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Stories of the Past: July 2, 2001

July 02, 2001

50 years ago — The Bronze Star for heroic achievement was awarded to Sgt. C.W. Evans of El Centro by Brig. Gen. J. Sladen Bradley. Evans went to the aid of a wounded soldier in Korea who was lying within a few yards of the enemy position and carried him back to safety.

40 years ago — A dog that bit Westmorland dog-catcher Jewel Dearmore earlier this week showed "every possible sign of rabies," Westmorland Police Chief Mel McGill said yesterday. McGill said the dog died the day after it was impounded.

30 years ago — Imperial Valley California Highway Patrol officers will be out in full force for the three-day holiday weekend. Last Fourth of July weekend, the CHP investigated only five accidents. "It was relatively slow last year … and no one was killed," said Ron Adams, a CHP officer. "We hope it will be the same this weekend."

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20 years ago — Valley growers are watching with some interest a Western Growers Association lawsuit claiming U.S. Border Patrol agents trampled crops and hampered harvests in attempts to round up illegal immigrants. A federal judge will hear the growers' argument for a preliminary injunction to stop Border Patrol agents from rounding up illegal immigrants in the fields without search warrants.

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