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February 7, 2004 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Kortney Zeman, the 23-year-old Pomona woman who on Wednesday became the eighth person to die in Southern California mountains this year, was described as a soft-spoken environmentalist who was passionate about social justice and the antiwar movement. She was one of 15 residents of an environmentally oriented cooperative in Pomona that gained notoriety last year after the FBI arrested one of its members under suspicion of vandalizing sport utility vehicle dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley.
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November 15, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
The FBI has agreed to pay $100,000 and issue a letter of regret to an environmental activist who was mistakenly jailed as a suspect in a string of arsons and vandalism at four SUV dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley in 2003, his lawyers said Monday. Josh Connole, who spent four days behind bars before being freed, sued the FBI, contending his civil rights had been violated and his reputation destroyed.
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November 15, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
The FBI has agreed to pay $100,000 and issue a letter of regret to an environmental activist who was mistakenly jailed as a suspect in a string of arsons and vandalism at four SUV dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley in 2003, his lawyers said Monday. Josh Connole, who spent four days behind bars before being freed, sued the FBI, contending his civil rights had been violated and his reputation destroyed.
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February 7, 2004 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Kortney Zeman, the 23-year-old Pomona woman who on Wednesday became the eighth person to die in Southern California mountains this year, was described as a soft-spoken environmentalist who was passionate about social justice and the antiwar movement. She was one of 15 residents of an environmentally oriented cooperative in Pomona that gained notoriety last year after the FBI arrested one of its members under suspicion of vandalizing sport utility vehicle dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley.
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February 2, 2004 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
It has been more than four months since authorities arrested and released Josh Connole for allegedly trashing dozens of sport utility vehicles across the San Gabriel Valley. Since then, the 25-year-old Pomona activist has been wowed by the notoriety that goes along with making the national news. But mostly, he has been fighting to clear his name. On Sunday, dozens of activists visited Connole's home, an eco-friendly Pomona housing cooperative, to attend a conference on sustainable living.
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October 5, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong, Steve Hymon and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Undercover FBI agents arrived about midnight at a home on a tree-lined street in Pomona, and with guns drawn they ordered a 25-year-old antiwar activist to his knees. Josh Connole was handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of vandalism and arson that had caused $3.5 million in damages at four San Gabriel Valley auto dealerships. The destruction was allegedly done in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that signs its acts of destruction with the letters ELF.
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May 29, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
West Covina apologized Friday and agreed to pay $20,000 to Josh Connole, a 25-year-old antiwar activist arrested in attacks on four car dealerships and later released. Six months after Connole's release, a 23-year-old Caltech graduate student, William Jensen Cottrell, was arrested in last summer's arson and vandalism spree, which had caused more than $3.5 million in damage.
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February 28, 2004 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
Federal agents investigating last summer's arson fires at four car dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley have returned to Caltech to seize a computer that they suspect may have been used by one of the alleged ecoterrorists to brag about the attacks. The FBI search late last month focused on a computer found in a building at the university that is accessible only to students and faculty, according to people familiar with the case. Agents also have questioned some graduate students at Caltech.
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November 13, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A Caltech graduate student being tried on charges of firebombing sport utility vehicles at a San Gabriel Valley dealership cannot claim as a defense that he suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, a federal judge ruled Friday. In opening remarks to jurors earlier this week, William Jensen Cottrell's lawyer contended that his client was duped into taking part in the attacks because of the disorder, which is characterized by impaired social awareness and functioning. But U.S.
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November 19, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal prosecutor charged Thursday that Caltech graduate student William Jensen Cottrell actively plotted and participated in the firebombing of sport utility vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley last year, while his defense lawyer insisted that his client was duped by two acquaintances who have since fled the country. Those conflicting versions of events came as opposing sides presented closing arguments after eight days of trial testimony by 45 witnesses, most of them for the prosecution.
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February 2, 2004 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
It has been more than four months since authorities arrested and released Josh Connole for allegedly trashing dozens of sport utility vehicles across the San Gabriel Valley. Since then, the 25-year-old Pomona activist has been wowed by the notoriety that goes along with making the national news. But mostly, he has been fighting to clear his name. On Sunday, dozens of activists visited Connole's home, an eco-friendly Pomona housing cooperative, to attend a conference on sustainable living.
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October 5, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong, Steve Hymon and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
Undercover FBI agents arrived about midnight at a home on a tree-lined street in Pomona, and with guns drawn they ordered a 25-year-old antiwar activist to his knees. Josh Connole was handcuffed and arrested on suspicion of vandalism and arson that had caused $3.5 million in damages at four San Gabriel Valley auto dealerships. The destruction was allegedly done in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, a radical environmental group that signs its acts of destruction with the letters ELF.
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December 22, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
The Pomona man arrested and released in September in connection with the firebombings of sport utility vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley plans to ask a federal court today to unseal affidavits that describe how law enforcement officials zeroed in on him. On Aug. 22, vandals inflicted $3.5 million in damage to Hummers and other SUVs at four auto dealerships in Arcadia, Duarte and West Covina.
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November 4, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A political activist who was arrested but never charged in arson attacks at four SUV dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the federal government and six FBI agents who investigated and interrogated him.
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