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Julie Tenpenny Arrested for Allegedly Starting Brush Fire in Concord


Martinez police arrested a 48-year-old Concord woman this evening after she was allegedly caught starting a brush fire that threatened homes. Police were called to a hillside near Alhambra Avenue and Alhambra Hills Drive shortly after 5 p.m. where a brush fire had started, according to Lt. Aaron Roth. Officers contacted a woman there who had allegedly started the fire, but she became uncooperative and allegedly resisted officers, Roth said.

One officer sustained a non-life threatening injury to his leg before she was taken into custody. Julie Tenpenny was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and arson, Roth said. The fire spread rapidly in the direction of homes east of Alhambra Avenue between Alhambra Hills Drive and Vine Hill Way, but Contra Costa County firefighters were able to contain it before any homes were damaged. No evacuations were necessary and no other people were injured, Roth said. Roads closed due to the fire reopened around 7:50 p.m.

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