July 7, 2014 3:06 PM
The discovery of a body in the Vicco community of Perry County last Saturday has ended the search for a missing Perry County man.
Kentucky State Police in Hazard responded to Georges Branch Road after Perry County Sheriff's deputies found a body in a vehicle that was resting over... more »
June 5, 2014 4:58 PM
The man who admitted to shooting and killing three people last year outside the Hazard Community and Technical College has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.
The judge made the ruling Thursday after Dalton Stidham entered a plea in the case last month,... more »
April 11, 2014 5:16 PM
A Perry County woman has started an online petition to keep the man convicted of beating her husband to death behind bars.
Brenda Nease is asking for online support in hopes a large number of signatures on a petition would keep Larry Elmore from receiving parole 25 years after... more »
March 16, 2014 10:39 AM
A total of ten wildfires broke out in Bell County Saturday, the largest one of them at the Pine Mountain Resort State Park, according to the latest update released by the Division of Forestry on Sunday morning.
Officials said all fires were contained as of Sunday morning and control... more »
March 13, 2014 5:33 PM
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Bailey Greer scored 20 points as Marshall County defeated Perry County Central 54-38 in the first round of the KHSAA Girls' Sweet 16.
Greer also had four steals for Marshall County (31-5) on Thursday, which will play Corbin-Clark County on Friday at Diddle Arena.... more »
February 4, 2014 10:52 AM
A Booneville woman has died form injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident in Perry County.
Kentucky State Police said Norma Gay, 65, was traveling north on KY 2022 in the Buckhorn community around 7:00 p.m. Sunday when her pickup truck slid off the road and flipped over. KSP said... more »
January 21, 2014 3:13 PM
Kentucky State Police in Hazard, along with the Perry County SHeriff's Office, responded to two concenience stores robberies Monday night. Officials say the two robberies do not appear to be connected at this time.
KSP say they received a call aroun 10:05 p.m. Monday from the Vicco Kwik... more »
January 2, 2014 8:43 AM
CANNELTON, Ind. (AP) - State police say two men were killed and a woman badly injured when a speeding car went off a southern Indiana highway and hit a tree head-on. Sgt. Philip Hensley says the crash happened about 12:30 a.m. Thursday along Indiana 66 near the Ohio River town... more »
December 18, 2013 12:01 PM
Police say a woman has died after a collision in Perry County Tuesday night.
Deborah Ann Cress, 31, was the a passenger of a car that overturned on KY 80 around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say 1997 Plymouth Breeze was traveling at an apparent high speed in the... more »
December 16, 2013 11:19 AM
A skating rink is Perry County was destroyed by a fire on Monday.
Crews were working to put out hot spots at the Fugate Skating Rink in Hazard all morning.
LEX 18 is on scene and will have more details and the community's reaction on LEX 18 News... more »
October 21, 2013 8:52 PM
Traffic was shutdown on the northbound side of Highway 80 after a diesel fuel spill in Hazard Monday afternoon on the east ramp onto 15 north.
Officials say a tanker carrying 850 gallons of fuel tipped over. It is not clear how much fuel actually spilled onto the road.... more »
August 6, 2013 6:42 PM
Police say two deputy jailers have been indicted by a Perry County Grand Jury following an investigation into the death of an inmate at the Kentucky River Regional Jail.
Evidence was presented to the grand jury on Friday resulting in indictments being returned against Damon Hickman, age 36 of... more »
June 17, 2013 7:31 PM
It was once a regional hospital that served several counties in Eastern Kentucky. Now, the building is one of the hospital's corporate offices.
While the sounds of stretchers and ambulances are long gone, people who work there say they have heard other things in the empty hallways.
The... more »
June 10, 2013 10:13 AM
Photo courtesy: Cris Ritchie / The Hazard Herald
Officials say the coroner has been called out to an accident in Perry County.
The 2-vehicle crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Monday along HWY-15 N in the Grapevine Community.
Officials have not released any more information on the accident.... more »
January 23, 2013 6:49 AM
A woman died in a Perry County fire Tuesday night.
Dispatchers say the fire broke out inside a home along Albert Hall Road in Hazard around 7 p.m.
Officials have not released the name of the victim.
There were no other injuries reported.
The cause of... more »
January 22, 2013 10:13 PM
The case of a Perry County man accused in the murders of three people, including a 12-year-old girl, has been waived to a grand jury.
