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Arizona tree-sitter contests proposed restitution

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- A man convicted of littering and trespassing while perched in a tree at Flagstaff's Lowell Observatory may also face restitution.

James Kennedy was attempting to stop construction last August on a pipeline headed to the Arizona Snowbowl by raising a wooden platform about 70 feet in a tree and tying it to construction equipment below.

The Arizona Daily Sun says the Flagstaff Fire Department has proposed charging Kennedy nearly $612 in restitution for the cost of getting him out of the tree.

Kennedy left the tree during a lightning storm, just ahead of firefighters' moves to evacuate him.

He has challenged the restitution amount sought.

Kennedy says he's unemployed ``and completely broke'' and has requested community service as a sentence instead.

Another court hearing is set for June 20.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, http://www.azdailysun.com/

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