A horse drawn carriage from the late 1800s has been fully restored thanks to the folk at the Agricultural History Project at the fairgrounds. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Charles Lafferty, the suspect in the bizarre projectile case in Prunedale that since February has left dozens of vehicles with shattered windows and damaged paint, was back in court Monday.

The 52-year-old, who was arrested Jan. 22, is now facing 79 charges, 74 of them including assault with a deadly weapon. He is also facing a charge of assault on an officer and child abuse. The CHP said he was using a slingshot to shoot glass marbles at passing vehicles and would often smash out the driver’s side windows. Lafferty is due back in court Feb. 20.

Lafferty’s bail now stands at $517,000. The investigation is ongoing.

Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion that killed its seven-member crew moments after liftoff. On its 10th mission, the NASA rocket blew apart 73 seconds into its flight after lifting off from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Quote of the day: “You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” ― Vandana Shiva   

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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