Woman pleads guilty to terror charge on train tracks

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to a terrorist attack and violence against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in northwestern Washington that investigators have suggested was motivated by opposition to the construction of a natural gas pipeline across British Columbia. The Bellingham Herald reports Samantha Frances Brooks and Ellen Brennan Reiche were each indicted with one count of terrorist attacks and other violence against a railroad carrier Dec. 9, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. They’re accused of putting a shunt on tracks near Bellingham to disrupt BNSF train safety features in November. Brooks pleaded guilty July 9. Reiche has pleaded not guilty.