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Cook Park baseball fields vandalized

According to Sutherland, other games were postponed Sunday, but by evening, the league was able to play the night games.

"We cleaned up the field all day and then we were able to play games at night," he said.

With the help of others in the community, Sutherland was able to restore the field to playing ability Sunday, but the amount of damage that occurred is not easily fixable, he said.

"We don't have the insurance to cover vandalism like this," said Sutherland, who also said that he estimates the cost to restore the fields to their original state, including signs that were torn off, sprinkler heads, new piping on the building and more, would be about $3,000.

But thanks to donations, Sutherland said, restoration is possible.

"The village has agreed to help by paying for the restoration of the fence," said Sutherland. "They're always so helpful when we have a situation like this."

Sutherland also said that John Deere Landscapes has offered to donate 20 new sprinkler heads.

In the days following the destruction of the fields at Cook Park, police have been working on an investigation of the crime scene to determine the identity and number of individuals involved.

When asked if he has any inclination as to who might have committed the vandalism on the fields, Sutherland simply replied, "Misguided kids."

According to Colonie police detective Lt. John VanAlstyne, who is conducting the investigation, there are no suspects. He added that the Colonie Police Department does not believe that the vandalism at Cook Park is related to the vandalism of 38 South Colonie Central School District buses that occurred on Friday, June 13 (see Police nab alleged bus vandals, page 5). VanAlstyne said he didn't know what charges the Cook Park vandal or vandals would face because he did not know the monetary value of the destruction. At the very least, those responsible could be charged with criminal mischief.

VanAlstyne asked neighboring residents who have any information regarding the vandalism to contact the police department.

"We're looking for help from the community," he said.

Those with information regarding the vandalism at Cook Park can contact Colonie police at 783-2811.""

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