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Fredericksburg police cite nine with trespassing at quarry
BY PAMELA GOULD
THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Nine people have been charged with trespassing at the Fredericksburg quarry since Friday, the Fredericksburg Police Department announced today.
The arrests follow increased attention to the private property after an 18-year-old male drowned there on July 7.
The quarry is on private property, owned by Rappahannock Quarry West LLC, and located on the west side of the Interstate 95 bridge and near the Rappahannock River.
The Fredericksburg Police Department announced last week that it was using overtime to increase patrols in the area following the drowning. However, the department shifted course days later and left it to volunteers in the area legally to contact the department if they noticed people there.
Anthony Mandel Johnson Jr., 18, of Triangle, died the evening of July 7 after swimming in the quarry with friends.
His was the second drowning in recent history at the quarry.
In 2006, a 19-year-old University of Mary Washington student drowned there while swimming with his friends.
The area is posted with “No trespassing” signs.
Those charged ranged in age from 18 to 23. Four are from the Fredericksburg area, and the rest are from northern Virginia.
Trespassing is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2500 fine.
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