State Police investigating bias crime in Fishkill

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FISHKILL – The New York State Police from the Wappinger barracks and the Bias Crime Unit are investigating an incident involving graffiti and vandalism to a large cross in the area of Brooks Road in the town of Fishkill.

The cross has stood atop Honness Mountain, also known as Brooks Mountain in Fishkill for many years.  It was erected by a member of the Brooks family as a sign of his religious beliefs and an offering of thanks for sparing a member of his family that sustained serious injuries in a fire.  It has stood visible from many locations along Routes 9 and I-84, just west of Merritt Park and the GAP Distribution Center.

James Brooks, grandson of the man that erected the cross on their mountain property, SAID the cross had been vandalized once in several years, until recently.  According to Brooks, the cross has been completely destroyed twice in the last three years.  Most recently, vandals unplugged the electric supply to the lights and then cut the four cables that held the cross in place.  Brooks then claims that after cutting the cables, the subjects then used a rope or winch to bend the cross completely over.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Investigator Dolcemascolo at (845) 677-7300.