Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Charges follow river camping outing

Three men are facing felony  destruction of property charges in connection with what was supposed to be a camping trip along the Rappahannock River.  Lee Sillitoe, Fredericksburg’s watershed property manager, says the trio got a truck stuck  March 20 on city-owned land near the confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan.  Next, they got a  20-ton Caterpiller bucket loader and  a backhoe stuck trying to get the truck out. No vehicles are allowed on the property.  Sillitoe says the heavy equipment, which is still there,  damaged trees and the property, which sits within Fredericksburg’s  4,200-acre conservation easement outside the city limits upstream.  Kevin Allen, 25, of Temple Hills, Md., Carlos Alarcon, 25, of Fairfax, and Sean Gilbertson, 25, of Annandale, are each charged with one count of felony destruction of property, one count of misdemeanor destruction of property and one count of trespassing.  See my story tomorrow for more.