Former UWSP Student to Stand Trial for Robbery, Violence at Mine Site
Left, Katie Kloth’s July 15 mug shot. (Contributed photo)
By Patrick Lynn
A former UWSP student is set to stand trial over an incident involving a protest at a Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) iron mine site in June.
26 year- old Katie Kloth, Weston, faces one felony charge of robbery by force and three misdemeanors including theft and criminal damage to property.
According to a criminal complaint filled in Iron County court in July, Kloth and over a dozen other protesters ambushed eight GTAC mine workers on June 11. Protesters came from the woods on all sides shouting obscenities and throwing soda cans at the workers.
Kloth, who is part of an environmental group protesting the mine, is accused of stealing and damaging a female mine worker’s camera. She faces up to fifteen years in prison if convicted.
Kloth is currently free on a $5,000 signature bond. She appears before Iron County Circuit Judge Patrick Madden on Dec. 16.