A woman who is accused of setting a hillside on fire has been booked into the Martinez Jail. Firefighters said that the blaze came very close to burning down several homes. Defendant Julie Tenpenny has been booked for being under the influence of drugs and suspicion of arson. Her bail has been set at $75,000. If she or a member of her family wants to hire an expert bondsman their cost would be $7,500, or 10%. They will want to keep in mind that the fee they pay to a bondsman is just that- a fee. It will not be refunded regardless as to the outcome of the defendant’s case.
Local police officers said they received a call at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday. The caller said they observed an erratic woman who was trying to set a hillside on fire. Police responded to the scene very quickly. They spotted Tenpenny upon their arrival and said she was very uncooperative. She also got into a scuffle with one of the officers. He sustained minor injuries.
Firefighters reportedly dropped a flame retardant on the blaze before it was able to get too big. The recent weather has been very hot and dry, they said, and she is lucky that no one was hurt. They are also relieved that no residences were damaged.
Tenpenny is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.