CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - Vandalism at Cambridge Central School resulted in thousands of dollars in damage to the Cambridge Tribesman Booster Club Snack Shack over the weekend.
NaCarlos (Nick) Horsey, 19, was charged with burglary in the third degree to Cambridge Central School property, and burglary in the third degree to a garage in the Town of Jackson, according to the Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department. A 15-year-old juvenile was also charged with burglary in the third degree in relation to the incident and was released to his parents pending a future appearance at Washington County Probation.
"The cleanup is all done," said Booster Club President Deb Brownell. "We just had to throw everything away." Brownell said the Booster Club serves food at the snack bar three to five times per week, and discovered the damage Sunday morning prior to a Pee Wee football game.
"We put quite a few coats of paint down. There was oil everywhere and it all had to be scrubbed before we could go over the floor," said Brownell, preparing for this weekend's homecoming game. "It knocked the wind out of us, but the community has been really great," she said, noting that local businesses have donated supplies and funds. "It's taken money from the kids, but we'll bounce back."
Broken windows, knocked over deep fryers and emptied fire extinguishers littered the scene on Sunday, but vandals returned again Sunday night and tipped over portable bathrooms on the field, said Superintendent Vince Canini at Tuesday night's board of education meeting.
"Of the damage that was done here, both were former students," said Canini, noting that one no longer attended after dropping out and the other had transferred. "There was another individual who caused damage around town, but not on school property."
Brownell said she likes to look on the bright side: "The kids were devastated that one of their own could have done this, so I think it was good for them to see that it didn't come from someone who's currently at school here."
Authorities conducted an investigation with evidence collected from the scene, as well as surveillance footage, according to a statement from CGPD.
Horsey was arraigned in front of the Village of Cambridge's Justice Sica and sent to Washington County Correctional Facility, in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
A 5K run/walk will be held at the football field Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds will partly benefit the restoration of damaged property. The cost is $20 per adult, $10 per student. An 8:30 a.m. one mile "fun run" will be held for children.
For those wishing to donate funds, checks may be made payable to The Cambridge Tribesmen Booster Club, at P.O. Box 243, Cambridge, N.Y. 12816.
Also at Tuesday night's BOE meeting, board members agreed to hold a special election to replace former board member Peggy McLenithan, who resigned unexpectedly last month. After being deadlocked on how to fill the vacant spot at a previously held special meeting, members resolved to hold the special election on Dec. 3, from noon to 8 p.m., pending public notice of the search for candidates.
Applications along with 25 signatures must be received by CCS by 4 p.m. on Nov. 4; the fifth elected member will serve for the remainder of McLenithan's term, which ends June 30, 2015.
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