Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Second counterfeit incident results in arrest

counterfeit-10-27-16Around 10 a.m. October 27, 2016, the sheriff’s department received information that a man attempted to pass what appeared to be a counterfeit $100 bill at Hometown Bank in Corbin.

Sergeant Todd Shelley and Deputy Cody Harrell attempted to the located the man for investigation. Roy Lee Wells, 54, of Corbin was located at Bell’s Country Store and was found to be in possession of two $100 bills bearing the same serial number. Further investigation indicated that Wells attempted to pass one of the counterfeit bills at Circle K in Corbin.

Wells was arrested and is charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s department is continuing the local investigation into counterfeit $100 bills. In this case, the counterfeit bills did include the purple vertical ribbon. Also, detection pens indicated that the bills were not authentic. In a recent case, the counterfeit bills did not include the vertical ribbon and were not detected by indicator pens.

Anyone with information about area counterfeiting is asked to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Chief Dep. Tim Baker is continuing the investigation.

UPDATE: Counterfeit currency investigation

The sheriff’s department is seeking the public’s help tocounterfeit-10-17-16b counterfeit-10-21-16 identify this woman. She is believed to have passed counterfeit $100 bills in two Whitley County businesses.

If you believe you know the identity of this woman, please contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. Chief Deputy Tim Baker is leading the local investigation.

Two stolen vehicles recovered in two days

On October 16, 2016, Deputy James Tabor responded to the northbound I-75 rest area after a person reported a male slumped over a vehicle’s steering wheel. Dep. Tabor located the described vehicle and made contact with Josh A. Abee, 36, of North Carolina and a passenger, Erin Absher, 31, of Indiana.

According to a national database, the vehicle Abee was behind the wheel of had been reported stolen from Morgantown, North Carolina. Abee was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property valued over $10,000, public intoxication and possession of a forged prescription for a legend drug.

Absher, the passenger, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property valued over $10,000. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Around 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Dep. Cody Harrell and Sergeant Todd Shelley received information that a Pontiac coupe reported stolen from Knoxville may be located in the Whippoorwill Road area.

While investigating the tip, Sgt. Shelley located a vehicle matching the caller’s description at a residence on Osborne Lane. National records indicated the vehicle had been reported stolen from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sgt. Shelley arrested Arnold Lee Fee, Jr., 29, of Bristol, Tennessee. Fee was charged with receiving stolen property valued under $10,000. He was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

*Pictured: Pontiac G5 reported stolen from Knoxville, TN – recovered on Osborne Lane. stolen-car1

Counterfeit Currency Advisory

Lcounterfeit-10-17-16ocal businesses are encouraged to be extra vigilant in regard to potentially counterfeit $100 bills. Recently, counterfeit $100 bills have been passed in Corbin, at an Exit 15 business in Williamsburg and even at the sheriff’s department.

Markers designed to detect counterfeit bills did not identify the phony money. At this time, none of the counterfeit bills had the newest plastic-like strip stretching vertically across the currency. It is unclear how the currency avoided detection by the markers.

Chief Deputy Tim Baker is leading the local investigation. Anyone with information about the counterfeit scheme is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Update on Oct. 13 wreck that closed US Hwy 25

On October 13, 2016, a wreck occurred along US Hwy 25 near Black Oak in Southern Whitey County. Due to the severity of the wreck, Kentucky State Police was called to reconstruct the accident scene.

Initial findings by sheriff’s deputies indicate that an early 1990’s Chevrolet truck was travelling northbound on US Hwy 25 when the steering locked up, according to the driver. The truck collided head-on with a Pontiac coupe traveling southbound.

The driver of the Pontiac, 53-year-old Tammy Chapman, had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire and rescue workers. She was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. As of 11 p.m. Oct. 14, she is considered to be in “serious” condition.

The driver of the Chevrolet truck, 33-year-old Wanda Kilgore, was also airlifted to the UT Medical Center. Hospital staff report that she was treated and discharged.

A male passenger in Kilgore’s truck was transported by Whitley County EMS to Jellico Community Hospital.

Deputy Joe Prewitt, who is investigating the wreck, said no criminal charges are likely to be filed. Dep. Prewitt was assisted by Dep. Brian Hensley, Dep. James Tabor, Kentucky State Police Troopers Elliott and Larkey, the South Whitley Fire Department, Jellico Rescue Squad and the Jellico Police Department.

Please join the sheriff’s department in keeping those involved in this wreck in your thoughts or prayers. Also, thank you to all who helped share news that US Hwy 25 was closed due to the wreck and those who avoided the area.