- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

WEED, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say the man facing an arson charge for a wildfire that tore through a Northern California town appeared to want to destroy an apartment complex where he once lived.

The Record Searchlight of Redding reports (https://bit.ly/1CqpPd4) that 24-year-old Ronald Beau Marshall, of Weed, pleaded not guilty during a court appearance on Tuesday. Siskiyou County Superior Court Judge Donald Langford increased his bail from $250,000 to $2.5 million.

Marshall is accused of starting last month’s fire that swept through Weed, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate and destroying 157 structures, many of them homes.

Deputy District Attorney Martha Aker said Marshall appeared to want the fire to spread to the apartment complex where he once lived.

Marshall was arrested on Saturday.

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