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Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:23 PM

 

Protester arrested in Burns, driving stolen refuge vehicle

BURNS – Oregon State Police on Friday arrested one of the protesters holding the wildlife refuge, charging him with having a stolen vehicle after he drove into town, authorities said.

The man was identified as Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent. He was accused of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Law enforcement officials said Medenbach is currently on federal probation stemming from another militia-style episode in southern Oregon last year.

He is the first person arrested in connection with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, taken over two weeks ago.

He was arrested in the Safeway parking lot in one vehicle bearing federal government license plates. A second federal vehicle was parked next to him, but the man police suspect of driving that into town already had gone into the grocery before police arrived.

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/protester_arrested_in_burns_dr.html#incart_river_index

One Yeehawdist down, hopefully more to come.

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Reply Protester arrested in Burns, driving stolen refuge vehicle (Original post)
opiate69 Jan 2016 OP
cwydro Jan 2016 #1
bluedigger Jan 2016 #2
opiate69 Jan 2016 #4
sarge43 Jan 2016 #28
Wounded Bear Jan 2016 #39
sarge43 Jan 2016 #44
waddirum Jan 2016 #50
emulatorloo Jan 2016 #3
Vinca Jan 2016 #5
rhett o rick Jan 2016 #9
Bluenorthwest Jan 2016 #48
cali Jan 2016 #6
Monk06 Jan 2016 #7
world wide wally Jan 2016 #8
progressoid Jan 2016 #10
403Forbidden Jan 2016 #11
thereismore Jan 2016 #13
Mister Ed Jan 2016 #20
MrChuck Jan 2016 #27
Blanks Jan 2016 #32
missingthebigdog Jan 2016 #38
2pooped2pop Jan 2016 #49
Blanks Jan 2016 #58
TreasonousBastard Jan 2016 #12
daleanime Jan 2016 #14
LiberalArkie Jan 2016 #18
opiate69 Jan 2016 #22
malaise Jan 2016 #24
opiate69 Jan 2016 #25
randys1 Jan 2016 #26
malaise Jan 2016 #30
opiate69 Jan 2016 #33
malaise Jan 2016 #34
opiate69 Jan 2016 #35
malaise Jan 2016 #36
Baitball Blogger Jan 2016 #15
Eugene Jan 2016 #16
Marty McGraw Jan 2016 #47
RiffRandell Jan 2016 #17
cui bono Jan 2016 #19
phantom power Jan 2016 #21
ffr Jan 2016 #23
FuzzyRabbit Jan 2016 #41
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SCantiGOP Jan 2016 #29
libodem Jan 2016 #31
Ferd Berfel Jan 2016 #37
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Still In Wisconsin Jan 2016 #43
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UTUSN Jan 2016 #52
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Coventina Jan 2016 #59
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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:25 PM

1. Good. I hope this means they're watching them.

Even if they take them one by one, that'll work.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:25 PM

2. These guys have some big cojones, i'll give them that.

Driving government vehicles into town for snacks.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:30 PM

4. Big cojones, or pea-brains?

 

Or an astounding combination?

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:15 PM

28. Yeah, it isn't necessarily an either/or, especially with this collection of wannabees n/t

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Response to sarge43 (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:57 PM

39. Methinks that big cojones and pea brains go together...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #39)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:22 PM

44. The frequency of the correlation is statistically significant n/t

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:01 PM

50. big cajones

but tiny cascabel.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:27 PM

3. Good. Here's another one that's now in custody: Brian "Booda Bear" Cavalier

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:32 PM

5. One down, but the feds need to add some charges to the mix.

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Response to Vinca (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:36 PM

9. They are white men with guns. No charges will be filed. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:40 PM

48. This guy is already facing unrelated Federal charges and his activities at

 

the Refuge are a violation of his release conditions, so he'll be facing more than just the auto charges. He's got a record a mile long.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:33 PM

6. Yay.

 

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:34 PM

7. Hey that vehickle belongs to "We, the people" and I am one of those we.

I hope they start picking them off one at a time shopping for snacks. Bunch of couch potato losers

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:35 PM

8. Now throw the book at him for all the other shit they are doing

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:36 PM

10. well, I guess that's a start.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:37 PM

11. Good! But are grocery stores now "sanctuaries" off limits to LEO?

 

" A second federal vehicle was parked next to him, but the man police suspect of driving that into town already had gone into the grocery before police arrived."

