- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) - Police arrested a man who they say placed a Cascadia Doug flag atop a building owned by the La Grande Urban Renewal Agency.

La Grande Police Chief Brian Harvey told The Observer newspaper (http://is.gd/kPZtcr ) that significant circumstantial evidence connected 30-year-old Ashley O’Toole to the early November incident.

O’Toole has been charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. Harvey said the mischief charge stems from “substantial inconvenience to the owner.”

O’Toole says police have the wrong guy. He says an officer told him he’d get a light punishment if he confessed, but he’s not going to admit to something he didn’t do.

The flag - blue, white, and green with a Douglas fir in the middle - is a symbol of the Cascadia bioregion and independence movement.

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Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/

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