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Police open negotiations in Michigan standoff

This story obviously is not telling the whole truth about the situation at Rainbow Farm. Maybe someone who knows more can fill us in.

VANDALIA, Mich. (September 2, 2001 07:19 p.m. EDT ) - Police have opened negotiations through a third party with a campground owner in Michigan who has been involved in a three-day standoff during which shots were fired at a police plane and a news helicopter.

Authorities did not identify their go-between and on Sunday had not established direct contact with Grover T. Crosslin, 47, who is facing drug and weapons charges.

Cass County Sheriff Joseph Underwood Jr. said Crosslin has made no demands.

Sheriff's deputies on Friday went to the Rainbow Farm complex, described on its Web site as an alternative campground & concert arena that supports marijuana use "for a more sane and compassionate America." Neighbors had said Crosslin was burning buildings on his property, which is the target of civil forfeiture proceedings.

It appeared other people were also at the campground. Police did not know who fired the shots that whizzed by an unmarked state police plane Saturday and struck the tail of an Indiana television station news helicopter Friday. Both landed safely.

Sheriff's Lt. Lyndon Parrish believed Crosslin was upset over a $150,000 bond revocation hearing he skipped Friday. The hearing was set because authorities believed he was violating terms of his release on charges of felony firearm possession and drug charges.

Dori Leo, who identified herself to the South Bend Tribune as Crosslin's attorney, said her client was upset because a child he helped raise was placed in foster care following the charges.

Crosslin and five others were arrested in May after a two-year investigation into allegations of marijuana use at the campground, just before it was to host a weekend event promoting marijuana legalization.

About a mile away from the campground, about a half-dozen people displayed placards in support of Crosslin and Rainbow Farm.

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