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. ",i ; Cloverdale, Sonoma county, CA Vol. CXll, Issue 6 February 6, 1991 35 cents tness says defendant in Giampaoli murder case conflicting stories on more than one occasion , Jo Winter last Thursday after- t a Preliminary Hearing for Craig Giampaoli's Moore, told how awakened in the early hours of OCL 23, 1990, by of her sister-in-law's "Hurry[ Hurry[ It It just went offi" ts accused of killing her Craig, with a single rifle back of the head as he in the master bedroom West First Street Dec. 28, 1990, two months of intensive by the Cloverdale testified she was awakened 2:15 a.m. when she heard the hallway of her home. up in bed. She (Irene) on the hall light and was :at the bedroom door." confused,. Sherri asked her had said. it down", Irene report- to Sheari, Irene, who her youngest son, old Steven, suddenly set "Oh, my God, I and went out the and her husband, Ron, and were bead- back door when Irene what had happened, told her, "rite said she and Ron then door to Irene and Craig's While Ron stayed in the Shcrri went down the hall bedroom where, she found the door open and to Craig, she fumbled for a When one of the lamps came on, she said she his side of the bed. was a lot of blood. He moving, but I heard him I called out to him, but he He just breathed )) She said the gun was laying on a pillow on the opposite side of the bed with the barrel only about 12"-14" from his head. Sherri yelled for Ron to call 911 as she went into tbe bathroom at the end of the hall to get a towel for Craig's head. She said she had noticed a towel around the weapon, but did not touch it. When Sherri returned home about half an hour later, she said Irene was sitting at her kitchen table with Officer Scott Allred and she was able to overhear parts of their conversation. "At fast, Irene said she didn't know what happened. Later, she said she fell asleep on the couch and something - a loud noise - woke her up, She said she saw Steven running down the hall, so she grabbed him and came over to my hOUSe." Sherri said Officer Allred asked Irene not to wash her hands until some tests could be conducted (for gun powder residue). A short time later, Irene reportedly said she was feeling hot and flushed, and, accord- ing to Sherri, went to the kitchen sink where she used her hands to put water on her face. She then wiped them on a towel. Sherri stated Officer Alked called her later that morning to ask for Irene's nightgown and Steven's for some tests. According to Shem, she picked up Steven's PJs from her riving room and went to the laundry room where Irene was doing a load of wash. Sherri asked about the nightgown and was told it was in the wash. When she told her the police wanted the nightgown and Steven's pajamas for tests, Irene reportedly "said they didn't need them, grab- bed them out of my hands and put them in the wash." Cloverdale Police Officer Kevin Griffin testWl he and Officer Shawn Campbell were in the station at 2:22 a.m. when the 911 call from the Giampaoli residence was received. He said he arrived to find Craig Fair to feature dragons knights in shining armor! the lookout for knights in minor as the 89th Annual Citrus Fair-celebrates Days and Mystical 15-18 at the Cit- is billed as one of the fairs on Ibe west coast, again, the beautiful citrus and exhibits will be a with this year's aw, mc, will view dragons, castles Sherwood Fmest. The showcase scores of quality i crafts, home arts and free local citizens. also include a traditional a Saturday morning par- by Grand Marshall Jack Domenichelli, plus a gourmet food and wine tasting Sat. and Sun. Daily entertainment by the Cali- fornia Cowboys band, a Saturday night sock hop, featuring Johnny Baron and the Be..l-Aires, and two Sunday concerts by "Rain - a Tribute to the Beatles = , highlight the musical attractions. Other special events include a gala opening on Thursday evening, Seniors Day and the Queen Pageant on Friday, Kids Day on Monday and continuous grounds entertainment daily. Plan to experience the first fair of 1991 right here in Cloverdale. There will be something for every- one at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair this Presidents' Day weekend. begins next week to new Chamber Directors Cloverdale Chamber of at their Jan. 31 Gen- began the election for its 1991 Board of President, as voted is Bruce Reuser, Appointments include: Newtod, Environmtal 2) Nancy Avansino, Title; and 3) Elean- Empire Personnel of six candidates were the Nominating Corn- including: 1) Bertie Erick- 2) Judee Nursery & Hallmark; 3) Bill Mills, Clover- dale Lumber;, 4) Pat Snider, Dr. Clif- ford Spider, D.D.S.; 5) Nancy Walker, Cloverdale Coffee & Ice Cream Co., and, 6) Jody Moore, Fast Street Studios. Completing the slate will be two candidates nominated from the floor:. 7) Seth Caldwell, Seth's Office Supplies; and 8) Jack Hafner, Clover Supermarket. Executive Director Linda Brown slates that all ballots will be in the mail to all members in good standing by Feb. ! 