Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Gun theft leads to meth bust at motel

Around 3 a.m. February 18, 2017, K9 Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a report of a stolen handgun at a Hwy 25S residence. The homeowner stated that he allowed a female into his home because she claimed to have been beaten by her boyfriend and was seeking a place to spend the night. According to the homeowner, the woman followed him into a bedroom and stated that she was a prostitute. He said that when he declined her advance, she left. After she left, he noticed a nightstand drawer was open and a .38 caliber revolver was missing.
The man could not name the female but provided Dep. Hensley with a physical description. On Feb. 19, Williamsburg Police Officer Cody Jeffries contacted Dep. Hensley regarding a woman matching the description of the gun thief. Dep. Hensley located her at the Budget Inn Motel.
The 39-year-old female showed signs of injury. She admitted to stealing the handgun but said she had sold it.
Dep. Hensley and Officer Jeffries went to another motel room, where they made contact with Travis Partin, 34, of Jellico. During a search of the room, approximately eight grams of methamphetamine were found hidden under the bathroom sink. Several needles were found hidden in the toilet tank. A .22 caliber Colt Peacemaker revolver was found hidden in the motel wall. Partin denied that the items were his and stated that they all belonged to the female.
The female was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment due to her injuries. Partin was arrested and is charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation.

WANTED – Milford David Osborne

Milford David Osborne, 43, of the Woodbine community, is wanted for arrest after being indicted on charges of fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child and manufacturing methamphetamine.

An indictment warrant for Osborne was issued in October 2016. He is believed to be residing in the Woodbine community.

Osborne was originally arrested in June 2016.The sheriff’s department received information that meth was being manufactured at a tent on Barton Hollow Road. Prior to law enforcement’s arrival, Whitley County EMS transported a female and newborn from that location to Baptist Health Corbin.

Anybody with information of Osborne’s whereabouts is asked to contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. Sergeant Jeff Anderson is the lead investigator.

Photo courtesy of Whitley County Detention Center.

Crime Alert – Fifth Street/Barton Mill Road areas (Corbin)

Law enforcement is encouraging residents in the Fifth Street and Barton Mill Road areas of Corbin to be extra vigilant after a series of property crimes. The incidents have mostly occurred during the day.

On February 15, 2017, Deputy James Tabor investigated a break in. An older model grey Chevrolet truck was reportedly seen at the residence around the time that the crime occurred.

The Sheriff’s Department and Constable Ron Bowling are increasing patrols in the area. Anyone with information of any crime in that area is asked to contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Arrest made in arson case

On February 15, 2017, Deputy James Tabor arrested 50-year-old Teresa Bunch after a Hwy 904 area resident obtained a warrant for her arrest, accusing Bunch of first-degree arson. Bunch was located in the Woodbine community and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The homeowner obtained the warrant for Bunch’s arrest after a January 2, 2017 fire destroyed his residence. According to the homeowner, Bunch threatened to burn the residence before the fire occurred.

Dep. Tabor responded to the scene and is investigating the incident. Additional charges by law enforcement may be possible.

Man wanted by federal officials & one other arrested

Around 11:45 p.m. February 9, 2017, deputies James Tabor and Joe Prewitt and federal law enforcement went to a Hwy 92E residence near Reese Creek.
Jerry White, 39, was wanted by federal officials and successfully apprehended at that location. Another man, Jamie Powers, 47, was with White and also arrested.
At the residence was a strong chemical odor. Components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, including needles, were found in the residence.
A one-step meth lab was later found under a bed mattress.
White was lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center as a federal prisoner. He now faces charges in Whitley County for manufacturing methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Powers was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center. He is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dep. Tabor is continuing the investigation.