Protesters arrested again at VY headquarters

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BRATTLEBORO -- Just two months after they were taken into custody for protesting at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's headquarters on Old Ferry Road, nine elderly women were again arrested for trespassing at the site.

Brattleboro police responded to reports of trespassing around 1:30 p.m. to find nine subjects on company property. While they had not entered any buildings as they did during a similar incident on Dec. 12, 2011, the protesters were issued verbal warnings to leave the property.

The protesters were arrested without incident and were transported to the police station for processing.

Those arrested were Martha Hennessy, 56, of Perkinsville; Marcia H. Gagliardi, 64, of Athol, Mass.; Anneke Corbett, 69, of Florence, Mass.; Constance D. Harvard, 64, of Northampton, Mass.; Robin N. Lloyd, 73, of Burlington; Susan B. Lantz, 71, of Northampton; Nina Swaim, 73, of Sharon; Frances H. Crowe, 92, of Northampton; and Harrient N. Nestel, 73, of Brattleboro.

They are currently scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court: Windham Criminal Division on March 27 to answer the charge of trespassing, but the Windham County District Attorney's office has traditionally dropped the charges because it consumes a disproportionate amount of resources to the crime.

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