[Ppnews] Briana Waters Indicted Today
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PPnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Mar 30 16:30:56 EST 2006
fro at riseup.net wrote:
(This was just posted the the breaking news-wire on the website for
the Olympian newspaper.)
Woman indicted in arson that destroyed UW horticulture center
The Associated Press
SEATTLE - A federal grand jury has indicted a Berkeley, Calif., woman
in an arson that destroyed a horticulture center at the University of
Washington five years ago.
Briana Waters, 30, is the 14th person to be charged in Oregon and
Washington with conspiracy to commit a series of ecoterrorist attacks
in the West in recent years.
In a two-count indictment returned March 15, Waters was charged with
arson and using or carrying a destructive device during a violent crime.
If convicted, she would face at least 35 years in prison.
"This is just one step as we attempt to bring to justice those
responsible for the UW Urban Horticulture fire," John McKay, U.S.
attorney for the western district of Washington, said in a statement.
"As we move toward the five-year anniversary of that devastating
blaze, I applaud the investigators who have worked so doggedly and
diligently to put the pieces of the puzzle together."
Waters was to appear for arraignment Thursday afternoon in U.S.
District Court in Seattle.
The UW fire, one of the Northwest's most notorious acts of
ecoterrorism, was set early on May 21, 2001. The same day, about 110
miles away in Clatskanie, Ore., fire ripped through buildings and
vehicles at the Jefferson Poplar Farm, causing more than $1 million in damage.
The Earth Liberation Front, a shadowy collection of environmental
activists, claimed responsibility for both fires, which caused no injuries.
The horticulture center, which was rebuilt at a cost of several
million dollars, had done work on fast-growing hybrid poplars in
hopes of limiting the amount of natural forests that timber companies log.
ELF said in a statement five days after the fire that the poplars
pose "an ecological nightmare" for the diversity of native forests.
A federal grand jury in Eugene, Ore., has charged 13 other people in
arson attacks: Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 28; Daniel Gerard
McGowan, 31; Kevin M. Tubbs, 37; Sarah Kendall Harvey, 29; Chelsea
Dawn Gerlach, 28; Nathan Fraser Block, 25; Joyanna L. Zacher, 28;
Joseph Dibee, 38; Jonathan Mark Christopher Paul, 40; Rebecca Rubin,
32; Suzanne Savoie, 28; and Darren Todd Thurston, 34.
William C. Rodgers, 40, of Prescott, Ariz., was indicted in Seattle
in connection with the case, but committed suicide Dec. 22 while
being held in the Coconino County Jail in Prescott.
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