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Stories of the Past: Sunday, August 5, 2001

August 04, 2001

50 years ago — A 22-year-old escaped convict from Chino was captured in El Centro yesterday by sheriff's deputies. He was sent to Chino after committing a series of 20 burglaries in El Centro. The man was implicated by imprints of a shoe heel police found.

40 years ago — A violent wind, rain and dust storm punctuated by lightning and thunder swept out of the southeast over the Imperial Valley. In the wake of the storm were auto accidents, disrupted phone and electrical power lines and uprooted trees. There were no reports of crop damage.

30 years ago — The B.W. Horn Co. has filed suit against the county for $16,370.12 in disputed funds in connection with construction of the county General Services Building. The company claims the county should not have deducted a $14,200 penalty for late completion of the building and the county owes another $2,170 for work ordered in excess of contract specifications.

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20 years ago — Valley residents may be noticing cooler temperatures at night, specifically with Tuesday's night low of 69 recorded at Imperial Irrigation District, the official weather station for the Valley. "But we are going to have a lot of hot weather before people will need a sweater at night," said Jim Flowers of IID water control, which issues weather reports to this newspaper.

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