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30-YEAR GRUDGE BLAMED FOR EX-TEACHER'S MISCHIEF

Police say a former elementary school teacher held a grudge almost 30 years after receiving poor work reviews, littering the driveways of former co-workers and administrators with roofing nails and splattering paint on their garage doors.

Thomas R. Haberbush, 72, of Niskayuna, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of stalking, criminal mischief and criminal tampering, all misdemeanors. Police said that three former school board members, a retired principal and a retired assistant principal at Caroline Street Elementary School were among the nine victims Haberbush targeted over the past two years. Their car tires were damaged by roofing nails that Haberbush threw in the driveways, police said.

"It's very bizarre to carry around a grudge for nearly 30 years," said Saratoga Springs police investigator John Catone. "At least now there can be closure for all those people he terrorized."

Saratoga County assistant district attorney David Harper requested that Haberbush undergo a mental health evaluation as part of the plea agreement.

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