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September 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man accused of killing a dabbler in witchcraft for putting a curse on him pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Butte County Superior Court. Michael Wallick, 25, of Magalia, was indicted by the county grand jury in the death of Paul Lee, 23, also of Magalia. Lee's body was found sprawled behind a car at the Doon Campground north of Lovelock on July 29. Investigators found a .22-caliber handgun and evidence of a struggle at the scene, Assistant Sheriff Mick Gray said. Dist. Atty.
September 12, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Butte County supervisors asked Gov. George Deukmejian for an additional $8 million in state aid, declaring again that their only alternative would be to file for bankruptcy. Deukmejian's press secretary, Bob Gore, said the Republican governor would have no comment on the county's request until his fiscal advisers review it. Butte's letter is a counter to Deukmejian's proposal last week to give the county $7.45 million in state aid if it cut an additional $6.65 million to close an estimated $14.
May 22, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A huge boulder loosened by weekend rains careened onto a road in eastern Butte County and crushed a car, killing two people and seriously injuring two others, authorities said. The Ford Bronco was driving at 5 m.p.h. when a rockslide tumbled down the mountainside and hit the vehicle on a country road about 20 miles northeast of Oroville, California Highway Patrol Officer Bob Jordan said. "There was no way to avoid it," he said. The driver, Kenneth W. Dalling, 52, of Kittitas, Wash.
March 25, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
An incendiary device was apparently used late Friday to torch a rural saloon where the bartender and another man were shot to death the previous night. Butte County sheriff's investigators said the saloon in the Berry Creek region 25 miles northeast of Oroville was leveled by the blaze. Firefighters with six units of equipment were forced to wait 15 minutes a quarter-mile from the scene because of reports of gunshots at the site.
November 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An argument between relatives at a weekend deer-hunting party near Oroville escalated into a fist fight and then a shootout that left one man dead and two others wounded, the Butte County Sheriff's Department said. Edward Leonard, 22, was pronounced dead and his 44-year-old father, Gary, and an in-law, Ellis Foster, 41, were hospitalized with gunshot wounds after the gunfight that also involved Foster's 14-year-old son. Deputies said the brawl started after the adults had been drinking.
October 11, 1988 | Associated Press
The Butte County coroner's office said Monday that a blocked artery, not an unusually high level of dioxin, killed a woman who collapsed outside a local medical center, triggering a community uproar over the threat of dioxin here. Mick Gray, assistant sheriff and chief deputy coroner, said tests determined that Elaine Brooks, 42, had a blocked pulmonary artery in her lungs when she collapsed last month outside the door of the Oroville Medical Center. She died within an hour.
September 11, 1988 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Residents realized they were in for trouble when an early morning explosion shook the Koppers Co. wood-treatment plant south of Oroville, pushing up a tower of acrid black smoke that burned their lungs and blistered their skin. When small but unhealthy traces of the toxic material dioxin turned up a few months later in locally produced eggs, chickens and beef, they realized the problem was not going to go away.
April 13, 1987
State health officials have shut down the Koppers Co. wood treatment plant in Oroville after tests showed that hazardous levels of toxins were released during an explosion there last week. Thirty-six parts per billion of total dioxin equivalents were found at the site, where 9,000 pounds of pentachloropenol, a wood preservative, burst into flames last Monday, said Dave Willis, deputy director of the state Department of Health Services.
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