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Suspected arsonist turns himself in

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

John Sebeck
A two-month investigation into a Lewis, Ind., residential fire culminated with the arrest of the victim's ex-husband for arson.

Around 9 a.m., Wednesday, John Brian Sebeck, 42, Lewis, turned himself in to Indiana State Police Det. Sam Stearley and was booked into the Clay County Justice Center.

According to information provided by the Terre Haute Post of the ISP Criminal Investigation Division, shortly before 4 a.m., May 18, Teresa Sebeck was awakened by a smoke alarm inside her home at 5200 West County Road 600 South.

The rear interior and exterior part of the victim's home was damaged by fire while other areas sustained smoke, heat and water damage.

The victim was not injured during the fire.

Because of the suspicious nature of the fire, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton requested the assistance of the ISP and the Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office in the investigation.

Once ruled arson, Stearley took the lead in the investigation with assistance from CCSD Det. Jeff Maynard, Deputy Jonathon Chadd and members of the Clay City and Cory Township Volunteer fire departments.

According to ISP Public Information Officer Joe Watts, no further information will be released to protect the integrity of the case.

Incarcerated on a $50,000 bond (with 10 percent acceptable), Sebeck is currently in jail awaiting formal arraignment on the class B felony charge of arson in Clay Circuit Court Thursday.

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There is a whole lot of fire going on in this county

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 1:25 PM

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