones toppled by vandals.

Nineteen-year-old Maineiacs player Sean Finn of Montreal said the Maineiacs wanted to do something to help the community that’s accepted the team.

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