Accused gunman, Dalton Stidham, is charged with three counts of murder in connection with last Tuesday night's shooting outside Hazard Community and Technical College.... more »
January 15, 2013 6:15 AM
Investigators say they plan to return to the scene of a fatal Perry County fire on Tuesday.
The fire broke out around 5 a.m. Sunday in the kitchen of a home along Scuddy Branch Road. The Perry County coroner says Sandra Kay Melton, 64, and he daughter Suzy Rebecca... more »
November 6, 2012 10:36 AM
A grand jury indicted a woman accused of stabbing three people during a robbery attempt in Perry County on three counts of attempted murder.
A surveillance camera inside the Grapevine BP Super Mart captured the robbery last September. Police say Lilly "Nikki" Hurt stabbed a clerk and her friend,... more »
November 2, 2012 6:40 AM
Two people died and one was hurt in a Perry County crash Thursday.
Police say two cars collided along HWY-15 near Hazard. Both drivers, Reba Amburgey, 77, and April Robinson, 20, died at the scene. A passenger in Robinson's car, Donnie James Hudson, 25, was flown to a Tennessee... more »
September 28, 2012 4:49 AM
A video camera captured images of a woman stabbing two women during a robbery attempt in Perry County Thursday morning.
Police say Lilly Hurt, 22, stabbed a clerk and her friend inside the Grapevine BP Super Mart. You can see the robber lunging at the clerk with a knife... more »
August 6, 2012 10:29 AM
Police are investigating a fatal stabbing in Perry County.
Police say 911 dispatchers received the call around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. When EMS crews arrived at the home along Walker Branch Road in Hazard, they found Jerry Combs suffering from multiple stab wounds. EMS took the victim to ARH Hazard... more »
July 19, 2012 10:02 AM
Officials have declared a state of emergency in Perry County due to Wednesday's flash flooding.
Officials estimate about three inches of rain fell in an hour, and flood waters washed away several roads. The Fort Branch community was reportedly the hardest hit area. Some people were trapped for a... more »
March 8, 2012 1:15 PM
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Leasia Wright scored 18 points and went a perfect 11 of 11 from the foul line in leading DuPont Manual to a 50-41 win over Perry County Central Wednesday night in the first round of the girls high school basketball state tournament. The Lady Crimsons... more »
January 4, 2012 8:14 AM
A child riding in a car involved in a Perry County crash has died.
Police say Shirley Watts, 70, was driving along KY-15 in Bonnyman Tuesday when her car hit a patch of ice and slid into the path of an oncoming car. Watts was pronounced dead at the... more »
December 19, 2011 5:55 AM
Fire burned through an apartment building in Perry County Sunday night.
Officials say the blaze started around 10:30 p.m. in an apartment complex on Baker Avenue in Hazard. The building used to be the Hazard High School before it was converted into apartments. The fire caused heavy damage inside... more »
December 12, 2011 5:40 AM
Officials say they think a fire in an abandon mine likely set off an explosion in Perry County Sunday evening.
Residents in nearby Hazard reported seeing a fireball and feeling shock waves in an area near Lotts Creek Road around 9 p.m. Initially officials thought a plane may have... more »
November 7, 2011 5:30 AM
Police arrested a suspect in Perry County after they found a man shot to death on a front porch early Sunday morning.
The shooting happened at a home on Baker Street in the Combs community just after midnight. Police say Sammy Louive was involved with another man's wife. Timothy... more »
October 25, 2011 8:55 AM
FRANKFORT (AP) - Kentucky transportation officials are offering a bridge to any taker who will preserve it. The three-span steel truss bridge over the Kentucky River in the commonwealth's southeastern corner would be free and is available after a new bridge is completed next year to carry Ky. 80. The... more »
October 17, 2011 10:32 AM
Armed robbers left a pizza delivery man in critical condition in Perry County on Saturday.
Police say the Papa John's driver was making a delivery in the Bonnyman community when he was assaulted and robbed by two men. The robbers took off in the victim's car.
The victim... more »
August 30, 2011 6:09 AM
Police in Perry County continue to search for a man suspected of shooting his father Monday evening.
Investigators say Ronald Clark Jr. shot his father, 62-year-old Ronald Clark Sr., outside of a liquor store they own along Old Highway 80 near the Leslie County line.
EMS took Clark... more »
August 23, 2011 6:07 AM
One woman was killed and three people suffered injuries in a Perry County accident Monday afternoon.
