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Charges against northern Arizona rancher dropped

KINGMAN, Ariz. — Charges against a northern Arizona rancher who assessed a
fee for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk have been dropped.

Nigel Turner was arrested in early June and faced charges of threatening and
intimidating construction workers.

The Mohave County Attorney’s Office had asked that the two misdemeanor counts
be dismissed, saying it was in the interest of justice. A Kingman justice of the
peace granted the request last week.

Turner’s attorney, Melvin McDonald, said Tuesday that Turner never should have
been arrested for securing his own land. He applauded prosecutors for doing the
right thing.

Tourists no longer have to travel on Turner’s property to reach the Skywalk.
The Hualapai Tribe, which owns the glass bridging jutting out from the Grand
Canyon, has built a bypass route.


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