Central Point police say 65-year-old woman is tree culprit

A 65-year-old woman with a history of conflicts with neighbors and Central Point Elementary officials has been cited on criminal mischief and trespassing charges linked to the cutting down of trees students planted near the school, police said.

Central Point police cited and released Phyllis Ingram Fairless, 65, this morning on charges of second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree trespassing.

Fairless lives near the school and police have been called to remove her from school grounds in the past cases of trespassing and disorderly conduct, Central Point police Lt. Chuck Newell said. She is also known to have problems with other neighbors, he said.

Tuesday morning, students discovered three of 10 sweet gum trees they planted in November had been cut down and covered with salt in an apparent effort to halt regrowth.

Tips from the school and officers' familiarity with Fairless led investigators to her, Newell said.

— Anita Burke

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