CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2002 |
Like all ambitious men, William Henry Schmidt yearned to leave his mark on the world. He did it by digging. In a grand metaphor for the futility of human endeavor, Schmidt spent 32 years hand-gouging a half-mile tunnel through a mountain peak near the Mojave Desert, for no clear purpose except to finish the job. An outhouse and a plaque now mark the spot, miles up a dirt road south of Ridgecrest. "A monument to determination and perseverance," the plaque declares.
March 13, 1988
J. B. Earl has been elected president of the Construction Industry Research Board. Earl is president of O. K. Earl Corp., Pasadena. He succeeds Jack Oechsel,who will continue to serve as a board member. Roger Werbel was elected first vice president. Werbel is also president of the California Building Industry Assn. Other board members are: Greg Antonovich, John Clarke, James Halverson, Jack McCormick and William Schmidt.
May 24, 1987
Three employees at a Wendy's in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were shot to death before the fast-food restaurant was due to open for the day, police said. A 15-year-old girl reporting to work the lunch shift was unable to open the front door and flagged down a patrol car, police spokesman Ott Cefkin said. Officers found the bodies of manager William Schmidt, 46, Michael Peters, 22, and a 19-year-old woman whose name was withheld because her family had not yet been notified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1989
A man who had been arrested in a prostitution raid along Harbor Boulevard was later rearrested when he returned to the scene and allegedly threatened to kill undercover police officers, Costa Mesa police said Friday. William Schmidt, 40, of Orange was first arrested on suspicion of soliciting. He later was arrested on suspicion of making felonious threats against a police officer, Sgt. Tom Curtis said.
February 5, 1989
Roger C. Werbel, a Southland builder and developer for more than 25 years, has been named 1989 president of the board of the Construction Industry Research Board. Werbel, president of Monterey Park-based Werbel Homes, was last year's president of the California Building Industry Assn. The research board is a nonprofit research center that serves the construction industry and provides information to the government, businesses and the public. Werbel succeeds J.B.
May 22, 2001 |
An admitted Mafia hit man confessed in an HBO interview to the 1980 slaying of a New York City police detective and the killing of a Manhattan nightclub owner. Richard Kuklinski made the admissions during "The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hit Man," which aired Sunday. Prosecutor William H. Schmidt, who was tipped off to the confession, said his office would work on the case as soon as the show aired.