What's up with that?

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Response to 403Forbidden (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:40 PM

13. I guess there was no reasonable cause to assume that the white patriot

that just walked into store is the same one that drove the vehicle.

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Response to 403Forbidden (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:56 PM

20. I'm thinking maybe just an abundance of caution on the part of the officers.

Those deluded, self-aggrandizing dimbulbs out at the refuge have been promising to go down in a blaze of glory and a hail of bullets rather than let the law take 'em in.

They're probably too chicken to carry out their threats, but still, it may have been wise on the part of the law officers to exercise caution, and make sure some poor toddler didn't get shot out of his grocery-cart seat in the crossfire when they confronted the Rambo wannabee in the store.

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Response to Mister Ed (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:14 PM

27. That is cogent thought

There has been a lot of talk in some circles about blasting these buffoons and, personally, I'm glad they're not doing that.

I can only hope that we see an increase in savvy and restraint when it comes to suspects with darker skin tone. The juxtaposition in methodology is truly staggering.

Here's to the peace. May it increase.

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Response to MrChuck (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:24 PM

32. They're becoming more of a joke...

With each passing day. The right thing to do is to let it run its course.

Arrest them when they give up and go home.

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Response to Blanks (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:49 PM

38. Or when they go shopping for snacks.

That works, too.

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Response to Blanks (Reply #32)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:40 PM

49. like they did at the Bundy ranch?

 

Well, they did the leave them alone part.

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #49)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 09:35 PM

58. The popularity of their movement...

Seems diminished. I'm not seeing an increase in support for these guys.

I guarantee the popularity of the government would decrease if they charged them.

I think they're doing the right thing by mostly ignoring them.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:37 PM

12. I don't get why they couldn't arrest the one who went into the store...

Did he just come out after shopping and drive back without anyone stopping him?

They couldn't impound both vehicles and grab the guy as he was hitching a ride back?

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:41 PM

14. I know, seems kind of weird....

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:52 PM

18. They probably did not see who was driving it. They want every arrest to be absolutely correct and

by the law. They are doing it correctly. Probably everyone one of them will make a mistake a some point.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:59 PM

22. The article has been updated since I posted it.

 

The van was towed out, and the pick-up was driven to impound by a sheriff. Goober #2 is probably resigning himself to a long, cold walk back to the refuge (although the article now says several yeehawdists have gotten into cars to head into town... could get interesting).

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:06 PM

24. Why wasn't he arrested? n/t

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Response to malaise (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:09 PM

25. Cops probably couldn't get a solid ID on him.

 

Sounds like he was inside the store before they got there.

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Response to malaise (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:12 PM

26. Because he is white, if Black probably be dead now

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Response to randys1 (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:19 PM

30. I can't imagine too many people in camo at the supermarket

A Native American or an African American would be in a body bag by now

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Response to malaise (Reply #30)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:24 PM

33. This is him at the refuge....

 



Note the glaring lack of cammo.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #33)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:26 PM

34. ROFL

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Response to malaise (Reply #34)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:29 PM

35. In any case...

 

He looks pretty much exactly like any other middle-aged guy who would otherwise be shopping at Safeway in pretty much any location in the Pacific Northwest (My home for the last 25+ years)... no way in hell Goober #2 is going to stick out in a crowd in that neck of the woods.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #35)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:31 PM

36. OK

I get it

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:43 PM

15. Back at the ranch:

"What happened to Medenbach? He don't write, he don't call."

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:45 PM

16. This Medenbach fellow goes way back.

United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Kenneth William Medenbach, Defendant-appellant, 116 F.3d 487 (9th Cir. 1997)

http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/116/487/611496/

If history is any guide, this guy wants to get arrested and
has repeatedly claimed federal property as his own.
He has used booby traps and explosives.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:36 PM

47. And even way further back than that

A lot has changed in the real world since Medenbach was left for rot in Cidhna Mine. He and his whacka-doodle forsworn antics of old aren't as tolerated in this age no more. Once a yahoo.....




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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:50 PM

17. I hope that gives hime some time in the yard.

The longer the better.

Thanks for posting!

