Officers donate to 11-year-old after neighbor destroys his lemonade stand

"People were coming by getting lemonade, then an adult comes in and victimizes him. We were very appalled by that," Chief Derek Osbeck said


By Sarah Calams

SOLVAY, N.Y. — Officers surprised an 11-year-old boy with a special donation after his roadside lemonade stand was destroyed by a neighbor.

News10.com reported that James "Robbie" Anderson, 38, was arrested after he allegedly drove a motorbike through 11-year-old Nico Miller's lemonade stand. Nico had been running the stand for the past few weeks, officers said. 

"(Nico) was doing what every kid does at one point in time in their life during the summer. He had his stand up and running and people were coming by getting lemonade, then an adult comes in and victimizes him. We were very appalled by that," Solvay Police Chief Derek Osbeck said.

According to Osbeck, he believes Anderson intentionally drove into the stand after an argument with Nico. Anderson is facing more than a dozen charges, including reckless driving, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to the report.

Solvay Police officers and the Solvay Police Benevolent Association donated money to help Nico keep the stand going. Osbeck and two other officers surprised him with the donation. 

"I was not expecting this," Nico said. "This is pretty awesome."

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