October 1, 2013

Mom, daughter arrested after Monmouth cemetery smash-up


MONMOUTH — A mother and daughter were arrested after they intentionally hit each others' vehicles in a cemetery Friday and caused an estimated $35,000 in damage to headstones, the town police chief said.

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Police say a mother and daughter caused an estimated $35,000 of damage to headstones in Monmouth Ridge Cemetery on Friday.

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Melissa K. Grant, 42, and her daughter, Savannah N. Lowe, 20, both of Winthrop, were arrested after the Friday dsipute in Monmouth Ridge Cemetery off Cemetery Road.

Grant drew five charges: aggravated criminal mischief, aggravated reckless conduct, operating while license suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.

Lowe was charged with aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated reckless conduct.

Monmouth Police Chief Kevin Mulherin said Lowe was attempting to keep Grant from leaving the cemetery because the daughter thought the mother was drunk, which police never proved.

The daughter hit her mother's car with her car, then the mother hit the daughter's car with hers, Mulherin said.

"They ended up hitting each others' cars and taking out some gravestones," he said.

Mulherin said Grant left the scene of the accident, and the women were chiefly arrested for intentionally hitting each other with their cars.

He said the police have estimated $35,000 in damage due to the size of stones. One of the stones ripped from the ground was that of a woman who died in 1843.

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