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Judge drops some charges in Mohawk landfill case

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Albany, New York (AP) April 2012

A judge has dismissed two of three charges against a Mohawk who dug up part of a toxic landfill near his reservation home in northern New York.

The St. Lawrence County judge ruled last week that 57-year-old Larry Thompson didn’t resist officers after driving a backhoe through a fence at the former General Motors Massena plant. He also said prosecutors didn’t prove that soil Thompson dug up presented a danger.

Thompson still faces a criminal mischief charge.

The landfill was designated a federal Superfund priority in 1984.

Thompson said after his Aug. 11 arrest that he was frustrated by a government decision to cap the landfill instead of removing the chemicals.

He blames toxins at the site for cancers among his family and other Akwesasne residents.