[Ppnews] Two Olympia residents indicted in Oregon tree farm fire
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Thu Feb 23 20:45:52 EST 2006
Two Olympia residents indicted in Oregon tree farm fire
By Seattle Times staff
Two people have been arrested today in Olympia in
connection with the May 2001 arson at a
Clatskanie, Ore., tree farm that has been blamed on radical environmentalists.
A federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., today
returned two separate 14-count indictments
charging Nathan Fraser Block, 24, and Joyanna L.
Zacher, 28, in the May 21, 2001, arson at the
Jefferson Poplar Farm. Both were arrested today in Olympia, where they live.
The indictments charge 12 counts of arson and one
count of attempted arson involving farm buildings
and trucks. Each count of arson and attempted
arson carries a minimum sentence of five years in
prison, up to a maximum of 20 years. The
defendants are also charged with using and
carrying a destructive device (one or more
incendiary bombs) in relation to commit a crime
of violence, which carries a minimum prison sentence of 30 years.
Four other people already face charges in the
tree farm fire and they face trial in Eugene on Oct. 31.
The indictment alleges the Jefferson Poplar Farm
arson was part of a broad conspiracy from 1996
through 2001 involving numerous other arsons and
attempted arsons in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming,
Colorado and California, in which elements of the
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal
Liberation Front (ALF) were allegedly responsible.
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