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:53 PM

19. Using a federal gubmint vehikull???



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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 05:57 PM

21. Good news!

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:03 PM

23. I'd be okay if they threw the book at all of them.

Arrest and throw away the key. Terrorists must be dealt with harshly.

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Response to ffr (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:59 PM

41. They aren't terrorists!

They are white.

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Response to FuzzyRabbit (Reply #41)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:33 PM

57. I don't understand your reply

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Response to ffr (Reply #57)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 10:40 PM

60. It's about white privilege.

Even though they brandish firearms and have tried to intimidate local authorities, they are referred to by the news media as "protesters" and "militants". The government has done nothing, just as they did nothing to the Bundy "protesters" in Nevada, who actively aimed loaded firearms at federal authorities.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:19 PM

29. Why didn't they shoot him?

Oh, forgot, he's a patriot.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:20 PM

31. What no parade

Headed up by the ex Fire Marshall?

I never ceased to be amazed at the brazen favoritism shown these seditious tearrorists.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:42 PM

37. add Grand Theftd Auto to th eother charges.....

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 06:57 PM

40. Why are these clowns allowed to drive

 

to a Safeway in anybody's vehicle? Is the end game is to let these fuckers get away with this?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:22 PM

43. "When is Ken gettun back with are snacks?"

...Ima gettun pow'ful hungry fo' Slim Jims and Doritos!

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:24 PM

45. Bust their dumb asses.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 07:36 PM

46. what? he let them take him alive?

 

How could that be?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:05 PM

51. Terrorists say

"No man, they ain't one of us."

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:08 PM

52. k

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:09 PM

53. Pick them off one at a time whenever they wander from the herd.

That's the way to get them in jail without mass confrontation.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:17 PM

54. This is not Kenneth Medenbach’s first tangle with the law

He is currently out on bail, according to court documents, awaiting trial for a seven-month residential occupation of government land between May and November 2015.

Medenbach was tried and convicted of the same crime in 1996. According to a forest service officer who testified at that trial, Medenbach was living in “an eight-by-ten-foot tent with a metal flue and wood-burning stove, a nearby campfire, and various cooking and sleeping equipment”.

According to a court memorandum, the magistrate said that Medenbach posed a risk to public safety and said that he had referenced Ruby Ridge and Waco, two sieges that ended in violence. At a detention hearing, the government said that Medenbach had tried to protect his campsite with “50 to 100 pounds of the explosive ammonium sulfate, a pellet gun, and what appeared to be a hand grenade with trip wires.”

Convicted and given a six-month suspended sentence, Medenbach appealed the case to the federal ninth circuit court, where he argued that federal ownership of unappropriated public lands was unconstitutional. He also filed a civil suit to demand that federal judges no longer swear an oath of affirmation under the constitution, a position he defended in this blog post from January 2015.

He was extensively profiled in the 1999 book Terrorists Among Us: The Militia Threat, by retired Indiana police captain Robert L Snow. At the time, Snow wrote, Medenbach was building his own home on five acres of land in Crescent, Oregon, out of “discarded refrigerators, water heaters, and other such material.” Medenbach, according to Snow, subscribed to the legal theory that state bar associations are unconstitutional, and so courts have no authority over him.

“I’m willing to pay the price for my convictions,” Medenbach told Snow. “Someday, when the laws become too stringent, people will start waking up.”

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/15/oregon-militia-standoff-arrest-stolen-government-vehicle-burns-oregon-police-kenneth-medenbach

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:20 PM

55. UPDATE: Protester ordered not to occupy federal property as condition of his release...

...from federal charges now pending in Medford. (From OP link, updated.)

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 08:24 PM

56. Good. One Clown Removed From The Circus

Good. One clown removed from the circus.

NOW can we cut off their electricity?

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Fri Jan 15, 2016, 09:39 PM

59. Definition of "government taker"

But somehow, I doubt he gets the irony.....

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2016, 04:25 AM

61. I hope they give him a speedy trial and the maximum sentence.

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Response to opiate69 (Original post)

Sat Jan 16, 2016, 09:47 AM

62. from what I've read of the guy..

If he had access to a small plane, he would almost certainly try to fly it into a federal building at the first available opportunity.

Lock and key, close observation and a long long sentence are called for.

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