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Stories of the Past: Friday, June 15, 2001

June 15, 2001

50 years ago — Discovery of evidence indicating a probable murder a year ago was made for four boys in the New River bottom, three-and-a-half miles southwest of Brawley on Wednesday. A check of criminal and missing persons reports has so far resulted in no corresponding information to account for the deaths.

40 years ago — The first Cuba refugee family has arrived in the Coachella Valley with the ominous warning — "If you want to see Hell before you die, go to Cuba today!"

30 years ago — Mexicali Mayor Eduardo Martinez Palomera announced today he's seeking approval of a new traffic fine program that will allow violators to pay fines in local banks. Martinez pointed out that if a fine is paid within five days, the violation will receive a 50 percent discount on the fine.

20 years ago — Officials from both Imperial County and El Centro fire departments said they have not received any requests to help out in out-of-county fires. County Fire Chief Carl Schwettmann said the county is in the middle of its own fire season and he could not spare any firefighters or engines to assist outside agencies.

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