Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Drug Arrest at the Shell Station on Exit 15

Sheriff Colan Harrell reports that on 09-22-2016, Deputy Brian Hensley observed two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the Shell Station near the I-75 Exit 15. One of the two vehicles that Deputy Hensley observed was a black Mitsubishi Eclipse that Deputy Hensley had found drugs in before at the same location.

Upon Deputy Hensley and Deputy Joe Prewitt making contact with four subjects next to the vehicles, a female acting very nervous gave Deputy Hensley a false name and social security number. Deputy Hensley not believing the female was able to work with the Whitley County Dispatch and found out her real name and social security number. The female was Trevia Aker, 33 of Corbin Ky. who had three warrants for her arrest.

Deputy Hensley then asked both drivers of the vehicles parked if he could search and they both gave consent to search. In the vehicle that Ms. Aker was riding in, Deputy Hensley located a makeup bag containing several used needles and one needle that had an unknown liquid substance inside it. Also located in the same vehicle behind the passenger seat was a pop can used to melt drugs into a liquid form too be used in a needle, which also had an unknown drug residue on it.

When Deputy Hensley talked to Ms. Akers, she stated that the items were hers and the substance in the needle and on the pop can was Opana pain medication. Ms. Akers advised that she had a drug problem and has had one for some time.

Deputy Hensley arrested Ms. Akers for Giving an Officer a False Name, Possession controlled substance 1st degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and the three warrants. Ms. Akers was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Deputy Hensley was assisted by Deputy Prewitt, Williamsburg PD, and the Whitley County Dispatch.


Suspected meth-related arrest in Bee Creek community

On September 16, 2016, Lieutenant Dennis Foley received a complaint that a black Toyota Camry was suspiciously parked by a business in the Bee Creek community.
Upon arrival, Lt. Foley made contact with Susan Thomas, 45, of the Bee Creek area. The sedan’s registration was expired, and it was determined that Thomas had a warrant for her arrest due to a court case in Pulaski County.
During Lt. Foley’s interactions with the female, he observed items in the driver’s side floorboard. Located there was approximately $500 in cash and a clear plastic bag containing pills believed to be hydrocodone.
Upon searching the car, Lt. Foley located a substance believed to be methamphetamine, small pipes, a digital weighing scale, empty plastic baggies and other items believe to be drug paraphernalia. Also located were plastic baggies that appeared to contain drug residue and/or a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
The vehicle, cash and illegal items were seized. Thomas was the only person in the vehicle. She was arrested and is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas was also served with the arrest warrant.

Wanted man arrested after 3 found passed out in SUV

Around 4 p.m. September 18, 2016, Whitley County E911 received a complaint that a maroon Dodge Durango was located in the Maple Creek community with two male and one female occupants appearing to be under the influence or unconscious.

Upon arrival, deputies found two men and one woman non-alert and in their undergarments.

One occupant, David Allen Randle, 30, of Corbin was recognized as a wanted person. Deputy Jonas Saunders had obtained an arrest warrant for Randle which included charges of fleeing or evading police and wanton endangerment due to a July 2016 incident. .

The female, Chelsea Cornett, 24, of Evarts, and the other male occupant, Daniel Melton, 29, of Corbin, were also taken into custody.
Randle was arrested and faces a long list of charges, which can be read in full at Cornett was arrested and charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Melton was charged with first-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
All three were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Dep. Saunders, Dep. James Taber and Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeremy Elliott were involved in the investigation.

Medal of Honor presented to Dep. Brian Hensley


On Monday September 2, 2013, at approximately 11:52 p.m., Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a call on Orleans Court in the Gray community in reference to a potential domestic dispute. Upon arrival, Dep. Hensley made contact made contact with Hazel Hibbard and two of her neighbors. Hibbard stated that her boyfriend, Jeffrey Frump, arrived at the residence intoxicated and upset. She stated she had not been hit but was grabbed by the arm and shoved out of the residence.

Ms. Hibbard stated that Frump may have a knife in his possession and was reportedly suicidal. Ms. Hibbard and the neighbors were asked to leave the area for their protection.

Dep. Hensley spoke to Frump through a door. Frump cursed at Dep. Hensley and refused to open the door. Dep. Hensley heard a gunshot from within the residence. Fearing the worst and believing Frump may be in need of medical attention or had committed suicide, Dep. Hensley kicked open the door, only to find Frump behind a couch with a gun pointed at Dep. Hensley.

Dep. Hensley jumped behind the door frame for cover. Frump shot at Dep. Hensley through the door and striking both legs. The projectile passed through one leg and then struck the other. Fearing he would be shot again, Dep. Hensley jumped over the porch railing, and a second bullet struck his handheld radio, causing it to come off of his duty belt.

Dep. Hensley fractured his left wrist and was temporarily unconscious from the jump. Without radio access, Dep. Hensley yelled toward Ms. Hibbard and the neighbors, asking them to call 911 and report that a deputy had been shot and was in need of backup.

Dep. Hensley was able to rise to his knees and observed Frump exiting the residence with a gun pointed in his direction. Dep. Hensley fired three shots toward Frump striking him all three times, resulting in Frump’s death.

After Dep. Hensley observed Frump fall back into the house, he limped to his cruiser and radioed for EMS and law enforcement assistance. Dep. Hensley recovered from his injuries and proudly serves and protects the citizens of Whitley County.

[Pictured: National Sheriff’s Association President Greg Champagne, Deputy Brian Hensley, Sheriff Colan J. Harrell, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association President Wayne Wright]

Medals of Honor presented to Deputy Jonas Saunders, Constable Ron Bowling

jonas-1Around 7:44 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2015 Deputy Jonas Saunders received information from Whitley County E911 that David Christian, 77, of Lot Mud Creek Road was at his residence and
threatening to commit suicide.

