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