Hazard, KY Crime & Safety


Foul play not suspected in 31-year-old woman’s death

COLDIRON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The death of a 31-year-old Harlan, Ky., woman is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, but troopers say they don’t suspect foul play. Troopers first received the call about the death on Aug. 27 in the Coldiron community. She was transported to Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital by Life Guard ambulance and later transferred to Hazard ARH.
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Evarts man with multiple warrants arrested

On Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Holbrook on multiple warrants. Holbrook attempted to flee from deputies and was taken into custody at Eastbrook. He was charged with second-degree fleeing/evading police and possession of marijuana. Michael Holbrook, 32, of Evarts, was served with a failure...
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Questions, conflicts surround Harlan woman’s death

New information that has been made available in the case of a Harlan County woman’s death is in conflict with information provided by police about the date and cause of her death. Kayla Massingale, 31, of Harlan, was pronounced dead by the Perry County Coroner’s Office at Hazard ARH on...

Breathitt County Man Pleads Guilty to Marijuana and Firearm Charges

A Breathitt County man has pleaded guilty to federal charges after holding state troopers at gunpoint when officers came to investigate a marijuana growing operation. 32-year-old Kevin Combs, of Lost Creek, pleaded guilty to cultivating more than 51 marijuana plants and brandishing a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. According to Combs’ guilty plea agreement, on July 16, 2020, Kentucky State Police responded to an investigation regarding suspected marijuana plants. At the location, Combs confronted one of the officers with a loaded revolver. When the officer told Combs to lower his weapon, he refused, ran away and hid the firearm. Combs had several prior state felony convictions including fleeing and evading law enforcement, escape, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree and trafficking in a controlled substance in the second degree. Combs is scheduled to be sentenced on January 1, 2022. He faces a maximum of 20 years on the marijuana charge, and no less than seven years on the firearm charge.

Letcher man charged with vandalizing gas station

NEON, Ky. — A Letcher County man was arrested on Sunday, after police say he attacked a gas station with a baseball bat. A state trooper was dispatched Sunday morning to the BP gas station in Neon, over a report that a man was breaking windows of the business with a bat. When the officer arrived, he reported finding Harlan Collins, 24, of Neon, still in the act of smashing the windows of the garage doors.

KSP investigation deadly hit-and-run in Hazard

LOST CREEK – On September 15, 2021, just before 7 a.m., Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, received a call that a male subject had been struck by a vehicle on KY-15 in the Lost Creek Community of Breathitt County. Troopers and Detectives responded to the scene along with rescue...
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Police: Kentucky man didn’t stop for school bus, hit and killed pedestrian

Kentucky State Police have charged a Perry County driver who allegedly hit and killed a man after failing to stop for a school bus that was picking up a child. Police charged Santos Domingo, 43, of Hazard, with reckless homicide, reckless driving, improperly passing a school bus, having no operator’s license and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a news release.

No one injured following early morning fire in Breathitt County

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - A day that started off like any other is now one the Breathitt County community won’t forget. City of Jackson Fire Officials said they received a report of a fire around 2:43 a.m. Along with the City of Jackson firefighters, crews from Watts-Caney Fire and Rescue and Wolfe Creek Fire and Rescue responded.

Person hit and killed by car in Breathitt County

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - A man is dead after being hit by a car on Wednesday morning. The man was hit while trying to cross the street after a student loaded the school bus. Kentucky State Police said he was not hit by the school bus. He was hit by a car while a bus was nearby.

Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy awarded 2021 Deputy of the Year

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WYMT) - A deputy from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky 2021 Deputy of the Year Award. Deputy Paul Campbell was presented the award Thursday night at the Kentucky Sheriff’s Conference in Bowling Green. Dep. Campbell also previously received the Life Saving...

Fatal Crash on Kentucky Route 451 in Perry County

CHRISTOPHER, KY - The Kentucky State Police reported on Monday, September 13, 2021 that Troopers with Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, are investigating a collision that claimed the life of a Perry County man. Troopers were dispatched to KY-451 in the Christopher Community of Perry County in reference to...

Breathitt man charged after fatal hit-and-run

HAZARD, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky State Police at the Hazard Post have arrested a Breathitt County man on reckless homicide and other charges, stemming from a fatal hit-and-run that occurred near a stopped school bus in the Lost Creek community Wednesday morning. State police say around 7 a.m., a Breathitt...

Man dead after fatal collision in Floyd County

FLOYD COUNTY, KY (WOWK) — A man has died after a vehicle collision Friday morning in the Drift community in Floyd County, Kentucky. Kentucky State Police say Willis Chaffins, 38, of Hueysville, was driving on the Right Fork of Cow Hollow Road around 7:29 a.m. when his vehicle went off the road.

Is Clay a Meth Pipeline?

Three men face federal charges for having large amounts of methamphetamine. All three were indicted in separate cases by a United States Federal Grand Jury in London. An Indiana man is under federal indictment for allegedly attempting to bring five pounds of methamphetamine to Clay County. Kelly Dewayne Lewis, 41,...

Two arrested after ‘prank call’ to Wallins Elementary

A threat alleging “Sponge Bob was going to throw a bag of hand grenades” at Wallins Elementary School has resulted in two juveniles being arrested Monday. The juvenile caller was identified immediately off the new caller identification system recently implemented in Harlan County Public Schools. School employees, working with law...