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II I I Wife arrested in Giampaoli death; bail set at $300,000 By Mary Jo Winter Armed with an arrest warrant, Cloverdale police last Friday eve- aing took 29-year old Irene Denise Giampaoli into custody for the Octo- ber 23, 1990, murder of her husband, Craig Lee Giampaoli. Mrs. Giampaoli, who is several months pregnant, was arrested with- out incident shortly before 5:30 p.m. at the Cloverdalc home of friends with whom she and her children, 2-I[2 year old Stcvcn and 4 year old Nicholas had been staying. She was booked at the Clover- dale Police Dept. before being transferred to Sonoma County Jail to await her arraignment hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 9:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa Municipal Court. Bail had been set at $100,000, a figure four different people told the Reveille Saturday morning they felt was too low. A judge raised the bail later that morning to $300,000. Family members declined to com- ment publicly on the arrest, which culminated an intensive two-month investigation. I Craig died from a single shot to the back of the head as he lay in bed. An AR 15 Colt rifle was lying on the bed behind him. It had a small handle with a hand towel looped through it, but the rifle was not covered. Irene told police at the time she was sleeping on the couch in the living room of the W. First Street home when she heard a loud noise. She grabbed Steven, whom she said has been sleeping in the master bedroom, and ran next door to the home of her sister-in-law Sherri Moore. Craig was transported by Clo- verdale Ambulance to Heaidsburg General Hospital where he died shortly after arrival. The shooting has been the topic of much speculation, and local resi- dents have criticized the police for what they felt was "foot dragging" in making an arrest. Police Chief Rob Dailey defended his department's actions by saying they wanted to be sure they had a solid case first. "These things take time", he said, "and even though Irene was a prime suspect from the very beginning, we needed to build our case before making an arrest." There had been some talk that young Steven may have accident- ally pulled the trigger, but police have apparently discounted that theory. Police say they doubt he was even awake at the time and are not even convinced he was in the room at the time of the shooting. During the course of their investi- gation, police issued a search war- rant for the Giampaoli's telephone records. Investigators were also in touch with Child Protective Services (CPS), the FBI and a superior court judge concerning the welfare of the children. It was learned that Irene washed the nightgown and pajamas she and Steven were wearing the night of the crime. Chief Dailey said these had been taken for evidence and are among the items not yet re- turned by the crime lab in Santa Rosa. I I IIIII I ---,,,, Gun shot residue tests conducted on Irene, Steven and Craig were sent to a lab in Riverside for analysis, while the gun was sent to Sacramento to be tested for finger- prints. Police will not comment on any of the results. Neither will they comment on the exact nature of other evidence taken from the crime scene or spe- cific details of any findings their investigation may have revealed. Two weeks ago, investigating of- ricers Richard Beckman and Scott Allred, spent eight hours with a "Proactive Profiler" from the Dept. of Justice, and an FBI expert on spousal violence. Their discussions focused on actions and personality traits of the type of people who could commit this type of violence. Early last week they sent their report - described as being about three inches thick - to the District Attorney for review. After reading the report, the DA decided there was enough evidence to issue a com- plaint. The warrant for Irene's I | II arrest was then signed by Sonoma County Municipal Court Judge Mark Tansil. Despite published reports stating Irene was charged with first degree murder, no specific "degree" of murder was actually indicated in the warrant. This should be clari- fied during the arraignment. A specific motive has yet to be determined, but according to Chief Dailey, Craig had,at least $250,000 in life insurance policies. The children are reportedly stay- ing with family friends until a hear- ing can be held to determine tem- porary custody. It is expected that they will be placed in the care of