Doug Hoagland The Fresno Bee January 21, 2001, Sunday Final Edition Copyright 2001 McClatchy Newspapers, Inc. The Fresno Bee January 21, 2001, Sunday Final Edition
(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A year ago, Fresno was shaking off a bad case of the jitters after a break-in at a police bomb bunker in the mountains east of the city. Someone had stolen explosives capable of flattening a high-rise, triggering fears of terrorism on New Year's Eve.
However, the real "explosion" -- not a bomb but a bombshell of words -- occurred in the new year: Fresno Police Chief Ed Winchester told the Fresno County grand jury he didn't know the bunker existed. Some grand jurors concluded Winchester was lying, according to the chairman and secretary of the grand jury's law enforcement committee.