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3 protesters arrested at BP?lease-signing site

April 17, 2012
By KEVIN HOWELL , Salem News

GREENFORD- Goshen police arrested three protesters at the Greenford Bobcats Space Center following two separate incidents Sunday afternoon.

Anne Lukins, 21, Bainbridge Island, Washington, was charged with criminal trespassing and obstructing official business after failing to leave a lease signing event conducted by BP/ALOV. According to police, officers responded to the facility at 4:15 p.m. where a group of 10 people opposed to the lease signings had entered the main entry doors to the event and were yelling and attempting to push past officers and event staff. The people were advised to leave several times as they were not welcome inside the private building. Everyone began to leave except for Lukins, who allegedly failed to follow directives.

Jeremy T. Bingham, 20, Arlington, Mass.; and Johnathan Sidney, 21, Cleveland, were charged with inducing panic and criminal trespassing after officers returned to the facility at 5:40 p.m. for a fire alarm. Witnesses stated that the two men were being escorted from the building by a business owner when they manually activated a fire alarm before fleeing westbound onto private property. They were apprehended approximately five minutes later in the 7800 block of South Range Road after surrendering and admitting to setting off the alarm.

All three are scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Mahoning County Court No. 3 in Sebring.

According to police, the three individuals were part of a larger group protesting the signing of leases for gas and oil drilling. BP had been set up at the site, a privately owned establishment, since April 9 signing leases with landowners.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net

 
 

 

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