Five charged in logging protest on Oregon Capitol dome

Logging protesters put a banner on the Oregon Capitol dome Thursday criticizing state plans to sell timber in a state forest.

Published on September 20, 2013 9:38AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Police say charges have been filed against five people involved in a logging protest Thursday on the face of the Capitol dome.

They are against plans for the Elliott State Forest in the Coast Range near Coos Bay that include selling some of its acreage.

Two used ropes to descend from the top of the dome Thursday and unfurl a banner criticizing Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The police identified the climbers as 22-year-old Benjamin Jones and 26-year-old Erin Michele Grady, both of Eugene.

The police said three people providing support were 21-year-old Robert Oliver of Coos Bay, 21-year-old Isabel Indigo Brooks of Portland and 35-year-old Peter Bryan Garcia of Eugene.

All were charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. All but Garcia were charged with recklessly endangering another person.


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