OREGON STANDOFF

Cliven Bundy arrested, jailed

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been arrested by the FBI and booked into the Multnomah County jail in Portland, Ore.

Bundy, 69, was booked at 10:54 p.m. local time, police records show.

Bundy had been on his way to Burns, Ore., where four militants still occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest of federal public lands policy. The conservative firebrand inspired an armed uprising at his ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., nearly two years ago when the Bureau of Land Management sought to confiscate his cattle.

The remaining occupiers -- Sean and Sandy Anderson, Jeff Banta and David Fry -- announced last night while discussing the siege by phone in a call streaming live on YouTube that they will surrender to police at 8 a.m. local time (Greenwire, Feb. 10).

During the call, Bundy, the father of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who led the Malheur occupation, told followers by email from his ranch that he was heading to the refuge and requested others join him.

"WAKE UP AMERICA! WAKE UP WE THE PEOPLE!" the email said. "WAKE UP PATRIOTS! WAKE UP MILITA! [sic] IT'S TIME!!!!!"

After decades of flouting his grazing fees and orders to remove his cattle, Bundy remains public lands enemy No. 1 in the eyes of conservationists and some sportsmen who would like nothing other than to see him in jail.

Bundy faces a federal felony charge of conspiring to interfere with the work of U.S. officers through force, threats or intimidation, The Oregonian reported. That's the same charge levied against the other individuals who have been arrested in connection with occupying the refuge.

Bundy's charge stems from the 2014 standoff at his Nevada ranch, and he also faces a weapons charge, the newspaper reported.

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