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Inmate convicted of setting courthouse fire escapes custody

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Police are warning people in one central Kentucky community to be on the lookout.

An inmate, once convicted of setting a fire at the Franklin County Courthouse in 1994, is now on the run.

Frankfort Police say 36-year-old Ted Spiegel escaped from a Louisville Halfway House Thursday.

They say he was also previously charged with burglary in Franklin County after police say he tried to burglarize the Eastside Family Medical Center and got stuck in the wall.

They say he's faced a number of charges.

"Out of Franklin County, seven counts of burglary third degree, trafficking in a controlled substance near a school, theft by unlawful taking, arson, two counts of an unlawful transaction with a minor, and possession of a handgun by a criminal felon. He was serving a 33-year sentence," says Chief Wilhoite.

They say Spiegel may be headed back to Frankfort.

"He was incarcerated from here. He does have family here and we expect this would be a logical place for him to return," says Chief Walter Wilhoite with Frankfort Police.

Spiegel is described as a white man, around 6'0", and 225 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and a rose and feather tattoo on his right arm.

Spiegel was convicted of setting fire to the Franklin County Courthouse in 1994, allegedly to destroy his court records.

"He was at the halfway house, probably nearing the end of his sentence, but just because of the number of felonies he was involved with, and the fact he left before time and he does have local contacts, we just want to make sure he gets back to the Department of Corrections," Frankfort Police Chief Walter Wilhoite said.

Authorities say many of his felony charges stem from crimes in the early to mid 1990's.

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