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Two Men Indicted in Ore. Arson Case

October 19, 2002

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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.

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