2 arson suspects arraigned.Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard
Two women accused of helping set arson fires later claimed by the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front The Earth Liberation Front (ELF) is the collective name for anonymous and autonomous individuals or groups that, according to the now defunct Earth Liberation Front Press Office, use "economic sabotage and guerrilla warfare to stop the exploitation and destruction of the were arraigned Monday on conspiracy charges in federal court in Eugene.
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The women are among 11 people calling themselves "the Family" who are named in a 65-count indictment detailing acts of arson and sabotage that caused more than $100 million in damage in five states over a five-year period, starting in 1996.
Their targets allegedly included U.S. Forest Service ranger stations in Detroit, Ore., and Oakridge; a horse slaughterhouse slaughterhouse: see abattoir; meatpacking. in Redmond; wild horse facilities in Burns and Wyoming; a research facility in Washington state; a ski resort in Vail, Colo.; and a meat company, a police substation and a sport utility vehicle dealership in Eugene.
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3. federal investigators, "the Family" later attributed the fires to the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) is a name used internationally by those who, through the means of direct action, oppose the use of animals as property or resources through capitalizing on the destruction and experimentation of animals. .
Six others named in the indictment are in custody and will be arraigned in coming days. Three more remain at large, and investigators believe they have left the country.
Savoie, who worked at a home for disabled adults in Ashland, surrendered to federal investigators last week and appeared in court Monday wearing a green jail jumpsuit.
She is accused of serving as a lookout during a January 2001 arson fire that destroyed the offices of Superior Lumber Company in Glendale. She was being held in the Lane County Jail on two counts of conspiracy to commit arson and one count of arson. She is scheduled to appear today at a release hearing.
Tankersley, who also has used the name Sarah Kendall Harvey, has been free on bail since January. She is accused with three others of trying to firebomb the U.S. Forest Industries office in Medford on Dec. 22, 1998. When the time-delayed explosives failed to ignite, Tankersley and another unnamed person allegedly returned to the property and successfully set fire to the building.
At the time of her arrest, Tankersley was working at Northern Arizona University Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States.
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Judge Coffin on Monday declared the case - which includes at least 40,000 documents and photographs - a complex one, allowing more time for the prosecution and defense to prepare their cases.
A trial date is expected to be set Thursday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdall said the trial would take at least five weeks and is likely to begin sometime in November.
Suzanne Nicole Savoie leaves U.S. District Court in Eugene after her arraignment A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or as otherwise permitted Monday on arson charges.