May 21, 2006

Four Indicted For Vail Resort Arson

The damage:

The alleged enviro-wackos:

From 9NEWS (with video):
DENVER - Prosecutors say a federal grand jury has indicted four people on arson charges for allegedly setting fires at the Vail ski resort in 1998.

The grand jury indicted 29-year-old Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, 28-year-old Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 31-year-old Josephine Sunshine Overaker and 33-year-old Rebecca Jeannette Rubin.

Gerlach and Meyerhoff are in federal custody in Oregon. Overaker and Rubin are still at large. Gerlach and Meyerhoff were arrested at the end of last year along with four other people believed responsible for a series of arson attacks in the Pacific Northwest.

The group was indicted on eight counts of arsons for a series of fires set at the resort on Oct. 19, 1998, according to federal prosecutors. The recently completed Two Elk Lodge was burned in the fire along with a restaurant, ski patrol office and operators' shack of four ski lifts.

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The arsons caused about $12 million in damage.

"This indictment is a result of over seven years of hard investigative work," said United States Attorney Bill Leone.

If convicted, the defendants face between 5 and 20 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine for each of the eight counts.


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