Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Joint agency operation results in fugitive, drug-related arrests

Around 3:50 p.m. January 20, 2018, deputies of Tennessee’s Campbell County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department in attempt to arrest two individuals believed to be in southern Whitley Co.

Deputy Brandon Prewitt accompanied Campbell Co. Deputies Raymond Surber and Jordan Huskey to a Bowlin Road residence. There, Tommy Worley, 30, and Nickie Worley, 25, both of Pioneer, TN were located and arrested without incident. Both were arrested by Dep. Prewitt as fugitives from another state. Arrest warrants stemmed from probation violations related to original charges involving narcotics. Both were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center and will be extradited to TN.

Murder suspect apprehended –

Please share the following information to return calm to our community.

27-year-old Jeffrey Cole, suspected of a January 15, 2018 murder on Jordon Hollow Road, was apprehended on Jan. 16 after a second stabbing was reported South of Williamsburg.

Constable Dorman Patrick, Jr., Williamsburg Chief of Police Wayne Bird and K9 Officer Jim Poole and Kentucky State Police Troopers joined deputies in responding to the area around Sullivan’s Towing. At that location, a male was stabbed and sustained non life-threatening injuries.

Cole, considered armed and dangerous, was located after an exhaustive search. The sheriff’s department is continuing to investigate today’s assault, and Kentucky State Police will continue investigating yesterday’s murder.

The sheriff’s department would also like to thank Whitley Co. E911 dispatchers for coordinating multiagency communications and firefighters who assisted in the search.

Cole was transported to Saint Joseph London due to potential complications from hypothermia.

The sheriff’s department will release more information when appropriate; all questions regarding the Jan. 15 murder should be directed to Kentucky State Police.

Report: 2017 Documented Activity

In 2017 deputies responded to 12,860 documented* calls for service. Below is an analysis of those calls.

“There are days that deputies don’t get lunch or dinner. I am proud of them and their service to our community, and I appreciate them. These numbers show how active the department is but also show the variety of calls. Please take a moment to offer a few words of appreciation and support to your Whitley County sheriff deputies.” – Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

Safety Concerns:
-345 DUI complaints
-255 responses to activated Security Alarms
-187 requests for Extra Patrol
-287 reports of Suspicious Persons
-193 requests for Welfare Checks (responding to concerns that a person is unresponsive or in danger)

Drug Activity complaints: 164

Violent Crimes:
-156 Assault investigation
-248 Domestic Assault investigations
-1 Rape investigation
-2 Robbery investigations (use or threat of force to commit theft)

Theft & Burglary: 418 (Note: Theft is unlawful taking, and burglary involves the unlawful entering of a structure)

Medical Assistance and Suicide / Mental Concerns: 213 / 107

Civil Papers and Warrants Service: 1,239

Other:
-446 Investigations
-518 Disturbance complaints
-155 Motorist Assist (helping drivers whose vehicles are not operable)
-111 Juvenile-related complaints
-98 Motor Vehicle Escorts

*Not all requests for service are documented; some requests are phoned into the sheriff’s office instead of Whitley County E911 or made in person.

Attempt to serve warrant results in two arrests

Around 7:15 p.m January 11, 2018, deputies Brian Hensley and Jonas Saunders went to a Back Street residence in the Woodbine community in an attempt to serve a probation and parole warrant on Shannon M. Canada, 29.
Canada was located in the residence. His warrant was for violating conditions of his probation resulting from prior drug and theft-related charges. He was taken into custody without incident.
Also in the residence was Barbara Vanderpool, 24. On Jan. 7, deputies spoke with her while trying to locate Canada. Vanderpool was advised that Canada was wanted for arrest and to contact law enforcement if she knew his location.
During the investigation, Vanderpool revealed that she had two pills concealed in her chest area. She was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Report: 2017 Documented Activity

In 2017 deputies responded to 12,860 documented* calls for service. Below is an analysis of those calls.

“There are days that deputies don’t get lunch or dinner. I am proud of them and their service to our community, and I appreciate them. These numbers show how active the department is but also show the variety of calls. Please take a moment to offer a few words of appreciation and support to your Whitley County sheriff deputies.” – Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

Safety Concerns:
-345 DUI complaints
-255 responses to activated Security Alarms
-187 requests for Extra Patrol
-287 reports of Suspicious Persons
-193 requests for Welfare Checks (responding to concerns that a person is unresponsive or in danger)

Drug Activity complaints: 164

Violent Crimes:
-156 Assault investigation
-248 Domestic Assault investigations
-1 Rape investigation
-2 Robbery investigations (use or threat of force to commit theft)

Theft & Burglary: 418 (Note: Theft is unlawful taking, and burglary involves the unlawful entering of a structure)

Medical Assistance and Suicide / Mental Concerns: 213 / 107

Civil Papers and Warrants Service: 1,239

Other:
-446 Investigations
-518 Disturbance complaints
-155 Motorist Assist (helping drivers whose vehicles are not operable)
-111 Juvenile-related complaints
-98 Motor Vehicle Escorts

*Not all requests for service are documented; some requests are phoned into the sheriff’s office instead of Whitley County E911 or made in person.

