The Associated Press
PORTLAND — The Washington County District Attorney has dropped charges against a local activist who was cited and fined for bolting homemade warning signs into posts and trees at Henry Hagg Lake where four members of a family drowned last month.
The District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it won’t prosecute 66-year-old Michael Medill of Gaston after the Washington County government asked the charges be dismissed.
County administrators wrote that Medill’s intent was “to perform a public service” when he posted the signs last weekend warning people about a steep drop-off in the water.
Medill said he was ready to go to jail to bring attention to the issue, but was only cited for criminal mischief.
On Monday, the county installed temporary signs warning of the drop-off and was installing permanent signs on Wednesday.