Two Indicted for ELF Attack on Ross Island Sand & Gravel
Mainstream media stories regarding the grand jury indictments handed down last Friday.
PORTLAND, OR 2002-10-18 (OPB Radio) - The FBI believes Tre Arrow is a member of the Earth Liberation Front. Arrow gained notoriety after sitting on the ledge of a Forest Service build http://www.publicbroading in Portland for 11 days to protest the agency's logging policies.
A federal grand jury today Friday returned an indictment against Arrow and another man. They're charged with setting fires last year that caused more than $200,000 damage to trucks at Ross Island Sand and Gravel in Portland.
The ELF claimed responsibility for the arson. This is the first time the U-S Government has successfully brought charges in an ELF case. Beth Ann Steele with the FBI says investigators believe the two men were also responsible for burning logging trucks near Estacada.
Beth Anne Steele: Both of these gentlemen were indicted in that case as well and, at the time, investigators had noted that there was some similarity in physical evidence found at both scenes.
Steele says the FBI hasn't had any luck finding Arrow. The other man indicted is Jacob Sherman. If convicted in the Ross Island case, each could face 80 years in prison and a million dollar fine.
Two Men Indicted in Ore. Arson Case
By WILLIAM McCALL
Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)--Two logging protesters were indicted Friday for allegedly firebombing three cement trucks in an act for which the underground Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility.
Jacob Sherman, 20, and Michael Scarpitti, 28, were charged with four felonies in the fire that destroyed the Ross Island Sand and Gravel cement trucks in April 2001 in Portland.
They and two other people were indicted in August in connection with similar firebombings of three logging trucks in June 2001 near Estacada, during protests of a timber sale. Milk jugs containing gasoline were used in both attacks, authorities said.
Sherman is free pending trial in the Estacada case but Scarpitti _ also known as ``Tre Arrow''--remains a fugitive, said U.S. Attorney Michael Mosman. The maximum sentence on all charges in Friday's indictment total 80 years in prison.
In a message faxed to media after the cement trucks were firebombed, causing $210,000 in damage, the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility and accused the gravel company of ``stealing soil'' and mishandling toxic wastes.
The FBI has said ELF and its companion, the Animal Liberation Front, have caused $43 million in damage in more than 600 attacks, ranging from spray-painting buildings and breaking windows to firebombing fur farms and research centers. The most destructive was a $12 million blaze that destroyed a Vail, Colo., ski resort in 1998.
Saturday, October 19, 2002
Two men indicted in ELF arson attack
By WILLIAM MCCALL
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORTLAND -- Two logging protesters were indicted yesterday on a second set of arson charges in the first federal prosecution of alleged ecoterrorism by the Earth Liberation Front in Oregon, officials said.
Jacob Sherman, 20, and Michael Scarpitti, 28 -- also known as "Tre Arrow" -- were charged with four felonies in the fire that destroyed three Ross Island Sand and Gravel cement trucks on April 15, 2001.
Sherman and Scarpitti already face a four-count federal indictment in the June 1, 2001, firebombing of three Ray A. Schoppert Logging Inc. trucks near Estacada during last year's protests of the Eagle Creek timber sale.
Sherman is free pending trial in the Estacada arson, but Scarpitti remains a fugitive, said U.S. Attorney Michael Mosman.
"This is the first indictment related to an ELF-claimed event in Oregon," Mosman said in a release he issued with Charles Mathews, FBI special agent in charge for Oregon.
The Earth Liberation Front, an underground group linked to dozens of arsons and other crimes in the United States since 1996, claimed responsibility for the Ross Island blaze, which caused $210,000 in damage.
The most destructive fire the ELF has claimed setting so far is a $12 million blaze that destroyed a Vail, Colo., ski resort in 1998. The ELF took credit for the arson in May 2001 that destroyed the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Investigators found similarities between the Estacada log truck arson and the cement truck arson in Portland at the sand and gravel company.
But Mosman said in August that he was not ready to link Sherman and Scarpitti with the ELF.
The indictment announced yesterday included charges of obstructing, delaying and affecting the movement of commodities in interstate commerce by extortion and violence under the Hobbs Act.
It also specified that the incendiary devices used on the cement trucks were milk jugs containing gasoline, the same kind of firebombs used on the log trucks in Estacada.
If convicted on all counts, Sherman and Scarpitti could each face a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
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