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Ex-Con Found Living in State Forest
(2008-08-25)
(wgvu) - SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Authorities in Michigan's Upper
Peninsula discovered a man living in a homemade shelter in a forest
with enough food to last two months.
Richard Mansfield didn't have a permit to homestead in the
Hiawatha National Forest in Chippewa County. But that's not his
biggest problem.
The Forest Service says Mansfield is a convicted felon who had
two firearms, which is illegal. A charge was filed last week in
federal court in Marquette. He's been in jail since July 30.
Mansfield hasn't appeared in court yet and doesn't have an
attorney.
He was living in a shelter made of trees and a tarp. Authorities
found a stone fireplace below ground, cabinets and devices to
collect water.
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