4 more arrested in church arson

| July 23, 2010

Four additional arrests have been made Thursday in connection to an intentionally set fire July 14 at the Grandview Apostolic Church in Brown County.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office arrested Nathan R. Bauermeister, Jonathan K. Mings, Dalton J. Poe and Cody L. Watts. All four suspects are 18-year-old males and Columbus residents.

They are lodged in the Brown County Jail on preliminary charges of conspiracy to commit arson, with bond set at $20,000 each, according to Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in the arrests.

"We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the individuals who have utilized the state Arson Hotline and the Central Indiana Crime Stoppers tip line to provide information regarding this fire," Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson said. "Their information has been extraordinarily helpful in furthering the investigation to this point, and we strongly encourage anyone with additional information to call these hotlines."

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office continues to monitor the Indiana Arson Hotline (800-382-4628) in addition to the Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana Hotline (317-262-TIPS). Information obtained from both hotlines helped lead to the arrest of one adult, Stephen Moore, and one juvenlile Wednesday.

Those with information about the Grandview Apostolic Church fire or any other intentionally set fire are encouraged to call either line. All calls will be kept confidential.

An award of up to $1,000 is being offered through the Crime Stoppers Hotline. An award of up to $5,000 through the Indiana Arson Hotline is available for individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) in connection with the intentionally set fire.



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