THE DALLES — Two people were arrested here Tuesday afternoon when they stood with arms locked blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces Recruiting Office.
Leslie Hoover-Lauble of Mt. Hood and David Duncombe of White Salmon, Wash., were arrested at about 3 p.m. on charges of criminal trespass when someone described by The Dalles police as the property owner tried to get into the building and couldn’t. The recruiting office was closed to the public on Tuesday.
“The (protesters) were totally cooperative and non-resistive,” said Captain Ed Goodman of The Dalles police. “They were just trying to make a political point.” Hoover-Lauble and Duncombe were lodged in Norcor. Hoover-Lauble posted bail and was released Tuesday evening. Duncombe was released on his own recognizance Wednesday morning.
According to Hoover-Lauble, she and Duncombe and a couple of other anti-war demonstrators arrived at the recruiting office at about 8 a.m. to continue a protest that had been initiated on Monday. About a dozen war supporters were already there, anticipating their arrival. The opposing groups demonstrated peacefully throughout the day, though the initial crowd thinned to just a few people, according to Goodman. A police officer observed the demonstration throughout the day from the parking lot.
Hoover-Lauble and Duncombe appeared in Municipal Court on Wednesday and requested that their cases be transferred to Circuit Court. No hearing date has been set.