Rim Fire suspect makes bail

Union Democrat staff /

Tuolumne County resident Keith Emerald, accused of accidentally starting last year's Rim Fire, was released on a $60,000 bail bond Friday.

Emerald was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 7 on four counts for violating a forest order by starting an illegal campfire, letting it escape and burn timber, and then lying about it to investigators.

He pleaded not guilty in his first U.S. District Court appearance in Fresno on Tuesday.

Emerald had been out of custody, but in contact with law enforcement since shortly after the fire started in August 2013. He turned himself over to U.S. Marshall custody on Tuesday and remained incarcerated through the week while details were worked out on his bond.

He was first going to put up two pieces of property - one his and one his mother's - for the bond, which was to value no less than $60,000. He then requested instead that the court accept a check for $60,000 from his grandmother.

On Friday, the court accepted the $60,000bond, with a few special terms of his release.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 18 edition of The Union Democrat.

11922880
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Saturday April 30, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
New $65M courthouse to open by end of 2019

04/26/2016

State officials are working with architectural consultants on final designs for a ... more

Lake is full, marina is open

04/26/2016

The temperature was in the high 20s Tuesday morning when Jacob Hartley, ... more

Increased pulse flows for fish begin on Stanislaus River

04/26/2016

Agencies that control flows on the Stanislaus River below Tulloch and New ... more

Rim Fire recovery plan released

04/28/2016

Federal custodians of the Stanislaus National Forest are publishing a plan today ... more

Director resigns as infighting continues

04/27/2016

Bryan Adcox has resigned from the Mother Lode Fair Board of Directors ... more