Cave dweller banned from forest

Washington Times via Water for the West

9/11/03

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA A man was evicted from a cave in which he had lived for 11 years after pleading guilty to using a national forest for residential purposes.

Thomas J. Crawford had a bed, books and clothes arranged on hangers, along with pots and cutlery for cooking in his cave in the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona.

He was arrested Friday after a Flagstaff resident reported a suspicious camp. Mr. Crawford pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Monday and was sentenced to one year of probation and banned from the forest.

 

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