2nd GHS student charged in tree case

GLOVERSVILLE – A second senior at Gloversville High School is facing multiple charges after he served as a lookout while another student cut down more than a dozen trees in front of the campus early Friday morning, city police said.

Vincent A. Scott, 18, of 98 S. Judson St., was arrested by city police Sunday and charged with third-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree conspiracy, both misdemeanors.

This marks the second arrest for the incident that left 17 trees being removed from the campus on Friday morning.

Kurtis Callen, 18, of 132 Norboro Road, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and third-degree criminal trespass.

Initial reports from police said only one person was involved in cutting down the trees.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said after further review of video surveillance, it was noticed a second person was at the scene during the tree-cutting incident.

“[Scott] was the second subject observed on the video tape,” the chief said. “He was not taking part in the damage of the trees, but he was serving as a lookout. Our investigation determined he had agreed to take part in this. He decided he wasn’t going to cut trees, but stood as a lookout and watched. When the police got there, he jumped into the vehicle with Callen and fled the scene.”

Capt. John Sira previously said officers were on alert and patrolling in the area of the high school around 3 a.m. when an officer noticed the trees had been cut and an unidentified vehicle pulled into one of the parking lots and when the officer got near the vehicle, it fled the area.

After interviewing several students, Sira said, it was determined Callen was responsible for cutting the trees.

VanDeusen said based on the interviews and some of the images from the video, authorities had enough information to make both arrests.

High School Principal Richard DeMallie declined to comment on Scott’s involvement this morning.

He previously said Callen is facing a five-day suspension for his involvement with the tree cutting incident.

Some of the trees were memorials to the deceased and gifts to the district by previous graduating classes, according to a school district spokesman.

Scott was released on an appearance ticket returnable to City Court.