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American Legion: Reward for gravesite theft justice now $13,000

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Five digit reward for the arrest of those responsible for June 14 crime

By Andrew Harris

Very few criminal acts in Wellsville have drawn the outrage of citizens like the recent desecration and theft of 13 veteran gravesites in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. The village was already extremely irritated by prior theft and disrespect of the Shane Colligan Memorial Park at the intersection of Rt. 19S and Rt. 417.

When local newsman Michael T. Baldwin was going on his usual stroll through the graveyard, he discovered the crime and immediately reported to the authorities and the community. That discovery by Baldwin put the story on regional news channels and sparked an effort spearheaded by the American Legion to find justice. Today that effort has posted a reward of $1000 per gravesite, $13,000 total pledged by local civic groups, families, and individuals.

Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion $2,000

Wellsville Elks Club, BPOE 1495 $2,000

Chris Martelle $2,000

Adam Cyr $1,000

Butch Cozzi $100

Rod Nye $100

Nate and Vickie Scott $100

Ancient Order of Hibernians $500

Unit 702 American Legion Auxiliary $667

Post 702 SAL $667                                                   

Post 702 American Legion Riders $667

Wellsville Moose Club $1000

Kris and Allison Green  $200

Hennessy Brothers $500

Steve and Loretta Conderman $100

Emeralds Hook and Ladder $100

Dale and Dotty Klesa $200

Walker Business $200

Eric McEnroe $100

Bill and Gerry Ford $500

Andrew ,Dylan ,Ben ,Kolton Roberts $200

Hennessy-Brunell-Searle Cousins $100

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