relatives. Mayor Erlene Pell had nothing but praise for the police depart- ment's handling of the case. "I have a tremendous feeling of relief and gratitude to our police department," she said. "Our police, with so little experience in this type of crime, did all the right things, in the right order, right from the first. II I I II Because of this, we ended up with a solid indictment and I think that is to be commended." Reacting to comments she had heard as late as Saturday morning that the police investigation took too long, Mayor Peil said, "If they'd acted too soon, they could have blown the case to pieces. Afterall," she added, "they aren't the only ones to make those decisions. The DA needs sufficient evidence before he'll issue an indictment." One lady, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed her concern for the children. "I just think it's a sad situation. To think that those two little ones have to live without their father, and now without their mother. The children are the real victims." Craig and Irene, whose maiden name was Winchester, both grew up in Cloverdale. They were mar- ried in Dec. 1983. At the time of his death, Craig was superintendent of the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant. II I I I e, Cioverdale, Sonoma County, CA II _ I I Reveille readers' choose Cloverdale's Top 10 Stories of 1990 Reveille readers said they considered the investigation into tbe death of Craig Giampaoli to be the top Cloverdale news StOry during 1990. The murders of Charles Roberts and his wife Johnnie Mac in their home last February came in second. Other  stories chosen by Reveille readers in order of were: " / ............ 3. Opening of the Boys & Girls Oub . 4. Project Graduation 1990 5. Rich Rowland being signed by the Detroit Tigers 6. Pipe bomb explosion at Louisiana Pacific 7. $100,000 fire at Reuser, Inc. 8. Horse rescued from railroad tracks 9. WoP, r on the City's new General Plan 10. Clear Cutting of Oaks at Preston. Middle School students will ask Board to reinstate sports In a cost saving effort, league sports at Washington Middle School were discontinued this year. Students and teachers will ask the Trustees to reinstate these programs at next Tuesday night's School Board Meeting. The Student Council recently sent a letter to Superintendent Don Sam which read: "The Middle School Student Council, which represents 284 stu- dents, voted unanimously to request the reinstaWanent of sports for middles grades' students. "These officers recognize those Who participate in sports must achieve a certain G.P.A. in order tobe eligible. They also recognize there is more school spirit when sports are a part of their school life. Those who wish to participate desire to improve skills for high school, improve their physical con- dition and have more qualifications for entering better colleges or uni- versifies. "l'hank you for your positive consideration to act on this request." A similar letter was sent to the Board by school staff last month. The School Board convenes at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the Cloverdale High School Library. # "Do or die" meeting for Cloverdale Chamber Friday A progress meeting, which is ex- Pected to decide the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce's fate for Possible reactivation, has been set for this Friday, January 4, at 7 a.m. at the Cloverdale Coffee Shop. Chamber President pro tern, bruce Reuser of Reuser, Inc., is .sking all past members and all Potential future members to be there to discuss the issues. "We want to know your needs and concerns, and we want to have the greatest possible representation CHRIS00VIAS AT CLEAR WATER as we formulate our Plan", he said. Executive Director Linda Brown will share thoughts on the Chamber's direction and what she would like to see the Chamber doing in the community. Topics of discussion will include: members dues and sources of non-dues income, annual budget, office location, and - most importantly - Chamber mission and plan of action for the coming year. If Budget and Dues schedules are adopted by the group, signatures pledging membership will be re- quested on a document prepared for the occasion. This will then be presented to the City of Cloverdale as part of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce's Proposal and Re- quest for funding, to be presented at the next City Council meeting in January. "If yon want to have some say