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Breathitt County Arson and Attempt Murder Arrest

Date of News Release: 07/02/2007

(Hazard, KY) - On 06/30/07 at approximately 06:22 hrs Kentucky State Police Post 13 received a 911 call from Donna Combs in the Vancleve community of Breathitt County.

Mrs. Combs stated her ex-husband, Jerry I. Combs had set their mobile home on fire. She stated the fire was extinguished, but Jerry was intoxicated and still in the area.

Troopers responded to the scene and the alleged perpetrator fled on foot. A search of the area was conducted but Troopers were unsuccessful in locating Mr. Combs. A short time later, Mrs. Combs called again and advised her ex- husband, Jerry had returned. Troopers were still in the area and returned to the scene. Jerry I. Combs was arrested without incident. He was lodged in the Three Forks Detention Center and charged with attempted murder (3 counts), attempted arson 1st, fleeing or evading 2nd, alcohol intoxication, criminal mischief 3rd (3 counts), and criminal trespass 1st. The incident remains under investigation by Tpr. Ira Napier.

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