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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 5, 2001 -A

- Campground standoff ends with second man dead

VANDALIA (AP) - A campground standoff
ended yesterday with a second man fatally shot after
pointing a gun at police, police said.
Rolland Rohm, 28, was shot about 6:30 a.m. yes-
terday, the day after his roommate was fatally shot by
an FBI agent, Cass County Sheriff Joseph Under-
wood Jr. said.
Grover T. Crosslin, the owner of the Rainbow
Farms campground, was fatally shot by a federal
agent Monday evening. The standoff between police
and the pair began Friday. A third man, Brandon J.
Peoples, suffered minor injuries when Crosslin was
shot and was questioned by authorities but was not in
police custody.
Underwood said Rohm was shot after several
orders by police to put his weapon down. Rohm
pointed the gun at a Michigan State Police officer
and was shot by state police, FBI Special Agent
Dawn Clenney said.
Underwood said about 3:45 a.m., Rohm asked that
his son be brought to see him and told police that if
he was, he would surrender at 7 a.m.
"We were actually having a dialogue with Mr.
Rohm and he was in the process, we felt, of bringing
this to a successful conclusion," Underwood said.
The sheriff said police were in the process of
granting the request when shortly after 6 a.m., a fire
was reported at the Rainbow Farm residence. Rohm
was then seen leaving the residence with a long gun
and walking into the yard, Underwood said.

"He comes out with a weapon and he engages
officers again and they have to respond," Underwood
said.
He said a state police bomb squad was checking
the campground because they believed it had been
booby-trapped. Clenney said officials were investi-
gating and still did not know what sparked the stand-
off.
"It's notover by any means," Clenney said.
The standoff began Friday when deputies went to
the farm after neighbors said Crosslin was burning
buildings on his property. The sheriff's department
said an anonymous call warned them that the fire
was set up to ambush police, so officers set up a
perimeter around the camp for safety reasons.
Rohm lived at the campground with Crosslin, 47.
Crosslin was shot after pointing a gun at an FBI
agent, Underwood said. He had become agitated
after authorities denied a request for negotiations
through a third party, Underwood said.
Rohm's stepfather, John Livermore, said he thinks
his son walked out of the residence expecting to see
his son. He said the family may pursue legal action
against the FBI and state police.
"Rollie himself is not violent. He was slow, he was
easy-led. He had a learning disability and he trusted
them (police)," said Livermore of Rogersville, Tenn.
He said he didn't know the exact nature of the dis-
ability.
Rohm's mother, Gerry Livermore, said earlier that

she had feared there might be a confrontation
between Crosslin and her son and police.
She said the police "wanted to shut the camp-
ground down and what better way to do it than to gt
rid of Tom," said Livermore, 46. She went to hig
school in Indiana with Crosslin.
The Livermores drove from Tennessee after learn-
ing of the standoff on their local television station.
Dori Leo, Crosslin's and Rohm's attorney, said shel
spoke to Rohm late Monday night and had planned
to return Tuesday to try to persuade him to leave the
farm peacefully. Rohm and his 12-year-old son, w
was placed in foster care about a month or two a
had lived with Crosslin "as a family unit" for at leaW
five years, Leo said.
Leo said Crosslin was upset because Rohm's sort
who he helped raise, had been taken from the home;
Authorities arrested Crosslin and five othersin
May after a two-year investigation into allegations of
marijuana use at the 34-acre campground, about 30
miles northeast of South Bend, Ind. Crosslin was
charged with felony possession of a firearm, growing
marijuana and maintaining a drug house.
"Because of those criminal charges, his farm was
in jeopardy of being taken away. ... Now you have a
man who is confronted with losing his family unit,"
Leo said. "Tom and (Rolland) were going to stay on
the farm and they were not going to leave it no mat-
ter what."
She said Rohm also had faced criminal charges.

AP PHOTO
Nikolaus Rohm, left, comforts his mother, Geraldine Uvermore yesterday at a
police command post near Vandalla shortly before they learned that Livermore's
-son and Nikolaus' brother Rolland Rohm had been shot by police.

Gas prices climb for fourth week in a row

DEARBORN (AP) - For the fourth
straight week, gasoline prices have
increased across Michigan.
. The statewide average for self-serve
regular was $1.757, an increase of 4.1
cents per gallon in the past week, auto*
club AAA Michigan said yesterday.
That's an average increase totaling 38.3
cents in the past four weeks.

In the Detroit area, prices rose 7.3
cents per gallon from last week, to an
average of $1.723, the auto club said.
Statewide, AAA Michigan's survey
of 300 gasoline stations found prices
ranging from $1.569 to $1.949.
This week's price is 13.8 cents per
gallon higher than a year ago at this
time across Michigan. In the Detroit

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