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September 14, 2016

Updated Press Release


CASE#:                                               16C203037
TROOPER:                                         Det. Trooper. Michael Notte                                      
STATION:                                         Troop “C” New Haven   
CONTACT#:                                     802-388-4919

DATE/TIME:                                    September 13, 2016
LOCATION:                                      Hunt Road, New Haven, VT
VIOLATION:                                    12 Counts Unlawful Trespass
                                                                1 Count Resisting Arrest

ACCUSED:                                          Multiple Subjects                          
                                                                See attached Photographs

New Haven, VT – 09/13/16– The Vermont State Police responded to 716 Hunt Road in New Haven for a reported trespassing complaint. The owner of the property advised he granted Vermont Gas access to construct a gas line which resulted in approximately 50 protesters unlawfully entering his property and surrounding the excavating equipment to stop the project. The property owner further advised the protestors were interfering with the roadway Vermont Gas agreed to build which would allow his cattle access to their feed due to the construction.

The property owner advised he wanted the trespassers removed from his posted property. The Vermont State Police informed the protestors the legal land owner wanted them to vacate his property and were provided thirty minutes to do so. Twelve protestors decided to stay past the allotted thirty-minute time and were subsequently arrested for unlawful trespass. One protestor was also charged with resisting arrest when he stopped walking and sat on the ground while he was being escorted from the property.

The protestors delayed the project for approximately three and one half hours.

Vermont Fish and Game Officers and Addison County Sherriff Deputies assisted with the complaint.

COURT ACTION:               Yes
COURT DATE:                    November 21, 2016
COURT:                              Addison County Criminal Court
MUG SHOT:                       Yes

Detective Tpr. Michael Notte
Vermont State Police
124 State Place
Rutland, VT 05701
Tel. 802.773.9101
Fax. 802.775.6968

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