Sunday, July 30, 2000

Wife wakes up to homemade bomb

The Associated Press

        PARMA, Ohio — Police believe a man was hoping his wife would light her customary cigarette when she awoke from her afternoon nap.

        Fortunately for her, she first noticed suspicious tubing hanging along the headboard above her.

        The five feet of tubing was connected to a homemade bomb, crafted mostly from a one-pound propane gas tank. A valve on the device was open.

        Corinthian Snider appeared Friday before Parma Municipal Judge Timothy Gilligan, who read three charges of attempted aggravated murder, one charge of attempted arson and two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

        Gilligan set bond at $750,000 and sent the case to the Cuyahoga County prosecu tor's office, which handles felonies. An arraignment is scheduled Aug. 7. Mr. Snider, 27, entered no plea and asked for court-appointed counsel.

        The attempted aggravated murder charges were filed because the bomb jeopardized his wife, Kara Snider, and children Dominic, 2, and Corinthian Jr., 6, who were in adjacent rooms while their mother slept, police said. Mrs. Snider works the night shift at an automobile plant.

        According to a 911 audio tape, she coolly told a dispatcher she had found a homemade bomb when she awoke just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. She also said she was having marital problems.

        Parma Police Detective Richard McGlynn that if the wife had lighted up, there would have been an explosion.


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