Berkeley woman charged in connection with UW arson
>Not guilty plea entered
>Thursday, March 30, 2006
>By HECTOR CASTRO
>A 30-year-old California woman pleaded not guilty at her arraignment today
>on charges of arson in connection with the May 2001 fire that destroyed
>the University of Washington Center for Horticulture building.
>If convicted, Briana Waters faces a minimum sentence of 35 years. She was
>released after the brief hearing this afternoon, and will be
>She is the first person charged in Western Washington in connection with
>the UW fire. The investigation into the fire is continuing.
>The Earth Liberation Front took credit for the blaze. The ELF had targeted
>the basement office in Merrill Hall of Toby Bradshaw, an associate
>professor of forest resources. Bradshaw’s genetic research focused on
>showing how poplars grow. Businesses have used poplars to make paper.
>The group claimed Bradshaw was "the driving force in G.E. (genetically
>engineered) tree research," and a person who "continues to unleash mutant
>genes into the environment that is certain to cause irreversible harm to