Perry County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Perry County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 481 Main St # 200, Hazard, 41702-7309 KY
  • Chief:
Phone: (606) 439-4523
Fax: (606) 436-4970

Perry County Sheriff's Office is located at 481 Main St # 200, Hazard, 41702-7309 KY. The Perry County Sheriff's Office phone number is (606) 439-4523.

Perry County Sheriff's Office News

Cruelty to animals in Dice On October 1, 2018 the Perry County Sheriff Department received a call of a horse being neglected at 106 Gearl Valley Drive in Lower Lost Creek. Sergeant Ruey Couch and Perry County Animal Control Officer Tom Caudill responded to the scene. On arrival they found a horse on a rope tied to a tree. The horse didn’t have food or water or any shelter. The horse was very under weight. The owner of the horse, Jerry Jones was charged with cruelty to animals 2nd degree. The horse was taken to the Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter in Hazard. ( * Subject is considered innocence until proven guilty.* )

September 14th, 2018 ***For Immediate Release*** On 9/14/2018 at approximately 11:20 pm, Perry County 911 received an emergency call reporting of shots fired on West Ky Hwy 80 in the Combs Community. The Perry County Sheriffs Office was immediately dispatched to the scene. Sgt. Tim Feltner arrived shortly thereafter and located a female, who was suffering from an apparent gun shot wound to the head. Sgt. Feltner immediately began to provide first aide treatment until EMT's from the Perry County Ambulance Authority could take over. Several other deputies also arrived on scene. The Perry County Sheriffs office conducted an extensive investigation and was able to obtain a name of a male subject who witnesses state was possible involved. This male fled the scene in the victims automobile prior to the Deputies arrival. The Kentucky State Police provided assistance and was able to locate the suspect along with the females automobile in Breathitt County. Troopers arrested Dustin Howard on outstanding warrants and was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. Dustin Howard is charged with 2 counts of wanton endangerment and 1 count of attempted murder. No further information will be given, due to this being an ongoing and open investigation by Sgt. Tim Feltner of The Perry County Sheriffs Office. **Subject is presumed innocent until proven guilty** .

Possible Stolen Property Recovered The Perry County Sheriff Department recovered a weed eater and a I Pad in Lower Second Creek. If anyone thinks this is their property, please contact the Sheriff Department.

Stolen Vehicle Bonnyman On September 5, 2018 at approximately 8:55 am, the Perry County Sheriff Department received a call of a stolen vehicle on Cemetery Hill in Bonnyman. Sergeant Ruey Couch responded to the scene and through investigation found Randy Watts to be in possession of the stolen vehicle. The 2007 Ford pickup truck was stolen in the early morning hours this date from the Grapevine area. Randy Watts was arrested and took to the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard and charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and criminal mischief 1st. ( Subject is considered innocent until proven guilty. )

August 24th, 2018 ** For immediate release regarding school safety and threats** The Perry County Sheriffs Office is currently conducting an ongoing investigation regarding threats made by one or more juvenilles (via social media) that have affected both the Perry County School Systems and The Hazard Independent School Systems. One juvenille has already been charged and was placed in the Breathitt County Juvenille Detention Center and possible charges are currently pending on another. Officials from both school districts immediatly alert our office and the Hazard Police Department when such instances occur and both agencies investigate and treat such threats accordingly. Any and ALL threats made by anyone are taken very seriously by law enforcement. Our office has School resource safety officers placed throughout both districts and actively monitor daily operations. Deputies from our department and officers with the Hazard City Police continue to monitor and invistigate this issue. Our chidrens safety is our number one priorty. We would like to thank the public for your assistance in this matter and reporting to us the post(s) that have been made on social media. *(Subject innocent until proven guilty) *

Governor's Occupant Protection Award Sergeant Ruey Couch won the Governor's Occupant Protection Award for the Perry County Sheriff Department. The award is given by The Kentucky Department of Highway Safety to the Deputy Sheriff or Police Officer that writes the most seatbelt, booster seat, and child restraint tickets at his or her agency for the year.

Its that time of year again and our children are back to school. It is important for all motorists, parents, and students to to be aware of the following School Safety Tips: FOR MOTORISTS • Be alert and watch for children at all times, especially near schools, bus stops, school buses and in school parking lots. • Obey traffic laws and speed limits. • Do not text or use a cell phone while driving. • STOP when a school bus displays stop arms and red lights are flashing. • Watch for and obey signals from the school crossing guards or deputies directing traffic. • Observe lower speed limits in school zones and at crosswalks. FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS • Discuss safe behavior while at school, the bus stop and when entering or exiting the school bus. • Wait for the bus to make a complete stop and for the driver to signal that it is safe to cross the road or board the bus. • If you drop something, tell the bus driver. Do not try to pick it up first as the driver may not be able to see you. • Do not walk behind the school bus or run after the bus. Please keep these tips in mind and lets protect our children and school staff as they are going back to school. The Perry County Sheriffs Department would like to welcome back teachers, staff, and students to their schools.... Have A Great Year!