A red pickup truck and a black pickup truck crashed head-on along HWY-15 around 1 p.m. The impact obliterated the front end off the red pickup. A steering wheel was left lying in... more »
August 3, 2011 6:38 AM
Kentucky State Police continue to look for a man who escaped on an ATV after an armed robbery in Perry County Tuesday night.
Police say a masked man brandishing a handgun walked into the Combs Liquor Store in the Grapevine area around 10:30 p.m. The suspect took an undisclosed... more »
July 8, 2011 9:18 AM
Police in Perry County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
Police say they responded to a shooting call at Campbell Branch in the Viper Community around 6:25 p.m. Thursday. Preliminary investigation indicates Jeffery David Branson, 49, shot Pamela Joy Smith, 44, and then turned the gun on himself.
EMS... more »
July 5, 2011 4:36 PM
The surviving victim of a Perry County double shooting talked to LEX 18 Tuesday.
Kentucky State Police say Sarah Melton, 42, fired a shotgun during an altercation, injuring her brother, Bill Couch, and killing his girlfriend, Cindy Caudill last week.
The argument was over land, but Couch says... more »
July 5, 2011 3:03 PM
Police arrested two men after a robbery in Perry County early Tuesday morning.
Police say two men and a woman walked into the Hazard Double Kwik along HWY-15 N around 4:30 a.m. While the female was paying for some items, one of the men came behind the counter and... more »
June 29, 2011 5:47 AM
Kentucky State Police arrested a woman and charged her with murder after a double shooting in Perry County Tuesday night.
Police say Kirby Couch and Cindy Caudill were four wheeling around 10:30 p.m. in the Brownsfork Community. Couch's sister, Sarah Melton, fired one shotgun blast at the pair, hitting... more »
May 18, 2011 8:38 AM
Kentucky State Police are searching for the man who robbed a Perry County liquor store.
Police say a man armed with a handgun walked into the East 80 Liquor Store and demanded money. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect was wearing a blue hooded... more »
March 10, 2011 1:14 PM
An accident involving a car and a coal truck created a mess in Perry County early Thursday afternoon.
Police say the car pulled in front of the coal truck along HWY-80 near the Knott County line. There were no serious injuries, but the crash spilled about 30 gallons of... more »
March 9, 2011 12:12 PM
Several homes have been evacuated and one abandoned home has been torn down after a mudslide threatened homes in Perry County Wednesday.
The voluntary evacuations took place at homes located along Jordan Street in Perry County. Officials say workers in a nearby mine noticed water in a place that... more »
February 17, 2011 10:41 AM
Perry County Central High School was briefly put on lockdown Thursday morning after an altercation between a student and an assistant principal.
School officials say Perry County Central assistant principal Lea Sparks was in the hall getting students into their homeroom classrooms when she got into an altercation with... more »
February 1, 2011 6:09 AM
A woman died in a Perry County house fire Monday evening.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. in a home in the Slemp community. Kentucky State Police say Kathy Osborne was found dead inside.
Investigators say they don't suspect foul play, but they have not determined the... more »
December 2, 2010 3:33 PM
Police in Perry County said Thursday that the body of a man was discovered in a home destroyed by fire Wednesday.
The fire broke out in a home in the Combs community of Perry County. Police say the remains of Oscar Roberts, 67, were located in his burned home... more »
November 27, 2010 11:45 AM
Kentucky State Police are investigating a double homicide at a home in Hazard.
Officials were called to the home on Crawford Lane around 9pm Friday night where they tell us they found 81 year old Roy Campbell and 79 year Wanda Campbell of Hazard shot to death.
Both... more »
October 4, 2010 11:38 AM
Police in Perry County are investigating after the body of a man who went missing after a party was found.
Police in Hazard say they got a call from the family of Julius Edward Williams, 45, early Sunday morning. Preliminary investigation indicated that a party had taken place near... more »
October 4, 2010 6:20 AM
Kentucky State Police continue to gather information in Perry County death investigation.
