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Tue September 13, 2011
Arrests made stemming from Longview union protests
KELSO, Wash. — Authorities in Washington have arrested two people in connection with the union takeover of a Longview grain terminal, including a worker caught on video in a vulgarity-laced tirade outside the union hall.
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office says 45-year-old Ronald Patrick Stavas, of Kelso, is accused of assaulting a guard and breaking into the EGT terminal on Thursday. He was arrested for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and sabotage. Bail was set at $50,000.
Witnesses identified Stavas on the KGW-TV video.
Authorities also arrested 39-year-old Shelly Ann Porter, of Longview, for trespassing when she blocked a train. She was booked and released.
The union believes it has the right to work at the EGT facility, but the company has hired a contractor using laborers from another union.