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Tue. 3:41pm: Charges expected in Serpent Mound vandalism

November 6, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

COLUMBUS (AP) - Officials with an Ohio historical organization expect to file charges soon against three to five people who they say vandalized and desecrated a 1,000-year-old site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The suspects allegedly acknowledged in an online video that they buried small shiny objects called orgonites at the 63-acre Native American Serpent Mound. Three of the objects, made of resin and embedded with quartz crystals and aluminum foil, have been found so far. But authorities and officials with the nonprofit Ohio Historical Society say there may be hundreds more, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Those responsible face misdemeanors charges, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

"Adding things to the property is just not acceptable," said George Kane, director of historic sites and facilities for the Ohio Historical Society.



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