Prosecutor: Charges Dropped Against Former WVa Rep

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A Raleigh County magistrate has dismissed two charges against former Rep. Ken Hechler stemming from his arrest in June at a protest against mountaintop removal mining.

Hechler was arrested June 23 with 30 other people outside a Massey Energy Coal Preparation Plant next to an elementary school.

He pleaded guilty on July 1 to impeding traffic and obstructing an officer.

Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller's office said Thursday a magistrate dismissed the charges, based on a motion filed by Keller.

Hechler said he provided the prosecutor with a videotape, which he said proved had not broken either law.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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