Ohio Cemeteries Sue Young Vandals' Families

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

St. Bernard, Ohio (AP) -- The owner of two Ohio cemeteries has filed a civil lawsuit against the families of three juveniles convicted of doing more than $300,000 in vandalism.

But officials with the Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society say they fear they'll recover only a small fraction of the money needed to make repairs to St. Mary and St. John Cemeteries.

Some 300 monuments, gravestones and statues -- some dating back to the 1850s -- were damaged last year.

An attorney for the Cemetery Society says it looked as though a tornado went through the graveyards in the Cincinnati suburb of St. Bernard.

One family is fighting the lawsuit. The insurance company for another has paid the cemeteries $30,000.

The third family agreed to a $30,000 judgment but doesn't have the money to pay it.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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