• Seven arrested during nuke protest at Vermont Yankee
    The Associated Press | April 27,2007
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    VERNON — Seven anti-nuclear activists were arrested after chaining themselves to a fence at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant during a protest in which police also threatened to arrest members of the media.

    The protesters, who call themselves the Raging Grannies, want the plant shut down and have engaged in dozens of similar actions since December 2005.

    In those incidents, reporters and photographers were allowed to speak to the women and take pictures during their arrests.

    But on Wednesday, Police Chief Kevin Turnely told members of the media they would be arrested if they didn't immediately leave the property, which is owned by Entergy. Entergy spokesman Rob Williams said the order wasn't given by the plant's owners, but that in such protests, journalists must abide by trespassing laws just as protesters do.

    Arrested and cited for trespassing and disorderly conduct were:

  • Julia Bonafine, 38, of Shrewsbury.

  • Frances Crowe, 88, of Northampton, Mass.

  • Paki Wieland, 63, of Northampton, Mass.

  • Ellen Graves, 66, of West Springfield, Mass.

  • Hattie Nestel, 68, of Athol, Mass.

  • Marcia Gagliardi, 59, of Athol, Mass.

  • A 78-year-old Wendell, Mass., woman who goes by the name Dorthee.

    Since 2005, members of the group have protested regularly at Entergy's corporate offices and at the gate of the power plant in Vernon. State's Attorney Dan Davis has balked at prosecuting them, saying he doesn't want them using the justice system as a platform for attention.
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