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Paradise Man Offers Reward for Missing Plaque

A Paradise man says someone stole the plaque in front of his father's burned business.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 9:30 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2019 3:19 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A Paradise man says someone stole the plaque in front of his father's burned business.

Larry Duncan says his father bought the historic Old Stage Stop building in the late1970s.  He installed a plaque commemorating the man who saved the building from destruction. 

Duncan drove back to Paradise last week and found that the plaque with special meaning has been taken. Someone chipped the plaque out of the stone planter that had been placed in front of 1706 Bille Road in the 1970s.

Larry says the building was likely an old stage stop that had been set to be demolished in the 70's. That's when a man named Ronald Max saved the building from being destroyed. So when Larry Duncan Sr., bought the building in the 70's which was being used as a craft store, he put in the plaque in to honor Max for his efforts.

The old stage stop building burned down in the Camp Fire.

Duncan says he is offering a reward for the plaque.  He says he planned on removing it, then giving it to his father, who relocated to Southern California.

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