Saturday, January 17, 2009


Two local residents charged in GOP national convention incident

Jan. 17, 2009 10:41 a.m. | Two Wisconsin residents and a Texas resident have been accused of throwing a large road sign off a bridge during the Republican National Convention.

Twenty-three-year-old Bradley Crowder of Austin, Texas, 23-year-old Karen Meissner of Menomonee Falls and 18-year-old Christina Vana of West Bend were charged Friday with aiding and abetting second-degree assault.

According to a criminal complaint, protesters picked up sandbags used to hold down a street sign and used them to try to stop buses carrying delegates to the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 1.

The three are accused of throwing a metal sign off the Marion Street bridge over Interstate 94 and the 5th Street exit ramp. It landed three feet from an officer who was trying to remove a sandbag thrown by a protesters.

One of the miscreants is from West Bend, where self-styled "radicals" meet at the library to discuss criminal activity. Coincidence, I'm sure.

It's too bad they couldn't be bothered to tell officials the names of their comrades who tried to kill dozens of people with the sandbags.

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