Hazard Police Department

  • Agency: Hazard Police Department
  • Address: 800 HIGH STREET, Hazard, 41701 KY
  • Chief: Ronnie Bryant (Chief of Police)
Phone: 606 436-2222
Fax: 606-439-0956

Hazard Police Department is located at 800 HIGH STREET, Hazard, 41701 KY. The Chief of Police of the department is Ronnie Bryant. The Hazard Police Department phone number is 606 436-2222.

Hazard Police Department News

HPD MAKES ARREST FOR 1st DEGREE ASSAULT Shortly before 9pm last night, the Perry County 911 Center transferred a call to HPD from a resident on Combs Street. The caller stated that a man had showed up at the residence and appeared to be seriously injured. The injured man left the area prior to officers arrival. Officers began patrolling the area and looking for the man to check his well-being. While searching for the injured man, Hazard ARH called HPD and reported that they had a patient in the emergency room who had been cut and stabbed and needed officers to investigate. Officers arrived at the ER and discovered that the victim had nine knife wounds to his body. Due to injuries and medical treatment being administered, the victim was not able to provide a detailed statement about who committed the assault. Officers returned to Combs Street and began interviewing multiple residents in that area. Information from the interviews led officers to a residence on Combs Street where Charles Mannon Olinger had been visiting. As officers approached the residence, they noticed a strong odor of bleach and it was suspected that the sidewalk in front of the residence had been scrubbed clean. Officers learned that Olinger was no longer there, so officers went to his residence on Ward Street where Olinger came to the door. He was detained and transported to HPD for questioning. Olinger did not admit to the assault, but based on his comments and witness statements, officers petitioned the court for, and was granted, a search warrant of Olingers residence. Upon execution of the search warrant, it was discovered that a load of clothes had just been washed in the washing machine. A hoodie in the washing machine had what appeared to be a bloodstain on the front of it. This evidence will be transport to the KSP Forensic Lab for examination. Charles Mannon Olinger, age 55 of Hazard, was charged with Assault 1st Degree, a Class B Felony, and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. The case remains under investigation by Sergeant Zach Miller and Major James East.

At approximately 1:30pm today, the Hazard Police Department received a report of an altercation with firearms involved in the vicinity of KFC on North Main Street. Upon arrival, officers located a man armed with an AR-15 rifle on the porch of a residence on King Street in a verbal altercation with his mother and step-father. The man laid his weapon down when instructed by officers, but then refused to follow any further instructions. A less-than-lethal force option was used to take the man into custody without further incident. The man was transported to Hazard ARH for psychiatric evaluation. Criminal charges are pending once he is released from medical care. Several firearms were removed from the premises pending the outcome of the investigation. The incident remains under investigation by Patrolman John Holbrook. He was assisted at the scene by Chief Minor Allen, Deputy Chief Joseph Engle, Major Jason Duff, and Patrolman Terry Brewer. Edit: Due to the close proximity of Hazard Middle School, we notified the school system during this incident. They made the decision to briefly go on lockdown until the situation was resolved.

Due to the district basketball tournament being hosted at Memorial Gym, the lane going up the hill on L.O. Davis Drive in front of the gym will be closed before and during games. To access the gym, traffic will need to utilize Baker Avenue and Craig Street to go down the hill in front of the gym. Parking at the gym will be reserved for vehicles with handicap placards or parking passes from one of the schools playing that night. Only busses will be allowed to park on L.O. Davis (the hill in front of the gym) and no parking will be allowed on the sidewalk on Craig Street or on the right side of Baker Avenue going up the hill. These changes will go into effect at 5pm tonight and at 6pm the rest of the week. Traffic will revert back to its normal flow after all busses have left. Busses will be running to provide free pickup and drop-off at the gym. Stops are located at the Municipal Parking Lot on Memorial Drive, Triangle Park, Main Street and the parking structure. Signs will be posted at those locations. We realize this will be a minor inconvenience for some, but it is necessary to protect the large number of students and other pedestrians expected for the tournament and to keep streets open enough for large emergency vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances to get through.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED PURSE SNATCHING AT WAL-MART This morning, at approximately 7:43 am, the Hazard Police Department received a call regarding an attempted purse snatching away in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. It was reported that the suspect then proceeded to the Murphy’s Gas station in the Daniel Boone Plaza. Deputy Chief Joseph Engle was nearby and responded to the scene where he located the suspect, Andrew G. Neace of Vancleve in Breathitt County. Security video showed Neace attempting to take the purse from the victims' hands before he left the scene. Deputy Chief Engle contacted Chief Ken Spicer of the Jackson Police Department to see if he was familiar with the suspect. Chief Spicer advised that they were currently attempting to locate the suspect themselves over a theft of several cartons of cigarettes from a BP gas station in Jackson at approximately 5:00am this morning. Discovered inside the vehicle being driven by Neace were the stolen cartons of cigarettes from Jackson, along with two syringes. Deputy Chief Engle obtained a Warrant of Arrest for Neace charging him with Attempted Theft by unlawful taking (purse snatching), Public Intoxication, Receiving Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Neace was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail with additional charges stemming from active outstanding warrants for 16 felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

