Judge bars arson suspect from having ‘fire starting materials’

Angela Marie Fix

PENDLETON — Angela Fix remains in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, in lieu of $50,000 bail for the charge of first-degree arson.

The state accused Fix of starting the fire early Sunday at 439 S.W. Birch Place, Pilot Rock, the home of Larry Castro. Pilot Rock Police Chief Bill Caldera reported Castro’s body was in the home. He was 77.

Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen set the bail during a hearing Monday afternoon at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Pendleton. Fix became disruptive and attorney Kara Davis, who represented Fix for the hearing, said Fix’s comments were “ill advised.” Lieuallen also ordered courtroom staff to turn off her microphone.

If Fix can post $5,000, 10 percent of the bail, she can get out of jail. Lieuallen on the jail release form noted one special condition of her release: “No fire starting materials.”

Fix has a hearing the morning of July 24 in which the district attorney’s office is likely to bring formal charges from an indictment.

Fix nor anyone else faces charges in connection to Castro’s death. However, Caldera stated, the investigation is ongoing.

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