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Associated Press, Published April 16 2010

Nuclear missile protester from Texas arrested at launch site in northwest ND

PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) — A Texas man has been jailed after allegedly jumping the fence surrounding a nuclear missile launch site in northwest North Dakota.

Authorities identified the man as James Sauder of San Antonio. Sauder told The Minot Daily News in a telephone call from the missile site before he was arrested that he was peacefully protesting nuclear weapons.

FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe said the investigation was ongoing but that terrorism did not appear to be involved.

Sauder was jailed on felony criminal trespass charges. Authorities did not immediately decide on possible federal charges.

The Minuteman III missiles that dot the northwest North Dakota countryside are maintained by Minot Air Force Base.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.