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Wright Brothers' Gravesite Vandalized; 60 Plots Desecrated in Ohio Cemetery

Wright Brothers Gravesite Vandalized
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DAYTON, Ohio (CBS/AP) Vandals have damaged dozens of grave sites at a Dayton cemetery where famous Ohioans such as the Wright brothers, poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ohio Gov. James Cox and humorist Erma Bombeck are buried.

Police say an American flag and an aviation flag were taken from the Wright brothers site and the flagpole was broken. A flag honoring Dunbar was taken down and burned.

Police say workers Monday morning found 62 sites vandalized; damage is estimated at $25,000. The private Woodland Cemtery was founded in 1841.

Police Lt. Larry Faulkner tells the Dayton Daily News cemetery vandalism isn't uncommon. Stephen Wright, the great-grandnephew of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, says he hopes the culprits are caught.

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