Flagstaff PD arrests two for protesting pipeline

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Two people were arrested Tuesday after they reportedly decided to join a Northern Arizona University student who’s protesting the construction of a pipeline.

Alexander Iwasa, 32, and Erick William Fettig, 20, were booked into the Coconino County Jail on charges of trespassing.

Flagstaff Police responded to the Lowell Observatory, which is located on private property, after learning that Iwasa and Fettig had locked themselves to construction equipment.

Police told the pair to leave the property because they were trespassing. Iwasa and Fettig refused to leave and claimed that they didn’t have the keys to unlock themselves.

Due to a severe storm building in the area, officers decided to call the Arizona Department of Public Safety to unlock Iwasa and Fettig from the equipment.

Iwasa and Fettig were subsequently removed from their restraints and taken into custody.

NAU student James Alan Kennedy still remains in a Ponderosa pine tree protesting the building of a pipeline that would take reclaimed wastewater from Flagstaff to Arizona Snowbowl.

The 26-year-old has been in the tree since Monday. He will be arrested for trespassing as soon as he comes down.