[sixties-l] FBI Helping Police Involved in Standoff

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Date: Mon Sep 03 2001 - 19:23:01 EDT

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    FBI Helping Police Involved in Standoff
    With Campground Owner Facing Drug, Weapons Charges
    http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?id=149495&article=8247

    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
    officers.

    The campground's supporters gathered near the site Sunday as police
    worked to
    end a standoff that has involved shots being fired at a news
    helicopter and
    police plane.

    "The word is out about what's going on," said Shirley DeWeese,
    whose brother,
    Grover T. Crosslin, owns the southwest Michigan campground called
    Rainbow Farm.
    "If they do kill him, it's not going to be the end."

    Neighbors said Crosslin 47, who faces drug and weapons charges, was
    burning
    buildings on Friday on his property, which is the target of civil
    forfeiture
    proceedings. Deputies went to the farm after hearing about the
    fires.

    Police did not know who fired the shots that whizzed by an unmarked
    state
    police plane Saturday and struck the tail of an Indiana television
    station
    news helicopter Friday. Both landed safely.

    The FBI said Sunday night that federal agents would relieve
    officers from
    the Michigan State Police and Cass County Sheriff's Office who have
    been at
    the site. Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said Crosslin
    has made
    no demands.

    "It is the goal of all three agencies to resolve this matter
    peacefully,"
    said John Bell Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit
    office.

    Officers did not identify the third party assisting in the
    negotiations.

    Sheriff's Lt. Lyndon Parrish believed Crosslin was upset over a
    $150,000 bond
    revocation hearing he skipped Friday. The hearing was set because
    authorities
    believed he was violating terms of his release on charges of felony
    firearm
    possession and drug charges.

    Dori Leo, who identified herself to the South Bend Tribune as
    Crosslin's
    attorney, said her client was upset because a child he helped raise
    was
    placed in foster care following the charges.

    Crosslin and five others were arrested in May after a two-year
    investigation
    into allegations of marijuana use at the campground, just before it
    was to
    host a weekend event promoting marijuana legalization.

    A statement on Rainbow Farm's Web site says it "supports the
    medical,
    spiritual and responsible recreational uses of marijuana for a more
    sane
    and compassionate America."

    About a mile away from the campground, about a half-dozen people
    displayed
    placards in support of Crosslin and Rainbow Farm.

    "We were hoping for a peaceful resolution and they're bringing in
    choppers
    and artillery," said DeWeese.

    On the Net: Campground: http://www.rainbowfarmcampground.com

    http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGATJLA16RC.html



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