Four arrested at Mount Tabor as protesters defy curfew

Four arrested at Mount Tabor as protesters defy curfew
Police arrest a man at Mount Tabor early Tuesday morning after he defied a midnight curfew. Protesters are speaking out against the city's decision to close its reservoirs. (KATU Photo: Bob Heye)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police arrested four people early Tuesday morning after protesters at Mount Tabor defied a midnight curfew.

About 75 to 100 demonstrators gathered at the park Monday night to speak out against the city’s decision to close city reservoirs.

By about 1 a.m. most of the protesters had left the area, announcing on a bullhorn that they plan to bang pots and pans at a city council meeting Wednesday morning.

One of the four arrested - 21-year-old Jonilka Calcano - was a reported mising person from Rhode Island.

She was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass, as were 19-year-old Pablo Mark Avvacato, 30-year-old Joanna Michal Nordness and 20-year-old Robert Ziggy Walker. Avvacato, Nordness and Walker were also charged with interfering with a peace officer.

None provided a Portland address.

At least three of the four have been arrested previously. Nordness was arrested June 13 in Portland for second-degree trespassing, Walker was arrested June 26 for interfering with a peace officer and  Avvacato was arrested twice in 2012 - once for disorderly conduct, and once for theft of services and furnishing false information to the police.

On Monday, several Occupy leaders warned neighbors they planned to stay and not obey the midnight curfew.

The organizer warned protesters to leave their children at home. Leaders told KATU's news partners at Willamette Week that protests over the weekend at Mount Tabor ended peacefully – by the midnight curfew – because some people had brought their kids.

Three people were arrested last Friday night – two before midnight and the other just after midnight.

The protests last week were peaceful. About 50 to 75 people showed up on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
Some Mount Tabor neighbors say they agree with the protesters but others were disturbed by the scene.

KATU News reporter Bob Heye contributed to this report.