ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Two of the six people arrested as a result of the Tar Sands Blockade protest in Diboll on Jan. 2 are still being held in the Angelina County Jail.
Audrey Jane Campbell, 22, of Boulder, Colo. and Michael Joseph Stewart, 25, of Lakewood, Colo. are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each person has been charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief. Campbell's bond has been set at $7,000, and Stewart's bond has been set at $10,000.
As part of an ongoing effort to stop TransCanada's proposed Keystone Xl pipeline, the Tar Sands Blockade protesters erected two platforms high in trees several miles south of Diboll off of US Highway. The protesters strung numerous lines from the platforms to the ground and rigged them in such a way that any tampering with the lines could have caused the protesters on the platform to fall to the ground 50 to 60 feet below.
Other protesters waved signs and delivered food to the tree-sitters from the ground. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said the Tar Sands people were arrested because they were on private property. Several of the protesters ran from ACXSO deputies, and as a result, were charged with evading arrest and detention.
Campbell stayed on her platform most of the day, but she climbed down and surrendered to authorities Thursday night. However, Stewart spent the night on his platform and dealt with near-freezing rain. He finally climbed down and surrendered at about 9:15 a.m. Friday.
Gerald Sproehlich, 23, of Sheboygan, Wisc., was arrested at the scene and charged with evading arrest and detention and criminal trespass. Sproehlich appeared in the county court-at-law's jail call Friday, but he couldn't make a plea because officials didn't have any paperwork on him.
Dakoda Nikalie Benson, 21, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Patrick William Boyle, 30, of Denver, were arrested for evading arrest and detention. They were bonded out of jail Friday.
Another man, Murtaza Nek, 25, was arrested at the scene and charged with interfering with public duties. During the jail call, Nek pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The other four people who were arrested at the protest site have since posted bond and have been released from the Angelina County Jail.
Attempts to reach the Tar Sands Blockade group for comment were unsuccessful.