FBI Helping Police Involved in Standoff
With Campground Owner Facing Drug, Weapons Charges
By James Prichard
Associated Press Writer
Sep 3, 2001 05:07 EDT
VANDALIA, Mich. (AP) - A standoff with the owner of a campground
known for its
advocacy of marijuana dragged into a fourth day, with police
enlisting the help
of a third-party negotiator and the FBI stepping in to relieve
The campground's supporters gathered near the site Sunday as police
end a standoff that has involved shots being fired at a news
"The word is out about what's going on," said Shirley DeWeese,
Grover T. Crosslin, owns the southwest Michigan campground called
"If they do kill him, it's not going to be the end."
Neighbors said Crosslin 47, who faces drug and weapons charges, was
buildings on Friday on his property, which is the target of civil
proceedings. Deputies went to the farm after hearing about the
Police did not know who fired the shots that whizzed by an unmarked
police plane Saturday and struck the tail of an Indiana television
news helicopter Friday. Both landed safely.
The FBI said Sunday night that federal agents would relieve
the Michigan State Police and Cass County Sheriff's Office who have
the site. Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said Crosslin
"It is the goal of all three agencies to resolve this matter
said John Bell Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit
Officers did not identify the third party assisting in the
Sheriff's Lt. Lyndon Parrish believed Crosslin was upset over a
revocation hearing he skipped Friday. The hearing was set because
believed he was violating terms of his release on charges of felony
possession and drug charges.
Dori Leo, who identified herself to the South Bend Tribune as
attorney, said her client was upset because a child he helped raise
placed in foster care following the charges.
Crosslin and five others were arrested in May after a two-year
into allegations of marijuana use at the campground, just before it
host a weekend event promoting marijuana legalization.
A statement on Rainbow Farm's Web site says it "supports the
spiritual and responsible recreational uses of marijuana for a more
and compassionate America."
About a mile away from the campground, about a half-dozen people
placards in support of Crosslin and Rainbow Farm.
"We were hoping for a peaceful resolution and they're bringing in
and artillery," said DeWeese.
On the Net: Campground: http://www.rainbowfarmcampground.com
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