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'Frederick Four' To Appear In Court On Thurs.

They're being called "The Frederick Four" and they're scheduled to appear in District Court on Thursday morning, May 15th at 8:30.

Steven Bruns, Joanna LaFollette, Dennis Frostbutter and Elizabeth Hoffman were arrested on March 7th in front of the Frederick County Court House. They were protesting Dominion Power's plans to build a 16,000 horsepower compressor station in Myersville, and the expansion of its facility in Cove Point in Calvert County to export natural gas.

The four were issued a criminal summons, charging them with willfully obstructing or hindering free passage of others into a public place. Frederick Police say the charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.

Organizers of the protest say it was peaceful, and the four cooperated with police.
It was civil disobedience, which organizers say is sometimes the only way for citizens to their point across.

The protest in front of the Frederick County Court House was one of three  in Maryland that  day in  opposition to Dominion's compressor station and expansion at Cove Point. In total, 14 were arrested in Frederick, Cumberland and Lusby.



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