Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Man arrested for abusing two-year-old

Around 6 p.m. May 29, 2016, deputies were notified by Whitley County E911 of a potential domestic dispute.
At an Oak Grove Church Road residence, Deputy Joe Prewitt made contact with an adult female. She appeared to have a facial injury and stated that she had been hit by Joshua P. Eaton, 21, of Corbin. She stated that she was hit while trying to protect her two-year-old son. The two-year-old showed signs of being physically abused.
After several hours, Eaton was taken into custody. He admitted to laying hands on the two-year-old. He stated that he was annoyed by the toddler’s crying.
The female and two-year-old were taken to Baptist Health Corbin in a personally owned vehicle. A two-month-old baby was present but not injured during the altercations.
Eaton was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center and is charged with first-degree criminal abuse (of a child under 12-years-old) and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence). Deputy Jonas Saunders assisted.

Female found appearing to be passed out behind the wheel

Around 9 p.m. May 21, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays responded to Kersey Road after Whitley County E911 received a complaint that in the roadway was a vehicle, from which loud music was playing. Upon arrival, Sgt. Mays observed a Volkswagen in the road, occupied by one female driver. Light smoke was coming from under the hood, and the engine sounded as if the gas pedal was fully compressed.

Behind the wheel, Sgt. Mays found a female who appeared to be passed out. When she became alert, she turned combative and the vehicle started rolling towards Sgt. Mays’s cruiser. Deputy James Fox responded to assist while Sgt. Mays attempted to control the Volkswagen. Dep. Jonas Saunders also responded.

The driver, Hope Singleton, 37, of Keavy, had to be removed from the vehicle and resisted arrest. There was a smell of alcoholic beverage about the vehicle. In the floorboard was a bottle of liquor.

Singleton refused to perform field sobriety tests. She kicked at one of the cruiser’s rear windows. Upon arrival at the Whitley County Detention Center, Singleton had to be placed in a restraint chair. While she was in a holding area, she spit on a detention center employee.

Singleton is charged with DUI, third-degree assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, driving without insurance and expired vehicle registration.

Tip leads to drug-related arrests


Around 9 p.m. May 19, 2016, deputies received information that a person wanted for arrest could be located in a camper behind a Hwy 26 residence in the Rockholds community. Sergeant Kirk Mays, Deputy Andrew Lawson and Constable Ron Bowling responded.

Lowell K. Salyer, 35, first exited the trailer and gave deputies a false name. It was determined that he did not have a warrant for his arrest.

There was also a woman in the trailer matching the description of a person with active warrants for her arrest. She gave deputies a false name and resisted arrest. That female was determined to be Nancy A. Salyer, 31, and court records indicated she had warrants for her arrest for flagrant non-support and a parole violation.

Inside the trailer was a box containing needles and a crystal-like substance believed to be ice methamphetamine. Also in the box was approximately 18 white pills and five orange pills believed to be Suboxone.

A .25 caliber handgun was located, and records indicated that Nancy Salyer was a convicted felon. In addition to be arrested on the two warrants, she was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, resisting arrest and giving officer’s a false name.

Lowell Salyer was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and giving officer’s a false name.

Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Police chase ends with Stolen Motorcycle, Stolen Firearm, and drugs recovered

Deputy Fox received a complaint on 5-17-16 at approximately 1700 hours at Akins Lane in Corbin from victim Ryan Mount stating a motorcycle, firearm and other personal belongings had been stolen from his residence. A witness at the residence saw the offender Johnny Mullis age 29 of Davenport Lane in the Canada Town area leave the residence on the motorcycle with a duffle bag belonging to the victim. After taking report and checking known addresses for the offender Deputy Fox received a tip that Mullis was possible back in the Canada Town area. While enroute to a known address Fox observed the offender on the motorcycle matching the description of the one stolen earlier. Fox initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle and Mullis refused to stop and tried to go through a nearby yard were Mullis dropped the motorcycle and after a brief struggle was subdued and taken into custody by Fox. Mullis had a loaded 45 caliber automatic handgun inside of his waistband behind his back, and was also found to be in possession of controlled substance’s, and drug paraphernalia. Mullis was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Fox was assisted on scene by L.T. Dennis Foley.

Mullis was charged with Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree- Motor Vehicle, Operating Motor Vehicle under influence- Agg Circumstance, Operating on Suspended or Revoked License, Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, Resisting Arrest, Theft by Unlawful Taking- Auto o/500 u/10,000 , Theft by Unlawful Taking- Firearm, Theft by Unlawful Taking all Others o/500 u/10,000

Stolen vehicle complaint leads to drug arrest


Around 2 a.m. May 13, 2016, Deputy James Fox arrested Garrett F. Elmore, 26, of Williamsburg at a Hwy 779 (Browns Creek) residence. Deputies Fox and Jonas Saunders were at the residence with Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Ridener in an attempt to locate a female suspected of stealing a truck.

That theft was reported by Nantz Brothers Towing of Corbin the day before and sheriff deputies assisted in the successful search for the stolen Ford F-150. KSP Sergeant Les Moses located the truck, and Trooper Ridener arrested a man in connection to the theft.

Deputies assisted in a follow up attempt to locate a another suspect from that theft. That’s when Dep. Fox located Elmore and a female appearing to be hide behind a boat. Court records indicated that Elmore had two warrants for his arrest. During a search, a crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine was found in one of Elmore’s pants pockets.

Records showed no warrants for the female, and further investigation did not lead to her arrest. Elmore was arrested for the two warrants and also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).