Teens charged

Two male teenagers have been charged for damage caused at North Hills Golf Course in June.

The youths, ages 16 and 17, are facing several charges after reportedly causing more than $1,000 worth of damage to the city-owned public golf course.

Corry City Police said they developed leads in the vandalism, which occurred at night sometime July 17. Based on evidence left at the scene, and from other evidence “obtained from other sources,” the teens were identified; though because of their age, their names were not released.

A worker mowing the grass at the course on July 18 discovered the extensive damage. It is believed two four-wheelers intentionally drove across the course.

Steve Bailey, director of golf at North Hills, said greens on holes 2, 5, 7, 8, 14 and 15 were damaged by tire marks. Numerous fairways also had tire marks on them.

In March, the Corry Golf Commission had to weigh its options after snowmobiles were believed to have driven across the greens on No. 14 and 16, leaving skid marks on the grass putting surface. The greens eventually were repaired prior to the opening of the golf season.

At a North Hills Golf Commission meeting Tuesday, Bailey said he was glad to see a resolution.

“The damage, I don’t know if everybody knows, they found the two kids,” Bailey told the commission. “Some of their friends squealed on them.”

“It’s amazing how that happens,” said Charlie Campbell, a Corry City councilman and member of the commission.

Bailey said the $1,087 in damage includes labor, fertilizer and top dressing to repair the putting surfaces.

Bailey said most of the greens have been repaired, though tire marks are still visible on hole No. 8. He said the marks should be gone by next season.

“I’m glad they found them,” Bailey said of the charges.

The youths will be charged through Erie County Juvenile Court with criminal mischief, trespassing and operating all terrain vehicles on private property.

No further information regarding the investigation was made available this morning.

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