Arson

EPD: man's death at fire scene was a homicide

Jun 13, 2018

Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a burning apartment was a homicide. 

Evansville firefighters found the body of 41-year-old Gerard Elliott Matts in the abandoned building at Read and Michigan streets Sunday morning.

Based on an autopsy, investigators believe Matts was deceased before the fire started.

In an email, the EPD said Matts’ body was “severely burned.”

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office hasn’t yet released the cause of death. 

Suspect arrested in Birdseye blaze

Oct 17, 2017
ISP

A suspect is in custody following a suspicious fire in Dubois County. 

 

Police arrested 36-year-old Adam Hensley of Birdseye for the fire at the Koerner Block Building on State Road 145 in Birdseye.

Hensley is also a suspect in a residential break-in and theft in the Birdseye area.

A news release from Indiana State Police says a joint investigation by police and the State Fire Marshall’s Office led officers to Hensley.

He faces preliminary charges of Arson, Residential Entry, and Criminal Mischief.

EFD accepting online arson tips

Jun 23, 2017

The Evansville Fire Department is seeking arson tips online. 

The fire department’s website now features a page called “Submit Arson Tip,” where you can click a logo that takes you to an email page.

You can find it at evansvillegov.org.

In a news release, the department says arson hurts neighborhoods and the entire city.

Fire departments across the U.S. responded to nearly 54,000 intentional structure fires between 2005 and 2009.

They say most fires are started between 3 p.m. and midnight.

Fink in jail on theft charges

Aug 9, 2016
Vanderburgh County Jail

A new development in a case that involves arson, explosives, an alleged faked mental evaluation  and a possible suicide attempt to avoid testifying.

Tuesday afternoon, 83-year-old Albert Fink was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges of theft and obstruction of justice.  He is being held on $5,000 cash bond.  A warrant was issued last week for Fink’s  arrest, but he spent several days recuperating in a hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in a car accident.

Arson suspect arrested

Jan 14, 2015

Police have arrested an Evansville woman accused of starting a house fire that displaced three families.

48-year-old Tracy Felker is being held on a preliminary charge of arson, following Monday’s fire at a multi-unit house at 311 E. Columbia St.

No one was injured in the blaze, which also damaged the siding of a house next door.

Landlord David Windau told the Courier and Press that he went to the building earlier on Monday to repair a window, and Felker threw a television at him. Windau told police that Felker also threatened to burn the house down.