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Stories of the Past: Thursday, March 21, 2002

March 21, 2002

>>50 years ago — The Imperial County supervisors have approved an ordinance prohibiting the filing of false reports to peace officers, and providing maximum punishment of a $500 fine and six months in the county jail. Sheriff Robert Ware said the need for an ordinance has existed for many years.

>>40 years ago — Plans to construct one of the industry's most modern and efficient cotton compress-warehousing facilities in the Imperial Valley were announced. The facility will cost in excess $500,000 and will be one and a half miles north of Imperial on Highway 99.

>>30 years ago — More than 1,600 eighth-grade students are expected to tour county government offices next month during the Sheriff's Field Day. The students, including those from parochial schools and those in Winterhaven and Niland, will be escorted through the Sheriff's Office and jail, county education center, courthouse and the county General Services Building, all in El Centro.

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>>20 years ago — Three Vietnamese refugees are in the Imperial County jail following the seizure of 193 corvina and 30 tilapia at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint at highways 86 and 78 early Sunday morning. The men are being held on suspicion of taking overlimits of corvina and illegal method of taking. The two are being held on suspicion of fishing without a fishing license.

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