Ticonderoga A 13-year-old Ticonderoga girl has been arrested and charged with vandalism in downtown Ticonderoga.
The girl, whose name is being withheld by Ticonderoga police, was charged July 1 with third degree criminal mischief. Her case will be handled by Essex County Family Court.
Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns, who credited Investigator Daniel LaFrance and Patrolman Dale Quensel with their work on the case, said another arrest will be made.
Vandals destroyed flower boxes on the Montcalm Street bridge June 25, the second time in the past three years the flowers have been ruined.
“I’m disappointed that someone does not value our historic downtown, nor appreciate beautification efforts, and feels they should participate in senseless vandalism,” said Joyce Cooper, a volunteer who helped with the flower project. “It makes me angry that a small few can destroy the efforts of others who love and want to beautify our town.”
The planters were a joint project involving The Country Florist, Ticonderoga Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership.
The estimated cost of the damage is about $1,000, according to Cooper.
“The last time the boxes wear ripped off the bridge and thrown off the bridge into the LaChute (River),” Cooper said. “They were rebuilt by Kiwanis last year and filled with money received from the person who did the vandalism. This year the boxes could not be removed so the vandals slowly removed the contents of liner boxes and even the filled liners themselves. Last night (June 25) the remaining liners were removed and tossed in the LaChute. There went the $500 of materials to rebuild the boxes, almost $400 in flowers and at least 16 liners at $10 each.”
Francine Burke, owner of The Country Florist, said the flower boxes will be repaired and replanted before the town’s July 4th celebration.