We’ve recently had several reports of residents having items stolen from the crawl space of their homes. If you use that area to store anything valuable, we recommend making sure it is secured.

An attempted rape occurred earlier this evening in the Backwoods area of Hazard. This suspect is described as a 6'2" white male, thin build, wearing a black ski mask, grey or white hoodie/sweatshirt, blue jeans, and boots and was last seen in the Backwoods area on foot. If you observe this suspect, please contact us immediately.

Today, we said congratulations and farewell to Lt. Charles Skiles, who retired after 41 years of service with the Hazard Police Department. Skiles, as most call him, served a full career with the United States Navy after enlisting on President Eisenhower’s first day in office. He served many tours including being stationed on an aircraft carrier near the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After retiring from the Navy, he began his service with the Hazard Police Department where he’d worked ever since. We wish Skiles a happy retirement as he spends it with his wife, Jan, his daughter, Donna, and his granddaughter, Amy.

Earlier today, a resident of Hazard received a phone call from someone identifying themselves as an employee of Windstream Communications. The caller told the person that they had detected a virus on their personal computer and router and asked them to perform some functions on their computer. The person ended the call and called Windstream, who informed her that they had not made the call. We believe this to be an attempted scam. Keep in mind that many out-of-area scammers have ways to make their phone number appear to be local.

*PLEASE SHARE* The Hazard Police Department is investigating the theft of a 2018 Polaris RZR 1000 XP (photo posted in comments section) that occurred early this morning at YPK Motorsports on Morton Boulevard. Just prior to committing the theft, two men in an extended cab Chevy Silverado pulled between The Decorating Center and YPK Motorsports and parked briefly. At that time, the truck was not towing a trailer and the license plate appears to have been removed. The truck leaves and a short time later, the two men, wearing hoodies and with their faces covered, entered a fenced lot behind YPK. They cut the fence and rolled it back far enough to get the side by side out. After getting the side by side out of the fenced lot, they moved it behind a nearby business where they had staged their truck with a trailer attached. Once there, they loaded the side by side on the trailer and traveled east on Morton Boulevard (toward Food City) and onto Hwy 15 south. We are attaching surveillance video from two different locations. The footage is recorded from a monitor with a cell phone so the quality isn’t great, but is the most expeditious way to share the footage. On the first section of video, the time stamp is incorrect. The correct time is on the second section of video that shows the truck driving away at 2:46am. YPK MOTORSPORTS is offering a $1,500 reward for information regarding this theft. They have posted details regarding the reward on their Facebook page. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact the Hazard Police Department. You can call us at 606-436-2222 or you may submit information anonymously through our Tip411 Program by composing a text to Tip411 (847411) and including the keyword, HazardPD, in the body of the text message followed by your information. You may also submit information through our smartphone app, HazardPD, available for free in the Apple and Google Play app stores, or on our web site at www.hazardpd.org. We ask that you do not submit tips in the comments section of any Facebook post. NOTICE: Any posted comments will be monitored. The Hazard Police Department reserves the right to remove obscenities, off-topic comments, and personal attacks. Speculation, insinuations, conjecture, or revealing

The Hazard Police Department is investigating a burglary at a local business. Several items of UK memorabilia were stolen during the burglary. The most distinguishable item is a football jersey autographed by Tim Couch. If you have any information regarding this crime, contact the Hazard Police Department at 436-2222. The case remains under investigation by Sergeant James Whitaker.

