Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Disturbance call leads to arrests

On May 10, 2016, law enforcement received information through a call to Whitley County E911 that a man and woman appeared to be fighting inside a car. At the time of the call, the car was parked outside a Woodbine store.

Constable Ron Bowling responded and was joined by Deputy James Fox in an attempt to locate the described vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted near the brick yard, and firearms were visible inside the vehicle.

There were two children under the age of 5-years-old in the back seat. The adult female driver and adult male passenger provided differing stories about the alleged altercation.

When searched, the passenger, Clayton Fowler, 26, of Indiana, had in a pants pocket a hypodermic needle and showed signs of alcohol intoxication. Fowler misled deputies about his actual identity.

Fowler was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, giving an officer a false name/address, first-degree disorderly conduct and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

The driver, Natasha R. Shoaf, 29, had an active warrant for her arrest for failure to appear in court. After being arrested, Shoaf became violent and damaged the inside of Deputy Jonas Saunders’s cruiser. She was arrested for the warrant and is also charged with driving with no or a suspended license, third degree criminal mischief and first-degree disorderly conduct.

Fowler and Shoaf were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center. Social services assisted Constable Bowling and deputies Fox Saunders at the scene. The two children were placed into the custody of a family member.

Tip leads to “ice” methamphetamine arrest

Around 10:45 p.m. May 8, 2016 Sergeant Kirk Mays responded to a Clover Meadows Drive residence, located South of Corbin. Whitley County E911 received a phone call stating that drugs were in the home, specifically a crystal substance believe to be “ice” methamphetamine.

Sgt. Mays made contact with the property owner, 49-years-old Sam Smith. After some conversation, Smith agreed to show Sgt. Mays where the illegal items were located. In a nightstand was one large bag containing a crystal substance believed to be “ice” meth. There were also smaller bags containing a similar substance, empty plastic bags and a set of digital weighing scales.

A female in the home, Christina Conley, 31, of London, was non-cooperative and arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

The male, Sammie B. Smith, 49, was arrested and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A juvenile under 15-years-old was placed into the care of a relative by social services. Assisting in the investigation were Deputies Joe Prewitt and Jonas Saunders.

Call leads to “ice” meth arrest, endangerment or two kids

  1. imageAround 4 p.m. May 8, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to Bell’s Country Store after Whitley County E911 received a call about a man reportedly passed out in an SUV with children present.Dep. Saunders arrived and found 29-year-old Derek Christopher Mills not alert behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Trailblazer. In the SUV were two children under the age of 10.Mills showed signs of being under the influence. Williamsburg Police Department K9 Officer Elijah Hunter responded, and his K9 alerted to the presence of illegal substances. A search of the vehicle revealed a crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including a hypodermic needle, in the vehicle’s console. The substance believed to be meth was weighed at approximately nine grams. Also located was one pill believed to be Suboxone.

    Mills was arrested and is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), two counts of wanton endangerment, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, improper registration and expired registration.

    Social services responded to ensure the safety of the children. Sergeant Kirk Mays assisted.

Tip leads to 4 arrests, 3 with active arrest warrants

Around 7 p.m. May 3, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a Davenport Lane residence following an anonymous tip suggesting that a person there was wanted for arrest. Upon his arrival, multiple persons ran from the residence.

After a short foot pursuit, Dep. Saunders located Daniel Lee Jones, 30, inside a neighboring property’s barn. Jones appeared to be trying to conceal evidence and later a baggie containing a substance believed to be marijuana was found in his possession. Located in a nearby wooded area was 58-year-old Loren Dean Johnson. Arrested at the residence pursuant to warrants were Melvin T. Hill, 28, and Heather Nicole Bowlin, 28.

Jones was arrested and is charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, third-degree burglary, possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence. Jones was also served with three arrest warrants out of Whitley County.

Johnson was arrested and is charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), promoting contraband and alcohol intoxication. Inside the Whitley Co. Detention Center, Johnson was searched by a deputy jailer, and in his knee brace was a plastic baggie containing a substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine.

Dep. Saunders was assisted by Dep. Joe Prewitt and Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley.

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Shots fired call leads to drug-related arrests

Around 10:30 p.m. May 5, 2015, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Kirk Mays, Deputy Andrew Lawson and Kentucky State Police Trooper Duane Foley responded to a Hwy 26 residence after a 911 caller reported shots fired and potential drug activity.
Located outside the residence was 47-years-old Trevor Anthony Powers, who was in possession of a .22 caliber rifle. Powers admitted to firing shots and showed signs of intoxication. In one of his pants pockets was a crystal substance believed to be “ice” methamphetamine.
A search of the residence led to the discovery of Suboxone films, a breath mint can in which were three plastic bags containing crystal substances believed to be “ice” meth and hypodermic needles throughout the home.
Located in a purse belonging to 36-year-old Julia Lynn Tackett, was an unmarked pill bottle containing approximately 10 pills believed to be Xanax and approximately 16 pills believed to be clonazepam.
Powers was arrested and is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.
Tackett was arrested and is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second-degree possession of a controlled substance, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It was determined that Tackett was caring for a handicapped adult. Social services responded, and Tackett was also charged with the felony offense of knowingly abusing/neglecting an adult.
The handicapped adult was transported by Whitley Co. EMS to Baptist Health Corbin. Powers and Tackett were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.