Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Child’s call to 911 results in arrests

Around 4 a.m. March 10, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a 911 call from a KY 779 residence in the Rockholds community. According to dispatchers, two children under the age of 15 were in a home where a physical confrontation was occurring.

Upon arrival, Dep. Hensley heard yelling and screaming. Inside the home, he made contact with two adults, who had visible injuries and the smell of alcoholic beverage about their persons. The two juveniles were located, and social services was called to the residence. The juveniles identified the adults as their grandparents.

During the investigation, Dep. Hensley located a knife and a piece of wood with nails exposed. Among what was written on the wooden instrument was “Pain/may cause death.”

Dep. Hensley charged Scott Powers, 55, and Teresa Bunch, 51. with fourth-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a minor. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Williamsburg police officer Mike Taylor.

Road rage results in shooting

On March 3, 2018, Dep. Joe Prewitt responded to a shooting at the intersection of US Hwy 25 and Hwy 204. A 25-year-old male was shot through an ear following an altercation with another driver.

Dep. Prewitt learned that prior to the shooting and at another location, Shiner Church Road, the victim and 77-year-old John T. Mullins exchanged words. Mullins was reportedly upset by the victim’s partial blockage of the roadway.

After parting ways, the two came into contact again at the US Hwy 25 and Hwy 204 intersection, where another verbal confrontation ensued. Mullins pointed a .38 caliber revolver at the victim and shot him at close range. The bullet went through the victim’s left ear.

Mullins was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. The victim was transported to Baptist Health Corbin, where physicians determined he needed to be transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Dep. Prewitt is continuing the investigation. Williamsburg police and Kentucky State Police assisted.

Missing Person ALERT

Family of Ricky David Lawson, 56, of Louden Road, say that on March 3, 2018, he left a family member’s residence in a smell, red 1989 Dodge Ram pickup with the intent of returning to his home but has not made contact with family since that date.

Lawson (pictured below) is approximately 6’3″ tall and weighs around 152 pounds. When he was last seen around 10 p.m. March 3, he was wearing blue jeans, a red tee shirt, a blue jacket, brown boots and a camouflage cowboy-style hat.

Anybody with knowledge of Lawson’s whereabouts is asked to please contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Lieutenant Dennis Foley is continuing the investigation.

Investigation, search warrant lead to drug arrest

On March 1, 2018, Deputy Jonas Saunders, Sheriff Colan Harrell, Chief Deputy Tim Baker and Dep. Cody Harrell executed a search warrant at a Fairview Depot Road residence, located off Hwy 1804. Approximately $6,000 in cash and drugs were seized.
Upon arrival, nobody would answer the door, but activity could be heard inside the residence. Entry was forced, and in a bathroom Michael Wilde, 36, was located attempting to flush drugs down a toilet.
Wilde was taken into custody. In his possession was over $6,000 in cash and multiple narcotics. Wilde was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
Wilde also had an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife investigation. He was arrested for the warrants, which included charges of illegal taking of wild deer/turkey, obstruction/interference with an officer, second-degree endangerment of a peace officer and second-degree fleeing or evading an officer (on foot).
Dep. Saunders is continuing the investigation.

Two lost children, three adults arrested

On February 26, 2018, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a Hart Road residence after two children, ages 8 and 7, walked up to a stranger’s home and stated they were lost.
Dep. Saunders determined that the two kids walked through the woods for approximately two miles. They were left unattended for approximately two hours.
Dep. Saunders made contact with their grandmother, Angela Hubbard, 55, who said she believed the children were with their father. During the investigation, the father, Aaron J. Roark, 35, arrived at the scene. Roark said he believed the children were in the care of Hubbard.
Court records indicated Roark had a warrant for his arrest for non-payment of fines. Another person in the vehicle with Roark, Stanley Price, 35, was also determined to be wanted for arrest for failure to appear in court.
Roark and Hubbard were arrested for first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of the minor. Roark and Price were also arrested for their outstanding warrants. All three were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Social services responded, and the children were placed into the custody of a family member. Deputies Joe Prewitt and Jason Strunk assisted in the investigation.