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Arson 2nd Degree Investigation and Arrest

Date of News Release: 08/04/2011

(Henderson, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, August 3, 2011, the Kentucky State Police in Henderson charged 41 year old Jason Ebelhar of Owensboro and 26 year old Ashley Ward of Evansville with one count of Arson 2nd Degree.

The investigation was initiated on February 22, 2010, when a passing motorist reported a house fire at 5270 KY 54, outside Owensboro. Daviess County and Philpot Fire Departments responded to the scene and requested a KSP detective. The residence belonged to Ebelhar.

On August 2, 2011, the investigation was presented to the Daviess County Grand Jury which issued the indictment warrants. Ebelhar and Ward were arrested and are lodged in the Daviess County Detention Center.

Arson 2nd Degree is a class B felony.

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