Theoretically, Cops and Courts focuses on some pretty dastardly crimes, although we like to inject a little humor into an often-grim beat whenever possible.
But we’re losing any sense of humor we might have had over the pumpkin patch problems at the Missoula Alliance Church. This latest incident doesn’t involve [...]
It’s not often that a story from the cops and courts beat has a happy ending. But the Missoula Alliance Church had a heartwarming experience after the recent vandalism of its fundraising pumpkin patch. Somebody went through the patch and sliced through about 100 pumpkins, causing about $1,000 worth of damage.
An 18-year-old Lolo man was arrested Friday in connection with the destruction earlier this week of more than 100 pumpkins at the Missoula Alliance Church’s annual fundraising pumpkin patch.
Alex Miller was charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in the Sunday incident, said Missoula police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh.
Somebody took a knife to the pumpkins in the patch outside the Missoula Alliance Church Sunday night. But the person wasn’t carving jack o’lanterns.
Instead, when workers opened the patch (shown in 2007 Missoulian photo) for business at noon Monday, they discovered more than 100 gruesome gourds, their bright-orange shells cleaved by something very large and very sharp.
“It looks like somebody just took a machete or something and just hacked at them,” said Pastor Dan Nagel.
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