CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1991
Blaming street gangs for a bizarre new urban danger, Long Beach police on Friday warned that the sabotage of street light poles pose a potentially lethal threat. Incidents in which gang members have apparently short-circuited wires to knock out street lights to commit crimes unobserved have prompted police to issue the warning. Police said it is "vitally important" to avoid touching the poles because people could be electrocuted, Lt. S.J. McAndrew said.
June 14, 1987 |
Security forces have captured two groups of Muslim fundamentalists plotting acts of sabotage and seized explosives, a homemade bomb, guns and ammunition, the official TAP news agency said Saturday. The first group planned to use explosives stolen from a quarry in Hammam-Lif, on the southeastern outskirts of Tunis, TAP said. Some of the explosives were hidden in a lake. The second group was arrested in eastern Tunisia, about 15 miles south of President Habib Bourguiba's summer palace in Monastir.
February 17, 1996 |
Federal investigators have concluded that Wednesday night's derailment of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train in St. Paul, Minn., was not the result of sabotage. The FBI on Friday said, "If those findings are borne out, we will soon terminate our involvement in the case." The FBI is still investigating the possibility of sabotage in another Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derailment--the fatal crash Feb. 1 in the Cajon Pass north of San Bernardino.
March 3, 2001 |
A Navy missile technician accused of sabotaging cables on a Trident nuclear submarine was using LSD, cocaine and methamphetamine at the time, prosecutors said. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto G. Cimmino, 23, of Scotia, was arrested Nov. 26 as the Alaska sat at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard near Seattle. Cimmino faces 23 counts for allegedly cutting 106 cables. Prosecutors say he confessed to damaging 20 cables so he wouldn't have to go to sea.
December 18, 1996 |
A runaway train without lights, whistle or an engineer barreled across about 50 miles of western Nebraska on a moonless night earlier this month, coming within seconds of hitting a farmer and his pregnant wife. Operated only by a remote-controlled locomotive, the 55 train cars plowed through dozens of crossings, three railroad stop signs and passed several other trains before a train engineer stopped them. Officials said the train may have been sabotaged by an irate motorist.
November 26, 1989
A 135-mile off-road motorcycle race across the Mojave Desert that had been opposed by environmentalists was marred Saturday by almost a dozen injuries and an attempt at sabotage. Officials of the American Motorcyclists Assn. contended that someone had tried to interrupt the race from Barstow to Las Vegas by dumping four-pronged spikes along the course.
November 25, 1997 |
A 30-year-old computer technician was charged with sabotaging the computer system of magazine publisher Forbes Inc. in an attack that authorities said was in retaliation for his being fired as a temporary consultant. George M. Parente of New York used a home computer to enter Forbes' network April 21--the day he was fired--and caused more than $100,000 worth of havoc, federal law enforcement officials said.
March 9, 1989
An International Olympic Committee doctor who was in charge of the doping control facility at the Seoul Games dismissed the sabotage theory presented in testimony by Ben Johnson's coach Charlie Francis, this week at the Canadian federal inquiry into drug use in sports. Dr. Manfred Donike of West Germany said Wednesday in an interview with the Toronto Star: "I can tell you this is absolute nonsense . . .
June 26, 1991 |
A disgruntled General Dynamics computer programmer, hoping to increase his salary by creating a problem only he could solve, planted a computer "logic bomb" that could have destroyed vital data in the San Diego defense contractor's Atlas rocket space program, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. Federal officials allege that Michael J.
February 25, 1999 |
A Microsoft Corp. executive acknowledged during the company's antitrust trial Wednesday that he tried to get Apple Computer Inc. to adopt Microsoft's multimedia technology, but he denied sabotaging Apple in an attempt to get the task done. Eric Engstrom, general manager of DirectX multimedia at Microsoft, completed his testimony by denying an accusation made earlier in the trial by Apple Senior Vice President Avadis Tevanian.