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Date and Time of Release: 10 September 2014

Date and Time of Incident: 9 September 2014, at approx. 8:51 pm

Subject: Arson Arrest

9 September 2014, at approx. 8:51 pm, Emergency personnel from the City of Sonora responded to the Mark Twain Apartments, 311 Fairview Lane, for a reported fire. When officers arrived in the area of a laundry room, they were contacted by a witness. The fire had already been extinguished, but the odor of gasoline was still in the air.
While talking with the first witness, the officers were contacted by a second witness who reported a second fire at another part of the complex. This witness observed a female running from the fire as it started. The witness was able to provide a detailed description of the female and the direction she was last seen running.
An officer started checking the area and observed a female running down Fairview Lane. The officer gave chase and stopped the female on Stockton Road near Ponderosa Way, where she was detained. The female was identified as Tallena Hogland, who is a 33 year old transient. Hogland is on probation in Tuolumne County and had a no bail warrant for her arrest out of Manteca Superior Court for assault. Hogland was later identified by two separate witnesses as leaving the area as the fires started.
The Sonora Police Department’s Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene. They located where three separate fires had been. It was also determine that all three fires were the result of arson. One of the fires charred the exterior of one of the inhabited apartment buildings and another burnt a mattress.
Hogland was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for; three counts of felony arson; one count of felony arson of an inhabited structure; three counts of attempted arson; one count of burglary; and the outstanding warrant.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.