October 1, 2013

Westbrook quarry critic arrested on trespassing charge

Warren Knight, a member of the family that owns Smiling Hill Farm, is charged with being on CMP property near Pike Industries’ Spring Street quarry.

By Leslie Bridgers lbridgers@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Warren Knight. president of Smiling Hill Farm, talks about his arrest Saturday near the neighboring quarry, where Pike Industries was due to resume blasting.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

A few minutes after his conversation with Spellman, Knight said, police officers arrived and told him he had to leave the property or he would be arrested. Knight said he handed the contents of his pockets to his brother, told the officers he would not leave willingly and offered himself up for arrest. He was handcuffed and taken to the jail.

Knight said his family stayed on its own property and videotaped the blast while he waited for the bail commissioner.

Knight said he was not trying to prevent the blast from happening, but was trying to make a point – that the buffer between the quarry and his farm is not enough protection.

“We wanted equal treatment,” said Knight, who believes if a house were there – and not farmland – Pike would have built a bigger buffer.

“The truth is, we were discriminated against because we’ve chosen to preserve our land,” he said.

Spellman said Pike would have gone through with the blast if Knight had been on his own property and not at the property line between Pike and Central Maine Power.

Knight was released after a $60 bail commissioner’s fee was paid and is scheduled to appear in Portland District Court on Nov. 19.

He’s prohibited from being on the CMP property next to the farm as a condition of his bail. Pike is scheduled to blast again on Friday.

Knight said he had not yet been notified about the blast and didn’t know whether he would do anything about it.

Leslie Bridgers can be contacted at 791-6364 or at:lbridgers@pressherald.com

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