Public Intoxication, Drugs in Couchtown On July 30, 2018 at approximately 3:30 PM. The Perry County Sheriff Department received a call of a male subject under the influence of drugs in the parking lot of the Butterfly Church of the Living God on Couchtown Road. Sergeant Ruey Couch responded to the scene and made contact with Joshua Hoffman in the parking lot of the Church. Though Investigation, Joshua Hoffman was found to be under the influence of drugs in a public place. Hoffman was arrested and took Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard and charged with public intoxication. ( subject is considered innocent until proven guilty. )

***Important release from Chief Deputy Tony Eversole of The Perry County Sheriff's Department**** 7/26/18 at approximately 7:45 pm Perry County 911 recieved a call reporting an ATV crash in the Big Creek community. Several Perry County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to the scene along with Perry County Ambulance Authority and units from Avawam Volunteer Fire Department. Once on scene Deputies soon discovered that both occupants of the ATV; Kelly Darrell Whitaker and Christy Hill, had received gun shot wounds. Both subjects had to be airlifted to other hospitals due to their injuries. Upon further investigation, deputies were able to obtain a name of the suspected perpetrator. Perry Deputies along with 2 troopers from the Kentucky State Police conducted a thorough search in the area for the the subject and located Christopher Eversole (45 yrs. Old) near his residence. Mr. Eversole was placed into custody without incident. Mr. Eversole has been arrested and charged with two (2) counts of attempted murder and is currently being held in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. No further information is available at time due to this is an ongoing and active investigation in regards to the circumstances involving all parties related to this incident. If you have further information please contact Deputy Sheriff Tim Feltner at the Perry County Sheriff’s office at 606-439-4523. ****Suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty ****

Public Service Announcement from Chief Deputy Tony Eversole. Starting tonight in the Chavies area, around the substation near Hwy 28 and Barwick Road entrance: there will be an environmental team conducting research on bats in the area. The group will be in the area the next 3-4 days from approximately 8p.m. until around 3:00-4:00 a.m. If you see people in this area, do not be alarmed. They will have flashlights and frequently walking throughout the woodline.

*** IMPORTANT TRAVEL REMINDER, Please Share*** We are well into the vacation and travel season this summer. A good vacation requires planning so that you and your family can enjoy a relaxing and fun getaway, however many people overlook their safety during this time. Vehicle break-ins are on the rise across the country and you could be a victim. Please keep the following tips in mind when traveling to prevent vehicle break-ins. 1. ALWAYS try to plan your stops along your route: try to research the areas in which you plan to stop to see if break-ins are prevelant. 2. Do NOT leave your car running unattended. 3. Completely CLOSE/LOCK all windows and doors. 4. Remove portable electronic devices. 5. Remove your purse or wallet. 6. Secure any loose change. 7. Place any shopping bags, luggage, or other items in the trunk. 8. ALWAYS park in a well lit area. 9. Be aware of your surroundings. It is important to know that YOU ( the out-of-towner) are a potential target for thieves. The Perry County Sheriff's Office has recieved several reports of Perry Countians having their automobiles broke into while on vacation. Please be alert of popular cities with high theft rates such at ATLANTA, Ga., Miami, Fl. Myrtle Beach, Sc. Always report any criminal activity to the local authorities and keep these tips in mind so that you and your family do not fall victim to theft. Have a great vacation season from Sheriff Les Burgett and the Perry County Sheriffs Office.

