The Earth Liberation Front, an anonymous band of destructive environmentalists, claimed responsibility for a April 2001 arson at Ross Island, sparking a "domestic terrorism" investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Though the ELF hasn't claimed the Eagle Creek firebombing, the MO of both incidents was identical.
Sherman was joined in both arsons by the notorious Tre Arrow. An anti-logging activist and former congressional candidate, Tre, aka Michael Scarpitti, remains at-large with a federal warrant out for his arrest. Two other former PSU students indicted in the Eagle Creek case, Angela Cessario and Jeremy Rosenblum, are pleading not guilty. Their trial is scheduled for Feb. 24. Sherman is expected to be sentenced for 41 months. ANNA SIMON
A FREE LUNCH AFTER ALLSigns reading "Closed Until Further Notice" continue to block the paths of the east Portland park adjacent to the St. Francis Parish, but the homeless served by the church's dining hall managed to reach a last-minute reprieve. Until neighbors began complaining of criminal activity, the park, located on SE 11th and Oak, had regularly served as a loitering ground for the homeless population that ate dinner at the dining hall. In response to complaints, though, police gave St. Francis an ultimatum--close the park for six months and come up with a plan to abate delinquent activity--or close the dining hall.
Last week parish members gave police a modest resolution. "We're going to provide security while the dining hall is open and we'll have a designated area on the parish premises for people to gather," said Valerie Chapman, church spokeswoman. After threatening to shut down the dining hall the day after Thanksgiving, and some last-minute negotiations, the police finally accepted the proposal, allowing the dining hall to continue for the time being. "We feel what has happened to the church and the people is symptomatic of a break-down in the system," Chapman says. St. Francis serves dinner to as many as 300 people a day. ANNA SIMON