Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Arson & Wanton Endangerment Investigation/Arrest
Date of News Release: 05/01/2012
(Jeremiah, Ky.) -- On 04/30/2012 at approximately 1550 hours Kentucky State Police Hazard received a 911 call of a house fire on Kentucky Highway 7 South in the Jeremiah Community of Letcher County. Kentucky State Police and Letcher County Sheriff Department were called to scene for investigation reference to a possible Arson. Preliminary investigation indicates that Lawrence Eugene Halcomb had fired a shotgun in the direction of his spouse while she was holding their 9 month old child and appears to have set the home on fire while they were still inside the residence. Further investigation led to the arrest of Lawrence Eugene Halcomb 28 years of age, Jeremiah Ky and he was lodged in the Letcher County Detention Center and charged with Arson 1st degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree six counts.