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Three Protestors Arrested Inside Oregon Department of Forestry Molalla Unit Office
08/01/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Three people were taken into custody Monday afternoon at the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Molalla Unit Office during a logging protest related to the Elliott State Forest in Coos County.
 
On August 1, 2011 at approximately 10:45 a.m. Molalla Police Department (MPD), Oregon State Police (OSP), and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) responded to a report of a large protest group of an estimated 30 people inside and outside the ODF Molalla Unit Office.  Upon arrival, officers encountered about 20 people inside the office, past the reception desk and into the interior business office area including the fire dispatch center.
 
Subsequent to directions and options provided by MPD, all but four people left the inside office area and went outside.  Thee of the four were attached using interlocking improvised tubing designed to attached the three protestors arms.  They remained seated locked together on the floor blocking the interior entry and refused to leave.
 
At approximately 3:15 p.m. the three women were taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail where they were booked for Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree and Disorderly Conduct.  They are identified as:
 
MEREDITH L. COCKS, age 26, from Portland, Oregon
DANIELLE A. HAUSER, age 21, from Olympia, Washington
SARA E. SILVESTRO, age 21, from Olympia, Washington
 
All three are scheduled to appear in Molalla Municipal Court on August 16, 2011.
 
No other arrests occurred outside the facility.
 
For safety reasons, Highway 211 was closed between Mathias Road and Shirley Street because protestors initially moved out near the highway interfering with traffic.  The highway was re-opened about 3:30 p.m.
 
Questions regarding the Elliott State Forest and Department of Forestry should be directed to Kevin Weeks, Department of Forestry Public Information Officer, at (503) 689-6879.