Grinch Cuts Down California Borough Christmas Tree

By: Ralph Iannotti

CALIFORNIA BOROUGH (KDKA) – Police in California Borough, Washington County are investigating who’s been naughty, and not very nice.

Authorities say someone went to Rotary Park, adjacent to Route 88, and cut down a six-foot blue spruce, which was the town’s official Christmas tree this year.

Jannine Metal, who heads up the Borough Recreation Authority, told KDKA-TV what happened.

“Somebody cut the tree down, dragged it across the parking lot, took the bulbs off and threw them and the tree over the hill into a creek bed,” Metal said.

Metal said she first thought someone stole the tree to take it home, but then realized that wasn’t the case.

The only thing that remains of this year’s tree in Rotary Park is a two-to-three inch stump, on a mound of frozen earth.

Metal said someone tried to steal the town’s Christmas tree last year.

The trunk was partially cut, but the culprit must have gotten scared off because the job was never finished.

  • lalala

    that is some serious butthurt to cut down a nice tree in this cold weather. Hopefully the loser got sick/frostbite

  • lek

    If they find out who did it, they should cut him off at the ankles and throw him over the hillside

  • Kristie Lynn

    get off cal’s back …really

  • Duckdaddy

    Lol its probably just some kids. People get so bent out of shape by this kind of thing.

  • John Koval

    It wasnt me…I was working.

  • Thisbe Journalism

    Put some metal spikes in the trunk of the next one, should stop the chainsaw and the person wielding it.

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  • Kristie Lynn

    How about you write about a story for the students part of the Rugby team canning in fridgid weather in memory of the student who recently died in a car accident? .. oh wait someone cut a tree down thats more important

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