Police say they were called out to investigate an assault complaint in the Montgomery Creek community of Vicco early Sunday morning. Troopers were not able to locate one of the victims and shortly after daybreak, family members... more »
September 15, 2010 10:07 AM
The man accused of stabbing a Perry County judge last week pleaded not guilty in the case Wednesday. Ronnie Brock is accused of stabbing District Judge Leigh Anne Stephens as she ate lunch at the Circle T Restaurant in Hazard last Friday. Stephens was treated and released from Hazard ARH... more »
September 15, 2010 6:37 AM
The man accused of stabbing a Perry County judge has a court date Wednesday. Ronnie Brock stands accused of stabbing Judge Leigh Anne Stephens as she ate lunch at a restaurant last Friday. Stephens says she first met Brock in her courtroom six years ago. Brock is scheduled to return... more »
September 7, 2010 6:03 AM
A man died when he crashed his motorcycle in Perry County on Monday. Kentucky State Police say Christopher Polly was heading south on KY-7 in the Cornettsville community when he crossed into the northbound lane and hit a guardrail. EMS transported Polly to Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center where Perry... more »
August 3, 2010 7:41 AM
Kentucky State Police say they arrested two people, and seized money and narcotics in a Perry County drug raid Monday. KSP Troopers and Operation Unite executed a search warrant at the residence of Billy Dehart on the Right Fork of Beehive Road in Slemp. Officers arrested Dehart and charged him... more »
July 16, 2010 8:11 AM
Kentucky State Police say that they arrested a man after he shot his son during an argument in Perry County. Police say they received a call reporting a shooting in the Rowdy community around 7:25 p.m. Thursday. Troopers responded to the scene, and also to the Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital.... more »
July 1, 2010 10:47 AM
A former Kentucky mine safety analyst from Perry County was indicted Thursday on charges she tampered with public records. A Franklin County grand jury indicted Betty Sue Whitaker, 50, of Hazard on 28 counts of tampering with public records following an investigation by Attorney General Jack Conway’s Department of Criminal... more »
June 24, 2010 3:31 PM
A Kentucky miner died Thursday from injuries suffered in an underground mining accident at the Leeco 68 mine in the community of Jeff in Perry County. The mine is owned by James River Coal. 29-year-old Bobby L. Smith of Vicco was taken to the Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Hazard, where... more »
May 21, 2010 11:28 AM
Police in Perry County have arrested a suspect in a double shooting that left a man and woman badly wounded Thursday morning. Police say Garfield Herald, Jr., 26, of Busy Ky. turned himself in Friday morning. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault. The incident happened at about... more »
May 20, 2010 6:04 PM
Police in Perry County have identified a suspect in a double shooting that left a man and woman badly wounded Thursday morning. The incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. at a mobile home on Montgomery Creek Road in the Vicco Community. Police say that Albert M."Glen" Jent, 49, of Vicco... more »
May 20, 2010 12:06 PM
Police in Perry County are investigating after a man and woman were shot Thursday morning. The incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. at a mobile home on Montgomery Creek Road in the Vicco Community. Police say that Albert M."Glen" Jent, 49, 49 of Vicco and Shawn C. Mobelini, 35, of... more »
April 6, 2010 6:05 AM
Kentucky State Police arrested a man after two people were shot in Perry County. Police say Roger Miniard and Rebecca Jones both suffered gunshot wounds when the suspect opened fire as they were trying to leave the area of the Dwarf community on Monday. Police arrested Brian Hensley and charged... more »
January 29, 2010 8:33 AM
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A former Perry County official has pleaded guilty to mailing a false document to cover a vote-buying scheme. A plea agreement in the case said former Circuit Clerk Chester Jones admitted he mailed a false campaign-spending report to Frankfort. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Jones pleaded guilty... more »
January 20, 2010 1:08 PM
Search teams on Wednesday recovered the body of an elderly Perry County man who drowned after his truck went off a road and into the Kentucky River Tuesday afternoon. Police say Jesse Young, 84, was driving his pickup truck along HWY 451 when he went over an embankment. The truck... more »
January 20, 2010 6:57 AM
Search teams will return to the north fork of the Kentucky River in Perry County Wednesday morning to continue looking for the body of 85-year-old Jesse Young. Police say Young was driving his pickup truck along HWY 451 when he went over an embankment. The truck landed with the front... more »
January 19, 2010 1:06 PM
(AP) - An eastern Kentucky county is flush with water after a prolonged shortage caused by a broken line. Hazard City Manager Carlos Combs said that 99 percent of Perry County homes have running water again, three weeks after a water main break left about 75 percent of the rural... more »
January 14, 2010 6:06 PM
