Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Two vehicle wreck, two airlifted to UT Medical Center

On June 29, 2016, deputies responded to a two vehicle wreck at the intersection of Hwy 26 and Hwy 6 in the Woodbine community. A 2010 Dodge Caliber was traveling North on Hwy 26 when a 1997 Ford Escort failed to stop before attempting to turn onto Hwy 26, according to witnesses. Upon impact, the Dodge left the roadway and struck a tree.

The Dodge was occupied by its operator, Victoria E. Carter, 48, of Rockholds. The Escort was occupied by its operator, Samuel L. Crabtree, 47, of Louisville and a passenger, Christine E. Crabtree, 41, also of Louisville.

Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles. Carter and Samuel Crabtree, were flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Christine Crabtree was taken by EMS to a nearby hospital.

Corbin Fire Department assisted at the scene. Detective John Hill is continuing the investigation into the collision and was assisted by Chief Deputy Tim Baker.

Phone scam targeting grandparents, other family

Please help raise awareness about a scam currently targeting this area.

On June 21, 2016, the sheriff’s department received two complaints from unrelated parties stating that they had been contacted by people claiming to be their grandchildren, who were allegedly in need of help. In one case, the caller identified himself by name. The potential victim did have a grandson with that name, but he was not in another country nor needing medical help. The other case was a generic plea for financial assistance.

Each caller requested credit card and banking information to receive money because they allegedly were out of the country and either needed medical treatment or to pay jail fees.

In both cases, calls were made to grandparents. It’s suspected that they were chosen because they may seem more sympathetic to requests for help or more susceptible to phone scams. For that reason, we are asking that you share this information with family members.

Phone scams tend to focus on one area and then move onto another area after attempts have been exhausted. It is likely that more people in Whitley County will receive similar scam calls. Please help spread the word about this current scam.

Over 380 pills seized after suspected DUI stop

Around 5:30 p.m. June 16, 2016, Sergeant Kirk Mays was patrolling around the Whitley County Schools campus. He observed a van traveling South on US Hwy 25 leave the roadway multiple times.

Sgt. Mays continued to observe the van and conducted a traffic stop near Butch’s II. The driver, Casey Stephens, 33, of the Beck’s Creek area had four children in the vehicle. She showed signs of intoxication and could not complete field sobriety tests.

Upon being placed under arrest for DUI, Stephens admitted to possessing drugs. From her person, approximately $290 was seized, and located in her purse was over 380 pills believed to be Xanax of three different milligram levels.

The children were placed into the care of a family member. Stephens was transported to a local hospital but refused to submit to any tests to determine her intoxication level.

Stephens was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center and is charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, DUI (with an aggravator)and reckless driving. She is also charged with four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment due to the children in the vehicle. Sgt. Mays is continuing the investigation.

Public help requested locating man wanted for multiple charges

Jeremy Lynn
On June 8, 2016, the sheriff’s department received information that a stolen vehicle may be located in Whitley County. A 2014 Kia Optima, maroon in color, was reported stolen from Carlisle, Kentucky.
According to the complaint, 23-year-old Jeremy Tyler Lynn had stolen the vehicle and might be in the Mud Creek area. Sergeant Kirk Mays and Deputy Joe Prewitt searched the area. A vehicle matching that description approached their location, changed direction of travel and eventually drove through a field with deputies in pursuit.
After the vehicle came to a stop, a male fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. A pregnant female, who was a passenger in the vehicle, remained at the scene.
Sgt. Mays obtained arrest warrants for Jeremy T. Lynn for the crimes of fleeing or evading police by vehicle and on foot and also four counts of wanton endangerment. He is also wanted for arrest out of Carlisle Co. for theft by unlawful taking (automobile).
Anybody with information of Lynn’s whereabouts should contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Tip of 3 passed out persons leads to arrests


Around 9 p.m. June 7, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to the Friendly Mart in the Woodbine community. According to a phoned in tip to Whitley County E911, three people appeared passed out inside a gold Chevrolet Cavalier. Dep. Saunders located the vehicle. The three occupants, two men and one woman, were not alert.

The female, who was in the rear passenger area, could not be awakened and was transported by Whitley Co. EMS to Baptist Health Corbin. The driver, Brian T. Smith, 34, of Russell Springs, and the front seat passenger, Harold Smith, 68, of Bimble,, were awakened and questioned.

A search of the vehicle revealed pills believed to be Xanax in the center console. Also in the vehicle were other prescription drugs, including Suboxone films.

The driver, Brian Smith, was searched, and in one of his pockets was a bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. During the investigation, deputies received information that two men appeared to be selling drugs in the store’s parking lot. Brian and Harold Smith had in their possession $557 in cash.

Harold Smith was arrested and is charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and public intoxication. Brian Smith was arrested and is charged with operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in a legend drug, possession of marijuana and DUI.

Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Dep. James Fox assisted in the investigation.