Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Golden Alert, 1-24-17

walkerAround 11 a.m. January 24, 2017, Whitley County E911 was contacted regarding a missing person. According to the caller, Randall Alan Walker, 54, of Ohio, was last seen around 3 a.m. while he and a friend were stopped at the northbound I-75 rest area. Walker never returned. He left behind personal belongings, including his medication and a cane to assist with walking.
Walker (pictured below) is approximately 5’8″ tall and weighs around 145 pounds. He has brown eyes and short gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black fleece over top of a gray shirt, blue jeans and boots.
Anybody with information of Walker’s whereabouts is asked to contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.
Sergeant Todd Shelley is investigating. He was assisted by Chief Deputy Tim Baker. In search efforts, the sheriff’s department was assisted by Whitley Co. Emergency Management Director Danny Moses, Kentucky Emergency Management Area Director Jerry Rains, South Whitley Fire Department and the Williamsburg Fire Department.

Deputy adds charge in counterfeit case

1counterOn January 19, 2017, Deputy Joe Prewitt charged Donnie Eric Grubb, 35, of Williamsburg with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Dep. Prewitt determined that Grubb used a counterfeit $50 bill at Ed’s Place, a store in the Canadatown community. An employee of the store contacted Whitley County E911 after suspecting the money was fake.

Prior to Dep. Prewitt’s investigation, Williamsburg police arrested Grubb. They received multiple calls from Williamsburg businesses regarding potential counterfeit $50 bills. They apprehended Grubb during a traffic stop and charged him with counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and tampering with physical evidence.

The sheriff’s department’s charge was added while Grubb was in jail. At this time, the sheriff’s department cautions all area businesses and residents to carefully inspect $50 bills. According to Dep. Prewitt, the bill he recovered (pictured here) appeared real but did not feel real.

Telephone scam in/around Whitley County

The sheriff’s department has received calls from locals that suggest this area is being targeted by persons attempting to unlawfully access bank accounts.

As a general rule, never provide any banking or personal information during an unsolicited phone call. Financial service providers may contact you by phone if your account has been compromised, but they generally never request personal information.

If you have any concerns about a call, simply hang up. Do not call that number back. Instead, contact your local bank directly and ask if there are any issues you should be aware of.

From our experience, it seems phone scams come and go, focusing on certain areas at a time. While the threat always exist, please know there currently seems to be an increase in such calls within our community. Please share this information with your friends and family, especially those who may be more susceptible to falling for these scams and those who cannot access the internet to read this and other cautionary posts. Thank you.

Drug Arrest on Mosley Branch

On 01-16-2017 around 9:30 P.M. Deputy James Tabor and K-9 Deputy Brian Hensley located a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle on a side road off of Mosley Branch in the Woodbine community stuck in a mud hole. Located in the vehicle were Walter Jones, 46 of Corbin and Conda Jones, 49 of Jellico Tn.

Upon investigation, Deputies determined that both subjects were under the influence of an intoxicating substance and was asked to exit the vehicle. Once both Walter and Conda Jones exited the vehicle, they both seemed to be very tense and hyper. Walter Jones who was in the driver seat of the vehicle admitted that he had gotten the vehicle stuck and was attempting to get it out when the deputies located them. Deputies also located a straw used to smoke meth lying in the passenger floor board were Conda Jones was sitting. Located in the pocket of Conda Jones was two pieces of aluminum foil and three plastic baggies with a white crystal substance inside of them believed to be methamphetamine.

Deputy Tabor arrested Walter Jones and took him to BRMC to have blood drawn for the DUI and Deputy Hensley arrested Conda Jones for the Methamphetamine.

While Deputy Hensley was en route to Whitley County Detention Center, he noticed a male subject walking in the roadway just before Browns Creek Road. Deputy Hensley made contact with Trenton Lawson, 19 of Rockholds who appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Upon investigation, it was determined that Trenton Lawson was under the influence of Marijuana and Suboxon. Located in Trenton Lawson’s pocket was three needles, one of them being a used needle.

Walter Jones was arrested for Operating a motor vehicle under the influence, no operators license, no insurance, and failure to register vehicle.

Conda Jones was arrested for Public intoxication, Possession of controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and prescription of controlled substance not in original container.

Trenton Lawson was arrested for Public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Fugitive from another state arrested

On January 12, 2017, Whitley Co. E911 advised deputies that a man on Sanderlin Avenue in Corbin was posing a threat to himself, and potentially others. Sergeant Todd Shelley and Detective John Hill responded to the residence.

Matthew Bolduc, 28, of Corbin, was located and wanted for arrest by Virginia law enforcement for a heroin-related offense. Bolduc was also taken into custody for violating a Kentucky EPO/DVO and non-payment of fines. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.