First Militiaman Arrested In Connection With Oregon Standoff

ADDS DETAILS OF SOME VEHICLES SEEN AT THE ENTRANCE - An sign of the National Wildlife Refuge System is seen at an entry of the wildlife refuge, where some vehicles are seen used to block access to the inside of the r... ADDS DETAILS OF SOME VEHICLES SEEN AT THE ENTRANCE - An sign of the National Wildlife Refuge System is seen at an entry of the wildlife refuge, where some vehicles are seen used to block access to the inside of the refuge, about 30 miles southeast of Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. Armed protesters are occupying a building at the national wildlife refuge and asking militia members around the country to join them. The protesters went to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday following a peaceful rally in support of two Oregon ranchers facing additional prison time for arson. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT MORE LESS
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Police arrested one of the Oregon militiamen Friday for driving a refuge truck –which was the property of the federal government – into town.

According to the Oregonian, 62-year-old Kenneth Medenbach was arrested in a Safeway parking lot for “unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.”

He was already on probation, according to the paper for his ties to an earlier anti-government standoff elsewhere in the state.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service applauded his arrest, according to the Oregonian.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful for the quick actions from law enforcement,” spokesman Megan Nagel said. “We will continue to work with law enforcement to recover vehicles bought and paid for by the American people to care for their national wildlife refuge.”

The paper also reported there was a second vehicle in the Safeway parking lot but the alleged driver had already gone into the grocery store and was not arrested.

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