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Vandals Strike at Pelham's Hutchinson School

PELHAM, N.Y. – Vandals have ripped up a pathway and damaged flower beds on the grounds of Hutchinson Elementary, police report.

The Pelham Police Department was notified of the criminal mischief Monday at 8:38 a.m. by the acting director of facilities for the Pelham School District. The damage occurred over the weekend.

The pencil that was glued to the school sign was ripped off and stolen, police said. The value of the pencil was put at $100. He school official also told police that the 4 x 4 lumber “used to create a pathway up on the rocks behind the field was ripped out of the ground and thrown about,” police said. The metal wiring and posts “used to protect a flower bed were ripped out of the ground and thrown about” as well. Photographs of the total damage, which was estimated at $250, were taken by the officer.

The detective division is handling the incident.

The Pelham Police Department also reported:

• The Pelham Police Department received a call Tuesday at 8:52 p.m. from a Fifth Avenue resident about “loud construction noise.” An officer responded to the scene and reported that the condition was corrected.

• A dog was reported to be running loose in the backyard of a Sixth Avenue home Tuesday evening. When a police officer arrived to check, he said the dog ran away from him.

• A Fourth Avenue woman came to police headquarters Monday at 6:30 p.m. to report harassment from a Yonkers man. The woman told police that the man had called her cell phone more than 10 times that day and sent 76 text messages. Many of the calls and messages threatened physical harm, police said. Police advised the victim not to contact or respond to the caller. She wished to pursue criminal charges, police said. A victim information card was issued and the detective division will follow up.

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