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29 Arrested During Protest At Energy Facility In Dutchess

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A total of 29 people were arrested during a protest at the Crickett Valley Energy facility in Dover.

The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police said the 29 were charged during the early morning hours on Saturday, Nov. 15, said Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Capt. John Watterson.

A large group of the protestors gained access to the facility ground, with most of the group blocking the entrance while a smaller group climbed up onto smokestacks on the property, Watterson said.

The protesters’ actions resulted in a large law enforcement response from both agencies, at which time arrangements were made to remove the protesters from the private property, he added.

As a result, 29 of the protesters refused to follow dispersal orders and were subsequently taken into custody at the scene.

After being processed all of those arrested were released on appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Dover Court.

Most were charged with trespass; those that climbed the smokestacks were charged with criminal trespass.

The Sheriff’s Office and State Police were assisted by the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response and Mobile Life.

No one was injured during the event.

Those charged with criminal trespass included:

  • Benjamin F. Schwartz, age 42
  • Monica D. Hunken, age 38
  • George M. Elliot, age 20
  • Christopher L. Iversen, age 53

Those charged with trespass included:

  • Amanda Sisenstein, age 38
  • Valerie Hahn, age 50
  • Janet Apuzzo, age 53
  • Gabriel Reichler, age 21
  • Jonathan Keller, age 67
  • Dinala A. Wrightman, age 70
  • Mark A. Dunlea, age 65
  • Kim A. Fraczek, age 44
  • Alyson K. Halpert, age 28
  • Thomas Ross, age 62
  • Kristie Schmidt, age 59
  • Lewis E. Chiu, age 44
  • David Y. Esposito, age 38
  • Lucinda J. Caroll, age 18
  • Nancy Nguyen, age 25
  • William A. Kish, age 54
  • Melissa A. Hoffmann, age 20
  • Laurie D. Cotter, age 63
  • Robert H. Friedman, age 30
  • Maggie R.Berke, age 21
  • James E. Gordon, age 61
  • Sandra L. Radoff, age 68
  • Margaret A. Lewis, age 77
  • Jeanne L. Bergman, age 62
  • Susan M. Bloom, age 59

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