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Perry County Forest Fire Arrest

Date of News Release: 10/26/2012

(Hazard, Ky.) -- A Perry County man has been arrested and charged in connection with intentionally starting a forest fire. The incident happened at 6:53 P.M. on Thursday October 25th when a Kentucky Division of Forestry crew were in the Scuddy Branch Road area fighting a separate fire when they heard someone walking in the woods. A short time later a Division of Forestry supervisor reported observing a man starting a forest fire nearby.

Troopers from KSP Post 13 in Hazard responded and after a short neighborhood canvass located a suspect who was later positively indentified by a Kentucky Division of Forestry Supervisor as being the same subject who he saw setting the fire. Trooper Isaac Whitaker arrested 32 year old Carew (Shorty) Blankenship of Scuddy, KY charging him with 25 counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Carew Blankenship has been lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard, KY. Trooper Isaac Whitaker is in charge of the investigation.

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