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Saturday, August 9, 1997
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Napa ValleyState Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997 The NAPA VALLEY REGISTER-3A Homemade bomb rips derby entry From Register Staff NAPA Thomas Schardt's wife received a bizarre birthday present Thursday night. Schardt, who lives on Coombs Street near downtown Napa, had retired to bed about 1 1 p.m. when he, his wife. Janet, and their 20-year-old son, Richard, were jolted from sleep by what they believed was a blast from a .38-caliber gun. When they awoke Friday to prepare Richard's 1985 Dodge Diplomat for Sundays upcoming destruction derby races at the Napa Town and Country Fair, they were a bit surprised. The remnants of a pipe bomb, consisting of a 7-Up bottle filled with powder, sat on what remained of the passenger seat of the battle-tested vehicle. Schardt called the police department after discovering the object. He and his son waited Friday for the state fire marshal's office to remove the bomb and ensure it wasnt potent anymore. I knew it was a bomb the minute I saw it," said a noticeably calm Thomas Schardt. His son, who has raced for more than a year, didn't suspect anything, either. Both father and son ruled out any sort of sabotage and surmised it was probably just some youngsters pulling a prank. Its interesting, because were not part of some large team; my son is an Eagle Scout," Thomas Schardt said. Undaunted, Schardt said he and his son would make sure the race went on. Were definitely going to have this car running tomorrow morning." . Napa Police officer Ruben Faria said no arrests have been made in the incident. Nothings street legal on this car anymore," Schardt joked. MINOR CRASH r NAPA Four German ; tourists visiting California for ;the first time suffered a .-minor setback when the car they were riding in jumped a curb and smashed into a business Friday evening. The driver of the vehicle, whose name was not released by Napa police, apparently lost control as he attempted to park in front of the California Luggage Outlet at about 8 p.m., police said. The vehicle shattered a front window of the store before stopping. The stores two employees were not injured. The four passengers were unhurt, according to police. FOR WORK AND AUTO RELATED INJURIES 256-0324 or www.napachiro.coiD STANLEY STEEMER Makes you feel at home " Our Promise to You ! Mo Gimmicks! No Unb elievable Discounts ! Just . . . Pair and Honest Pricing . . . Always ! Bill & Cyndy Smalanskas OwnersOperators J7ev Parents, authorities appeal for help in finding killers of 2-year-old boy SAN BERNARDINO (AP) - The mother of a 2-year -old who was shot to death in the family car during a right-of-way dispute Issued an emotional appeal Friday for help finding the killers. Robert James was an apparent victim of road rage" Aug. 1 on Main Street in Hesperia. The passenger of a blue Chevrolet Camaro fired two separate volleys at the car driven by the toddlers father Travis James, hitting it seven times, said Chip Patterson, spokesman for the San Bernardino County sheriff. Robert, strapped in his child seat, was shot in the head. The boys mother and 6-year-old sister were unhurt. I turned back and I saw my baby with all this blood all over him. And I started screaming, No, my baby, my baby, mother Wendy Witte said at a press conference at Sheriffs Headquarters. Please call," she pleaded, tears streaming, to reporters and television cameras. Please. We need your help. We need everybodys help. 1 want them found. The two occupants of the Camaro were believed to be white men, Patter Thousands TORRANCE (AP) - Thousands of people lined up Friday to apply for 1,000 temporary, high-paying dock jobs that come with the hope of permanent work and even higher wages. The line began growing around the Employment Development Department Thursday night as people camped out on sidewalks. Those who waited in line got applications. Those who are accepted will work as free-lancers, answering calls on a day-to-day basis when there is a shortage of regular workers. Eventually, the free-lance work could lead to membership in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and fulltime, permanent work. Applications were available Friday only. The applications are passed out only once every three years or so. Agnes Dodd, manager of the EDD, said they began passing out the applications at 7 a.m. By RASMUSENlDECKiRESTORATIONj Add Years Of Life To Your WOOD DECK DONT REPLACE IT...REST0RE IT!! 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These guys were out to shoot somebody, and I believe in my heart, that if it wouldn't have been my son, it would have been somebody else or somebody elses child that died that night," he said. Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call 1-800-782-7463. wait for chances at part 8, she said the office's 2,180 applications were gone. She estimated about 5,000 people showed up to pick up applications. The crowd was very mannerly, very orderly, but the only thing Im disappointed with is the trash the people left behind," Dodd said. Tony Carranza, 35, of Wilmington arrived at the office at 7 a.m. He was one of the lucky ones who was able to snatch up an application. A men's hair stylist, Carranza said he would consider leaving his full-time job if it meant a permanent job as a longshoremen. Union officials said the average longshoremen in the Los Angeles area earns about $80,000 a year. It gets slow sometimes so itd be nice to have a Longshoremans card so I can have some supplemental income," Carranza said. I figure if 1 can make $100 ASSOCIATED PRESS Travis James comforts Wendy Whitte during a press conference Friday with San Bernardino County Sheriffs Sgt Mike Lanighan, right, concerning the shooting death of their son, Robert Xavier