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5 activists arrested for W.Va. barge incident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Five environmental activists have been
arrested after chaining themselves to a coal barge in protest of
mountaintop removal mining operations.
Sgt. Michael Baylous says the incident happened Thursday on the
Kanawha River near Chelyan. The five were arraigned before a
Kanawha County magistrate.
Catherine-Ann MacDougal of Gloucester, Mass., Rebecca Loeb of
Maynard, Mass., and Nathan Walker Joseph of New Orleans were
charged with trespassing and obstructing an officer. Ricki Draper
of Greensboro, N.C., and Jacob Mack-Boll of Lancaster, Pa., were
charged with trespassing.
Draper, Joseph and Mack-Boll posted bond, while MacDougal and
Loeb were taken to Southcentral Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.
Last summer MacDougal spent a month in a tree at an Alpha
Natural Resources mine near Marfork to protest strip mining. She
pleaded no contest to trespassing.


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