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Woman charged in Gogebic Taconite protest

A Stevens Point, Wis., woman accused of four criminal counts of robbery and damage to property at an exploratory drilling site last month entered a not guilty plea Monday.

A Stevens Point, Wis., woman accused of four criminal counts of robbery and damage to property at an exploratory drilling site last month entered a not guilty plea Monday.

Katie Kloth, 26, will have to post a $5,000 signature bond and have no contact with Gogebic Taconite or the person who filed the complaint against her. The complaint details a confrontation by about 15 masked people who allegedly emerged from the Iron County woods June 11 yelling profanities and, according to the criminal complaint, saying, "I'll find out where you live and burn your house down."

Because of that, Iron County District Attorney Marty Lipske said he wants to identify those other people and possibly charge them with crimes.

"One of the other people said, and it's a quote from the criminal complaint, that they would blanking kill them if the cops weren't coming," Lipske said.

Kloth's attorney was not available by telephone. No date has been set for Kloth's next appearance.

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