The daughter of Perry County doctor who police say was murdered after he refused to give a man prescription drugs says something needs to be done so it doesn't happen again. Danielle Sandlin is talking for the first time about the murder of her father, Dennis, because she says she... more »
January 12, 2010 12:54 PM
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Water service has been shut off again to part of an eastern Kentucky county. The city of Hazard shut water off Tuesday morning to northern Perry County after finding another drain on the city's storage tanks. Water service was stopped to much of the county last... more »
January 12, 2010 5:37 AM
Frustration continues for some Perry County residents Hundreds of families in the Buckhorn area have been without water since Dec. 19. The city of Hazard provides the water to the areas affected, and officials say the shortage is aggravated by water intakes freezing. Emergency management officials say the National Guard... more »
January 8, 2010 6:27 AM
Relief is on the way to Perry County Friday morning. Canned drinking water will arrive to people dealing with a water main break. Anheuser-Busch is donating around 53,000 cans of water to the area to help with relief efforts. Around 400 houses are currently without water. The water is expected... more »
January 7, 2010 10:32 AM
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky official says he is hopeful water will be restored soon to outlying areas that rely on the city of Hazard's water supply. Nearly 75 percent of the area covered by the city's water supply was disrupted Wednesday due in part to a weather-related... more »
January 6, 2010 3:39 PM
In response to water shortages facing the cities of Buckhorn, Hazard and Vicco, Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday issued an emergency declaration that will make state resources immediately available to assist local officials in dealing with numerous breaks in water line systems throughout Perry County. “My administration is working hard to... more »
January 6, 2010 12:59 PM
Officials in Perry County say they have found and repaired a water main leak that has caused a local state of emergency and threatened to cut off water service to the entire county. Water distribution supervisor Bobby Holland Jr. had said earlier Wednesday that service was down for nearly the... more »
January 6, 2010 11:38 AM
HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - A Hazard official says water service has been cut off to nearly 75 percent of Perry County, in part due to a leak caused by subfreezing temperatures. Water distribution supervisor Bobby Holland Jr. says service is down for nearly the entire county outside the Hazard city... more »
January 5, 2010 5:09 PM
A water shortage situation in Perry County that caused a local state of emergency to be declared Monday has gotten worse. The freezing temperatures have led to ice stopping-up water intakes. Combine that with an already short supply and there is a dire situation going on in the county, with... more »
January 5, 2010 5:28 AM
Hundreds of Perry County residents remain without drinking water Tuesday morning. Officials say nearly 350 families do not have water in northern Perry County. Citizens flocked to a local gymnasium in the community of Buckhorn to pick up cases of drinking water Monday, and officials declared a state of emergency.... more »
January 4, 2010 4:38 PM
A local state of emergency has been declared in parts of Perry County because of a severe water shortage due to a series of water main leaks. The main part of the declaration is for the city of Buckhorn, as well as other areas of northern Perry County. The county... more »
December 15, 2009 7:53 AM
HARZARD, Ky. (AP) - A man charged in the fatal shooting of a popular community doctor in eastern Kentucky is expected to hear some of the evidence against him Tuesday morning. John Combs faces a preliminary hearing in Perry District Court in Hazard in the murder of Dr. Dennis Sandlin.... more »
December 11, 2009 11:28 AM
Funeral arrangements have been set for a Perry County doctor who was shot and killed at his clinic earlier this week. Police say John C. Combs shot and killed Dr. Dennis Sandlin Tuesday after being refused drugs. An autopsy showed Sandlin died from a single gunshot wound to the head.... more »
December 10, 2009 5:57 AM
The man accused of shooting and killing a Perry County doctor has a long criminal record in Lexington. John C. Combs has been in and out of the Fayette County jail over the last 15 years. Police say Tuesday morning, the 46-year-old Combs shot and killed Dr. Dennis Sandlin outside... more »
December 9, 2009 10:10 AM
A patient charged with shooting a popular community doctor at a rural clinic in Perry County hours after being denied narcotics there was being held on $10 million bail Wednesday. John Combs, 46, pleaded not guilty on a murder charge Wednesday, a day after Dr. Dennis Sandlin, 57, was killed.... more »
December 9, 2009 7:16 AM
Police say a doctor was fatally shot at a Perry County clinic Tuesday morning. Dr. Dennis Sandlin, 57, of Delphia, was killed at the Leatherwood-Blackey clinic in Cornettsville near the Letcher County line. Police later arrested John Combs, 46, at his residence in Redfox, in Knox County, and charged him... more »