Arson

Cal Fire investigators continue probe into Applegate Fire cause

  The investigation into the cause of the Applegate Fire is continuing, a Cal Fire official said. The 459-acre fire broke out Oct. 8 in seven separate location along Interst ...

Was it arson? Cal Fire looks for Applegate Fire answers

Forced to flee the fire, Bob Kennedy of Applegate’s Hidden Meadows Court found temporary shelter Thursday in a friend’s motor home in North Auburn and a place to park h ...

Brown signs bill toughening arson penalties

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation reinstating tougher penalties against those who start major fires — the day after an arrest was announced for the man believed to have ...

Auburn hair salon employees pull suicidal man from locked, smoking car

Workers at an Auburn salon broke a window to pull a suicidal man, partly bound in plastic wrap, from a smoking car on Friday. The man, who authorities said was attempting to kill ...

Placer court bumps back Robbers Fire arson charge challenge

A Placer County Superior Court hearing on a motion to dismiss arson charges against the man accused of starting the 2,650-acre Robbers Fire last summer was postponed Wednesday for ...

Robbers Fire suspect’s attorney says grand jury hearing was flawed

The attorney representing Robbers Fire suspect Bryon Mason is seeking to have the case dismissed on the grounds that the grand jury hearing was flawed and lack of probable cause, a ...

Robbers Fire suspect pleads not guilty, again

The recently re-arrested Robbers Fire suspect pleaded not guilty Thursday to the same felony arson charges he again faces for allegedly starting last summer’s 2,650-acre fire ...

DA seeks to have judge barred from Robbers Fire case

The Placer County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to bar Judge Colleen Nichols from presiding over the looming Robbers Fire trial, claiming that Nichols is prejudic ...

Grand Jury indicts Robbers Fire suspect on arson charges

The Placer County Grand Jury indicted Robbers Fire defendant Bryon Mason on two arson charges stemming from the July 2012 fire in Placer County that burned 2,650 acres, the Placer ...

Arson suspect awaits psychiatric evaluation

The case of a Vacaville man accused of starting a fire, resisting arrest and battery of a peace officer was put on hold again Wednesday, as the defense has doubt about his competen ...