[sixties-l] Standoff Between Marijuana Advocate, FBI

From: radtimes (resist@best.com)
Date: Wed Sep 05 2001 - 15:42:20 EDT

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    Campground Bloodshed


    Standoff Between Marijuana Advocate, FBI Leads to Two Fatal Shootings

    By James Pritchard
    The Associated Press

    VANDALIA, Mich., Sept. 4 A campground standoff ended in its fifth day with
    a second man fatally shot by police today after he allegedly pointed a
    weapon at an officer.

    Rolland Rohm, 28, was shot about 6:30 a.m., less than 12 hours after his
    roommate was fatally shot by an FBI agent, Cass County Sheriff Joseph
    Underwood Jr. said.
    Rohm had been ordered several times to put his weapon down, Underwood said.
    He said Rohm pointed the gun at a Michigan State Police officer and was shot.
    A police bomb squad was checking the campground.
    "It's our understanding that the campground has been booby-trapped,"
    Underwood said.
    Early today, Rohm had said he would surrender at 7 a.m. if his son were
    brought to see him, Underwood said. The sheriff said police were in the
    process of granting the request when shortly after 6 a.m., a fire was
    reported at the compound.
    Rohm was then seen leaving the residence with a long gun and walking into
    the yard, Underwood said. He said police warned Rohm to drop the weapon,
    but he instead pointed it at an officer.
                      Investigating Burning Buildings
    Rohm lived at the campground, called Rainbow Farms, with Grover T.
    Crosslin, the campground's owner. Crosslin, 47, was fatally shot Monday
    evening by an FBI agent after pointing a rifle at the agent, Underwood said.
    Crosslin had been facing felony drug and weapons charges, authorities said.
    The standoff began Friday when deputies went to the farm after neighbors
    said Crosslin was burning buildings on his property, which is the target of
    civil forfeiture proceedings. A house and four main buildings on the
    campground property appeared to have been burned since then, Underwood said.
    Crosslin reportedly warned neighbors that day to leave the area because
    "all hell was going to break loose."
    Dori Leo, Crosslin's and Rohm's attorney, said Rohm and his 12-year-old
    son, who was recently placed in foster care, had lived with Crosslin for at
    least five years. Leo said Crosslin was upset because Rohm's son, who he
    helped raise, had been taken from the home.
                      Facing Drug, Weapons Charges
    Deputies said they believe Crosslin was upset about a bond revocation
    hearing scheduled for Friday. It was set because police believed he had
    held a festival on the campground, in violation of the terms of his release
    on previous drug and weapons charges.
    Crosslin had been arrested in May over allegations of marijuana use at his
    34-acre campground and charged with felony possession of a firearm, growing
    marijuana and maintaining a drug house.
    Authorities alleged Crosslin shot a news helicopter from WNDU-TV in nearby
    South Bend, Ind., as it flew overhead Friday. Shots also were fired at an
    unmarked state police plane Saturday but missed, police said. Both aircraft
    landed safely without injuries.
    According to the Rainbow Farm's Web site, Crosslin bought the property
    about 15 years ago with the idea of supporting "the medical, spiritual and
    responsible recreational uses of marijuana for a more sane and
    compassionate America."

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