The Richland Township Police are investigating recent multiple incidents of vandalism at the Union Cemetery on Cemetery Road. According to Chief Richard Ficco, more than 100 American flags, left at the graves of deceased veterans, have recently been ripped out of the ground and torn up.
"Over 50 flags a night are destroyed," the chief wrote in an email message.
The incidents have occurred over four nights, according to Ficco. The department took criminal mischief calls on May 25 and May 26, according to information posted on the department's Crimewatch page.
Anyone with knowledge of the incidents is asked to contact the department at 215-536-9500. Witnesses can also use the confidential tip line at 215-536-6967.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created issues for area trash haulers. The amount of residential trash pickup has increased significantly during the pandemic, according to representatives of two local haulers.
Increased volume for Whitetail Disposal is 25 percent. For Waste Management, the figure is 20 percent across the board.
"It's been a significant challenge," said Paul Brady, the COO of Whitetail Disposal, which is headquartered on Route 663 in New Hanover.
Residents forced to avoid school, work and restaurants are generating more trash than usual. The increase is driven by more people eating and working at home, according to John Hambrose, a community relations coordinator for Waste Management.
The unusually large volume has led to several Whitetail trash trucks reaching their maximum capacity, according to Brady. He said the company was forced Tuesday to ...