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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Rainbows return, one Thursday arrest

  • HARRISBURG -- The annual fall gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light doesn't begin until Friday, but a holding camp has already opened off of Oak Road in Pope County with the first arrest this season taking place last Thursday.
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  • By Jon Musgrave
    jmusgrave@dailyregister.com
    HARRISBURG
    The annual fall gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light doesn't begin until Friday, but a holding camp has already opened off of Oak Road in Pope County with the first arrest this season taking place last Thursday.
    Harrisburg Police responded to a call about members panhandling in front of Kroger's at 12:01 p.m. When Detective Curt Hustedde told two men that panhandling was not allowed one responded with a vulgarity, according to a police report.
    Hustedde called for assistance and received help from both city, county and Eldorado officials. At one point a female companion of the men started walking back to their vehicle parked nearby where inside they had three dogs.
    The officer ordered her to stop walking to the car. According to the police report, she didn't respond. He ordered her to not open the door and she started to anyway, the report indicates. At that point Hustedde grabbed her arm when she became argumentative, according to the report.
    Harrisburg Police ended up arresting Taylor Mae Holland, 21, of Ocala, Fla., on charges of resisting/obstructing a police office and possession of drug paraphernalia following the discovery of a glass pipe that police say tested positive for marijuana.
    According to the Facebook page of the Shawnee Regional Rainbow Gathering the event will run through Columbus Day.
    A posting by an administrator for the page explains the gathering's purpose.
    "The idea is that we can all share, love, & respect, without anyone unnecessarily getting hurt (physically or emotionally). Rainbow Gatherings are a free, non-commercial sharing of our hearts in the cathedral of nature. Because we recognize that we are all One, we live in a community of tribal anarchy where each of us can help to take care of each other."
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