On threat of jail time, Charlestown woman apologizes for destroying Peace Park and its memorials to those lost in tragedies

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports a local woman was sentenced to 50 hours of community service after she acknowledged she was the one who threw out scores of small stone markers, cut down three trees and repainted a gold fence black at the Peace Park on Lowney Way last year. In pleading guilty to the destruction of the memorial site – created in 2018 by the the Turn It Around youth group with a city grant – and offering an apology, Diane Valle at first avoided using the word “I,” until prodded by the judge.

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