Charges against power plant protesters dismissed

Criminal trespassing charges against 44 people who protested last month outside a Somerset power plant have been dismissed. A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office said the protesters had their cases dismissed in exchange for paying $100 each in court costs. The defendants appeared in groups of eight to 10 for their arraignments at Fall River District Court. Their cases were dismissed the day of their arraignment. Police Chief Joseph Ferreira told The Herald News that the $4,400 collected will help defray about 50 percent of overtime costs the Somerset Police Department incurred.

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