James, of Hesperia. The child was killed while riding in his parents vehicle, during a traffic incident in which shots were fired from an unidentified vehicle. a day, even two times or three times a month, its more than I didnt have before." Applications were also handed out in Long Beach and Compton. Edmund Carr, 39, of Long Beach headed to his local office around 7:30 a.m. to find that all the applications were gone. So he drove to Torrance, only to be turned away again. Carr said he was recently laid off from his engineering job and hoped to get his foot in the door as a longshoremen. He complained that the application process was unfair because it was not publicized sooner. I think they shouldve given everybody a fair chance by letting the press know earlier," Carr said. This had to have been planned so they shouldve let them all know because it's not fair I didnt find out in advance. Napa Town & Country Fair!!! Aongaosit 6-10, 11997 R o Smokin' Armadillos Wednesday 8:00 8110:00 pm Indigo Swing Thursday 8:00 St 10:00 pm Id -II La hi ADMISSION PRICES Fair Hours 12 noon to 10 pm all five days Adults (13 to 59 $7.00 Seniors (60 and up) $4.00 juniors (ages 6 to 12) $4.00 Children (5 and under) FREE Pathfinder officially ends mission Rover may head for the hills ... if battery holds out By MICHAEL FLEEMAN Associated Press Writer PASADENA It has become the little rover that could. Officially done with its 30-day mission, Mars Pathinder is in good enough shape to send its rover on bonus journeys, including a trip up a hill to see what lies beyond, scientists said Friday. The goal, now, is to concentrate on more long-range monitoring of the martian weather and surface before possibly sending Sojourner some dozens of yards away from Pathfinder for a journey up a gently sloping hill to the north. "We dont know how long it will take." project scientist Matthew Golombeck said of the timing of the march up the hill, which can be seen in pictures. We will have to go very slowly. ... This is the long, long, long, long range plans for the rover." The rover Sojourner in the next few weeks will also examine more rocks and roll back to the Pathfinder to see whatever may have stuck to a magnetic ramp, Golombek said. Meantime, Pathfinder will continue to send pictures and data to NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as it has since the air-bag-cushioned craft bounced down a slope to a landing near Mars equator July 4 for what was designed to be a one-month mission. Among newly released findings are signs that dust devils swirl on the martian surface, and indications a rock nicknamed Scooby Doo isnt a rock at all, but a martian dirt clod compacted by unknown means, though water from an ancient time is a tantalizing possibility. - time jobs Dodd said the EDD had nothing to do with advertising the openings. It was handled by the union and the Pacific Maritime Association, which handles steamship lines, terminal operators and other waterfront employees. About a third of the jobs will be offered to women because of a consent decree stemming from a 1980 lawsuit. Arriving late to the application center. Ana Giras, 40, said she missed out on a chance to reenter the job market as well as a chance at a non-tradltional career. For a woman, its an unusual kind of a job, Giras said. I would like to do something different instead of being a secretary or receptionist or answering phones. The pay is also very, very good." America Friday 8:00 St 10:00 pm The Drifters fit The Coasters Saturday 5:00 St 9:00pm II II II II II So far, the rover has traveled more than 50 yards, circling the landing craft twice, and taken 384 images of the surface. It also has poked and prodded a number of rocks to determine their geological makeup. We finally have a feeling of what it would be like to be on the surface of Mars standing there," said Golombek. We would know what our footprints would look like if we were there." The lander operates on the suns energy during the day, and can operate at night on batteries charged by some of that solar power. Eventually, the batteries will no longer charge. Controllers are now preserving the batteries by reducing the number of charge-discharge cycles. The new plan lengthens their life by shutting down everything on the lander except a timer on four out of every five nights. The timer turns the lander systems on when the sun rises. Battery-powered activities are conducted on the fifth night. If all goes well, and the brutal martian environment doesnt cause problems. Pathfinder can operate for months and beyond, Golombek said. Judge orders recall of Playgirl featuring Pitt LOS ANGELES (AP) -Playgirl magazine Intends to fight a judges order recalling this months edition that includes nude photographs of actor Brad Pitt and his ex-girlfriend. Playgirl attorney Kent Raygor filed notice that he will appeal the recall decision. The filing placed a temporary stay on the ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert OBrien and postponed the recall. The photos showed Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow frolicking in the nude outside a hotel bungalow on a Caribbean island two years ago. They were taken by a photographer trespassing near their hotel. The ruling requires Playgirl to notify vendors and distributors that they can no longer sell the magazine and for them to collect remaining copies. The judge had previously imposed a temporary restraining order on further sales of the issue. The case has been under seal since the lawsuit was filed July 14. Pride fit Joy Sunday 4:30 St 8:00 pm 1 I I I I Preview Gala and Wine Tasting Tuesday, August 5th a 5:30 - 7:30 n $15 Wine Tasting Gardens Open 1 2 noon - 9pm n All Five Days Kid's Day a Wednesday, August 6th Senior's Day a Thursday, August 7th f 7F

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