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John McCartney and Herald staff | jmccartney@heraldnet.com
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 5:15 p.m.

Bovine vandals create havoc at cemetery

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. — The vandals that damaged a Massachusetts cemetery this week have pleaded "moo."

Police said a small herd of cows knocked over 40 American flags and veterans' bronze grave markers, then snacked on flower arrangements, at the Center Cemetery in Southampton on Monday.

Motorists called to report that the cows were loose. Police contacted the owner, Henry Wykowski, who caught and removed the cows from the cemetery.

Chief David Silvernail said the cows are an "ongoing problem," and his department has responded to complaints about the roaming bovines three or four times since last spring.

Cemetery Commission member Robert Floyd tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette (http://bit.ly/WPQ4py) he plans on asking the farmer to pay for the damage once he comes up with an estimate.

Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com

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