May 19, 2006

Four indicted in 1998 Colorado firebombing

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (Reuters) - Four people were charged
with the 1998 firebombing of a ritzy lodge at Colorado's Vail
ski resort that caused $12 million in damage, U.S. officials
said on Friday.

U.S. Attorney Bill Leone said the case involved explosions
that ripped through the ski area near midnight on October 19,
1998, and was considered "eco-terrorism," a term for attacks on
property in the name of protecting the environment.

The Vail blasts caused $12 million in damage, Leone said.

Chelsea Gerlach, 29, and her one-time boyfriend, Stanislas
Meyerhoff, 28, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, 31, and Rebecca
Jeanette Rubin, 33, were accused in an indictment handed down
late on Thursday of attacking skiing facilities, a lodge and a
restaurant on Vail Mountain.

The four already had been indicted by a separate Oregon
grand jury in the sabotage of 17 facilities from 1996 to 2001
in the Pacific Northwest, including U.S. Forest Service
facilities, government labs, a meatpacking plant and truck
dealership, among others.

Gerlach and Meyerhoff are in an Oregon jail facing charges
while the other two are being sought by authorities.

The Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front had
claimed responsibility for the explosions.