Preliminary hearing pushed back in Magalia eviction standoff case

The preliminary hearing was continued Wednesday in a case against a Magalia man who is accused of staging an armed standoff with sheriff’s officers trying to evict him from his foreclosed home.

Howard Adams, 63, will return to Butte County Superior Court Nov. 3.

He is charged with felony counts of arson, resisting an officer and exhibiting a firearm at police. Adams could face more than 10 years in prison for the charges.

On Sept. 1, Adams allegedly leveled a shotgun at two sheriff’s officers who were trying to get him to comply with a prior eviction notice after he failed for pay rent for some time on his foreclosed 14122 Temple Circle home in Magalia.

Authorities lobbed tear gas into the house during the six-hour standoff. Adams is accused of starting several small fires inside the home before putting down his weapon and surrendering.

He remains in jail on a $330,000 bail.

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