3, and will include a short resume on each candidate. The Election will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. in the back bedroom lying*on his left side in what he described as a "loose fetal position". OfficerGriffin said he saw a black assault-type weapon, later identified as an AR- 15, lying on the bed behind Craig with the barrel pointed at his head. Officer Griffin stated no one had touched or moved the weapon in his presence, despite safety con- ceres voiced by the ambulance crew and other emergency person- nel. Earlier reports indicated there was some speculation that the couple's young son, Steven, might have been the one to actually pull the trigger that fateful night. Kathleen O'Meara, a clinical psy- chologist, told the court she had been contacted by Cloverdale Police Chief Rob DaJley the day after Craig's death to examine "the probability of Steven's ability to fire the gun that killed his father." Defense attorneys Paul Nener and Harold Spaulding challenged her expertise, since she admitted she knew very little about guns, but their objections were overruled. Ms. O'Meara said she interviewed both of the Giumpaoli children for about an hour and a half in their home on Oct. 27. She noted that, when given a play gun, Steven didn't demonstrate any knowledge of how to use it. "When he saw them% she said, "he rotated it barrel over handle." She said she took it from hint and shewed him how to pull the trigger. When he tried to imitate her, she said he used both his index and middle fingers. She concluded that, even if Steven had managed to pull the trigger that fateful morning, "he would not have been able to engage in the series of complex maneuvers needed to ultimately fire the weapon." In other words, she said, it was her opinion that he could not have gotten the heavy gun out of the clo,t, over to and up on the bed without making a substantial amount of noise. Further, she said, "Most children who try to find a parent in the middle of the night will go where the parent is facing. It's highly un- likely they will go to the back of the parent." Dr. Ervin J. Jindrich, who per- formed the autopsy, was called to the stand by Deputy District Auorney Cliff Harris. He testified that the cause of death was a "gunshot (long gun) wound of the head", describing it as a "high velocity wound to the top of the head." Dr. Jmdrich said the bullet trav- eled from back to front, noting that although a few fragments of metal were found in the wound, the bulk of the projectile was not located. He said it was not possible to tell how far away the barrel was when the weapon was fired because Craig's hair would have covered up any powder burns. Robin Simpson, a nurse at a Santa Rosa convalescent hospital, testified that Irene was a nurse's de at the facility from about the fast part of May to the end of August in 1990. During the last few months, Ms. Simpson had been one of Irene's immediate supervisors. She said they often had occasion for personal conversations, and Irene had expressed to her several times she was not happy in her marriage, allegedly saying at one point, "Given the chance, I would Bypass construction will begin this month By Mary Jo Winter It's official! Work is about to begin on the long-awaited Cloverdale Bypass Project. A bid from Ghilotti Bros. in the amount of $2,087,000 was accepted and the contract approved Monday, Jan. 28. Construcdou will begin at the south end of town sometime later Ibis month. A formal ground- I..dng ceremony is being plan- ned. Pacific Bell has been relocating underground cable in this same area for the past couple of weeks. According to Caluans Resident Engineer, Dale LeGallee, about $600,000 will be spent on bridge work, with the balance being utilized for earth work. When the Bypass is completed, the First Street overpass - also known as "The Highway to No- where" - will be the northbound lanes of Highway 101. LeGallce, a Geyserville resident, grew up in Healdsburg, graduating from Healdsburg High School in 1977. He said he's really excited m be involved with the Cloverdale Bypass project. In fact, he even quit his job with the City of Healdsburg three years ago to go to work for Caltraus so he could build this project. In a related development, repre- sentatives of Caltrans and the Clo- verdale Depot Association met at City Hall last Wednesday morning to discuss plans to relocate the old train depot building, currently located at the end of Railroad Ave. The relocation site, a 3-acre parcel near the railroad tracks off South Street, will be visible from the new freeway. Caltrans will pay for building a new foundation and for picking up and physically moving the building to the new site. They will then deed the building and land to the Depot Association for a nominal fee of $1. The Depot Association, in ex- change, agrees to restore to the building to the Secretary of the Inte- rior's standards for rehabilitation, maintaining as much of the historical value as possible. They will also be responsible for installing all utilities. According to Depot Association President Li Kaiser, the group ex- pects to secure grant money from various sources to complete the proj- ect. The agreement between Caltrans and the Depot Association will stipu- late that the site must be maintained vilW.rpetuity, and this restriction also cover any future buyers of the property. If all goes according to sdmdule, the Depot building should be moved to it's new location before the end of 1991, although complet- ing the needed renovations will take considerably longer. Dog license renewals available locally this weekend Dog licenses will be available for sale this Sat., Feb. 