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Citation dismissed on DeKalb Co. man who entered closed park

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Sands and his wife Wendy drove from St. Clair County to the park in October 2013 during the national government shutdown, and the park had been barricaded. Sands and his wife Wendy drove from St. Clair County to the park in October 2013 during the national government shutdown, and the park had been barricaded.
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FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

Charges were dismissed against a North Alabama man cited after he went past a barricade at a national park in DeKalb County during the government shutdown.

Federal court officials said that government prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the citation, and he did. Mike Sands said he was pleased to learn his citation was given to him by Little River Canyon Park officials had been dismissed.

Sands and his wife Wendy drove from St. Clair County to the park in October 2013 during the national government shutdown, and the park had been barricaded. Sands drove around it and they visited the park.

When he returned from a trip to the waterfall, they were met by a park ranger. Sands faced a $100 fine. He said he could have paid it, or not entered the park to begin with, but felt he never should have been given a citation to begin with.

"Because the park belongs to the people," said Mike Sands. "It doesn't belong to the government. I mean, we paid for it. We paid for all that stuff with our taxes, and our tax money goes for that, and they can't bar me from something that belongs to me."

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