Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Help requested identifying theft suspects

Around 2 a.m. December 8, 2016, a soda machine was broken into outside of Jones Market. Video surveillance footage indicates that an adult male forced open the machine while a female kept watch. Approximately $200 was stolen. It is believed that the duo are familiar with the store.

Anyone who believes they can identify the persons or vehicle pictured in this post is encouraged to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. Deputy James Tabor is leading the investigation, and Dep. Joe Prewitt assisted.jones-market1 jones-market2 jones-market3

Golden Alert, Timothy A. Warren

On December 16, 2016, the sheriff’s department received information that Timothy Allen Warren, 34, of Louden Road, had not been seen by family since approximately 7 a.m. on Dec. 13. He uses a wheelchair and is believed to have not taken his prescription medication since the day he was last seen.

Warren (pictured here) is white male with brown hair and browtimothy-allen-warren-12-16-16-golden-alertn eyes. He is 5′ 5″ tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing jogging pants and a light colored sweatshirt.

Anybody with information of Warren’s whereabouts is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Awareness urged after mail theft arrest

A mail carrier was arrested on charges of theft of mail matter, and the sheriff’s department encourages persons possibly affected to review their financial records.

In relation to an investigation that began in October, Deputy Cody Harrell arrested Alexander Johnson, 24, of Williamsburg. Johnson was arrested on December 14, 2016 and charged with 18 counts of theft of mail matter. On the date of his arrest, a search warrant was executed at his residence, and further charges against Johnson and others are possible.

Johnson was contracted by the United States Postal Service to deliver mail and was suspected of unlawfully taking mail that could provide financial gain.

Johnson drove a white Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV and delivered mail to residents in the Hwy 92E and Brown’s Creek area.

Found in Johnson’s vehicle at the time of arrest were 18 items not addressed to him. A total of six debit cards not assigned to Johnson were located. Within the vehicle, some of the items not addressed to Johnson were found in the rear passenger storage compartments.

Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Sergeant Todd Shelley and Sheriff Colan J. Harrell assisted in the investigation. A United States Postal Inspector also assisted in the investigation.

Sheriff Colan J. Harrell – “The people these cards were issued to, it’s rough on them. The banks help, but the victims still go through a lot trying to straighten these issues out. Anybody who’s ever been a victim of identity theft or financial fraud knows how upsetting, frustrating and time consuming this can be. We’re glad to have made an arrest. Our department put a lot of time into this investigation, months worth. We’re continuing the investigation and here to help anybody else who was affected.”

Man stopped in fast lane of I-75 to urinate arrested for DUI

Around 6:45 p.m. December 12, 2016, sheriff deputies were notified that a mint green Nissan Altima was reportedly involved in a hit and run around the 29 mile point on southbound I-75. Deputy James Tabor got on I-75 at Exit 15 and spotted a vehicle matching that description near mile point 14.

The car was stopped in the fast lane with the driver’s side door open. A man was standing there and urinating.

Dep. Tabor arrested Matthew Donelly, 47, of Lexington, Kentucky, for DUI. He was also charged with wanton endangerment, disorderly conduct and driving without a license.

Donelly was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Sergeant James Fox and Dep. Jonas Saunders assisted in the investigation.

Two arrested, one wanted for burglary


On December 13, 2016, Deputy James Tabor responded to a Deep Branch Road residence to execute two arrests warrants. There, Tommy Worley, 29, and Nickie N. Worley, 24, each of Davis Hollow, were taken into custody and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Warrants for their arrests were obtained by the victim of an October 2016 burglary. Over 10 firearms, miscellaneous jewelry, electronic devices and old coins were taken. The victim obtained the warrants after some firearms were returned due to beliefs that they belonged to the victim.

There is an active arrest warrant for a third suspect, Donald R. Hicks, 29, of Pioneer, Tennessee (pictured here). The Whitley Co. Sheriff’s Dept. is working with the Campbell Co. Sheriff’s Dept. to make the arrest.

If you have information about the whereabouts of Hicks, please contact Whitley Co. E-911 at (606) 549-6017. Dep. Tabor is leading the investigation. He was assisted by Sergeant James Fox and Dep. Jonas Saunders.