• Veteran's vandalized headstone to be replaced thanks to overwhelming community support


    BEAVER COUNTY, Pa. - FRIDAY 10 a.m. UPDATE: Channel 11's Amy Marcinkiewicz has learned Rome Monument in Rochester Twp, Beaver County is going to replace this veteran's headstone for FREE!

    "Talk about a great supporter of the community," Marcinkiewicz said. "Bravo to you Rome Monument and to all the folks who offered to help."

    An upset family is demanding answers after a woman says she found her loved one’s gravesite destroyed with a sledgehammer on Memorial Day.

    Carol Cable told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that she got a call on Monday that there was trouble at the gravesite of her longtime boyfriend -- Thomas Smeltzer.


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    When Cable got to the Beaver Cemetery, in Beaver County, she noticed Smeltzer’s $5,000 tombstone was destroyed with a sledgehammer.


    Smeltzer was in the Army and was part of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

    “I’m devastated,” Cable said. “I can’t believe someone would do this to him.”

    Authorities told Cable they think the vandalism happened Sunday night into Monday.

    “It’s just not right to do this, especially to a veteran,” Cable's son, Steve Cable, said.

    Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to contact police.

    “We just hope someone comes forward. I need to know who did this,” Carol Cable said.

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