- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio village is offering a $500 reward to catch whoever tried to saw down the municipality’s live Christmas tree.

Bobbie Beshara, mayor of Richfield in northeastern Ohio, says it’s sad that someone would do something so destructive to the tree in the beautiful town.

The mayor tells the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1NzVnSE) for a story Saturday the tree has been there about 15 years. Village workers discovered the damage just before Thanksgiving.

Beshara said the tree will be cut down after the holidays and a new tree will be planted.

Police Chief K.D. Morgan posted pictures of the tree on Facebook and asked for help.

The reward goes for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.

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This story has been changed to correct the first name of the mayor to Bobbie.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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