Driver indicted for manslaughter located & arrested

Joshua Lee Woods, 38, of Flat Creek Road, was arrested December 26, 2017 at a Phebee Fork Road residence. A Whitley County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Woods relating to a fatal wreck that occurred during the 2017 Labor Day weekend.

Woods now faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Woods was first arrested after wrecking his vehicle on Flat Creek Road while believed to be under the influence, resulting in the death of Laura Carter and injuring her father, James Carter. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.

Deputy Jonas Saunders had been attempting to locate Woods since the indictment was returned two weeks ago. Dep. Saunders and Dep. Brandon Prewitt located Woods at the Phebee Fork residence, along with 57-year-old Terry J. Moore, who had a warrant for his arrest. Moore was wanted for receiving stolen property over $500 relating to an ATV theft.

Woods and Moore were arrested without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Bizarre 911 call results in arrest

Around 1:30 a.m. December 16, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a disturbance at a Hwy 904 residence. Dep. Hensley was advised that a male subject dialed 911 claiming that people in his front yard were committing murder and rape and threatening arson.

Dep. Hensley and Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Ridener arrived to find nobody outside of the residence. There were signs of activity inside the home, and while Dep. Hensley was at the back door, he heard a loud noise coming from the front of the home.

It was determined that 27-year-old Matthew W. Thomas had broken out a window and fled the home armed with a knife.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. He was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading, carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication, prescription of a controlled substance not in its original container and three counts of illegal possession of a legend drug.

Two arrested following domestic dispute complaint

Around 3 a.m. December 15, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a US Hwy 25W residence in reference to a domestic violence complaint. Dep. Hensley was told that 31-year-old Scott Kirklin had physically assaulted his wife.

Scott Kirklin’s wife had left the residence, with her whereabouts and injuries unknown. Dep. Hensley detained Scott Kirklin and discovered on his person two needles and what’s believed to be a Suboxone strip.

Dep. Hensley searched for but was unable to locate the victim, 26-year-old Latosha Kirklin. While in the area, a resident of the home where the domestic disturbance occurred called 911 and said Latosha Kirklin returned to the residence. She acknowledged to Dep. Hensley that she had been assaulted.

Court records indicated that Scott Kirklin had a warrant for his arrest relating to failure to pay child support. He was arrested on that warrant and also charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Records also indicated Latosha Kirklin had a warrant for her arrest relating to failure to pay child support. She was arrested on that warrant. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Six arrested in one location for outstanding warrants

Around 3:30 a.m. December 13, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a Sheila Circle residence in response to a noise complaint. Outside of the trailer, Dep. Hensley made contact with several people and began asking for identification.
During the investigation, Whitley County E911 reported active arrest warrants for six of the persons present. Williamsburg officers Mike Taylor and John Fulton assisted in the investigation. The following were arrested:
Anthony Robert Skaggs, 31, of Gray, was wanted for failure to appear (FTA). While being detained, Skaggs reached into his pants. Within his waistband was a hatchet. Inside a pant pocket was a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. In addition to his FTA warrant, Skaggs was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Several persons said they were waiting on a female named Ashley Napier. During the investigation, it was determined that Napier, 25, of Corbin was also wanted for arrest. Once located, she originally gave Dep. Hensley a false name. She was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Also present was Tyler Bright, 21, of Barbourville. Bright originally gave officers a false name. When his identity was determined, he was found to have an active warrant for his arrest relating to failure to appear in circuit drug court. He was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Summer Thomas, 22, of Williamsburg, was also arrested on a bench warrant.
Cody Brooks, 25, of Barbourville, was arrested on a warrant for non-payment of fines.
Lastly, Zachary Robinson, 35, of Ohio, was found to be entered into a national database as wanted for arrest by the Butler County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department and considered dangerous. He was taken into custody and will be released to Ohio authorities.
The sheriff’s department would like to thank Williamsburg Officers Taylor and Fulton for their assistance.

Man armed with gun arrested

Around 5:30 p.m. December 10, 2017, the sheriff’s department responded to a Whetstone Road residence after receiving a report that a man was under the influence of methamphetamine and had threatened to kill a family member.

Deputy Jonas Saunders arrived and learned that Teddy Veach, 37, was in an outbuilding. Dep. Saunders was advised that Veach had a pistol and had fired a shotgun in the residence.

Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Dep. Jason Strunk and several Kentucky State Police Troopers responded. The effort to get Veach out of the outbuilding and into custody lasted for approximately 90 minutes.

Once arrested, a .38 caliber revolver was located in one of his pant pockets. On his person were assorted pills. Inside the residence was the shotgun used to threaten the family member. A wall inside the residence and a door to the outbuilding showed signs of being shot by a shotgun.

Veach is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Colan Harrell commends all law enforcement involved. “Anytime you can resolve a violent situation without force, you’ve gone above and beyond.”