TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Benton Man Arrested for Arson and Burglary
Date of News Release: 08/05/2005
(BENTON, KY) A joint investigation between the Benton Police Department, the Kentucky State Fire Marshal's Office, and Kentucky State Police has led to the arrest of a Benton man for arson and other offenses. On 08-04-05, at 1245 a.m. Benton Police and Benton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at three residential apartments, located at 1001 Birch Street, in Benton. Benton Police Officer William Treadway was the first officer to arrive on the scene, and assisted occupants of the burning building, to safety. On 08-05-05, a joint investigation by Benton Police Officer Scott Brown, State Fire Marshal Gaylon Reynolds, and State Police Arson Investigator Damon Fleming resulted in charges being filed against Mr. Earnest McCoy (42), of Benton, for Arson in the First Degree. McCoy is currently being held in the Marshall County Detention Center. Benton Police also charged McCoy with Burglary in the First Degree. The investigation is continuing by the Benton Police Department, State Fire Marshal's Office, and Kentucky State Police.