District Attorney Drops Trespassing Charge Against The Alamance News

Another open meeting victory for a weekly newspaper publisher in Alamance County.

The district attorney has dismissed a second-degree trespassing charge against Tom Boney, publisher of The Alamance News.

Boney was arrested May 29th after he refused to leave a special meeting of the Burlington-Alamance Airport Authority.

Boney says the authority illegally met in closed session to discuss issues related to a HondaJet engine plant, such as eleven million dollars in loans the authority wanted the Burlington City Council and county commissioners to approve.

District Attorney Robert F. Johnson dismissed the charge Friday, noting the dispute between Boney and the authority was a civil matter.

A message left with airport authority attorney Brian Gavigan was not immediately returned.

Boney won a previous case against the city of Burlington over the city's legal responsibility to provide the minutes of a closed-door city council meeting.