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of the Clover- dale Police Delmrtment on Broad SL Cost is $5 for neutered animals An additional $20 penalty will be assessed for each qualifying animal for 1991 dog licenses purchased after March 1, 1991. Dog licenses will be offered for and $10 for uuneutered. Proof of sale in front of the police station tan'rent rabies vaccination will also once again on Monday, Feb. 18, be required, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. kill him in a minute!" She told the court Irene had a tendency to argne with people, citing numerous complaints from staff, residents and residents' fami- lies. She said Irene was written up several times by the other charge nurses. Ms. Simpson also said that for the last month and a half before she was let go, Irene acted "very paranoid, afraid everyone was out to get her." Throughout the day's proceed- ings, Irene Giampaoli, who's 30th birthday was also Thursday, ap- peared in good spirits, smiling, con- ferring with her attorneys, reading through f'des on the defense table and taking notes. The Preliminary Hearing was originally scheduled to last only halfa day, but the District Attorney has at least four more witnesses to call. Sherri Moore was still on the witness stand when court adjourned at 4:30 p.m. The Hearing will resume Thurs., Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. in Department 7 of the Municipal Court, with Judge Knoei Owen presiding. Irene has been in custody since being arrested at the Cloverdale home of friends on Dec. 28. Her original bail of $100,000 was raised to $300,000 the following day, and her attorneys later argued unsuc- cessfully to have it lowered. At the time of his death, 36-year old Craig Giampaoli was superin- tendent of the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant. Greco submits new plan for apartments One of several agenda items to be considered by the Cloverdale Plan- ping Commission tonight (Wednes- day) Feb. 6 will be an application for a use permit to allow demolition of 11 existing rental units and construc- tion of 12 one.b(xlroom rentals at 416 N. Clovexdalc Blvd. ......... Four of the units would be convert- ible to office and/or retail use. Applicant is Dwayne Hawk, Plan- ning Commissioner, representing the landowner Clyde Greco of Clelen Management and Invest- ment, Inc. Mr. Greco had tried previously to secure a permit to demolish the rent- als now on the property planning to construct a 16 unit apartment com- plex in their place. The Commission turned down his application and the City Council upheld the Commission on appeal last August. Denial was based upon Planning Directror Joe Heckel's recommenda- tion. His analysis at that time had determined that while the property was located in a Light Commercial Zone (L-C) which allows permiuexl residential uses, 16 apartments on this parcel would not conform to the intent of the zoning districL The new plan reduces the number of units to 12 and provides for office and/or retail uses .... Other agenda items include con- sideration of a minor subdivision for Jane Missamore. The 1.5 acre parcel fronting University Avenue and bor- dering a portion of Cloverdale Creek, would be subdivided into three lots. A second minor subdivision appli- cation filed by ZAM Enterprises of Healdsburg would subdivide a 4.3 acre parcel into two lots. The prop- erty is adjacent to Cherry Creek Road Ixrdering the north edge of the Ridgeview Heights I subdivision. A sign permit for Copper Towers Medical Center is also on theagenda. Planning Director Joe Heckel will also give the Commission an update on thestatus of the General Plan revi- sion. School Board will hold regular monthly meeting Feb. 12 at CHS The Board of Trustees of the building inspector for the CHS Cloverdale Unified School District reconstruction project; approval will meet in regular session on for renting a District Office building Tues., Feb., 12 at 7:30 p.m in the and approval of a contract to Cloverdale High School Library. lease two temporary classroom Among the items to be discussed bUildings at CHS during the recon- will be the appointment of a struction. [ News Briefs ] No distributions of surplus foOds this month Due to lack of food in :' USlA:Program, there will be NO distribution of surpi food ties at any of the 27 sites in SonomaCounty for themomhof; 1991. This inelndes the 00y00:00utim held at the Citrus Fair here in Cloverdale, but will n>'affet the weekly distribution at the Emergcy Food Pantry on Fridays. . Distributions will resume at the usual time and location in the month of March, 1991. It's'not00t0o late to : :i Persons wanting to be apart of the 1991 Cloverdale Citrus Fair Parade when itmakes its annual Irek down Cloverdale Boulevard have until this Briday, Feb. 8, at 5 p,m. to get their entry forms filled out and delivered to Reuser, Inc., 370 Santana Dr. Entry forms are available at Reuse,', Inc., the Cloverdale Citrus Fair office and at the Reveille.