- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Three people have been fined for hanging a large banner in downtown Roanoke to protest West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice’s coal mining operations.

The Roanoke Times (https://bit.ly/1z9HF71 ) reports that Roanoke General District Court Judge Chris Clemens dismissed charges against two other protesters during Thursday’s hearing.

Clemens found 30-year-old Heather Glasgow Doyle of Blacksburg guilty of entering a property to damage. He ordered Doyle to pay a $500 fine.

Thirty-three-year-old William Blevins and 23-year-old Rebecca Marie Holmens, both of Wise County, pleaded no contest to posting a sign on the property of another. Each was fined $100.

Police say the defendants climbed onto the roofs of two buildings on Sept. 4 and hung a large banner between the structures. The protest occurred near Justice’s Southern Coal Corp. offices.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, https://www.roanoke.com

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