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John Hardin teacher faces arson charges

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Stem from incidents at Wicked Eyed Woman in downtown E’town

By Katherine Knott

A John Hardin High School English teacher appeared in court this week after being charged with two counts of first-degree arson.

Brant Weiss is suspended with pay until an investigation is complete, Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright said.

Last Friday, a trash can inside Wicked Eyed Woman on West Dixie Avenue was set on fire. The following day, a planter attached to the building was ignited, according to an arrest citation. People were in the building when both fires occurred.

Elizabethtown Police De­partment spokesman John Thomas said officers identified Weiss as a suspect during their investigation.

When questioned, Weiss confessed to setting the fires, Thomas said. Police are not sure of a possible motive. According to an arrest citation, alcohol was involved.

Weiss was arrested Mon­day afternoon and released from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

First-degree arson is a Class A felony. Weiss could face 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted.

Katherine Knott can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kknott@thenewsenterprise.com.