[Ppnews] Suspect in string of ecoterrorism fires surrenders

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Thu Nov 29 14:39:05 EST 2012

      Suspect in string of ecoterrorism fires surrenders

/Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:18 AM PST //Updated: Nov 29, 2012 10:43 AM PST

Associated Press

1 of the three remaining fugitives in a string of fires set by 
environmental radicals in Oregon, Colorado and California surrendered to 
authorities Thursday after spending years hiding out in Canada.

The U.S. attorney's office in Portland, Ore., said Thursday that Rebecca 
Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in to the FBI at the Canadian border 
in Blaine, Wash.

Rubin was part of a cell of the Earth Liberation Front known as The 
Family, based in Eugene, Ore., authorities said. She was sought on 
charges that she took part in setting fires at the Vail ski resort in 
Colorado, at a timber company office in Medford, Ore., and at federal 
wild horse corrals in Eastern Oregon and Northern California.

Ten others pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson and were 
sentenced to prison. Two others remain at large.

Authorities have said the Earth Liberation Front cell was responsible 
for 20 arsons around the West that did $40 million in damage, including 
the 1998 fire that destroyed a restaurant and other facilities at the 
Vail Ski Resort in Colorado. Other targets included a horse 
slaughterhouse and U.S. Forest Service ranger stations, research 
facilities, and an SUV dealership, all in Oregon.

The group disbanded in 2001, but a federal taskforce known as Operation 
Backfire turned an informant and broke open the cell in 2005. The 
leader, William C. Rodgers, ran a bookstore in Prescott, Ariz. He 
committed suicide in jail in 2005 following his arrest.

Authorities said Rubin is to appear in federal court in Seattle, then 
will be sent to Oregon for trial.

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