Crofton woman accused of torching Dawson Springs garage

A home at 312 E. Walnut St. in Dawson Springs suffered damage following a fire on Jan. 28. The blaze was started intentionally in the garage, police said.

From Progress staff reports

A Crofton woman is charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a garage in Dawson Springs, according to a news release from the Dawson Springs Police Department.

Nicole R. Hopper, 36, was arrested Jan. 29 by DSPD in connection with a fire at 312 E. Walnut St. and with an incident Jan. 19 at the home, the release states.

Earlier this year, Hopper kicked in the door of the home, assaulted the resident, Thomas Shaver, and damaged a television, police say. She and the victim know each other and have had issues.

Hopper told police she sent Shaver a text message that she was going to burn his stuff. She was spotted on video near the property just before the fire started, according to the release. Hopper admitted to being there.

The fire started Jan. 28 around 2 a.m. in the garage. The fire spread to the house on the property. The garage was a total loss while the house suffered substantial damage, according to the release. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Hopper’s charges include first-degree arson, second-degree arson, first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and second-degree criminal mischief.

She is lodged in Hopkins County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.

Hopper is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.