The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department is thankful that deputies were able to rescue a local teacher from flood waters without any injuries. Around 8:32 a.m. April 26, 2017, Whitley Co. E911 received a call from a female who had driven into a flooded portion of Hwy 11 in Knox Co. The driver, Monica Manning, of Williamsburg, rounded a curve and did not have time to react before her Dodge SUV entered the water.
Manning remained on the phone with dispatcher while. Sergeant Todd Shelley Detective John Hill, Whitley Co. Emergency Management Director Danny Moses and members of the Woodbine and Patterson Creek fire departments responded.
Sgt. Shelley was connected to a rope and entered the moving waters. By the time he reached Manning, water had risen in the SUV up to the seats. She was removed from the vehicle, and he carried her over his shoulder through the cold water.
The roadway was not barricaded and closed off. This incident serves as an example of how important it is that drivers make proper authorities aware of potential dangers.
“The way the fire departments, EM Director Danny Moses, Sergeant Shelley and Detective Hill worked together is really commendable. The situation could’ve been a lot worse.” – Sheriff Colan J. Harrell
Around 11:30 p.m. April 17, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders was patrolling in the Goldbug community when he saw a man near a black Ford Mustang parked outside of a closed service station. Dep. Saunders stopped to offer assistance.
The driver, Eric M. McKiddy, 32, of Williamsburg, refused commands while Dep. Saunders attempted to verify that the vehicle met legal requirements for operations and that McKiddy and his passenger were not wanted for arrest.
McKiddy was detained after repeated orders to not reach into his pockets. He admitted to having a needle in on of his pants pockets. Dep. Saunders received assistance from Williamsburg Police Department K9 Officer Elijah Hunter. His K9 partner indicated the presence of unlawful items inside the car. A search revealed a cigarette box containing what’s believed to be approximately five grams of crystal methamphetamine. Also located in the car, including in the passenger seat area, were pills.
Dep. Saunders arrested McKiddy and charged him with trafficking in methamphetamine (greater than 2 grams), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The passenger, Holly A. Mills, 33, of Flat Lick, Kentucky, was arrested by Deputy James Tabor. She was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mills was also charged with first-degree promoting contraband after a female deputy jailer found on her a controlled substance.
Around 9:19 a.m. April 17, 2017, a local resident contacted Whitley County E911 after finding what appeared to be human remains in the Clear Fork River. Sheriff Colan J. Harrell, Chief Deputy Tim Baker and Whitley Co. Coroner Andy Croley responded. They were assisted by members of the Woodbine and South Whitley Fire departments.
The remains will be sent to Frankfort for an autopsy. The sheriff’s department has an active missing persons investigation that stemmed from a complaint near the area where the body was found. However, there is not enough information to connect the missing person investigation with the discovery of these remains.
More information will be released when appropriate. Anyone with information relevant to the investigation(s) is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department during business hours at (606) 549-6006 or Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.
On Friday April 14, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to Hwy 1064 after a motorcycle struck an SUV, resulting in the SUV driving into a ditch and the motorcycle operator being ejected.
The motorcycle operator, Herschell S. Sullivan, 26, was not wearing a helmet. Whitley County EMS transported Sullivan to a landing zone in the Woodbine community, from where he was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, UT’s medical center considered him to be in critical but stable condition. Nobody in the SUV reported any injuries as a result of the collision.
The wreck reportedly occurred when Sullivan attempted to pass another vehicle and struck the SUV head-on. He will be cited for traffic violations, and additional charges may be filed.
Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Dep. Joe Prewitt, Kentucky State Police Trooper Aaron Peace and the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department.