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April 25, 1995 | DAN MORAIN and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A mysterious serial bomber linked to 15 attacks that have left two people dead and 22 injured since 1978 apparently struck again Monday, killing a lobbyist with a pipe bomb concealed in an innocuous-looking package mailed to his office. Richard Ross, Sacramento's FBI special agent in charge, said a "preliminary assessment of some of the materials" at the scene of the bombing just four blocks from the state Capitol "strongly indicates" it was the work of the serial attacker known as Unabomber.
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June 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two pipe bombs have exploded this week, apparently part of a wave of such bombs that began May 18. Seven have exploded, including two Monday about 11 p.m., within blocks of each other. No injuries have been reported. Police said there is no indication that the bombs are aimed at specific targets. The bombs have mostly been thrown on cars.
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January 31, 1997 | MARIA L. LA GANGA and JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They are used to random killings. They endure the danger of drug dealing in their midst. But a predawn explosion that blasted a hole in the Solano County Courthouse here Thursday has posed an alarming new threat to this gritty city, leaving its 112,000 residents on edge. The bombing was the latest in a weeklong string of episodes involving explosives in Vallejo, a blue-collar city northeast of San Francisco.
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June 2, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An unemployed crime lab technician was convicted in Hayward on Friday of two counts of attempted murder for planting bombs under the homes of Fremont's police chief and other city officials. Rodney Blach, 54, said that he was framed and that the bombings were done by federally trained agents. He could face life in prison. The first explosion in March 1998 ripped a 10-foot hole in the roof of Police Chief Craig Steckler's home and set the front porch on fire.
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February 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Attorneys were wading through 1,400 pages of evidence Friday for what is expected to be a long case against six men accused in a series of bombings intended to derail a drug case against one of them. "We know there are a myriad of issues that will have to be resolved in motions," Solano County Municipal Judge Luis Villarreal said after a brief arraignment hearing at which none of the suspects entered pleas. During the heavily guarded hearing, Villarreal said pleas will be entered in Vallejo Feb.
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July 7, 1995 | JENIFER WARREN and RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sacramento police said Thursday that they videotaped a man resembling the elusive Unabomber in the crowd that gathered around the blast site where the terrorist's bomb killed timber lobbyist Gilbert Murray in April. Police videotaped the crime scene and surrounding crowd when they arrived and noticed that a man abruptly hurried away when he realized he was being taped, said Homicide Lt. Joe Enloe.
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October 6, 1999 | Associated Press
A man wanted for a series of bombings last year in Northern California--including the homes of the current and a former Fremont police chief--was arrested Tuesday at his suburban San Diego home, police said. Rodney Blach, 53, was wanted on a warrant from Alameda County on 11 charges including attempted murder, using a destructive device to murder and using a destructive device to terrorize, officials said.
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July 12, 1992 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All that is left of the Napa Valley's most spectacular mansion is a big hole in the ground, a swimming pool and a whole lot of questions. When the 18,000-square-foot wine country chateau exploded last April, it seemed to lift off like a rocket, then disintegrated into a heap of rubble. The heat was so intense, and the destruction so complete, that investigators were lucky to find some silverware.
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June 4, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With their leaders recovering from an Oakland car bombing, environmentalists gathering in California's redwoods for a summer of anti-logging protests are adding lessons in caution to their curriculum of nonviolence training. Those who never used to lock their cars now do so regularly, knowing that an anonymous letter-writer claimed to have hidden a bomb in Earth First! member Judi Bari's unlocked Subaru before it blew up two weeks ago.
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June 11, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Earth First! activists accused of transporting a bomb that blew up in their car were carrying nails that were identical to those in the explosive, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Police statements filed in Oakland Municipal Court said officers found the sack of nails during a search of the car after the May 24 blast in Oakland, the paper said.
