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Second arrest made in connection to Rhodelia cabin fire

According to Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee, a second arrest has been made in connection to a Rhodelia cabin fire that occurred on Aug 4. The original investigation found that the fire was started with an accelerant and items had been stolen from the residence prior to the fire being started.

Sheriff Wimpee stated that on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at approximately 7:45 a.m., Corey Vatter, 28 of Payneville, fled from Deputies with the Meade County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) when they attempted to apprehend him in connection with the arson and burglary case. The suspect led Deputies through several roads in Payneville, crossing into Breckinridge County on HWY 259.

Vatter left the roadway upon entering the Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area at Chenault School Rd. He led Deputies through 2 miles of rough terrain and eventually lodged his vehicle in a creek bed, rendering it inoperable.

Vatter then fled on foot from the Deputies through the woods, in order to evade arrest. After several hours of searching for the suspect, the MCSO called in a K-9 unit from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

The suspect was located on foot on HWY 259 by Deputies, but Vatter again attempted to flee. He was apprehended by the K-9 unit and received injuries to his upper left arm from the bite.

Sheriff Wimpee said, with the assistance of the Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office, Meade County Detention Center, Irvington Police Department and LMPD, Vatter was taken into custody without further incident and was lodged in the Meade County Detention Center. Corey Vatter is charged with Arson, 2nd degree; Burglary, 2nd degree; Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree (Vehicle); Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st degree (Foot); and 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree.