Teenage sisters charged with anti-gay hate crime

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A second St. Albans teenager is expected in court today to answer a hate crime charge that she and her sister allegedly spray painted anti-gay slogans and slashed the tires of vehicles belonging to two men joined in a civil union.

Sixteen-year-old Melissa Gaboury appeared in court yesterday and pleaded not guilty.

Eight-teen-year-old Meghan Gaboury is due in court today.

Police say the sisters are distant relatives of one of the victims.

Police say the dispute escalated after the sisters and their father were evicted from an apartment building where the victims also lived.

Police say the two men discovered the vandalism on Monday.

Police say the Gaboury sisters had "increasingly volatile interactions” with the alleged victims.

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