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December 9, 1999 | From Associated Press
A Nevada couple, Ronald and Jan Brown, have been ordered to appear in Sacramento today before a grand jury investigating an alleged plot to bomb targets in Northern California, a Nevada newspaper, the Lahontan Valley News/Fallon Eagle Standard, reported. Another paper, the Reno Gazette-Journal, reported Wednesday that two men being investigated in the alleged plot--Kevin Ray Patterson, 42, of Camino, Calif., and Charles Dennis Kiles, 49, of Placerville, Calif.
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October 6, 1999 | Associated Press
A man wanted for a series of bombings last year in Northern California--including the homes of the current and a former Fremont police chief--was arrested Tuesday at his suburban San Diego home, police said. Rodney Blach, 53, was wanted on a warrant from Alameda County on 11 charges including attempted murder, using a destructive device to murder and using a destructive device to terrorize, officials said.
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April 11, 1998 | From Associated Press
A sheriff's deputy was shot in the back and a second was hurt in a car crash after a bizarre attack Friday by at least one man wearing four bulletproof vests, deputies said. The suspect's van and a patrol car burst into flames after the head-on crash. About 75 people in a square-mile area were evacuated for several hours because the van's driver told a deputy that ammunition and a pipe bomb were inside. Investigators found fragments of a possible bomb and a second, live pipe bomb.
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March 31, 1998 | From Associated Press
Investigators searched Monday for the bomber who left explosives at the homes of the city's police chief and a councilman in what police are calling "acts of terrorism." No one was hurt when one bomb exploded outside Police Chief Craig Steckler's home early Sunday, ripping a 10-foot-wide hole in the roof. Authorities safely dismantled a second device found outside the house of Councilman Bob Wasserman, Steckler's predecessor as police chief.
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March 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
A firebomb exploded at the home of Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler early Sunday as he and his family slept inside, but nobody was hurt, police said. Later in the day, authorities found a second explosive device in front of the home of former Police Chief Robert Wasserman, now a City Council member. That one was safely disarmed. No motive for the two incidents was known. The 4:16 a.m.
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January 5, 1998 | Associated Press
Four people were injured Sunday when a package addressed to one resident exploded inside the family's home, police said. The package, wrapped as a Christmas present, had been hand-delivered and was left on the front porch, police Lt. Ron Jackson said. The gift was addressed to 15-year-old Malcolm Penton, who brought the package inside. It blew up about 2:20 p.m., police said.
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July 18, 1990 | HAROLD MAASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alameda County prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have decided not to file charges against two Earth First! activists injured in May when a pipe bomb exploded in their car. "There's not sufficient evidence to ensure a conviction," Assistant Dist. Atty. Chris Carpenter said. "The police are going to continue to investigate the case." Police had said they suspected that the two members of the radical environmentalist organization were transporting the bomb and that it went off accidentally.
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May 30, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors said Tuesday they will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to formally charge two environmental activists accused by police of causing an explosion that nearly killed the pair last week. Supporters of the two said the delay indicates police have a weak case and renewed their charge that someone tried to assassinate the activists to stop their efforts to preserve old-growth redwoods. One of the activists, Darryl Cherney, 33, of Piercy, remained free on bail Tuesday.
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September 24, 1997 | Associated Press
A rap musician accused of planting a string of bombs to avoid a three-strikes trial that could send him to prison for life was convicted on the charges that he was allegedly trying to evade with the blasts. A Solano County jury found Kevin Lee "Big Kev" Robinson guilty Monday on 10 drug and weapons counts but acquitted him on one count of unlawful possession of a handgun.
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February 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Attorneys were wading through 1,400 pages of evidence Friday for what is expected to be a long case against six men accused in a series of bombings intended to derail a drug case against one of them. "We know there are a myriad of issues that will have to be resolved in motions," Solano County Municipal Judge Luis Villarreal said after a brief arraignment hearing at which none of the suspects entered pleas. During the heavily guarded hearing, Villarreal said pleas will be entered in Vallejo Feb.
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