Dep. Saunders responded to the residence, approximately 12 miles South of Williamsburg. Due the nature of the call, Second District Constable Ron Bowling also responded.

Upon arrival, Dep. Saunders and Constable Bowling attempted to deescalate the situation. Verbal contact was made through a window. Christian was in an upstairs bedroom, cursing at officers and refusing to allow them entry.

The officers remained calm and tried to establish conversation. Christian was very upset and cited separation from his wife as the cause for why he would commit suicide by setting himself on fire.

Efforts to calm him were interrupted when he received a phone call and became even more emotional. Dep. Saunders and Constable Bowling listened while Christian yelled at the caller with abusive language. Suddenly they were alerted by a very strong smell of gasoline.

Fearing Christian was actually going to attempt suicide by setting himself ablaze, Dep. Saunders and Constable Bowling took action and forced entry into the residence through a patio door. The room they
entered was on fire and filled with smoke. They located Christian in a closet, and his clothing was on fire. He had to be forcibly removed from the residence. Even though he was combative and aggressive toward the officers, they managed to extinguish the flames. He was transported by Whitley Co. EMS to a nearby hospital.

Dep. Saunders and Constable Bowling were courageous and selfless. By putting their physical safety at risk to save a suicidal man, they demonstrated their commitment to serve and protect all.

[Pictured Above: National Sheriff’s Association President Greg Champagne, Constable Ron Bowling, Sheriff Colan J. Harrell, Deputy Jonas Saunders and Kentucky Sheriff’s Association President Wayne Wright; Pictured Below: Sheriff Colan J. Harrell, Constable Ron Bowling and Deputy Jonas Saunders]


Tips requested after recovery of stolen tractor and utility trailer

Around 8:30 a.m. September 13, 2016, the sheriff’s department received an anonymous tip that a stolen John Deere tractor could be located in a field along Smith Bend Road in the Rockholds community.

tractor-1Sergeant Todd Shelley went to the described location and located a 2016 tractor on a utility trailer. The trailer and tractor were confirmed stolen out of Crossville, Tennessee. The trailer was reported stolen from an individual and the tractor was reported stolen from a business.

Sgt. Shelley is continuing the investigation. Anybody with information about the theft or how the items came to be left at the aforementioned location is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Tip leads to meth lab discovery, arrest

Around 5 p.m. September 3, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders received information that a meth lab may be located at a Hwy 25S residence near the Emlyn community. Dep. Saunders made contact with 32-year-old Robert C. Trabish at that residence.

While looking around the residence, Dep. Saunders saw in plain view what appeared to be a one-step methamphetamine lab. Inside the residence were multiple items associated with the manufacture of meth, including drain cleaner and lantern fuel.

Tabish was arrested and is charged with first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (“DESI”) responded to the scene to take control of and safely dispose the meth lab. Dep. Saunders was also assisted by Detective Derek Eubanks.

2nd arrest in robbery investigation, also leads to drug investigation

Sheriff Colan Harrell reports that a second subject has been arrested in connection to the August 28, 2016 robbery and multiple vehicle break-ins at the High Top boat ramp. During the investigation continued by Deputy Brian Hensley, an arrest warrant was obtained for a second suspect: Glennis R. Nantz, 44, of Woodbine

On September 3, deputies arrested Nantz at his Hwy 6 residence without incident. Dep. Hensley noticed that Nantz has in his possession a pair of Reebok tennis shoes that matched the description of those taken during the robbery.

While at Nantz’s residence, Detective Derek Eubanks found upon Nantz a small bag containing a crystal substance believe to be methamphetamine and cash. Nantz asked Det. Eubanks to retrieve personal items from the residence and in plain view was a digital scale and another bag containing a crystal substance.
Upon search of the residence, approximately 3.5 grams of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, cash and drug paraphernalia were located and seized.
Dep. Hensley charged Nantz with first-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking from an automobile, theft by unlawful taking of parts from an automobile, first-degree criminal mischief, attempted theft of an automobile and receiving stolen property.
Dep. Hensley also charged Nantz with impersonating a peace officer. During the investigation, a victim stated that Nantz and Isiah Chad Canada, who was arrested at the boat ramp the morning of the reported robbery, presented themselves as park rangers.
Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation into the robbery and thefts. Det. Eubanks is continuing investigation into the drug-related activity.

71-year-old arrested for wanton endangerment

Around 2:20 p.m. September 2, 2016, Sergeant Todd Shelley responded to a Whetstone Road residence near the Rockholds community. Whitley Co. E911 had received a call that shots were fired from a vehicle toward a house.
Sgt. Shelley made contact with the homeowner, who identified a suspect. Sgt. Shelley located the accused, and in her vehicle were five bullet casings and a Ruger .22 caliber pistol.
Upon inspection of the home, Sgt. Shelley located a bullet that had penetrassted one window pane and came to rest before entering the home.
Sgt. Shelley arrested Julia Miller, 71, of Whetstone Road. She is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

Going where?

An inmate now faces additional charges after attempting to escape from the Whitley County Judicial Center on August 29, 2016.
Jordan Lee Ramey, 21, of Wolf Creek, and other inmates, were placed in a judicial center holding cell. Ramey was in court after being arrested for burglary and firearms-related charges by Williamsburg police.
Ramey removed a ceiling tile and attempted to escape through the crawlspace. The ceiling tiles, however, serve a cosmetic purpose. There is no path for escape from the holding cell through the ceiling.
During the failed escape attempt, damage was done to wiring and the ceiling.
Sheriff’s Department Court Security Captain Brian Kirby charged Ramey with second-degree escape and first-degree criminal mischief. Ramey was returned to the Whitley Co. Detention Center with the additional charges.