April 05, 2020

Vandals dislodge ITS signs

NEWPORT — Sometime during the recent ice storm, vandals pulled up every single snowmobile trail sign on the ITS system from Newport to Corinna.

“We’re talking about probably 50 signs,” said Police Chief Jim Ricker. “It’s not the monetary value of the signs that we’re concerned about, but rather the labor that will go into resetting them and also the dangerous conditions caused by their removal.”

Ricker said Wednesday that the Sebasticook Valley Snowmobile Club is offering a reward of an undisclosed amount for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved in this vandalism.

Although the criminal mischief was reported Jan. 15, Ricker said it actually occurred earlier in the week, during the peak of the ice storm.

“This is very dangerous. People could have been killed,” said Ricker. “Folks from out of town or out of state are not familiar with these trails. The signs tell them where the crossroads are and when to stop.”

The signs were pulled up and thrown into the woods, he said.

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