Oregon Refuge Occupiers Intend to Surrender, Another Bundy Arrested
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):
Cliven Bundy, the father of wildlife refuge occupation leader Ammon Bundy, has been booked into jail after flying into the Portland airport.
Multnomah County Jail records show Cliven Bundy was booked into the lockup just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. No charges were listed and his projected release date was listed as unknown.
Bundy was at the center of a standoff in Nevada with federal officials in 2014 over use of public lands.
Ammon Bundy had been demanding that the refuge be handed over to locals.
Refuge occupier Sean Anderson says he spoke with the FBI and that he and three other holdouts will turn themselves in at a nearby FBI checkpoint at 8 a.m. Thursday.
Anderson relayed the news to Nevada lawmaker Michele Fiore over a phone line streaming on the Internet as she was driving to the refuge.
Anderson said they plan to leave their weapons in their vehicles and walk one-by-one to the checkpoint while carrying an American flag.
He says he expects Fiore to meet them at the checkpoint Thursday morning.
Nevada state lawmaker Michele Fiore says she is driving to the wildlife refuge from Portland to help peacefully end a 40-day occupation launched to protest prison terms for two local ranchers and federal management of public lands.
Over an open phone line livestreamed on the Internet, Fiore said she will arrive at the refuge near Burns, Oregon, by 1 a.m.
She told the four remaining occupiers she has been in contact with the FBI and that they will not escalate the situation before she and Rev. Franklin Graham arrive.
The last four occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon vacillated between hysteria and calm while assessing their options as the FBI attempted with a bullhorn to negotiate an end to the standoff that began weeks ago.
The scene played out Wednesday night via an open phone line being livestreamed on the Internet by an acquaintance of one of the occupiers.
At least three of the remaining holdouts at the refuge yelled over each other at times with conflicting ideas from surrendering "in the morning" to "going to their graves."
As David Fry and Sean Anderson yelled back and forth with the FBI, Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore spoke to them and Sandy Anderson on a phone, telling them she could only help them if they stayed alive. The Rev. Franklin Graham apparently spoke to occupiers on another call as the occupiers occasionally prayed.
Fiore, a Republican state Assembly member from Las Vegas, had already travelled to Oregon to meet with jailed group leader Ammon Bundy's attorney.
The FBI says it has moved to contain the last few occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge who were part of a protest that began more than a month ago over federal land policy.
Authorities said in a statement they placed agents at barricades both immediately ahead of and behind the area where the occupiers were camping outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
An acquaintance of occupier David Fry was livestreaming on YouTube what he said was an open phone line from the standoff. The occupiers said they were surrounded by armored vehicles.
The four holdouts were the last remnants of an armed group that seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon on Jan. 2 to oppose federal land-use policies.
They four refusing to leave are: 27-year-old David Fry, of Blanchester, Ohio; 46-year-old Jeff Banta, of Elko, Nevada; and married couple Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, of Riggins, Idaho.