Man Arrested Climbing Mount Rushmore

Judge issued $500 fine


A man was arrested on Monday for attempting to climb Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Park rangers sighted Patrick Marshall, 53, scrambling up the loose scree directly below the carvings of four presidents and escorted him down the mountain. Marshall pleaded guilty to trespassing charges, and a federal magistrate fined him $500, plus $50 in court fees. “At no time during the incident was the sculpture or the visitors at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in any danger,” park spokeswoman Maureen McGee-Ballinger said. The National Park Service increased security at the memorial in 2009 after Greenpeace activists climbed the back of the sculpture to protest global warming.   

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