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A Gainesville man who was picketing a Williston church was arrested on Sunday, March 30, after allegedly ignoring a trespass warning.
Edward E. Young, 53, of Southwest 75th Street, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony, threat through intimidation, also a felony, and two misdemeanors, trespass after warning and resisting without violence.
According to Cpl. Fred Morris, he met with the suspect while he was "carrying a sign and protesting in front of the New Life Fellowship Church." Morris told him he needed a permit and that he was causing problems with the church and traffic flow in front of the church.
According to Morris, Young said it was his First Amendment right to protest and against his civil rights to make him move. Morris issued a formal trespass warning and Young signed it and left the area after being ordered to do so.
About an hour later Young returned and Morris was dispatched to the scene again. He refused to stop waking and put down the sign he was carrying. The officer tried to make the arrest and while he was placing handcuffs on Young, Morris says he grabbed his finger and twisted it. Morris took Young to the ground where he says Young tried to kick him. By that time another officer had arrived and helped subdue Young, who was taken to the police station for processing.
Other arrests by the Williston Police Department:
* Michael Patrick Nugent, 40, of Northwest 130th Street, Williston, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant from Matin County for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer with injury.
* Christian D. Merz, 28, of Jacksonville, was arrested on a violation of probation warrant out of Broward County for battery and culpable negligence.
* Anthony Scott Riddle, 24, of Southeast Fifth Street, Williston, was arrested for driving while knowing his driver's license was suspended after being stopped for failing to use his turn signal.
* Michael Glover of Williston was charged with the burglary of Food Four Less, 633 E. Noble Ave., and Stoney's Automotive Center, 811 E. Noble Ave., both on March 26. Cash and checks were stolen.
The burglar entered the structures through the wood panels on the rear of each building.
He was arrested by the Williston Police Department.