Arrests made from Longview union protests

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office says two people have been arrested for actions in last week's Longshore union takeover of a Longview grain terminal.

The office says 45-year-old Ronal Patrick Stavas of Kelso was arrested without incident Monday night for assaulting a guard and breaking into the EGT terminal on Sept. 8. He was taken in for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and sabotage. Bail was set at $50,000.

Stavas was identified by a witness who saw footage of him confronting a KGW TV crew outside the union hall.

Authorities also arrested 39-year-old Shelly Ann Porter of Longview for trespassing when she blocked a train. She was booked and released.

The union believes it has the right to work at the facility, run by EGT, but the company has hired a contractor that's staffing a workforce of laborers from another union.