about what the Chamber should be doing in Cloverdale", said Linda, "this will be your opportunity!" For reservations, please call 894- 4224. I IIII II I I Vol. CX11, Issue I January 2, 1991 35 cents I II II I III Iili I II I I 1990 in Cloverdale: a year of joy, pride & tragedy Before relegating 1990 to the an- nals of history, it's time to reflect on some of the things that made news in Cloverdale last year. As with every year, there were moments of great joy - the birth of Jared Michael Beavers, Clover- dale's In'st baby of 1990, the open- ing of the Boys & Girls Club, the huge success of Project Cn-aduation; moments of great pride - Rich Row- land's signing withthe Detroit T gets, FHA-HHRO's triumphant vic- tory at national competition; and momenl of tremendous sadness, the tragic, untimely deaths of sev- eral local citizens. JANUARY Carol Cart was named 1989 "Mother of the Year" by the Rev- eille. The weekly Bingo games spon- sored by the Century Lions Club and the Boys & Girls Club were cancelled. Jared Michael Beavers became Cloverdale's First Baby of 1990. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Cloverdale Bypass re- ceived final approval. Construction was completed on Food Pantry "strikes it rich" A number of people who bought raffle tickets for the annual Clover- dale Lions Club drawing on Dec. 23, got into the Christmas spirit by put- ting the Cloverdale Food Pantry on them instead of their own name. It paid off when one of these tickets was the lucky winner of the $500 Grand prize! Not only that, the Food Pantry also won one of the ams! The four other hams were won by Crystal Ornbaum, John Buergler, Ella May Murray and Dick Woold- ridge, all of Cloverdale! Cub Scouts will pick up Xmas trees Cloverdale Cub Scout Pack #240 will pick up discarded Christmas trees on Saturday, January 5, 1991, beginning at 9 a.m. for only $1 per tree. To make arrangements for them to stop at your home or business, please call Rachel at 894-3044. the medical offices of Dr. John Spenst at 224 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Bertie Field celebrated her 103rd birthday. The 15th Annual Fiddle Contest, sponsored by the Historical Society, was held at the Citrus Fair. Citrus Fair announced that Nikki Alfaro, Stephanie Clew, Jodie Gar- rity, Amy Sprague, Tammy Town- send and Alyso Parrott would compete for the  title of Citrus Fair Queen. Three local residents were ar- rested and property from at least five local burglaries identified. Jon Provost named 1990 Citrus Fair Parade Grand Marshal. Michael Black & Associates of Scbastopol was chosen to prepare the Downtown Design Plan guide- lines. FEBRUARY A fire of suspicious origin was discovered in the bed of a stake- side flat bed truck owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad which was parked inside the old depot building. City Council declares week of February 11-18 "Project Graduation Awareness Week". C_mirs B.T.C. Shop opened for business. El Carmelo Corporation an- nounced plans to raise funds to restore Asti's "Little Church in the Vineyard". New weather station at Clover- dale Fire Dept. dedicated to memory of Brian Ramos. More than 70 people turnexl out for the Walking Tour of Cloverdale which kicked off the Downtown Design Study. Boys & Girls Clubs announced names of new staff members: Pro- I Ill I Jack Domenichelli: Grand Marshall of 1991 Citrus Parade Former Mayor Jack Domenichelli has been chosen to lead the 1991 Cloverdale Citrus Fair Parade down the boulevard on the morning of February 16. "This is really a great honor and, I'm very touched," he said. "It's the first time I think I've ever been to- tally surprised! Even my wife knew before I did", he added. II IIII Preliminary competition will narrow field of Citrus Queen candidates to five A preliminary competition at the Citrus Fair next Friday night will narrow the field of 1991 Citrus Queen candidates from seven to ve. Vying for the coveted crown will be Tina Louise Carnes, Dana Renee Emmel, Amy Corinne Evers, Tiffany Marie McAdams, Francisca Maciel, Amy Catherine Spragne I I I I II and Nora Michele Woods. Judges will conduct private, per- serial interviews with each of the girls beginning at 7 p.m., with the on-stage competition, to which the public is invited, beginning at 8 p.m. The annual Citrus Queen comped- tion will be held on the opening night of the 1991 Citrus Fair, Friday, February 15. gram Coordinator Beverly William- son, Health & Physical Education Instructor Charlie Delfino, Cultural Enrichment Instructor Elsie Domen- ichelli Richardson. "Fabulous Fifties" was the theme of the 1990 Cloverdale Citrus Fair, and CHS Junior Nikki Alfaro was chosen to reign as 1990 Citrus Fair Queen. Katie Lynn Mittlestadt won the Diaper Derby, while Tyler Ojeda and Rebecca Goss were named Oran Orange and Lily Lemon, respectively. The Citrus Fair Parade went on as scheduled, despite the lack of a Chamber of Commerce to do the organizing, thanks to the dedication of Bruce Reuser, Sandy Drunun and a number of other dedicated volunteers. Parade watchers were greeted with snow-capped hillside, intermittent rain showers and near- freezing temperatures. Six member of the CHS Band were named to the Northern Cali- fornia Honor Band. They were Scott Kirn, Doug Gearhart, Holleigh Leupp, Mike Powers, Tina Moore and David Garland. Bob Mellon announced his plans to resign from the City Council effective March 2. Charles Scott Roberts, 87, and his 80-year old wife, Johnnie Mac, were beaten to death in their home by Mrs. Roberts' eldest son, Charles William Green, 62. Ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial, he was committed to Atascadero State Hos- pital. Yim Miner was named Clover- dale's new Fire Chief. MARCH Boys & Girls Club of Cioverdale officially opened for business. Planning Commissioner Tom Sink was appointed to fill vacancy left on City Council by resignation of Bob Mellon. Two people arrested and six ounces of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $18,000, two assault rifles, a semi-automatic pistol and $5,000 in cash siezed at residence on Healdsburg Ave. The Video Store became mo like a drive-in movie theatre when a car ran through the front of tim Cont'd. to Pg. 2 Search for Cloverdale's 1st Baby of 1991, has begun Who will be Cloverdale's Ist Baby of 19917 The lucky little boy or girl will receive a number of special gifts from local merchants, including dis- posable diapers from Clover Super Market and Penny Fair, a stuffed animal from the Cloverdale Nursery and Hallmark, a portable stroller from Sciaini Ace Hardware, a Well Baby Chock-up from Dr. John Spenst, and a colorful windsock from Mr. Mom's Toys. For his or her parents, gifts in- clude a one year subscription to the Cloverdale Reveille, a smoke detector from the Cloverdale Fire Dept., two of Norm's Special Steaks and a bottle of wine from the CIo- verdale Food Center, a large pizza from Papa's Pizza Cafe, a Quiche from the Cloverdale Coffee & Ice Cream Co., two 1-day passes to the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, one roll film developed free from Photo Lab and a photo album from Seth's Office Supply. In addition, there are $10 gift certificates from the Cloverdale Flower Shoppe, Fleur de Mai, The Grand Kids and W ebbs Fashions! And, as if all that wasn't enough, Cloverdale's 1st Baby of 1991 and his or her family will be invited to ride in the Citrus Fair Parade on the morning of February 16th! New parents are urged to call the Reveille's "1991 Baby Hotline" at 894-3339 as soon as possible after their baby's birth. Burst water pipes and icy roads keep city crews busy Sub-freezing temperatures kept Cloverdale's Public Works crew busy over the Christmas holidays as numerous reports of burst water pipes were received. The fire department was also pressed into service, wth broken fire sprinkler systems reported at a number of locations, including Scialni's Hardware, CareWest Man- , zanita, Kings Valley, Clear Water Ranch and both Washington and Jefferson Schools. Superintendent Don Sam was unable to put a dollar figure on the amount of damage done at the two schools, but did say that without the help of School Board member Ha- rold Walton, school staff and city workers, "we'd have had a real I I I problem." Dr. Sato said there were a total of 25 pipes that burst, including one of the big valves. The 2" line used by the district is a special kind of pipe, not readily available locally. *We've been putting in insulation as we go, so we'll be ready for the next one", he commented. Ice on the roads made driving hazardous, as well. City crows sprinkled sand on the worst areas, including a stretch of Cherry Creek Rd. and on First Street near the bridge. Unfortunately, all of the cold air has brought with it very little mois- ture. Experts are predicting this will only intensify the stal's Serious thought conditions. IIII III