January 18, 1999 |
An underground group of environmental activists claimed responsibility for a fire at the U.S. Forest Industries headquarters in Medford, Ore., that caused $500,000 in damage. In a fax, the Earth Liberation Front said the Dec. 26 fire was "in retribution for all the wild forests and animals lost to feed the wallets of greedy" corporations. The office that burned was headquarters for four mills--a White City veneer mill, a Grants Pass plywood mill, a Colorado stud mill and a Florida sawmill.
August 22, 1997 |
A state judge found a 12-year-old boy criminally responsible for setting an apartment-house fire that killed eight Mexican immigrants last year. Ray DeFord, who was initially considered a hero of the fire, was found criminally responsible for one count of arson and eight counts each of felony murder and criminally negligent homicide. Deford first said he discovered the fire when his pet rats began squealing, but he later became a suspect. He showed little reaction to the verdict.