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We're known as the "Cherry Capital of the World." So who is sneaking into our orchards at night and sawing down trees? And why? Read more

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We're known as the "Cherry Capital of the World." So who is sneaking into our orchards at night and sawing down trees? And why?

"Secret Cuts" Update

We've all heard the expression, "Do the math." It conveys the idea that meaning sometimes hides in numbers, in simple equations, in the sum of disparate parts, right? Well, "Do the math," was the advice I heard recently during my interview with Deputy Justin Revnell of the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office. Revnell is the officer assigned to investigate the cherry orchard vandalism and here's his relevant equation: If it took the vandals one minute per tree to destroy 428 cherry trees at the Kroupa orchard, the entire crime took seven hours to commit. Seven hours!

That's just one of the details I'm learning about this bizarre and seemingly motiveless crime. I'll be finishing up my interviews next week and hope to have the story completed by the end of June. Thanks again, so much for your support on this literary project. And please, if you've heard anything, even if it's just a rumor, drop me an email and let me know about it. So far, both the who and the why are still a mystery.

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