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August 19, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Bainbridge protester comes down from tree after sit-in

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m. | Chiara D’Angelo is coming down from the tree and will not be arrested, according to the city of Bainbridge Island.

ORIGINAL POST | The Bainbridge Island teen who has staged a sit-in at the top of a tree since Monday morning to protest the construction of a planned retail complex has until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to come down without facing trespassing charges, officials said.

Chiara D’Angelo, 19, stayed overnight on a platform 70 feet up in a Bainbridge Island tree at the future construction site of a 62,000 square foot mixed-use development. If she remains in the tree past 7:30 p.m., she’ll be charged with trespassing, according to Kellie Stickney, community-engagement specialist for the city of Bainbridge Island.

At around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police officers were clearing the property of the general public and media, Stickney said.

“We’re waiting to see what decision she decides to make,” Stickney said.

The retail complex developer Visconsi Companies said in a statement on Tuesday that they were concerned about D’Angelo’s safety.

“We want her to understand that we acknowledge her point of view,” the Ohio-based developer said in the statement. “We respect her right-and all community members’ rights- to voice their opinions. But we respectfully urge D’Angelo and all others to do this in a safe and lawful manner.”

Comments | More in Environment, The Blotter | Topics: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Police Department


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