Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Report of passed out driver results in drug-related arrest

Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Deputy Joe Prewitt responded to a call along Mt. Ash Road. According to the caller, inside a vehicle that was still running and on the roadway was a man believed to be passed out. Dep. Prewitt arrived and woke up the man, 41-year-old Everett L. Young.

While searching Young, Dep. Prewitt located a pill bottle in a pocket containing assorted pills, including six believed to be Xanax. Inside the vehicle’s passenger compartment was a bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, rolling papers, and a pipe with residue on it. Also located in the vehicle was a bag containing cigars and a cigarette package. Inside the package were more pills.

Young was arrested and is charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dep. Prewitt was assisted by Sergeant Kirk Mays

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Tip leads to trafficking in marijuana arrest

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On March 12, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders received information about possible drug activity at a Hwy 779 (Brown’s Creek) residence.
Dep. Saunders went to the described residence and spoke with John W. Chatham, 63, of the Rockholds community. During a search of the residence, Dep. Saunders saw in a bedroom a clear bag containing 12 smaller bags. Inside the individual bags was a substance believed to be marijuana. A small digital scale was also located in the bedroom. A pill believed to be hydrocodone was found in the home, and in Chatham’s wallet was over $1,000 in cash.
Chatham was arrested and is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sergeant Kirk Mays assisted in the investigation.

Single vehicle accident with injuries

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Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, sheriff deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle wreck along Hwy 779 near the junction of Hwy 11. According to the call, an adult female driver and her children sustained injuries.
Sergeant Kirk Mays and K9 Deputy David Rowe responded. Allison R. Partin, 36, of Barbourville, stated that she dozed off and woke after colliding with a guardrail. Despite reporting a head injury, Partin tended to her three children who were in the rear seat.
Partin and her 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were transported by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin. The third child, a 4-year-old female, was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Sgt. Mays and K9 Dep. Rowe were assisted at the scene by Whitley Co. EMS and the Woodbine Fire Department.

Female arrested after found laying beside roadway

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays was dispatched by Whitley County E911 to the area of Aviation Boulevard concerning a female reported to be laying beside the roadway.
Upon arrival, Sgt. Mays made contact with a female laying beside her vehicle. Radina Noblit, 33, of Coldwater, Michigan was unsteady on her feet and showed other indicators of intoxication.
When questioned, Noblit said she was resting and believed she was in Tennessee. When asked if she had taken or possessed any illegal substances, Noblit stated there was “Ice” methamphetamine in the vehicle. She provided Sgt. Mays with consent to search the vehicle, and in the location she described, he found a small plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance believed to be meth.
Noblit was arrested and is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), public intoxication and third-degree criminal trespassing.

Vehicle stolen from Whitley Co. business recovered in Georgia

On February 18, 2016, Deputy John Hill began investigating the report of a company vehicle stolen from Edgewood Mobile Homes. Several days later, Dep. Hill received information of the truck’s possible whereabouts from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Lassiter.
According to the tip, the vehicle could be found in Georgia and was stolen by Hobert Elswick, 43, of Emlyn Cemetery Road. Information obtained during the investigation revealed that Elswick may have been arrested in Fulton County, Georgia for shoplifting.
Dep. Hill contacted Georgia authorities, and located outside the business from which Elswick was accused of shoplifting, Fulton County officers located the stolen vehicle.
On March 8, 2016, a warrant for Elwick’s arrest was obtained. The next day, he was arrested at an R.D. Rains Road residence in Williamsburg.
Elswick, a former employee of Edgewood Mobile Homes, is charged with theft by unlawful taking of a vehicle and also theft of vehicle parts by unlawful taking.