Arrest made in Dollar General store burglary

Gwendolyn Holliday Staff Reporter gjoseph@civitasmedia.com

February 28, 2014

HAZARD-A Hopkins County man is facing multiple charges, including burglary and public intoxication, stemming from several incidents in Perry County.

Kenneth Darrell Gay, 36, of Nortonville, Ky., was arrested on Saturday by Hazard City Police Officer Steve Everidge after a short foot pursuit. According to the arrest citation obtained from the Perry County Courthouse, Everidge observed Gay running from an area that has a history of burglary. After identifying himself, the officer engaged in a short foot pursuit before arresting Gay.

“Officer seen (sic) subject throw a garbage bag and a pry bar in Dumpster,” Everidge wrote in the citation.

After the arrest, it was found that the Dollar General store on East Main St. had been broken into and there was video of the subject entering the store and leaving after closing, according to the arrest citation.

Gay was out on bail from a previous arrest in September of last year, where he was charged with first-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into an apartment in Gorman Hollow. According to that arrest citation, Gay was armed with a hammer during the burglary.

The alleged September burglary occurred while Gay was out on bail from a traffic stop that resulted in his arrest and charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, along with several traffic citations, after he failed a field sobriety test.

Gay is currently out on a $20,000 cash bond on home incarceration and is awaiting trial on the charges of third-degree criminal mischief, public intoxication of a controlled substance, third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, tampering with physical evidence, and second-degree fleeing or evading a police officer.

Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.