Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Deputy adds charge in counterfeit case

1counterOn January 19, 2017, Deputy Joe Prewitt charged Donnie Eric Grubb, 35, of Williamsburg with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Dep. Prewitt determined that Grubb used a counterfeit $50 bill at Ed’s Place, a store in the Canadatown community. An employee of the store contacted Whitley County E911 after suspecting the money was fake.

Prior to Dep. Prewitt’s investigation, Williamsburg police arrested Grubb. They received multiple calls from Williamsburg businesses regarding potential counterfeit $50 bills. They apprehended Grubb during a traffic stop and charged him with counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and tampering with physical evidence.

The sheriff’s department’s charge was added while Grubb was in jail. At this time, the sheriff’s department cautions all area businesses and residents to carefully inspect $50 bills. According to Dep. Prewitt, the bill he recovered (pictured here) appeared real but did not feel real.

Telephone scam in/around Whitley County

The sheriff’s department has received calls from locals that suggest this area is being targeted by persons attempting to unlawfully access bank accounts.

As a general rule, never provide any banking or personal information during an unsolicited phone call. Financial service providers may contact you by phone if your account has been compromised, but they generally never request personal information.

If you have any concerns about a call, simply hang up. Do not call that number back. Instead, contact your local bank directly and ask if there are any issues you should be aware of.

From our experience, it seems phone scams come and go, focusing on certain areas at a time. While the threat always exist, please know there currently seems to be an increase in such calls within our community. Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who may be more susceptible to falling for these scams and those who cannot access the internet to read this and other cautionary posts. Thank you.

Drug Arrest on Mosley Branch

On 01-16-2017 around 9:30 P.M. Deputy James Tabor and K-9 Deputy Brian Hensley located a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle on a side road off of Mosley Branch in the Woodbine community stuck in a mud hole. Located in the vehicle were Walter Jones, 46 of Corbin and Conda Jones, 49 of Jellico Tn.

Upon investigation, Deputies determined that both subjects were under the influence of an intoxicating substance and was asked to exit the vehicle. Once both Walter and Conda Jones exited the vehicle, they both seemed to be very tense and hyper. Walter Jones who was in the driver seat of the vehicle admitted that he had gotten the vehicle stuck and was attempting to get it out when the deputies located them. Deputies also located a straw used to smoke meth lying in the passenger floor board were Conda Jones was sitting. Located in the pocket of Conda Jones was two pieces of aluminum foil and three plastic baggies with a white crystal substance inside of them believed to be methamphetamine.

Deputy Tabor arrested Walter Jones and took him to BRMC to have blood drawn for the DUI and Deputy Hensley arrested Conda Jones for the Methamphetamine.

While Deputy Hensley was en route to Whitley County Detention Center, he noticed a male subject walking in the roadway just before Browns Creek Road. Deputy Hensley made contact with Trenton Lawson, 19 of Rockholds who appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Upon investigation, it was determined that Trenton Lawson was under the influence of Marijuana and Suboxon. Located in Trenton Lawson’s pocket was three needles, one of them being a used needle.

Walter Jones was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle under the influence, no operators license, no insurance, and failure to register vehicle.

Conda Jones was arrested for Public intoxication, Possession of controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prescription of controlled substance not in original container.

Trenton Lawson was arrested for Public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Fugitive from another state arrested

On January 12, 2017, Whitley Co. E911 advised deputies that a man on Sanderlin Avenue in Corbin was posing a threat to himself, and potentially others. Sergeant Todd Shelley and Detective John Hill responded to the residence.

Matthew Bolduc, 28, of Corbin, was located and wanted for arrest by Virginia law enforcement for a heroin-related offense. Bolduc was also taken into custody for violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO and non-payment of fines. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Help sought identifying suspect in car theft

The sheriff’s department is investigating the theft of a 2002 black Jeep Liberty that occurred around 7:40 a.m. January 13, 2017 at the Friendly Food Mart in the Woodbine community. The sheriff’s department is seeking to identify the man in these photos.

Anybody who may be able to identify this man or has knowledge about the vehicle theft is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Sergeant Todd Shelley is leading the investigation. He was assisted by Detective John car-theft1

Foot Pursuit leads to Felony Arrest and Drug Possession.

On 01-10-2017 around 10:30 PM, K-9 Deputy Brian Hensley and Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to 206 Henry Barton Road to Execute a felony warrant on a Ryan P. Mason 26 0f Williamsburg. Once deputies entered the residence, Ryan Mason ran to the back bathroom and locked himself inside. As Deputies reached the bathroom, they could hear Ryan Mason jumping out the window in an attempt to flee from them. Both Deputies ran outside of the residence and proceeded to chase Ryan Mason down the road to where the caught up with him behind the neighbors residence. Ryan Mason then started kicking at the deputies and trying to get away, but the deputies were able to restrain him and effectively make the arrest. Upon searching Ryan Mason, Deputies located a metal container that contained a small orange pill believed to be Suboxon.

