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Arizona woman accused of being lookout

An Arizona woman indicted in an investigation into ecoterrorism is accused of being the lookout when an Oregon office building was torched in 1998.The main evidence against Sarah Kendall Harvey comes from conversations recorded by her co-defendant, who actually started the Dec. 28, 1998 fire at U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Ore., a federal prosecutor in Flagstaff told a federal judge Tuesday.Harvey’s attorney contended at Tuesday’s bail review hearing that she no longer has any connection to the “fringe ideals” behind the radical environmental movement and posed no threat.”These things occurred seven years ago,” lawyer John Trebon said in court.Harvey, also known as Kendall Tankersley, 28, is an educated woman with family support who is devoted to giving back to the community, Trebon said. He said she’s walked away from her previous involvement with “fringe elements.”The lawyer for the government disagreed, telling Magistrate Judge Mark E. Aspey that Harvey was a member of the Earth Liberation Front and a danger.”The salient fact is the defendant acted as a lookout while the co-defendant set the fire,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Lodge said in arguing against bail. He said Harvey is suspected of other arsons in Humbolt County, Calif., although no charges have been filed.Aspey set bail at $150,000, but did not make that ruling final pending another hearing later this week. He wants several conditions met first. Harvey has been held without bail.Harvey is due back in court Friday, along with the other Arizona resident arrested last week in the ecoterror cases, William C. Rodgers, 40, of Prescott.Rodgers runs a bookstore in downtown Prescott and is accused of an arson at the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service facility in Olympia, Wash., in June 1998 that caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage.Vail, Colorado

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