Staff Report

A Radcliff man was arrested last weekend after allegedly trying to burn down his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Clarkson, police say.

Last Saturday, at approximately 3:10 a.m., Grayson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Zane Greer responded to an apartment complex in the city limits of Clarkson where a man had allegedly kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

According to the victim, 27-year-old William Vanover, of Radcliff, Kentucky, had made threats to burn her apartment down through text messages while she was at work, a GCSO news release states.

Greer arrived on the scene and discovered that the door to the victim's apartment was kicked in, and there were blankets in the floor of the apartment that someone had attempted to set on fire. Greer also observed damage to the apartment, as well as a television that was in the apartment.

The release states that Vanover was at the scene when police arrived but refused to give any statement.

Vanover was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree arson, and 11 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

"Although the damage was only to the items in the victim’s apartment, the complex itself was occupied by several other families," said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins. "It could have been catastrophic had the blankets burned beyond the victim’s apartment."

Vanover was arrested and lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

Greer was assisted at the scene by Officer Keith Harrell of the Leitchfield Police Department. The investigation is ongoing.