Tree planted on ball field

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing what they be­lieve may be a “se­nior prank” that dam­aged the base­ball field at Queen Anne’s County High School, 125 Ruths­burg Road.

Some­one planted a tree in front of the pitcher’s mound and scratched in the dirt on the mound “Earth Day 2017.” The in­ci­dent hap­pened some­time be­tween Fri­day night, April 21, and 10 a.m. Satur­day, April 22, when it was dis­cov­ered and re­ported. Satur­day was Earth Day.

School of­fi­cials first es­ti­mated dam­ages at more than $2,000. The field had re­cently been re­done, and at the time of the re­port, it was un­known if any of the wa­ter lines had been dam­aged.

Lt. Dale Pa­trick, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the sher­iff’s of­fice, said once school em­ploy­ees checked fur­ther, the wa­ter lines were not in­volved. The tree was re­moved, and the dirt re­placed and smoothed. Dam­ages were re­vised to zero, he said.

Stu­dents were out­side us­ing the field Mon­day af­ter­noon be­fore it rained, he added.

The price tag, show­ing a cost of $139.99, was still on the tree, and deputies are at­tempt­ing to trace it to find out where the tree was pur­chased.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is re­quested to con­tact the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at 410-758-0770 or email sher­iffinfo@qac.org. Tips can also be sent by per­sonal mes­sage to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice Face­book page.

Some­one planted a tree in front of the pitcher’s mound on the base­ball field at Queen Anne’s County High School overnight Fri­day to Satur­day. CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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