Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Missing Person Investigation | Gary A. Patrick

gary-patrick-missing-person2The sheriff’s department is seeking any information that may help identify the recent or current whereabouts of Gary A. Patrick, 29, of Gary Hinkle Road, Williamsburg, Kentucky.

Patrick was last seen the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23, 2016) and was reported missing by family.

Patrick is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is estimated to stand around 5′ 10” and weigh around 260 pounds.

Law enforcement is currently investigating multiple leads regarding Patrick’s potential whereabouts. Any information offered will be appreciated and investigated. Information can be supplied by calling Whitley Co. E911’s non-emergency number at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Deputy James Fox is leading the investigation.

(Photo taken from Facebook)

Burglary tip leads to arrest

On November 25, 2016, Whitley County E911 received a call suggesting that a man was attempting to break into the Canadatown Market. Deputies were given a description of a male suspect and a truck that the isuspect was believed to be driving.

Deputy James Tabor was first to arrive and located a 2000 model Chevrolet pickup truck matching the suspect vehicle. Dep. Tabor stopped the vehicle and made contact with Kenny Ray Prewitt, 47, of Hwy 1481.

Prewitt was unaware of the time of day and showed signs of intoxication. It was determined that Prewitt’s truck was not properly registered or insured.

Prewitt was arrested and charged with DUI, third-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary, third-degree criminal trespass, failure to produce an insurance card and failure to register or transfer registration of a motor vehicle.

Dep. Tabor was assisted by deputies Jonas Saunders and Brian Hensley. Prewitt was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

Complaint results in three arrests

Around 9 p.m. November 24, 2016, deputies James Tabor and Joe Prewitt responded to a residence located outside of Corbin on Corinth Cemetery Road. Whitley County E911 received a call that a female could be located at that residence in possession of a truck reported stolen from Campbell Co., Tennessee.

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies Tabor and Prewitt located the described 2006, black Chevrolet Silverado and the woman accused of unlawfully taking it. Tonya L. Cinnamon, 39, of Corbin, was wanted for arrest on a Bell Co. Circuit Court bench warrant. Cinnamon was arrested and also charged with receiving stolen property valued at $10,000 or more.

During the investigation, deputies made contact with Brandon M. Hill, 36, of Corinth Cemetery Road. Hill had two warrants for his arrest stemming from two separate Whitley Co. court cases.

Deputies also made contact with Nikki Fairchild, 34, of Danville, Kentucky. Fairchild had four warrants for her arrest, stemming from four cases in Boyle and Lincoln counties.

Cinnamon, Hill and Fairchild were arrested and lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

6 injured in Wednesday night wreck

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Around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday November 23, 2016, Deputy Joe Prewitt responded to southbound I-75 near the 8 mile point. A white minivan from Ohio and a black Fiat car from Florence, Kentucky collided, causing the van to leave the roadway, roll down a steep embankment and come to rest on its side.
All five persons inside the van were transported by ambulance. A female passenger from the Fiat car was also transported.The six total patients were transported by Whitley County and Campbell Co. EMS crews. South Whitley Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.
One lane of I-75 remained closed for over an hour. Specialized equipment was required to recover the van from the steep embankment. The sheriff’s department appreciates everybody who shared Wednesday night’s I-75 Traffic Alert to help drivers prepare for the slowed and stopped traffic.
Dep. Prewitt is leading the investigation. Drug or alcohol involvement is not suspected.
Wednesday was estimated to be one of the busiest travel days of the holiday season. Traffic is expected to increase again through the weekend. When planning any drive, prepare for delays so you can stay on schedule without needing to speed or engage in other dangerous driving behaviors. Law enforcement will be out enforcing traffic laws. Please drive safely.

Tractor trailer collides with local driver on I-75

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Around 7:30 a.m. November 23, 2016, Det. John Hill responded to northbound I-75 near the 16 mile point, where a tractor trailer collided with a sedan. Upon arrival, Det. Hill found a female driver and six-month-old still inside the Pontiac sedan, but neither were entrapped. The driver, Alexandria Williams, 26, of Williamsburg, reported pain in several locations, but neither she nor the infant showed external signs of injury. At the time of the wreck, the infant was properly secured in a child restraint seat, and the driver was wearing her seatbelt. Both were transported by Whitley County EMS to Baptist Health Corbin.

