Cowlitz County Sheriff's deputies have made six additional misdemeanor arrests related to the Sept. 7 union longshore protest at the EGT grain terminal in Longview, authorities said Thursday.

Each of the suspects are accused of participating in a protest to block a train delivering grain to the terminal. They were booked into the Cowlitz County Jail Wednesday and Thursday on suspicion of second-degree criminal trespass and obstructing or delaying a train.

All six were released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned in Cowlitz County District Court within in the next week, authorities said.

Arrested were: Phillip D. Schill, 45, of Kelso; Byron J. Jacobs, 28, of Longview; Guy E. Tow, 45, of Longview; Michael K. Muller, 54, of Longview; Christopher J. Barber, 39 of Kelso; and Randy K. Johnson, 47, of Longview.

None of the arrests was related to Thursday's federal court ruling in Tacoma.

Deputies continue to investigate the Sept. 7 protest as well as a Sept. 8 raid on the terminal, during which the grain terminal property and Burlington Northern Santa Fe train were damaged.

Longshoremen with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21 have been battling the grain terminal’s owners in a months-long labor dispute.


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