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Posted: 1/11/2002 9:34:03 AM EDT
Here are two stories about the the nuke worker one from the L.A. Times, & the L.A. local KCBS channel 2 news. Check out the violations he has been charged with. ============================================================= Los Angeles Times: Former Nuclear Worker Charged With Threats [url]http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000002701jan11.story?coll=la%2Deditions%2Dorange[/url] THE REGION Former Nuclear Worker Charged With Threats Court: Man fired from the San Onofre plant also faces weapons and drug counts. His arraignment is postponed. By SCOTT MARTELLE and MAI TRAN TIMES STAFF WRITERS January 11 2002 Teary-eyed and wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit, former San Onofre nuclear plant worker David L. Reza stood mute in an Orange County courtroom Thursday as he was charged with threatening to kill two former co-workers. Reza, 44, an avid gun collector who had a rocky history with his San Onofre bosses, faces 13 counts, including making criminal threats, possession of illegal assault weapons and drug violations. More charges could be filed as investigators sort through about 270 weapons they reportedly found in Reza's Laguna Niguel home and a San Juan Capistrano storage garage. Reza was arrested late Tuesday following an investigation that began after he told a former co-worker Jan. 4 that he was "going to take my guns, go to San Onofre and whack a bunch of people." His long hair pulled back in a ponytail, Reza cried softly through much of his court appearance. He spoke only when Superior Court Judge Carlton P. Biggs asked if he was David Reza. "Ree-za, sir," he corrected. Arraignment was postponed until Jan. 18. Reza was returned to jail without bond. He faces up to six years in state prison if convicted of the charges, which include both felony and misdemeanor counts. He is accused of possessing a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle and an M1 carbine with an illegal pistol hand grip. He also is charged with illegal possession of tear gas, tracer ammunition, hand grenades, metal knuckles and a switchblade; and with illegally carrying a handgun in his car. Protective Order Issued Investigators said they found the handgun when Reza arrived home Tuesday evening. Drug charges were based on cocaine and drug paraphernalia they allegedly found in the house. Outside the courtroom, Orange County Deputy Dist. Atty. Elizabeth Henderson said that Reza was charged with making specific threats against two former colleagues and that Biggs issued a protective order barring Reza from contacting plant employees or officials from his union. The Utility Workers Union of America Local 246 is representing Reza in connection with his December dismissal for absenteeism. -- continued --
Link Posted: 1/11/2002 9:34:44 AM EDT
They're scared for their lives," Henderson said of the two people Reza allegedly targeted in his threat. Reza's girlfriend and roommate, Kristi Mattauch, Thursday repeated earlier denials that Reza had threatened anyone or that he owned illegal weapons. "I know it's a misunderstanding," she said, surrounded by a dozen friends and relatives. "This is a big corporation picking on a small union worker. They've really blown this all out of proportion." Reza grew up in the Toledo, Ohio, area but has lived in Southern California since at least the early 1980s, when he was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, according to his ex-wife. Cynthia J. Hoffman, now of Tacoma, Wash., said that she was married to Reza about two years and that they had a daughter together, who is now 19. She described the marriage as uneven and said she left California to get away from Reza. Hoffman has sued him for unpaid child support and twice had his wages garnisheed. He was supposed to pay $300 a month in support. The last time she had contact with him, she said, was last summer, when he sent a birthday present to their daughter. * Times staff writer Jack Leonard contributed to this report. For information about reprinting this article, go to http://www.lats.com/rights
Link Posted: 1/11/2002 9:36:04 AM EDT
[url]http://cbs2.com/topstories/StoryFolder/story_894084558_html/index_html[/url] KCBSFired Nuclear Plant Worker Charged Charges Include Threatening Supervisors, Weapons Violations, Drug Possession (LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.) (CNS) Jan. 10, 2002 9:43 pm A fired nuclear plant pipefitter was charged Thursday with two counts of threatening supervisors, nine counts of weapons violations and two counts of possessing cocaine and a smoking device. David Lee Reza, 44, dressed in an Orange jail jumpsuit, cried during most of his brief appearance in a Laguna Niguel court. Judge Carlton Biggs granted a request to delay Reza's arraignment on the eight felony and five misdemeanor counts until Jan. 18, to give time for a public defender to be appointed. In addition to the felony threat charges, Reza is charged with possession of a Bushmaster YM-15, an M-1 carbine with pistol grips; tear gas, possessing more than 2.5 ounces of tear gas; and possessing tracer ammunition with obtaining a valid permit. The other charges are possession of a hand grenade, possession of cocaine and a smoking device, as well as metal knuckles, a switch-blade knife with a blade of more than 2 inches and possession of a concealed firearm in his vehicle. Kristi Mattauch told reporters her boyfriend is innocent. "He was trying to get a check," she said. "And was he angry because he wasn't getting paid? Absolutely. He threatened to put his foot in someone's behind. "Why would he?" Mattauch answered when asked if he had threatened to take his guns to the plant and shoot his former colleagues. "Edison has messed up again, not Edison corporate, but San Onofre management," Mattauch said. "They messed up again and he's going to sue them again. He's going to win. He had no reason to be upset." Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Henderson told reporters Reza faces about a half dozen years in prison if convicted. "Maximum penalty for a terrorist threat, which is now called 'criminal threat,' would be three years in the state prison. And then there would be some additional amounts of time for assault weapons," Henderson said. "So we're probably talking in the range of a maximum of about five or six years." Reza was arrested Tuesday night and held without bail after allegedly calling someone last Friday and threatening lives at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County.
Link Posted: 1/11/2002 9:36:51 AM EDT
the anonymous third party something like: "They have taken my job, they have taken my life. I have nothing to lose. I don't have anything to lose. I'll take my guns and go to San Onofre and whack a bunch of people." The sheriff's department arrested Reza at his Laguna Niguel home in the 24000 block of Via Verde after the plant security manager relayed the alleged threats to authorities. After securing search warrants, deputies found 54 firearms, including assault weapons, in the suspect's home, sheriff's department officials said. They also searched Capistrano Properties Self Storage at 26382 Calle Rolando in San Juan Capistrano early yesterday and found more than 200 additional weapons -- also including illegal firearms -- belonging to the suspect, and nearly 5,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the department. Among the firearms were M-16s, an AR-15 assault rifle, four inert grenades, but with powder to make them active, a used, light anti-tank rocket launcher and brass knuckles, according to authorities. Two deputies conducting the storage facility search got sick from CS powder they inhaled when they opened an ammunition box. They were treated at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo and released. Reza began working at the plant in 1984 and had unescorted access to the nuclear portion of the plant. He was fired in 1995 for unspecified reasons, Golden said. Reza was reinstated three years later, but worked in a paint shop about three or four miles from the nuclear area of the plant while waiting to reacquire clearances that would allow him unescorted access to the nuclear reactor area, Golden said. Reza had to undergo FBI, psychological testing and provide references to be checked, Golden said. He did not pass the requirements, but could have continued working in the paint shop, Golden said. But "there were other employment issues" and Reza was fired last month, Golden said. (© 2002 City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)
Link Posted: 1/11/2002 10:17:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By warlord: He is accused of possessing a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle and an M1 carbine with an illegal pistol hand grip.
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Both of these would be legal if he had registered them under SB23.
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