Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Disturbance complaint leads to drug arrest

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Deputy James Fox responded to a reported disturbance at an Upper Mulberry Road residence. Earlier in the day, Deputy Derek Eubanks and Williamsburg Police Officer Mike Taylor responded to the area regarding issues with the same female subject, 28-year-old Nickie N. Carpenter.
Upon arrival, Dep. Fox was met by a member of Carpenter’s family, who directed him to her bedroom. Carpenter appeared intoxicated and made incoherent statements. She stated she was under the influence of methamphetamine and a synthetic drug commonly referred to as “bath salts.”
Carpenter refused Dep. Fox’s commands to reveal an object in her hand and resisted arrest. Located nearby were syringes and a bag containing what’s believed to be Xanax and clonazepam. Further search revealed property previously reported to Dep. Fox as stolen from a nearby residence. The items included jewelry and medicine still labeled with the theft victim’s name.
Upon arrival at the Whitley County Detention Center, Carpenter was given the opportunity to surrender any illegal items in her possession. She denied having such, but a search from a female deputy jailer revealed a bottle containing a quantity of what’s believed to be diazepam pills.
Carpenter is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree disorderly conduct, three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property (valued over $500 but less than $10,000), and first-degree promoting contraband.


Public intoxication suspicion leads to drug arrest

Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays was in the Highland Park Dollar General Store parking lot when he noticed a man exit the store who appeared unsteady on his feet. Sgt. Mays began speaking to James Decker, 25, of the Hemlock community, and noticed he appeared intoxicated.

Decker provided consent to search his person,  and in one of his coat pockets was a small plastic bag containing a white crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine. Decker also had in his possession a pill bottle containing six pills believed to be Suboxone and one Suboxone film.

Decker was placed under arrest, and upon arriving at the Whitley County Detention Center, he was asked if he was in possession of any other illegal items. While he was being booked into the jail, Sgt. Mays and Deputy Jailer Robbins searched Decker again and found in his coat two more plastic bags containing crystals believed to be “ice” meth.

For failing to disclose the additional bags, Decker was charged with promoting contraband. He is also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication.

Sgt.  Mays was assisted by Lieutenant Tim Baker, and Williamsburg Police Department’s Lieutenant Jim Poole and Officer Ashley Wampler.

Suspicious vehicle calls lead to DUI, drug possession arrest

Around 6 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, sheriff’s deputies were contacted twice about a suspicious red truck, which had been seen in the parking lot of a church along Hwy 1804 and another nearby location. While on patrol in the Emlyn community, Sergeant Kirk Mays saw a red truck of the same make and model reported by callers. Sgt. Mays conducted a traffic stop near Jeff’s One Stop, and noticed the driver appeared intoxicated.

The driver, Ray L. Johnson, 67, of Cool Camp Road, could not complete field sobriety tests, and records indicated his driver’s license was suspended. Johnson was placed under arrest and provided consent to search his vehicle. Sgt. Mays found one Suboxone film in one of Johnson’s pants pockets and 12 more in his wallet.

Johnson was arrested and charged with DUI, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prescription controlled substance not in its original container, driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain insurance and three charges relating to the vehicle’s registration.


Stolen vehicle recovered, arrest made

On Thursday February 4, 2016, Lieutenant Tim Baker and Sergeant Kirk Mays continued efforts to locate a stolen vehicle. An attempt to locate request had been given out earlier in the week because a green Chevrolet Cruze had been reported stolen out of Knox County, Kentucky.

Around 10:30 p.m. Lt. Baker and Sgt. Mays located the car at a cemetery near Gail Hart Road. In the car’s driver’s seat was Shawn D. Dople, 39, of Whetstone Road. Dople was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property (valued at over $10,000), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and public intoxication. Lt. Baker and Sgt. Mays served Dople with two warrants issued by Knox County authorities. Dople was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.