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E'town teen arrested on arson charge

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By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown teenager was arrested Tuesday after police said he set fires at a Hickory Lane residence by igniting rolls of toilet paper.

Corey D. Peake, 18, is charged with first-degree arson and was released Wednesday from the Hardin County Detention Center on a partially secured $50,000 bond.

According to a police statement, the homeowners returned Sunday from church to discover a burnt object in front of the garage door. It was a roll of toilet paper, police said.

Another burnt roll of toilet paper was found on the front porch under a wicker chair near the front window, according to police.

According to a citation, “small sticks” also were placed in the lower corners of the front window screens.

When the fires were set, one resident was inside the home, according to the citation.

Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said Peake knows the homeowners and allegedly had a falling out with them recently.

The arrest warrant reads, “(Peake) stated that he set the fires to catch the residence on fire because he was upset with the residents over having a verbal altercation with them about him not being allowed on their property.”

Peake was arraigned via video feed Wednesday in Hardin District Court. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Nov. 19.

According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, first-degree arson is a Class A felony, which is punishable by 20 to 50 years or life imprisonment if found guilty.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.