On February 3, 2015 at approximately 0559 hours Deputy First Class Robert Brady responded to Off Site Area “B” of the Dominion LNG project, located on the west side of Cove point Road and Route 4 for the report of trespassers. Upon arrival, Deputy Brady found that two unknown females were in the process of climbing a crane that was unoccupied. Deputy Brady and Sergeant Vladimir Bortchevsky of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office located a female attempting to climb the crane. Deputies identified her as Heather Doyle, 31 of Washington D.C. Doyle had climbing gear and was asked to desist. Doyle refused to comply and was arrested for trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order from Law Enforcement. While Doyle was standing next to a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office marked patrol vehicle awaiting transport to the Calvert County Detention Center, she intentionally damaged the paint on the vehicle by scraping the handcuffs she was wearing in a manner that was gouging into the vehicle’s paint. Doyle was charged with destruction of property in addition for damaging the vehicle’s paint.
A second person identified as Carling Sothoron, 28 of Baltimore Maryland was also equipped with climbing equipment and banners objecting to Fracking. Sothoron was asked to climb down off of the crane and was told that she was putting herself and officers in a dangerous situation. Deputy First Class Stephen Esposito climbed the crane, using climbing gear. Dfc. Esposito ensured that Sothoron was secured to the crane. Dave Marco from Kiewit construction responded to the scene. Mr. Marco is the Labor Relations and Security Safety Manager of this among other construction sites. After consultation with Mr. Marco and ensuring the safety of both Sothoron and Dfc. Esposito, the crane boom was lowered and Sothoron was apprehended and charged with trespassing and failure to obey a lawful order from Law Enforcement. Both Sothoron and Doyle are currently being held at the Calvert County Detention Center awaiting a hearing before the District Court Commissioner.