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Hearing Set For Arizona Man Arrested In Oregon Standoff


A detention hearing is scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix for an Arizona man arrested in connection with the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge.

Jon Eric Ritzheimer of Peoria, Arizona, has been jailed since the FBI arrested him Jan. 26 after he went to the Peoria Police Department and surrendered.

Ritzheimer faces a federal felony charge in Oregon of conspiracy to impede federal officials in their official duties through the use of force, intimidation or threats.

He is among 11 people arrested in connection with the standoff that began Jan. 2 when a group opposed to federal land policy took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some holdouts remain at the refuge near Burns, Oregon.

Ritzheimer returned to Arizona before he was arrested.

 

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