Graves destroyed, trashed by illegal dumping at local cemetery

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Mattresses, TVs and at least 30 bags of garbage were found by the Wilkes-Barre Area Citizens Blight Committee Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre City Cemetery.

Many veterans’ graves in the back of the cemetery have been taken over by illegal dumping and overgrown weeds and grass.

Joan Cavanagh, Volunteer for, says she would like to see action taken and the dumping needs to come to an end. She has a map of all the grave sites and says there are about a few dozen that have been overtaken.

“In the back, we’ve found lots of headstones that have gotten pushed over. This one’s from 1811, so we’re going to try to somehow clean these up and get them back where they belong,” Cavanagh said.

Cavanagh works to help people find their ancestors and people request photos of the grave stones. She says it’s disappointing to have to take pictures of grave sites that are trashed. She would like to see security cameras installed.

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