First arrest in connection with Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation

ARREST IN MALHEUR COUNTY OCCUPATIONHarney County, Ore. — A man was arrested Friday in connection with the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge after two government vehicles reportedly belonging to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were stolen.

62-year-old Kenneth Medenbach was taken into custody outside a grocery store in nearby Burns for unauthorized use of a federal motor vehicle. This is the first arrest in connection with the occupation since it began two weeks ago, but it’s not clear if Medenbach is one of the protesters.

Both vehicles, a van and pickup truck, have since been recovered.

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