Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 1, 2013

Carter man charged in assault at fire scene

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

OLIVE HILL — Kentucky State Police on Sunday arrested a Carter County man for allegedly assaulting another man at the scene of a structure fire.

Johnny Canterbury, 27, of Greenbriar Road in Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on a charge of second-degree assault, according to a news release from the Ashland KSP post.

The KSP said troopers were dispatched to a location in the 1200 block of Greenbriar Road at the request of the Olive Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters were battling a blaze at that location and told troopers they’d witnessed what appeared to be a fight at a neighboring residence.

Information obtained during the investigation revealed Canterbury and another man had gotten into an argument about the fire, and the dispute had turned physical, the KSP said.

The other combatant was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead for treatment of nonlife-threatening head and facial injuries. Canterbury refused medical treatment and was arrested at the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the KSP said no additional details were available for release.

The case remains under investigation by Trooper Bryant Marcum.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.