Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Traffic stop results in meth arrest

Around 10 p.m. February 27, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders conducted a traffic stop along Nannie Hubbard Road in the Candatown community. Dep. Saunders observed a small plastic bag containing what’s believed to be methamphetamine in the front passenger side floorboard. Nearby was a glass pipe concealed within a sock.
The front passenger, Aaron Dewayne Cox, 32, of Davenport Lane was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Sergeant James Fox assisted in the investigation

Two stolen vehicles recovered – five arrested, one cited

On February 21, 2017, Whitley County E911 received information about a stolen vehicle. K9 Deputy Brian Hensley located the Pontiac G6 at the described location. Upon arrival, several people fled from the residence, including two jumping from a second story window.
Dep. Jonas Saunders immediately started travelling to K9 Dep. Hensley’s location. Williamsburg K9 Officer Elijah Hunter also responded to assist in efforts to apprehended those who fled.
Dispatchers confirmed the described Pontiac was stolen in Whitley Co., and a second vehicle, a silver Honda Civic, was reported stolen from Tennessee.
Five persons were arrested, and K9 Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation. Those arrested were:
Dexter Lawrence Fitzpatrick, Jr., 28, of Jellico, TN
Jonathan Nathan Thornton, 26, of Williamsburg
Joseph Lee Ellison, 35, of Jellico, TN.
Heather Nicole Bowlin, 29, of Williamsburg
Joshua K. Overbay, 29, of Jellico, TN
Fitzpatrick was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot) and receiving stolen property under $10,000.
Thornton was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000.
Bowlin was charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000.
Ellison was arrested related to a bench warrant, and he was charged with giving an officer a false name, tampering with physical evidence, illegal possession of a legend drug and receiving stolen property under $10,000. Ellison was placed in a cruiser and after afterward a search of the rear section of the cruiser revealed needles and drugs.
Overbay was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear and charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), resisting arrest and receiving stolen property under $10,000. The resisting arrest charged stem from Overbay’s refusal to comply with a deputy’s orders.
Jamie Hoover, 28, of Williamsburg, was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained while jumping from the second story window. Because he required medical treatment, Hoover was cited for second-degree fleeing or evading police and public intoxication.

Two women arrested for burglary

Around 11 a.m. February 23, 2017, Chief Deputy Tim Baker received information that persons were unlawfully inside a property in the Goldbug community. According to the caller, the same black Chrysler 300 sedan seen at that time had been seen at the property before items were previously reported missing.
When Chief Dep. Baker arrived, he encountered two females inside a residence.
Chief Dep. Baker arrested Nancy Michael, 37, and Felisha Earls, 27, both of the Canadatown community. Each was charged with third-degree burglary. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Deputies respond to firetruck wreck

First responders are in danger the moment they begin responding to an emergency. Sadly, public servants seeking to protect the public or their property are subject to injury and death while trying to reach those in need.

On February 23, 2017, Sergeant Todd Shelley and Detective John Hill responded to the wreck of a Woodbine Fire Department firetruck. The wreck occurred on Louden Road, which is located off of Hwy 92E. The firetruck was occupied by two firefighters and was en route to assist a fellow agency combatting a structure fire.

Two firefighters were injured and transported to Baptist Health Corbin. Neither suffered serious injuries.


Woman arrested for resisting arrest, fighting officers

Around 2 p.m. February 20, 2017, Shannon Fox Hamblin, 42, of Rockholds was in Whitley County Circuit Court before Judge Paul Winchester for a bond revocation hearing. The bond was revoked for absconding probation supervision and for drug test result indicating the presence of methamphetamine.
Judge Winchester determined Hamblin was in contempt of court and ordered her to jail. She became very upset and said she would not go to jail. Court Security Officer David Engle attempted to control the situation, and she refused to comply. Head of court security, Brian Kirby, and Bailiff Ed Traveny responded to assist.
Hamblin was extremely combative and challenged officers to shoot her before she’d go back to jail. Hamblin had to be physically taken by the three men out of the courtroom and could be heard shouting while escorted to a holding area even after the courtroom door was closed.
In the holding area, Hamblin continued to resist and had to be taken to the ground to be handcuffed. She continued to resist, kicking one of the officers and causing injury. Due to her combativeness, Williamsburg Police were requested to assist in her transport to jail. She resisted efforts to place her into the cruiser and then requested medical evaluation.
Williamsburg Detective Bobby Freeman requested Whitley Co. EMS. She was transported to Baptist Health Corbin, where two court security officers stayed with her until she was discharged and lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center. Hamblin was arrested for contempt of court and charged with second-degree assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication.
WKYT obtained video of the incident, which can be viewed on their website: