, Newburyport, MA


August 14, 2009

Man charged with stealing park tree

KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police say they've caught the thief who stole a Japanese maple tree worth $1,000 from a Killingly park, and the evidence was extremely strong.

State troopers say they found the mature tree replanted in Kenneth Blanchette's front yard in Plainfield.

The 45-year-old Blanchette turned himself in at the state police barracks in Danielson Thursday afternoon. He was charged with third-degree larceny and posted $1,000 bail.

Troopers say the tree was dug up and hauled away on May 7. They say witnesses got the license plate number of Blanchette's truck, and troopers traced it to him.

The tree has been replanted at the park.

Blanchette could not be reached Friday. A phone listing in his name was not in service.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans