Maine protester charged with sledgehammer threat
AUGUSTA, Maine—An Occupy Augusta protester has been charged with threatening to use a sledgehammer on another city resident at Capitol Park.
State police spokesman Steve McCausland says a 27-year-old Augusta man made the threat Thursday afternoon. McCausland says Capitol Police issued a summons for him at around noon Saturday.
The man was also given a trespass notice that prohibits him from being in Capitol Park, a state park near the State House.
The protesters are going to federal court on Monday to prevent their ouster from Capitol Park. The protesters have stayed in the park since Oct. 15, but police now say they need to get a permit or move their tents. Authorities say campers have damaged the ground and other people are complaining they can't use the park.