PEPPERELL — The long arm of the law in Pepperell also has a long memory, as proved last week by Sgt. James Peters.
A local juvenile convicted nearly two years ago of vandalizing the bandstand on Comiskey Field was ordered last week to pay $500 restitution by Judge Flynn of Lowell Juvenile Court, Peters confirmed.
Peters explained that although the youth had been ordered to participate in a retraining program in Lancaster, a review of case histories showed that no money had ever been paid back to the town, even though the crime was committed two weeks before July 4, 2005.
Peters, with the help of assistant district attorney Linda Gostanian, brought the case back to court. The subject was given six months to pay $500 restitution to the town.
In June 2005, electrical boxes on exterior posts of the bandstand were found smashed, the central light in the ceiling was removed and many of the railing balusters were ripped or kicked out. Wooden slats in the cupola were also damaged. A (then) 15-year-old Nissitissit Middle School student was charged with the crime.
The bandstand was built for approximately $65,000 largely with donations raised by Pepperell Business Association fund-raisers. It has been the site of summer concerts, prayer services and patriotic ceremonies ever since. It had been vandalized one other time, causing $1,000 in damage, with three juveniles charged in that incident.
General contractor Kenneth Morgan of Pepperell had brought the bandstand back to original condition except for paint in time for the first summer band concert series that year. — Don Eriksson