Ryan Mason was charged with Fleeing or Evading Police on Foot 2nd degree, Resisting Arrest, Possession Controlled Substance 3rd, Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container, and a Felony Circuit Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Owner of stolen car & accused thief both arrested after investigation

Around 1:30 a.m. January 8, 2017, K9 Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a report that a car had been stolen at gun point from a residence along Hwy 904. Whitley County E911 provided Dep. Hensley with a description of the vehicle. While Dep. Hensley was en route to where the theft occurred, he passed what appeared to be the stolen 2001 Ford Mustang.

The Mustang, which was traveling in the opposite direction, accelerated. Dep. Hensley lost site of the vehicle but believed may have turned onto Yaden Cemetery Road. Dep. Hensley located the vehicle behind a garage along that road. In the vehicle was 23-year-old Ethan S. Powers.

Powers was taken into custody with a fanny pack around his waist, which contained pills believed to be Clonazepam. In Powers’ possession was over $450 in cash, plastic baggies and a set of digital weighing scales.

Powers was arrested and charged with first-degree fleeing or evading police, receiving stolen property under $10,000, third-degree possession of a controlled substances, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving an officer a false name or address, driving on a suspended or revoked license, and warrants for non payment of fines and failure to appear.

The Mustang’s owner, 33-year-old Orlando Luna, was asked to look through the car to determine if anything was missing. In the car were two cell phones, which Luna told Dep. Hensley were his. It was later determined that Luna took the iPhone knowing it was not his but belonged to Powers.

Luna was found to be in possession of a small quantity of pills believed to be Clonazepam and a needle. He was arrested and charged with attempted theft by unlawful taking over $500, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Powers and Luna were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Dep. Hensley was assisted by Dep. James Tabor and Williamsburg Police Department Officer Cody Jeffries.

Deputies work multiple wrecks, January 6

1wreck1 1wreck2The sheriff’s department responded to multiple wrecks and reports of stuck vehicles blocking roadways on January 6, 2017. Wrecks occurred from Corbin to near Tennessee on I-75.

Around 12 p.m., Chief Deputy Tim Baker responded to a single vehicle wreck on I-75 near the 6 mile point. The female driver from Ohio was the only occupant and was transported by Whitley County EMS with complaints of head pain.

Later, Detective John Hill had to respond to the same portion of I-75 for another wreck. A white sedan lost control on the bridge where I-75 crosses over Little Cane Creek Road. The female driver was transported by Whitley Co. EMS with complaints of various pain.

Around 8 a.m., Det. Hill and Sergeant Todd Shelley responded to Corinth Cemetery Road, where three vehicles were wrecked or stuck.

Vehicles have wrecked or become stuck across the county due to hazardous road conditions. Conditions are expected to worsen overnight due to temperatures lowering and causing earlier snow melt to freeze. Please use extra caution approaching areas where water is known to flow over or pool on roadways. They are highly susceptible to black ice. Also, please remember that bridges freeze faster. Non-essential travel is discouraged. We hope everybody stays safe, but deputies and other first responders will always be ready to assist in times of need.

Complaint leads to drug trafficking arrest

1-jonasAround 11:30 p.m. January 3, 2017, sheriff’s deputies were advised that an employee of Williamsburg Plastics was offering to sell drugs to his co-workers. Deputy Jonas Saunders arrived and made contact with the described individual, 49-year-old John E, Combs of Williamsburg.

In Combs’ jacket were 5 baggies containing what’s believe to be methamphetamine. Williamsburg K9 Officer Elijah Hunter and sheriff’s department Lieutenant Dennis Foley responded. Officer Hunter’s K9 partner alerted to the presence of drugs in Combs’ truck, which was parked outside of the factory. No unlawful substances were found within the truck.

The Chevrolet pickup was seized along with some cash. Combs was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (meth).

New Years Eve complaint ends with short pursuit, DUI and drug charges

Around 6:30 p.m. December 31, 2016, Whitley County. E911 received a complaint from a Hamblin Road residence. According to the caller, a man was outside the home, refusing to leave and allegedly in possession of a firearm.

All available deputies responded, with Deputy James Tabor arriving on scene first. Dep. Tabor made contact with 38-year-old Johnny Johnson Jr., who was in a GMC pickup truck. Johnson refused commands to exit the vehicle, drove toward Dep. Tabor and then started driving in reverse.

After a short pursuit, Dep. Tabor was able to block in Johnson’s truck. Johnson continued to disregard commands. With the help of Dep. Jonas Saunders and Sergeant James Fox, Johnson was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Inside the vehicle, deputies located pills and needles. No firearm was located.

Johnson was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center and charged with third-offense DUI; fleeing or evading police; fourth-degree assault; driving without insurance, no license, and failure to register transfer of motor vehicle; first and second degree wanton endangerment; two counts of illegal possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson also had two warrants for his arrest due to non-payment of fines in previous cases.