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Lake Placid Middle-High School vandalized (update)

Someone caused extensive water damage by plugging sinks, water fountains

December 22, 2011
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Village police are investigating a major act of burglary and vandalism Sunday night and/or Monday morning at the middle-high school.

Police Sgt. Chuck Dobson told the Enterprise Thursday the investigation was launched after the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm activation at the school at 1:26 a.m. Monday.

"When the fire department was called, they got there and discovered that there had been vandalism done," Dobson said. "We did open a burglary investigation at that time."

Dobson said there was extensive water damage to several classrooms in the school. He said sinks and water fountains had been intentionally flooded, resulting in the damage. A fire extinguisher had been removed, which may have triggered the alarm system, according to Head Fire Driver Brad Jaques.

"It could also have occurred from water running through the ceiling," Jaques said.

Police are conducting interviews at this time and may make arrests, Dobson said. A video surveillance system at the high school captured footage of possible suspects before the incident. That footage is being used in the investigation, Dobson said.

"I can't comment on any of the specifics about it," he said.

According to Dobson, the police department and school district have been sharing information throughout the investigation.

"It's been going well," he said. "It's been kind of a team effort. We're going to continue to work together until we can resolve the situation and make an arrest."

Middle-high school Principal Katherine Mulderig referred questions to Superintendent Randy Richards. A phone message and email left with Richards Thursday went unreturned, and school is not in session Friday.

In a copy of an email sent to district staff on Monday, obtained by the Enterprise, Richards said maintenance crews did a "superb job" in cleaning up the mess left by the vandals in time for school Monday.


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or



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