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

Shortly after 7:00 pm this evening, the Hazard police Department received a complaint of possible drug activity at 165 Baker Avenue. Sgt James Whitaker and Major James East conducted an investigation at this location. As a result, Ellis J Johnson was arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) over 2 Grams. Scales, baggies, and over 18 grams of methanphetamine were seized as a result of this arrest. Sgt. James Whitaker will be continuing the investigation.

Our new hires have officially been sworn in by Judge William Engle. They will now be assign to a training officer and will soon begin a 20 week basic training academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond.

Our newest hires spent the day learning and practicing skills and tactics we hope they never have to use. We’d like to thank Kentucky State Police Post 13 for the use of their range and Trooper and Firearms Instructor Chris Sizemore for volunteering his time to assist HPD Sergeant and Firearms Instructor James Whitaker with today’s training session.

UPDATE: Our phones are operating normally now. Due to a power outage, phones at the Hazard Police Department are currently out of service. If you have an emergency, please dial 911.

UPDATE: Thanks to a tip from a member of the public, we have recovered the truck and will be processing it for evidence. Shortly before midnight last night, Hazard Police received a call stating than an employee of Captain D’s on Village Lane had just been robbed. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that as two employees were leaving the business, a man approached them brandishing a firearm and demanded money. After an employee handed over cash, the perpetrator then demanded the keys to the employees truck. The perpetrator then fled the scene in the employees 2009 White Ford Ranger single cab truck with tinted windows. The truck is bearing a Kentucky license plate, 402PVS. This incident remains under investigation by Major James East. If you have any information regarding this incident, please call us at 436-2222 or you can submit a tip through our Tip411 program by sending a text message to Tip411 (847411) with the keyword HAZARDPD in your message followed by your tip.

UPDATE: The Street is back open. A section of Village Lane between Captain D’s will be closed for an undetermined amount of time this morning while crews clean out the ditch and make repairs.

At Monday’s City Commission Meeting, six applicants were given conditional offers of employment to become Recruit Patrolmen for the Hazard Police Department. A seventh applicant was listed as an alternate to be hired within 60 days in anticipation of another officer leaving the department. The offer of employment is conditional on the successful completion of a drug screen and medical exam. The applicants have already successfully completed a written exam, physical agility test, a background investigation, two interviews, and a polygraph exam. It is anticipated that the new officers will start working within the next two weeks. They will be assigned to a field training officer for several months and are required to begin the 20 week Peace Officer Basic Training Academy at the Department of Criminal Justice Training within their first year of employment. The applicants, shown below with Chief Minor Allen are (L-R) Cody Campbell, Darren Riddle, JJ Montgomery, Shane Stamper, Matthew Mullins, Jimmy Perkins, and Keith Gwin.

The Hazard Police Department is currently investigating a complaint of multiple people involved in election fraud by offering to buy votes. We have contacted the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and asked for their assistance in the investigation. If you are aware of any type of election fraud, you can submit a tip through our Tip411 Program, call at 436-2222, or contact the Kentucky Attorney General Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-8683.

The Hazard Police Department is investigating a stolen John Deere 650J dozer stolen between May 17th and May 21st. If you have any information regarding this theft, contact Major Jason Duff at 436-2222.

We’d like to thank the Big Creek Baptist Church for hosting a cookout for law enforcement at the Main Street Picnic Shelter this evening.

TRAFFIC ALERT

UPDATE: The person who fell in the river has been located and is being treated by Perry County Ambulance Service. Please use caution if traveling on North Main Street. Officers are on the scene after receiving a report of a person falling in the river overnight. HPD is being assisted by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hazard Fire Department, and Perry County Emergency Management.

Congratulations to Patrolman Alex Hall on being hired by the Nicholasville Police Department. We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.

Individuals and businesses in our area are still receiving phone calls from people presenting themselves as AEP employees attempting to collect money to prevent their electricity from being disconnected. In one recent instance, two men came into a local business wearing hard hats, AEP shirts, and reflective vests and informed an employee that they were there to disconnect their electrical service unless a payment was made immediately. Kentucky power has released a statement regarding this event including information on how to protect yourself from being victimized. The statement can be viewed here: https://www.kentuckypower.com/info/news/viewRelease.aspx?releaseID=2542 We are working closely with AEP in an attempt to identify the individuals responsible for this crime.

Movie prop bills are being passed in Leslie County and we assume it will only be a matter of time before they show up here in Hazard. Please pay attention to bills you receive. These are marked as replicas on both sides.

Judy Street will be closed most of the day so the occupants of the state office building at the corner of High and Judy Streets can move to their new location.

Thank you Food City! We’re grateful for your support.

**PLEASE SHARE** The Hazard Police Department is asking for help in identifying the two men pictured below in regards to a stolen vehicle investigation. The vehicle, a 2005 tan Lincoln Navigator, was stolen overnight from a residence on Oak Street. The men pictured below were captured on surveillance video snooping around a nearby home. The vehicle is bearing a Kentucky Friends of Coal license plate, 3307DF, on the rear, and a bulldog head license plate on the front. The men pictured below are possibly armed. If you think you know the identity of these men, please call the Hazard Police Department immediately at 436-2222. You can choose to remain anonymous. You may also contact us anonymously by sending a text to TIP411 (847411) and include “hazardpd” in the body of the message.

Thank you!

At 3:13am the Hazard Police Department received a call of an armed robbery that had taken place at the Holiday Inn Express located at 192 Corporate Drive. According to the victim, during the robbery, she was struck in the head by an assailant brandishing a knife. Once the suspect had obtained an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot from the business. The suspect is described as white male, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a dark blue or black hoodie, blue jeans and a dark blue or black ski mask type toboggan. The Hazard Police Department is asking for your help if you have any information regarding this incident. As soon as video becomes available we will make still shots of the suspect available. The incident is being investigated by Major James East.

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.