Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Assault arrest

On Friday, January 29, 2016, deputies were dispatched to a George Hays Road residence regarding an assault. Upon arrival, Sergeant Kirk Mays spoke to a 40-year-old female who stated that her son had physically attacked her. The female stated that in self defense she used a kitchen knife to stab him.

Prior to Sgt. Mays’ arrival, the suspect left the residence. Williamsburg Police Officer Jim Pool later received information of the suspect’s whereabouts. Following that lead, Sgt. Mays, officer Pool and deputies Tim Baker and Jonas Saunders located the suspect at a nearby location along Savoy Road.

22-year-old Roy D. Golden was found with two wounds to his arm and was transported by ambulance to Baptist Health in Corbin. After being treated, he was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Golden is charged with fourth-degree assault and was also served with a warrant for a parole violation.

Church theft suspects apprehended

On January 28, 2016, two men wanted for arrest by the sheriff’s department were located and arrested by officers of the London Police Department. This department obtained warrants for their arrests following an investigation into a theft that occurred during Sunday morning church services on January 17.

A search warrant executed at an apartment complex along American Greeting Card Road led London police to find and arrest 35-year-old Joshua C. Buchanan and 35-year-old William P. North. The warrant was the result of a joint investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, London Police Department and Laurel County Sheriff’s Department. Also arrested were 27-year-old Brandon Allen and 41-year-old Jewel Kidd. Guns, drugs and money were seized. Buchanan and North face multiple charges that include counts of theft, criminal mischief and also fraud. North and Buchanan also face felony charges unrelated to this department’s investigation. All four were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The sheriff’s department investigation began when a vehicle parked outside a church was broken into. Around the same time that day, Jan. 17, vehicles outside two other Whitley County churches were broken into. The suspects’ van, as seen in surveillance footage obtained by Deputy James Fox, resembled the van connected to very similar crimes in Laurel County.

The sheriff’s department greatly appreciates the public’s assistance in sharing those surveillance photos.

Warrants issued for church theft suspects

Using tips provided by the public, Deputy James Fox and Detective John Hill have identified suspects in a January 17, 2016 theft.

Arrest warrants have been issued for 35-year-old Joshua C. Buchanan and 35-year-old William P. North (pictured below). Both men have warrants for their arrests that are unrelated to this investigation. Buchanan and North were last known to reside in Pineville, Kentucky and may be driving a dark blue, 2000 model Chevrolet minivan.

The Jan. 17 theft occurred in the parking lot of Goldbug Baptist Church. The crime, which occurred during Sunday morning services, was captured by surveillance cameras. Images from the surveillance video were released to the public in an attempt to identify the suspects. Later, Dep. Fox and Sheriff Colan Harrell obtained surveillance video from Corbin businesses. Images from those videos were also shared.

Thanks to the public’s help in sharing those images, Dep. Fox and Det. Hill each received information about the suspects and the van.

Anybody with information of either suspect’s whereabouts should contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.

More information about this investigation can be found in press releases from Jan. 17 and Jan. 19. Assisting in the investigation were Whitley Co. E911 dispatchers and members of the Laurel and Bell Co. sheriff departments.

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Arrest made in burglary of Woodbine Dollar General store

Around 5 a.m. January 23, 2016, the Whitley County Sheriff’s department was notified that the Woodbine area Dollar General Store burglar alarm was activated. The Corbin Police Department arrived at the scene first and found the store’s front door open. The officers then located Samuel Hatfield, 45, of the Rockholds community, in a nearby house. Hatfield was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

Further investigation revealed multiple store items at the home inside a Dollar General shopping cart, black garbage can and a small cooler. The store items are believed to be worth around $2,600. On Hatfield’s person were more store items, which were valued at over $60. The cost to repair the store’s outside electrical unit and other damages that are believed to have been caused by the use of a crowbar and hammer was estimated at over $13,000, according to the store manager.

Among the located property were items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Precursors located included starter fluid, cold medicine and lithium batteries. When Hatfield was being booked into the Whitley County Detention Center, a deputy jailer found two small plastic bags on Hatfield’s person containing what’s believed to be meth.

Hatfield is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, second-degree fleeting or evading police, unlawful possession of meth precursors, public intoxication, second-degree criminal trespass and first-degree promoting contraband.

Deputy Jonas Saunders is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Corbin Police Officers Sawyers, Mitchell and Moore. Also assisting was Sergeant Kirk Mays and Deputy James Fox.

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Golden Alert-UPDATED

UPDATE – As of 2:40 p.m. January 22, a neighboring police department has made contact with this man. Thank you to everybody who helped share this information


imageAround 6 a.m. January 22, 2016, Lieutenant Dennis Foley responded to a missing person complaint. According to the caller, Johnahan Hubbard, 32, of Limestone Branch Road in the Siler community, was last contacted around 7:30 p.m. the day before. The caller, his mother, said that prior to that, he had been upset and made threatening statements toward family members.

His mother reported that Hubbard was recently diagnosed with two medical conditions but has not been taking the prescribed medication. Hubbard does not own a vehicle. Once before, he left his home and was located walking in Clay County, where he has family. According to the mother, Hubbard has only lived in this area since January 6 and may not have many contacts in the area. The family reported him missing after several hours of attempting to locate him, and official search efforts have been hindered due to the current ice and snow conditions.

Hubbard is described as a 5′ 7″ tall male of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing camouflage overalls, a plaid jacket with a gray hood, and a brown baseball cap. This is considered a Golden Alert, and anybody with information of Hubbard’s whereabouts is asked to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Lt. Foley was assisted by Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses, Sergeant Todd Shelley and Deputy John Hill.