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Man charged with causing 2013 Rim Fire in California


A man has been charged for allegedly causing last summer's massive Rim Fire.

The suspect is Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California. He is facing charges of timber-set fire and lying to a government agency, both felonies, and fires left unattended and not extinguished, and violating a fire restriction order, both misdemeanors. At the time of Rim Fire, there was a temporary fire restriction in place.

Emerald, who is from Columbia in Tuolumne County, was rescued by a helicopter crew from Clavey River Canyon near where the Rim Fire started about an hour earlier on Aug. 17, 2013, court documents stated. He told authorities he had been on a hunting trip.

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Valley man accused of taking $360,000 from victims in real estate scheme, U.S. Attorney charges


A Modesto man was arrested Tuesday on allegations he mislead victims into putting funds into what they believed were legitimate real estate investments.

Xue Heu, 37, faces eight counts of wire fraud for allegedly taking more than $360,000 from investors and using the money for his own accounts and purposes, stated the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California in a news release.

Portraying himself as an officer of Liquid Assets & Land Investments Inc. and Capital Land Investments, LLC, Heu convinced clients to invest in a real estate business that bought and sold real estate, according to the federal indictment. That was between August 2007 and October 2013.

The indictment reads Heu showed potential investors fictitious and forged grant deeds, fraudulent HUD-1 settlement statements, and properties he claimed he intended to purchase. Some of those properties had already been sold.

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Flash Flood Warning Issued in Tuolumne County until 10:45 p.m.


SACRAMENTO - UPDATE 4:44 p.m: The San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service tweeted that there is no threat of the Twain Harte Dam failing. The flash flood warning as been cancelled.

Earlier, National Weather Service in Sacramento issued a flash flood warning due to the Twain Harte Dam failure in Tuolumne County Sunday morning.

The operator of Twain Harte Dam reported cracks being observed in the dam Sunday at 10:45 a.m. with water flowing through the cracks according to the National Weather Service's website.