ARREST MADE IN ARMED ROBBERY AT RITE AID 38 year old Michael Scott Ganues of Georgia is currently being held in the Clay County Jail on a charge of Theft of Motor Vehicle Registration Plate. Ganues was arrested after the vehicle he was in broke down in Clay County. A Clay County Deputy stopped to offer assistance and discovered the registration plates were stolen. After the arrest, it was realized that Ganues was the person in surveillance videos from the robbery at Rite Aid in Hazard. HPD Major Jason Duff has filed a charge of Robbery 1st Degree against Ganues and is currently en route to Clay County to execute the warrant.

ARMED ROBBERY - RITE AID PLEASE SHARE -------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE: 5:35pm - Additional video footage has been located of the perpetrator from a nearby business from earlier in the day. We have posted much clearer images of the perpetrator taken from that video in the comments section of this post. -------------------------------------------------------------------- We are currently investigating an incident at Rite Aid in the Hazard Village Shopping Center during which an unknown man brandished a firearm to store employees. We are attaching two videos (second video is in the comments) to this post in hopes that someone can identify the individual. Keep in mind that the videos are cell phone recordings of a security monitor and are not very clear. We are attempting to get this info out as quickly as possible. The perpetrator is described as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s, roughly 5’9” tall, wearing a black bandana under a white hat and a black coat. He also had tattoos on his neck and was carrying a handgun of unknown caliber. The perpetrator left the scene in a black SUV. If you think you know the identity of this perpetrator, please call the Hazard Police Department immediately at 436-2222. You can choose to remain anonymous. You may also contact us by sending a text to TIP411 (847411) and include “hazardpd” in the body of the message.

Thank you to the staff of Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance - Little Flower Clinic for dropping off Thanksgiving dinners to our officers today.

The Hazard Police Department responded to and investigated a possible threat made by a student at Hazard Middle School this afternoon. After a thorough investigation by HPD and school staff, it was determined that no threat was made and the alleged threat was nothing more than a rumor. We, along with the school staff, are fully confident that no threat exists at the school. Operations at the school will continue as usual tomorrow.

The Hazard Police Department is currently participating in an emergency training exercise at the Hazard ARH. The drill involves a simulated helicopter crash. This is only a training exercise and there is currently no emergency situation at the hospital.

To quell the spread of false information that has been going around the last hour or so, Chief Minor Allen has released the following statement. Hazard High School was not placed on lockdown at any time today. One of our officers responded to HHS earlier regarding a possible veiled threat that was sent out on social media. After viewing the message, meeting with staff, and speaking with the student who posted the message, it was determined by the school staff and our officer that no threat was made and no threat exists. In an effort to ease any anxiety that might exist over this incident, we will conduct extra patrols at HHS next week. Apparently, upon seeing one of our officers at the school, someone decided to spread misinformation regarding this incident resulting in several calls to us asking about the school being on lockdown. Again, the school was never on lockdown and a threat did not exist.

A message from our command staff regarding an increase in hypodermic needles being found.

UPDATE 2:55pm - Village Lane has been reopened. ************************************************ Please avoid Village Lane as a rock slide has blocked traffic. City road crews are on the way to the scene.

UPDATE: Mrs. Noble has been located and is now safe. Thank you for sharing. ================================== The Hazard Police Department has received a report of a missing person by the name of Mary W. Noble from Manchester. Noble was born in 1959 and was last seen at the Hazard ARH around 4PM yesterday wearing a red t-shirt and Levi jeans. She is described as having brown hair, green eyes, 5'6" tall, and weighing approximately 153lbs. She was last seen driving a 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara, beige, plate number 389-ARA. Upon last contact with her family, she advised her husband that she was going to her house in Manchester and would be back in Hazard later on the same day. If you know the whereabouts of Mrs. Noble, you are encouraged to contact the HPD immediately at 436-2222.

2:37 UPDATE: The procession just crossed into Leslie County. _________________________________________ 1:58 UPDATE: We’ve just been told that the procession has just crossed into Clay County from Laurel County. ________________________________________ We’ve just been told that the procession for Abigail Milam is running ahead of schedule. We have been asked to meet the procession on the Leslie/Perry line at 1:30 and expect to pass through Main Street at approximately 2:00.