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15 YEARS AGO January 23, 1996: Rocklin Cemetery hit by vandals – It wasn’t the usual tranquil scene Friday morning, Jan. 19, when groundskeepers opened the gates of the Rocklin Cemetery. Gushing water, flooding areas of the cemetery, spurted from a broken valve. Near the entrance, the decorative fountain had been destroyed. But worst of all, 19 headstones-some of them irreplaceable- had been knocked over, causing some to break in two. “Last night we left at 5 p.m., locked the gate and everything was fine,: said cemetery foreman John Marquis, who is assisting cemetery supervisor Bill Emerson with the repairs to the grounds and headstones. Handling the granite headstones is very dangerous, Emerson said. At 185 pounds per cubic foot, most headstones to be repositioned weigh about 400 pounds. One headstone dated at 1887, which Emerson said is made of sandstone and probably irreplaceable, was broken from its base and also broken in half horizontally at its midsection. “We’re going to take it back to the shop and try to epoxy it back together,” said Emerson. Rocklin Police say they have no suspects yet. Because of the moisture, they were unable to get any fingerprints and there weren’t any tools or items found on the grounds. Neighbors along Kannasto Street said they didn’t hear a thing Thursday night. “People around here usually call in and report it if they hear anything, but no such luck,” said Marquis. 40 YEARS AGO January 21, 1971: Lucas Claims Council Has Never Outlined Its Charges – Chuck Lucas, Rocklin’s temporarily demoted police chief, held a press conference Tuesday morning, explaining that he chose not to speak out at Monday night’s council meeting because he did not have all his evidence ready at that time. His statement came as some on-the-street comments were beginning to show disappointment that the police chief had not spoken out at the council meeting, after massive support had been rallied behind him. There were some indications that emotions might be starting to cool, and that some of the protesters were taking a second look at the right of elected city officials to carry out their duties as they saw them. Lucas’ main disclosure to the press was the “personal, confidential” letter which he received January 6 from the Rocklin city administrator, Lloyd Freeman, excerpts from which were printed in the January 12 edition of the Sacramento Union. The article reported “Freeman said Lucas’ performance will be evaluated at 30-day intervals during the 90-day period. Freeman said he had strong feelings on the subject, but would not elaborate.” The Rocklin Chronicles are compiled by Sue Choate. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.