Lights along Dover-Foxcroft’s haunted trail vandalized

Posted Oct. 25, 2013, at 1:40 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The town’s Haunted Trail will be open to ghosts, goblins and zombies Saturday despite an attempt by vandals to ruin the fun.

Dover-Foxcroft police Sgt. Todd Lyford said Friday a few solar lights along the half-mile trail, which runs from SeDeMoCha Middle School to the Morton Avenue playground, were kicked and knocked down Thursday afternoon.

Lyford said police have no description of the perpetrators, although they are believed to be juveniles.

“Nobody has come forward with any information,” Lyford said.

Edward Conroy, who is part of the Dover-Foxcroft homecoming committee which organizes the event, was the one who called police on Thursday.

“That was what we were going to mark our trail with,” Conroy said of the solar lights, which were donated by TrueValue hardware. “I think at least half of them were kicked over and some broken.”

The haunted trail walk was originally scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., but the event has been pushed back to the same time Saturday, Conroy said.

He believes the vandals damaged the lights sometime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday.

“We couldn’t make it happen [Friday] but Saturday we’re hoping everyone will come out,” said Conroy.

Conroy said he noticed the damage after returning to the site upon finishing his school bus run for Rowell’s bus company Thursday afternoon. He subsequently called police.

He said committee members are in the process of repairing the lights, and the trail should be ready come Saturday evening.

“We’re just hoping somebody is going to brag about it and expose themselves,” Conroy said.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident should contact Dover-Foxcroft police at 564-8021.

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