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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, March 13, 1997 9 Update on E;eatty explosives By Gazette Staff Richard Warn, the man whose shed full of explosives was discovered in Beatty last month, leads a charmed life. Three weeks after numerous law enforcement agen- cies descended on Warn's cache not to mention his truck load of explosives and, quite possibly, a metham- phetamine laboratory in Indian Springs _ he has not been arrested. In what appears to be a case of too many cooks stir- ring the soup, the Gazette has learned that Warn's case has been passed from one agency to another. The State Fire Marshall's office now has the case and says it is looking into the matter to see if there are grounds for further investigation. From discussions with various law enforcement offi- cials, the Gazette has been able to piece together a par- tial sequence of events that began around February 12, when authorities in Clark County busted a methampethamine lab in the middle of Indian Springs. No one was at the lab when it was raided, and, while no official would confirm that the lab was Warn's, one high law enforcement source said Warn was a sus- pect in that lab and he made an initial admis- sion to Las Vegas Met- ropolitan Police offic- ers who stopped him the day before his ex- plosives caches were discovered. On February 13 au- thorities found Warn with a truck full of ex- plosives in Clark County. He then told them about his storage shed in a closely settled Beatty neigh- borhood. Authorities evacuated the area and removed the explo- sives. Sheriff Wade Lieseke said the ex- plosives were not re- lated to a meth opera- tion. "Some of them were chemicals and some were rocket mo- tors," which can be ground up and used to make explosives. The state Fire Marshall and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) deactivated them, he said. Nye County offi- cials believed that the ATF was going to pur- sue the case and turned its evidence over to the agency, the Gazette has learned. On Wednesday, Ed Verkin, the resident agent in charge of the ATF's Las Vegas office said that, be- cause most of Warn's explosives were Class C fireworks, "I don't believe there are going to be federal charges." Possession of such materials are, however, against state law, Verkin told the Gazette. And he suggested that the Fire Marshall might bring charges related to the dan- gerous manner in which the materials were stored. Warn, according to one source, told the ATF that he was building bombs for his friends, but that he was tired of doing it. The source said Warn's friends were more involved with the small-time drug scene than with any- thing political. Warn's explosives were certainly dangerous, Verkin conceded, especially the Estes-type rocket motors. So, while Warn is still at liberty, perhaps it is the neighbors J 99 Breakfast S days, 7-11am Wed.-Spaghetti $2.99 This Weekend "Kool Water" Pre- Celebration Sunday St Patty's Dinner Corned Beef & Cabbage 12 noon- 8 pm Green Beer on Monday Thursday Tacos 50 Thursday $1 Margaritas 3pm till 7pro "Ka raoke" Thursday ( 7pm-11pm  Country Fun Corral Fun for the entire family Ne,, back to school hours Go-Karts - Miniature Golf - Arcade {702}727-7172 First Racing of the Season March 15, 1997 Licensed & Bonded #-__, I Expltatory I tll] "F,.p ' .1 i Complete Syttnl, I I1]1 ilmned with S r [warranty availabk/ R---adi--o D-sp--atc--he' [lJl 7 days a week service , I 1220 E. Manse III t'. o: V L VO _Jill 27-44 Located of E. Basin 727-7172 IMCA ~ Street Stock ~ Dwarf Kiddie Go-carts Race Starts at 5pm Pit gate opens at 2pm Admission Gate opens at 3pm $8 Adults $6 Seniors $4 Juniors KING OF BEERS Affordable = Used Cars = Why do we sell so many Autos. Simple LOW PROFIT!! Se00=00ro- 751"1625 "Sob0000ro- . Founder - . Manager. Comer of Basin & Hwy. 160 ~ Pahrump Canteen Bakery & Party Shop 1061 E. Second St. (702) 727-7447 Sugar Free Specialty Cakes Pies & Pastry Pies & Bread Assorted Donuts & Goodies Hrs- 4:30 am - 1:30 pm "rues - Sat Thermax Clean Care Center Specializing in Steam Oeaning Home * Business * Auto * RV - Equipment, Sales and Rentals ~ Rent the world's best Steam Cleaner (702) 727-1339 $8 for 24 hours 1200 N. Leslie St. -FREE- 10xi 2 Room Pahrump, NV 89041 Cleaned if mention this t Bus:(702) 727-6257 JV Industries, Inc. Concrete Accessories Re-Bar - 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" Stakes - Wood & Steel Anchor Bolts, Work Gloves, Tie Wire & Mesh Open 3700 W. Flamingo 7-5 Mon - Sat Pahrump, NV Closed Sun