The driver of the 2016 Kenworth truck did not show signs of injury and declined ambulance transport. He stated that he did not feel the collision and was unaware that a collision had occurred until his truck entered the median.

Witnesses told Det. Hill that the sedan was traveling North in the left lane. While passing the tractor trailer, the truck merged from the slow lane into the lane occupied by the sedan. The sedan was sandwiched between the truck and a small bridge wall.

Drug or alcohol involvement is not suspected. Det. Hill was assisted at the scene by Deputy Cody Harrell, Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer M. Scott and members of the Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department.

Golden Alert issued for juvenile

Local authorities are trying to locate Benjamin Woodson Harvey, 15, of Ova Lane, Williamsburg, Kentucky. Around 3:32 p.m. Harvey ran out of his home and has not been seen since.
This Golden Alert is issued because Harvey has health issues requiring medication, which he did not take with him when he ran out of the home.
Law enforcement, emergency management and rescue workers are still searching for Harvey as of the time of this post, 8:50 p.m. Nov. 18, 2016. If you believe you have spotted this juvenile or believe you know his whereabouts, please contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Update – Video from attempted robbery

The sheriff’s department is attempting to identify the man in this video in connection to an attempted robbery investigation. This video was recorded around 9:25 p.m. on November 12, 2016 inside the Dollar General Store along Cumberland falls Highway near the Fifth Street Road intersection.

The suspect is a white man, approximately six feet and two inches tall, and believed to be around 40-years-old or older. The suspect had a beard and was wearing a camouflage jacket and hat, along with jeans and tennis shoes that were black and white.

Anybody with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation


Attempted robbery, public help requested

Around 9:45 p.m. November 12, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to the Dollar General Store along Cumberland Falls Highway outside of Corbin.

A man entered the store and tried to pay for a package of chocolate covered raisins. When the female ecashier opened the register, he reportedly instructed the cashier to give him all of the money or else he would hurt her.

The cashier was able to alert the manager, and the man ran toward Corinth Cemetery Road. He was not located.

The suspect is a white man, approximately six feet, two inches tall, and believed to be around 40-years-old or older. The suspect had a beard and was wearing a camouflage jacket and hat, along with jeans and tennis shoes that were black and white.

Anybody with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Ridener.

Woman dragged by vehicle in reported accident

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2015, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to an incident approximately three miles East of Williamsburg along KY Hwy 92E.

Early investigation suggests that Jeremy Melton stopped to help Sheila Lawson, who’s vehicle had run out of gas. After going to Williamsburg to obtain gasoline, Melton returned Lawson to her vehicle.

Melton, believing Lawson had cleared the vehicle, drove away. However, Lawson was somehow still connected to the vehicle. Lawson was dragged for approximately one-sixteenth of a mile before Melton realized what was happening.

Lawson was airlifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center.. Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation, and no charges have been filed against either subjects.

Second counterfeit incident results in arrest

counterfeit-10-27-16Around 10 a.m. October 27, 2016, the sheriff’s department received information that a man attempted to pass what appeared to be a counterfeit $100 bill at Hometown Bank in Corbin.

Sergeant Todd Shelley and Deputy Cody Harrell attempted to the located the man for investigation. Roy Lee Wells, 54, of Corbin was located at Bell’s Country Store and was found to be in possession of two $100 bills bearing the same serial number. Further investigation indicated that Wells attempted to pass one of the counterfeit bills at Circle K in Corbin.

Wells was arrested and is charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s department is continuing the local investigation into counterfeit $100 bills. In this case, the counterfeit bills did include the purple vertical ribbon. Also, detection pens indicated that the bills were not authentic. In a recent case, the counterfeit bills did not include the vertical ribbon and were not detected by indicator pens.

Anyone with information about area counterfeiting is asked to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Chief Dep. Tim Baker is continuing the investigation.