Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

9-year-old’s call for help results in arrests

Around 3 a.m. November 3, 2017, a 9-year-old called 911 when left alone in a Johnny Holler Road residence. According to the child, the mother had been absent for over a day, and the father had left with another child.

Deputy Brian Hensley responded to the residence and worked with social services to arrange for the 9-year-old’s safe keeping.

While Dep. Hensley was conducting his investigation, Kentucky State Police troopers located the mother in a Laurel County motel. State police arrested a male at that location on outstanding warrants. The mother was not arrested at that time.

The mother returned home, and state police responded to a disturbance complaint at the residence. Rhonda Flood, 27, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing.

The next day, Nov. 4, the sheriff’s department responded to a domestic complaint on Johnny Holler Road. Dep. E.J. Miller conducted a traffic stop in the area for a seatbelt violation. The driver, Courtney G. Flood, 35, was identified as the father who abandoned the 9-year-old. In addition to failure to wear seatbelts, he was driving on a suspended/revoked license. A search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of a digital weighing scale and what’s believe to be crystal “ice” methamphetamine.

Courtney Food was arrested by Dep. Brandon Prewitt and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seatbelt and driving on a suspended/revoked license. Both Courtney and Rhonda Flood were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The sheriff’s department is continuing the investigation, and additional charges may be added.

Failure to lift off

Around 2 a.m. November 5, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport after Whitley Co. E911 dispatchers observed from their office in the airport’s terminal a Ford F150 driving up and down the runway.

A dispatcher watched the truck drive into the fence and become stuck. A man ran from the scene, jumped a guardrail and disappeared into the woods. Dallas Eubanks, of Kentucky State Police, responded with a K9. Williamsburg police officers Mike Taylor and Cody Jeffries also responded.

The man who fled could not be located. It was later determined that he entered the secure area by driving through a gate.

Around 9 a.m. the following day, Dep. Hensley was notified that the subject had returned to the airport. Dep. Hensley responded and made contact with Jonathan Brookshire, 33, of Lexington.

During the investigation, Brookshire stated that he was traveling to Florida and used methamphetamine prior to the initial incident. Brookshire was arrested and charged with second-degree fleeing or evading police, leaving the scene of an accident, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing and public intoxication. He was lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

Golden Alert, 11-5-17

Golden Alert –

The sheriff’s department seeks public help locating an 11-year-old female, last seen around 2:46 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017 in the Woodbine area. Caydence is approximately 4’9” tall and weighs around 85 pounds. She has blonde hair, hazel eyes and was last seen wearing a black cape. Residents of the Woodbine and Rockholds communities are asked to be especially watchful.

Anyone with information of Caydence’s whereabouts is asked to call Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911. The sheriff’s department appreciates the public’s assistance.