Crawford TX — Late last night, a pickup truck, dragging a pipe and chains, tore through rows of white crosses in the area where Cindy Sheehan, whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq last year, has been protesting the war (Ossining vigil for Cindy Sheehan set for August 17).
The crosses, which bore the names of fallen US soldiers, stretched along a road nearby the Bush ranch and Camp Casey.
The driver, Larry Northern, (video), 59, a realtor, married to Vicki Northern, LMSW, of McLennan County, was charged Tuesday with Criminal Mischief Over $1,500 and under $20,000. Bail was set at $3,000.
Witnesses said the driver swerved the truck in and out of the makeshift memorial Monday (8/15/2005) night. In response, the anti-war activists who are camped out in Crawford have vowed not to engage in violence and began repairs to the hundreds of damaged crosses.