>> 50 Years Ago — EL CENTRO — A 16-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of being El Centro’s “Pajama Burglar,” has admitted trying to burn down the Southern Baptist Church here last month because he was mad at his Sunday School teacher.
Police said the boy, son of a well-known El Centro family, also has admitted burglarizing five homes and three cars in the southwest section of the city during the last three months.
The boy wore pajamas during the burglaries and was seen by his victims on two occasions.
>> 40 Years Ago — MEXICALI — A Mexicali resident suspected of involvement in selling stolen rifles was shot in the leg, and seven other men, including two U.S. citizens were arrested Wednesday following a night raid by state arrested on an abandoned residence.
The raid and arrests appeared to have broken a long-term operation of stolen property and illicit drug dealings extending from Brawley to Mexicali, authorities said.
>> 30 Years Ago — Roy Lee Woodhouse, 27, the bearded loner who shot and killed his mother and father and two El Centro police officers during a murder spree in 1977, will appear before the state parole board at Soledad State Prison Friday.
His appearance will mark the first release consideration for Woodhouse since his conviction for the murders of Russell Woodhouse, on May 2, 1977, at the Tour-Inn Motel in San Diego, and El Centro police officers John Vickers and Arthur Hennesay on May 3.
Although Woodhouse privately acknowledged the death of his mother, he refused to enter a plea of guilty to her murder.
El Centro police Lt. Harold Carter and District Attorney Thomas Storey said they have forwarded letters to the state parole board objecting to Woodhouse’s release.
>> 20 Years Ago — A San Diego-based company peddling a home water-purification system said to be capable of upgrading raw canal water to potable water pulled its advertising of the unit after county officials Tuesday said the claims were misleading.
Brian Folk and Steve Norvell, co-owners of Fresh Water Systems, said further advertising of its Fresh Water Whole-House Water Treatment System has been put on hold after Supervisor Dean Shores and county environmental health officials complained about the ad, which appeared Sunday and Monday in this newspaper.