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Explosives cache found in Yuba City

May 2, 1997

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities seized 500 pounds of explosives and arrested two acquaintances of a Freemen militia sympathizer who was seriously injured in an explosion at his home last weekend.

The explosives were found Wednesday in a motor home parked outside a home in Yuba City, about 45 miles north of Sacramento. Authorities arrested two men at the home, Kevin Quinn, 37, and Vernon Weckner, 66, and charged them with possession of explosives.

Deputies went to the house to arrest Quinn for a traffic warrant, and found Quinn and Weckner inside the house with a loaded firearm nearby, Yuba County Sheriff Gary Tindel. He said they gave permission for a search.

Deputies found the explosives and detonating caps in the motor home, and a bomb squad from nearby Beale Air Force Base was called to assist. No other explosives were reported found, but several rifles and a pistol were confiscated, Tindel said.

The two men were acquaintances of William Goehler, who was arrested after explosives stored in a tree outside his home detonated Sunday. Goehler, 34, had surgery for a neck injury suffered in the explosion and his 2-year-old daughter suffered a head cut.

During last year’s standoff between the Montana Freemen and the FBI, Goehler rode his motorcycle to Montana in support of the militia group.

On Thursday, authorities found another 5-pound cylinder of the same explosive in rural Sutter County and arrested three men, also acquaintances of Goehler.

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