Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Wreck results in Georgia fugitive arrest

On September 28, 2016, Deputy Cody Harrell responded to a wreck at the intersection of Hwy 1804 and US Hwy 25. While investigating the wreck, Dep. Harrell asked the driver of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo for his driver’s license. David Lee Davis, 45, presented a Kentucky identification card but had no driver’s license in his possession.
Whitley County E911 determined that Davis was wanted for arrest by Georgia law enforcement for a drug-related crime. Records indicated that Georgia authorities were willing to extradite Davis so he could appear before a Georgia court.
Davis nor the female driver of the other vehicle did face charges related to the wreck. She and Davis were the only occupants of their respective vehicles and neither required medical attention at the scene. Area volunteer fire fighters assisted at the scene. Davis was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center and will be returned to Georgia pursuant to the warrant for his arrest from that state.

Drug Arrest at the Shell Station on Exit 15

Sheriff Colan Harrell reports that on 09-22-2016, Deputy Brian Hensley observed two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of the Shell Station near the I-75 Exit 15. One of the two vehicles that Deputy Hensley observed was a black Mitsubishi Eclipse that Deputy Hensley had found drugs in before at the same location.

Upon Deputy Hensley and Deputy Joe Prewitt making contact with four subjects next to the vehicles, a female acting very nervous gave Deputy Hensley a false name and social security number. Deputy Hensley not believing the female was able to work with the Whitley County Dispatch and found out her real name and social security number. The female was Trevia Aker, 33 of Corbin Ky. who had three warrants for her arrest.

Deputy Hensley then asked both drivers of the vehicles parked if he could search and they both gave consent to search. In the vehicle that Ms. Aker was riding in, Deputy Hensley located a makeup bag containing several used needles and one needle that had an unknown liquid substance inside it. Also located in the same vehicle behind the passenger seat was a pop can used to melt drugs into a liquid form too be used in a needle, which also had an unknown drug residue on it.

When Deputy Hensley talked to Ms. Akers, she stated that the items were hers and the substance in the needle and on the pop can was Opana pain medication. Ms. Akers advised that she had a drug problem and has had one for some time.

Deputy Hensley arrested Ms. Akers for Giving an Officer a False Name, Possession controlled substance 1st degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and the three warrants. Ms. Akers was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Deputy Hensley was assisted by Deputy Prewitt, Williamsburg PD, and the Whitley County Dispatch.


Suspected meth-related arrest in Bee Creek community

On September 16, 2016, Lieutenant Dennis Foley received a complaint that a black Toyota Camry was suspiciously parked by a business in the Bee Creek community.
Upon arrival, Lt. Foley made contact with Susan Thomas, 45, of the Bee Creek area. The sedan’s registration was expired, and it was determined that Thomas had a warrant for her arrest due to a court case in Pulaski County.
During Lt. Foley’s interactions with the female, he observed items in the driver’s side floorboard. Located there was approximately $500 in cash and a clear plastic bag containing pills believed to be hydrocodone.
Upon searching the car, Lt. Foley located a substance believed to be methamphetamine, small pipes, a digital weighing scale, empty plastic baggies and other items believe to be drug paraphernalia. Also located were plastic baggies that appeared to contain drug residue and/or a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
The vehicle, cash and illegal items were seized. Thomas was the only person in the vehicle. She was arrested and is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Thomas was also served with the arrest warrant.

Wanted man arrested after 3 found passed out in SUV

Around 4 p.m. September 18, 2016, Whitley County E911 received a complaint that a maroon Dodge Durango was located in the Maple Creek community with two male and one female occupants appearing to be under the influence or unconscious.

Upon arrival, deputies found two men and one woman non-alert and in their undergarments.

One occupant, David Allen Randle, 30, of Corbin was recognized as a wanted person. Deputy Jonas Saunders had obtained an arrest warrant for Randle which included charges of fleeing or evading police and wanton endangerment due to a July 2016 incident. .

The female, Chelsea Cornett, 24, of Evarts, and the other male occupant, Daniel Melton, 29, of Corbin, were also taken into custody.
Randle was arrested and faces a long list of charges, which can be read in full at Cornett was arrested and charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Melton was charged with first-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
All three were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Dep. Saunders, Dep. James Taber and Kentucky State Police Trooper Jeremy Elliott were involved in the investigation.

Medal of Honor presented to Dep. Brian Hensley


On Monday September 2, 2013, at approximately 11:52 p.m., Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a call on Orleans Court in the Gray community in reference to a potential domestic dispute. Upon arrival, Dep. Hensley made contact made contact with Hazel Hibbard and two of her neighbors. Hibbard stated that her boyfriend, Jeffrey Frump, arrived at the residence intoxicated and upset. She stated she had not been hit but was grabbed by the arm and shoved out of the residence.

Ms. Hibbard stated that Frump may have a knife in his possession and was reportedly suicidal. Ms. Hibbard and the neighbors were asked to leave the area for their protection.

Dep. Hensley spoke to Frump through a door. Frump cursed at Dep. Hensley and refused to open the door. Dep. Hensley heard a gunshot from within the residence. Fearing the worst and believing Frump may be in need of medical attention or had committed suicide, Dep. Hensley kicked open the door, only to find Frump behind a couch with a gun pointed at Dep. Hensley.

Dep. Hensley jumped behind the door frame for cover. Frump shot at Dep. Hensley through the door and striking both legs. The projectile passed through one leg and then struck the other. Fearing he would be shot again, Dep. Hensley jumped over the porch railing, and a second bullet struck his handheld radio, causing it to come off of his duty belt.

Dep. Hensley fractured his left wrist and was temporarily unconscious from the jump. Without radio access, Dep. Hensley yelled toward Ms. Hibbard and the neighbors, asking them to call 911 and report that a deputy had been shot and was in need of backup.

Dep. Hensley was able to rise to his knees and observed Frump exiting the residence with a gun pointed in his direction. Dep. Hensley fired three shots toward Frump striking him all three times, resulting in Frump’s death.

After Dep. Hensley observed Frump fall back into the house, he limped to his cruiser and radioed for EMS and law enforcement assistance. Dep. Hensley recovered from his injuries and proudly serves and protects the citizens of Whitley County.

[Pictured: National Sheriff’s Association President Greg Champagne, Deputy Brian Hensley, Sheriff Colan J. Harrell, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association President Wayne Wright]