Historic marker stolen from Mid-Michigan park - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Historic marker stolen from Mid-Michigan park

Posted: Updated:

(01/27/14) - Sometime in the past few days, a historic marker was stolen from a Mid-Michigan park.

A plaque attached to a large block of granite was removed and now police are investigating.

For nearly 90 years, the marker has stood at Shiatown West Park near the village of Vernon in Shiawassee County. Recently, at least one thief - and maybe more - yanked it from the rock and disappeared.

The plaque noted that portion of land was set aside for public use when Shiawasseetown was platted in 1837. Early settlers had hoped the state capital would eventually be located there.

The metal plate, about two feet by two feet, was placed there in 1926 by the Shiawassee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Township supervisor Anthony Karhoff found out about the theft Saturday afternoon.. He is personally offering a reward for the arrest of whoever took the marker, and he says others in the township are adding to the fund.

"I'm personally offering a reward for the return or information leading to the conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for this. And I also have some generous residents who live within our township that are adding to that reward fund to help capture these individuals," he said.

Karhoff says a piece of Michigan history was stolen from the county park and that's upsetting to him.

"As you can see, right up there was a pretty large plaque that they had to forcefully rip off there with four large bolts holding it down. I'm not aware if it was made of copper or bronze but it's very noticeable. If anybody sees it, they'll know what it looks like. That would weigh about 30 pounds," he said.

In December, thieves made off with bronze markers and damaged headstones in the nearby Newburg Cemetery.

"We're keeping a close eye on this park and all the cemeteries we manage," Karhoff said.

A bill that would stiffen penalties for stealing material like that has been introduced by State Senator Jim Ananich of Flint.

"One of the provisions of the bill is it creates a 'do not buy' list for cemetery markers, historical markers and a number of things like that. So they couldn't even take them in to a scrap yard," he said.

That bill however has been held up in committee and Ananich is searching for a way to move it forward.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft at Shiatown West Park.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Construction begins for KWA water pipeline

    Construction begins for KWA water pipeline

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:59:58 GMT
    The KWA held a news conference Tuesday morning to talk about the progress being made in constructing the pipeline from Lake Huron to Flint.
    The KWA held a news conference Tuesday morning to talk about the progress being made in constructing the pipeline from Lake Huron to Flint.
  • Mid-Michigan businesses prepare for unofficial end of summer

    Mid-Michigan businesses prepare for unofficial end of summer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:59:30 GMT
    (08/26/14) - As the long Labor Day weekend approaches, Mid-Michigan businesses are preparing for extra customers.AAA predicts 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008. And it's 1.3 percent more travelers than last year.One popular destination is Michigan's Little Bavaria.Frankenmuth is such a popular destination for not only out of town tourists but for people here in Mid-Michigan. Labor Day is typicall...
    (08/26/14) - As the long Labor Day weekend approaches, Mid-Michigan businesses are preparing for extra customers.AAA predicts 34.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for the weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008. And it's 1.3 percent more travelers than last year.One popular destination is Michigan's Little Bavaria.Frankenmuth is such a popular destination for not only out of town tourists but for people here in Mid-Michigan. Labor Day is typicall...
  • HealthSource Saginaw trustees hold special meeting

    HealthSource Saginaw trustees hold special meeting

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:49:33 GMT
    (08/26/14) - HealthSource Saginaw trustees called a special meeting Tuesday night after some of them learned the company's president was resigning, and the search for a replacement was already underway.HealthSource provides mental, substance abuse, elderly and long-term elderly care. President and CEO Les Heyboer is retiring on Aug. 31, and several trustees wanted to make sure they were involved in the selection process."The board wanted to make sure al board members had input in the final de...
    (08/26/14) - HealthSource Saginaw trustees called a special meeting Tuesday night after some of them learned the company's president was resigning, and the search for a replacement was already underway.HealthSource provides mental, substance abuse, elderly and long-term elderly care. President and CEO Les Heyboer is retiring on Aug. 31, and several trustees wanted to make sure they were involved in the selection process."The board wanted to make sure al board members had input in the final de...
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.