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Rim Fire trial: Defendant’s attorneys say confession was coerced

Attorneys for the Columbia man accused of igniting 2013’s massive Rim Fire want to suppress his alleged confession because they claim statements he made to law enforcement 19 months ago were coerced.

Keith Matthew Emerald’s defense attorneys on Friday filed a “notice of motion” in Fresno federal court to suppress Emerald’s statements to investigators from Sept. 3, 2013. Emerald’s attorneys, federal defenders Janet Bateman and Eric V. Kersten, contend his due process rights have been violated. The motion is set for a hearing in May.

‘Honorable’ former DA dies after cancer battle

A painting by John Lytle depicts Tom Marovich in his downtown Sonora law office.
 Thomas M. “Tom” Marovich, Tuolumne County’s district attorney through most of the 1970s, died Friday at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He was 76.

Marovich had a seven-month battle with leukemia.

Doobie Brothers, Boston among Ironstone concert lineup

The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Steve Miller Band, The Band Perry and Daryl Hall & John Oates will perform during this summer’s concert series at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys.

The star-studded lineup was announced at a press conference Monday morning.

TUD sewer work may cause traffic delay

A section of Norlin Street in Sonora is expected to be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday between Yaney Avenue and Jackson Street for work on a Tuolumne Utilities District sewer project, TUD spokesperson Lisa Westbrook said in an announcement.

A detour will be in place. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to proceed with caution and be aware of construction crews.

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