Three Arrested in Carlton County


February 3, 2021

February 1, 2021 – On Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm, Tribal officers from the Fond du Lac Police Department and deputies from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of State Highway 210 and Hohensee Road on a report of people trespassing on the right of way of a construction site in that area.

Protesters, numbering less than a dozen, got into the construction area of the pipeline and one protester, described as an adult male, got onto a pipe as it was being lowered into a trench filled with water.

Due to the dangers associated in dealing with this situation, area fire departments were called up, including a specialized trench rescue team out of Virginia, Minnesota.

As a precaution, an ambulance was coming to stage at the scene, however two protesters blocked the medical personnel’s access and were subsequently arrested. The two adult males, both reporting to be from out of state, were arrested and booked into the Carlton County Jail on Misdemeanor charges.

At approximately 10:30 pm, the one remaining suspect, Jeffrey Nichols-Haining, 31, was taken into custody and seen by paramedics. He will be booked into the Carlton County Jail on Probable Cause Gross Misdemeanor Trespass.

The Fond du Lac Tribal Police and Carlton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the fire departments and emergency medical services for their assistance in handling this matter.


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