Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Driver indicted for manslaughter located & arrested

Joshua Lee Woods, 38, of Flat Creek Road, was arrested December 26, 2017 at a Phebee Fork Road residence. A Whitley County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Woods relating to a fatal wreck that occurred during the 2017 Labor Day weekend.

Woods now faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Woods was first arrested after wrecking his vehicle on Flat Creek Road while believed to be under the influence, resulting in the death of Laura Carter and injuring her father, James Carter. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.

Deputy Jonas Saunders had been attempting to locate Woods since the indictment was returned two weeks ago. Dep. Saunders and Dep. Brandon Prewitt located Woods at the Phebee Fork residence, along with 57-year-old Terry J. Moore, who had a warrant for his arrest. Moore was wanted for receiving stolen property over $500 relating to an ATV theft.

Woods and Moore were arrested without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Bizarre 911 call results in arrest

Around 1:30 a.m. December 16, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a disturbance at a Hwy 904 residence. Dep. Hensley was advised that a male subject dialed 911 claiming that people in his front yard were committing murder and rape and threatening arson.

Dep. Hensley and Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Ridener arrived to find nobody outside of the residence. There were signs of activity inside the home, and while Dep. Hensley was at the back door, he heard a loud noise coming from the front of the home.

It was determined that 27-year-old Matthew W. Thomas had broken out a window and fled the home armed with a knife.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. He was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading, carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication, prescription of a controlled substance not in its original container and three counts of illegal possession of a legend drug.

Two arrested following domestic dispute complaint

Around 3 a.m. December 15, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a US Hwy 25W residence in reference to a domestic violence complaint. Dep. Hensley was told that 31-year-old Scott Kirklin had physically assaulted his wife.

Scott Kirklin’s wife had left the residence, with her whereabouts and injuries unknown. Dep. Hensley detained Scott Kirklin and discovered on his person two needles and what’s believed to be a Suboxone strip.

Dep. Hensley searched for but was unable to locate the victim, 26-year-old Latosha Kirklin. While in the area, a resident of the home where the domestic disturbance occurred called 911 and said Latosha Kirklin returned to the residence. She acknowledged to Dep. Hensley that she had been assaulted.

Court records indicated that Scott Kirklin had a warrant for his arrest relating to failure to pay child support. He was arrested on that warrant and also charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Records also indicated Latosha Kirklin had a warrant for her arrest relating to failure to pay child support. She was arrested on that warrant. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Six arrested in one location for outstanding warrants

Around 3:30 a.m. December 13, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a Sheila Circle residence in response to a noise complaint. Outside of the trailer, Dep. Hensley made contact with several people and began asking for identification.
During the investigation, Whitley County E911 reported active arrest warrants for six of the persons present. Williamsburg officers Mike Taylor and John Fulton assisted in the investigation. The following were arrested:
Anthony Robert Skaggs, 31, of Gray, was wanted for failure to appear (FTA). While being detained, Skaggs reached into his pants. Within his waistband was a hatchet. Inside a pant pocket was a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. In addition to his FTA warrant, Skaggs was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Several persons said they were waiting on a female named Ashley Napier. During the investigation, it was determined that Napier, 25, of Corbin was also wanted for arrest. Once located, she originally gave Dep. Hensley a false name. She was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Also present was Tyler Bright, 21, of Barbourville. Bright originally gave officers a false name. When his identity was determined, he was found to have an active warrant for his arrest relating to failure to appear in circuit drug court. He was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Summer Thomas, 22, of Williamsburg, was also arrested on a bench warrant.
Cody Brooks, 25, of Barbourville, was arrested on a warrant for non-payment of fines.
Lastly, Zachary Robinson, 35, of Ohio, was found to be entered into a national database as wanted for arrest by the Butler County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department and considered dangerous. He was taken into custody and will be released to Ohio authorities.
The sheriff’s department would like to thank Williamsburg Officers Taylor and Fulton for their assistance.

Man armed with gun arrested

Around 5:30 p.m. December 10, 2017, the sheriff’s department responded to a Whetstone Road residence after receiving a report that a man was under the influence of methamphetamine and had threatened to kill a family member.

Deputy Jonas Saunders arrived and learned that Teddy Veach, 37, was in an outbuilding. Dep. Saunders was advised that Veach had a pistol and had fired a shotgun in the residence.

Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Dep. Jason Strunk and several Kentucky State Police Troopers responded. The effort to get Veach out of the outbuilding and into custody lasted for approximately 90 minutes.

Once arrested, a .38 caliber revolver was located in one of his pant pockets. On his person were assorted pills. Inside the residence was the shotgun used to threaten the family member. A wall inside the residence and a door to the outbuilding showed signs of being shot by a shotgun.

Veach is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Colan Harrell commends all law enforcement involved. “Anytime you can resolve a violent situation without force, you’ve gone above and beyond.”