Earl Thelander sustained second- and third-degree
burns over 80% of his body in an August 28, 2007
explosion caused by copper thieves. The thieves had
stripped propane gas lines from a country home that
Earl and his wife Hope had been renovating.
On August 12, 1974, sometime between the
hours of 10:30 p.m. and midnight, someone
shot 23-year-old Dennis Clougherty five times
in the chest and left his body along Union
Road, south of First Street in Cedar Falls.
“Why would you talk to someone, to your wife, about seeing a guy blown up?”