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The damage to the MMMG Granada Fountain / September 04, 2019
Vandals toppled the Granada fountain at MacCallum More Museum and Gardens over the Labor Day weekend, causing thousands of dollars in damages to one of the largest fountains that grace the historic gardens in Chase City.

Workers discovered the damage Tuesday morning while performing general maintenance, according to MMMG executive director Liz Lowrance. She reported the incident to the Chase City Police, and they have opened an investigation.

The fountain, which is sometimes referred to as the Lion Fountain because the base is a series of forward-facing lions, was knocked from its foundation. The water basin was broken and the tubing carrying water from the base of the fountain was also damaged, Lowrance said.

The fountain, a replica of the lion fountain at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, was brought to Chase City by Commander William Henry Hudgins. It was one of many treasures he collected during his travels around the world while serving as a personal aide to President Harry Truman and Admiral Robert Bostwick Carney, commander in chief of NATO.

Lowrance said she is heartsick and cannot understand why anyone would commit such a random act of destruction.

Chase City Town Police, along with those involved with the gardens, are asking the members of the public for help in identifying the culprits. “When people see something, they need to call the police,” Lowrance said.

Vandalism is a Class 6 felony under Virginia law. If damages caused to the property exceed $1,000, which Lowrance believes is likely, the crime is punishable with a fine of up to $2,500 and up to five years in prison. The offender may also be ordered to pay restitution.

This is not the first time vandals have wreaked havoc in the gardens. In December 2017 three juveniles were caught after they toppled statues and tore out path lights in the park. In October of that same year, someone ripped up the path lights throughout the park.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Chase City Police Department at (434) 372-5112. Tips can be made anonymously.

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