Little League recovers after copper wire theft

HIGHLANDS – Let the games begin! The Highlands Little League is back playing a full schedule, after restoring the lighting at two of their four baseball fields on E. Canal Street.

Last month, thieves that don’t seem to care about young athletes, stole about 2500 feet of copper wiring that ran to the lights at the field.

At the time, the Little League organization thought they might not be able to play all their games, which usually take place in the evenings, often after dark.

But the community stepped in and through donations of money, goods, and services, was able to restore lighting to the two fields. LL President Jeremy Reznicek had estimated that the loss was over $10,000, but to restore power a donation of new wire worth $2100 was made, and RUS Industrial in Channelview hooked up the lights at no cost.

According to LL parent Chrissa Cotten Teel, games are continuing on a regular schedule now, thanks to a lot of folks that helped and cared about the kids that play baseball. She said that the League does not get any outside funding or county help, only their fundraising activities, and donations of money and volunteers to run the games. She emphasized that the league could continue to use help, but thanked the community for their support.

Authorities are expected to watch the fields at Kaminski Park to discourage any further thefts or vandalism.

Constable Ken Jones told the Star-Courier that theft of wiring was also reported at the County softball field on Wallisville Road. In addition, a number of truck thefts have been reported recently in Highlands, and the Constable’s office is patroling more intensively. Anyone with information is asked to call his office, at 281-427-4791.