Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Human remains located

The sheriff’s department regrets to confirm reports that the body of a deceased female was located in the Bee Creek area on July 29, 2016.

The remains will be sent to Frankfort for examination by the state’s medical examiner’s office. The Whitley Co. Coroner’s Office and Whitley County Sheriff’s Department are continuing the investigation. Further information will be released when it is appropriate.

13-year-old charged in assault

Around 10:30 p.m. July 27, 2016, Sergeant Dave Lennon responded to an altercation at a Goldbug community residence. According to the call for assistance, a 13-year-old female had physically assaulted her great grandmother. The incident reportedly stemmed from an argument over the use of an electronic device.

Upon arrival, Sgt. Lennon made contact with the family. The victim had visible injuries about her face and head. Due to the extent of her injuries, the aid of Whitley County EMS was requested.

Sgt. Lennon later learned that the great grandmother was transported by ambulance from Baptist Health Corbin to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

The juvenile offender was taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault. She was lodged in the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center. Deputy Joe Prewitt assisted in the investigation.

Two airlifted after July 25 wreck

Around 3:30 p.m. July 25, 2016, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a single vehicle wreck along Hwy 92 near Verne Road.
A black, 1993 Ford F-150 truck was traveling North on Hwy 904 when it entered a curve and went over a steep embankment. The truck struck a tree and came to rest approximately 100 feet from the roadway.
The passenger, Vanessa Adams, was ejected from the vehicle. She and the driver, Johnny Johnson, were flown separately from the Nevisdale school to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the wreck. Neither were believed to be wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck. As of today, July 26, hospital staff say both patients have been released.
Sergeant Dave Lennon, Patterson Creek Fire Department and Whitley County EMS assisted at the scene. Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation.

Handgun fired during altercation

Around 10 a.m. July 22, 2016, sheriff deputies were notified that a shooting had occurred at a Perkins Street residence in the Woodbine community.

Sergeant David Lennon and Detective John Hill responded and made contact with a person who stated Bryan Karr, 53, of Perkins Street, pointed a pistol in their direction after a verbal argument. When deputies tried to detain Karr, he resisted.

Karr reportedly put a handgun to his head and then pointed it at the victim. When the victim grabbed the pistol, it discharged inside the residence.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries when the gun was fired and was treated at the scene by Whitley County EMS. Two others, including one person under the age of 18, were inside the residence but were not harmed.

Karr is charged with attempted murder, resisting arrest, two counts of wanton endangerment. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Corbin Police Office Rick Baker and Kentucky State Police Trooper Dewayne Foley assisted.

Public help requested to locate auto theft suspect

Around 12:30 p.m. July 20, 2016, Sergeant Jeff Anderson was dispatched to Cumberland Falls Auto, a car lot located South of Corbin along US Hwy 25.
According to the business operator, a female identified as Laurel Lee Colley, 30, of Hickory Nut Road in Nancy, Kentucky, had taken a black 2005 Chevrolet Equinox for a test drive but had not returned.
Sgt. Anderson determined that the vehicle Colley left at the car lot, a 1994 white Nissan, was reported stolen to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department on July 12, 2016. Records also indicate Pulaski County officials have an active warrant for Colley’s arrest.
Sgt. Anderson obtained a warrant for Colley’s arrest for theft by unlawful taking of an auto. At the time the black Chevy SUV was taken, its Kentucky license plate read X7509B. Anyone with information of Colley’s whereabouts is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.