***MISSING MAN NEAR BUCKHORN LODGE FOUND SAFE WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL COUNTY AGENCIES *** On June 30th, 2018 @ approximately 6:40pm an emergency call was recieved by Perry County 911 from a female stating that her husband went hiking in the mountains around Buckhorn Lodge early morning and had not returned. Deputies with the Perry County Sheriff's Office was immediately dispatched to attempt to locate. Perry 911 was able to ping the males cell phone to a location near the top of the mountain prior to the lodge. Deputies Elvin Hendrix, Ray Roberts, Will Fugate and Perry County Constable Ben Stidham arrived to the area to begin a search effort. Units from the Chavies/Grapevine Vol. Fire department joined the search with the services of their search and rescue ATV. After a significant hike of approximately 3 miles on the mountain side through extremely overgrown and rough terrain, deputies Elvin Hendrix and Ray Robert's located the 61 yr. old Male who appeared to be in good health however slightly dehydrated. The Chavies/Grapevine ATV then made their way to the location and was able to safely bring the Male back to his family and other awaiting search members assembled nearby. EMS technicians with the Perry County Ambulance Authority provided services however the Male refused medical treatment. We would like recognize all the agencies in a well coordinated and successful rescue in a situation that could have resulted in a negative outcome. The quick response time,dedication, and teamwork from everyone involved is what makes Perry County First Responders a uniquely professional group and we are proud to serve our community. Special thanks to the following: *Perry County 911 *Deputies Elvin Hendrix, Ray Roberts, and Sp. Dep Will Fugate. *Dist 1 Constable Ben Stidham *Members of the Grapevine/Chavies Volunteer Fire Department *Perry County Ambulance Authority *D.E.S. Director Jerry Stacy

Our hearts are heavy as we sadden to hear the passing of Maudie Standafer. Mrs. Standafer was a telecommunications officer for the City of Hazard (Hazard Police Department/ Hazard Fire/ EMS) and also recently dispatched Perry County 911 for a period of time. Her love and passion for the job truly showed and her passing will leave a void in the hearts of all first responders that she ever worked with. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to her family, friends, and our brothers and sisters at the Hazard Police Department and City of Hazard. Thank you Maudie Standafer for being " The Calm Voice in The Dark" and We are forever grateful for your service to this city and county.

Good morning Perry County. Looks like our day will be filled with more strong showers. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for area again today until 8pm. Please use caution throughout the day as rising waters may be an issue and always practice safe driving when navigating wet roadways. We will do our best to update this page with road hazards when and if they become available. We urge everyone to tune into local news outlets such as WYMT-TV, The National Weather Service, and the various radio outlets often today for weather statements. Remember if you encounter a dangerous situation dial 911 immediately. Once again, have a great day Perry County and stay safe. ***photo graphic courtesy of WYMT***

Water in the road on Kentucky Highway 15 South in Glomawr and Vicco Areas. Drivers please use caution.

***UPDATE*** Parts of the county is currently receiving a good amount of rainfall with more rain expected. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM EDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING... The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of east central Kentucky, south central Kentucky, and southeast Kentucky, including the following areas, in east central Kentucky, Estill and Powell. In south central Kentucky, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne, and Whitley. In southeast Kentucky, Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe. * The watch is in effect from 11 AM EDT this morning through 11 PM EDT this evening.

Looks like today's weather pattern will be a carbon copy of yesterday with the potential for pop up storms with damaging winds and heavy rains. Please use caution and remember to slow down when driving through rain. The ground is already saturated due to the rains recieved over the past few days which brings the potential for localized flash flooding. Do not attempt to drive through high water if you encounter.. and always call 911 if you have an emergency. Stay safe Perry County and have a great day.

Sheriff Les Burgett and the entire Perry County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate all the graduating classes of 2018. We congratulate you on the completion of your studies and wish you many blessings and continued success in your future. Way to go Class of 2018.

****SEVERE WEATHER ALERT DAY**** Storms will be moving across our area this evening bringing the potential for heavy rain, lightning,flash flooding, and strong winds. Please use caution and stay updated on the conditions. Remember if you encounter high waters no NOT drive through and if you see downed power lines please stay away. The Perry County Sheriff's Office urges the public to call 911 if you have an emergency. Follow the various media outlets for updated weather information. Stay safe Perry County.

The Perry County Sheriff Department is asking for the public’s assistance on locating a Douglas Shane Caudill. Some of his property has been turned into the office.

******UPDATE......6:30pm******* On 5/21/2018 Sheriff Les Burgett and several Deputies with The Perry County Sheriff's Office, Buckhorn Fire Dept, Dist 1 Constable Ben Stidham and others arrived in Buckhorn to begin search efforts for a reported missing elderly woman. At approx 4pm Deputies located a body along the Middle Fork River in Buckhorn. Deputies, along with Constable Ben Stidham, immediately began to administer CPR to the female...a short time afterwards Paramedics/EMT's from the Perry County Ambulance Authority arrived and took over CPR efforts however all attempts to revive the female were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced deceased by the Perry County Coroner. The female has been identified as Musett May. Her body will be taken to Frankfort for an autopsy Tuesday 5/22/2018. The Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an open investigation regarding the circumstances of her death. ******************************************************* **

The Perry County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the members of the Big Creek Baptist Church. Today they held a cook out dinner for Law Enforcements Officers in Perry County.