Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Tip leads to suspected meth trafficking arrest

YDeputy James Fox received information that two men, a father and his son, had warrants for their arrests and could be located at a Woodbine residence off Hwy 26. Dep. Fox also received information that one of the men was trafficking in “ice” methamphetamine. Dep. Fox verified through Whitley County E911 that the both men were wanted for arrest.
Dep. Fox along with Lieutenant Dennis Foley, Sergeant Kirk Mays and Dep. Jonas Saunders went to the Hwy 26 residence. Located there were Glennis Reed Nantz, 44, and Glennis Kody Nantz 21. Each had active warrants for their arrests. The youngest was wanted for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.
 In the kitchen was drug paraphernalia and digital weighing scales. In one bedroom was two small bags containing what’s believed to be “ice” meth, and two other bags containing what’s believed to be prescription drugs. Also in that room was a glass pipe and approximately 200 empty, small, plastic bags.
In another bedroom was two plastic bags containing what’s believed to be “ice” meth and another bag containing a substance that field-tested positive as meth. Also, a bag of syringes was located and a spoon containing what’s believed to be drug residue. Another set of digital scales was located, along with approximately 200 more empty, small, plastic bags.
Glennis Reed Nantz and Glennis Kody Nantz were both arrested and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Glennis Kody Nantz was arrested pursuant to his warrant for theft by unlawful taking. The father, Glennis Reed Nantz, is charged with fist-degree  trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), third and second-degree possession of controlled substances and pursuant to warrants for his arrest.

26 plants believed to be marijuana seized after tip

Around 10:30 a.m. June 6, 2016, Sergeant Dave Lennon responded to a Hwy 92 East residence in the Siler community. Sgt. Lennon was following up on a tip that marijuana was being grown at that location.

As he approached the residence, Sgt. Lennon spotted 15 cups containing what appeared to be small marijuana plants. Sgt. Lennon and Sgt. Jeff Anderson went to the residence’s door and made contact with 29-year-old Jesse Hembree.
After being advised that he was going to be placed under arrest, Hembree shut the door. Sergeants Lennon and Anderson talked to Hembree from outside. After he was detained, a search around the lawn revealed eight plants believed to be marijuana that were planted in the ground and three more in pots.
Altogether, 26 plants were seized. Hembree is charged with cultivating in marijuana (5 plants or more) and resisting arrest. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Intoxicated passenger believed to have caused wreck

05-30-16 wreck

Around 7:30 p.m. May 30, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a wreck along US25 South near Hwy 1804.
There, a 2003 Ford Explorer was located resting on its top. It is believed the SUV flipped at least two times. It had been occupied by a female driver, male front passenger and an eight-month-old secured in a car seat in the rear passenger area.
The driver showed no signs of intoxication, and it is believed that all occupants were properly restrained at the time of the crash. During the investigation, Dep. Saunders noticed the smell of alcoholic beverage about the passenger, Timothy Huttemeyer, 29, of Williamsburg.
Huttemeyer admitted to having consumed alcoholic beverages earlier in the day. He also acknowledged grabbing the vehicle’s steering wheel prior to the wreck.
The 8-month-old and her mother, who was the driver, were transported by Whitley County EMS to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Huttemeyer was arrested and is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication in a public place. Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Dep. James Fox and the Pleasant View Fire Department.