- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police in Birmingham are investigating vandalism at a vegetable garden tended by older adults.

Officials at the Shepherd Center East say vandals broke apart a cement bench, stole another bench, toppled some planters and pulled up some cement stepping stones. They got in by cutting part of a chain-link fence that surrounds the garden.

WBRC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1fcfFFc) that the non-profit center provides a place for active seniors to engage in the community and with each other.

Shepherd Center East Director Mackie Horowitz said the garden was funded by local agencies, businesses and the city. She says the damages are estimated to cost $500 to $1,000 — and they are repairs the center can’t afford.


Information from: WBRC-TV, https://www.myfoxal.com/

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