- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) - Police have charged seven juveniles with damaging more than 70 gravestones at a cemetery in northeast Iowa.

Police in Oelwein (OHL’-weyen) said the children ranged from 12 to 16 years of age. Each of the minors is charged with criminal mischief in juvenile court.

Nearly 40 gravestones were cracked or broken at the Oakdale Cemetery, which sits on the southwest side of the Fayette County community. The damage was first noticed on Sept. 9 and has since been estimated at $4,200.

The bodies of many of the people who helped found the town are buried there. Among the damaged gravestones are ones placed on graves of Oelwein family members.

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