Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Animal cruelty, child endangerment and drug arrests

Around 11 p.m. April 11, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a McKayla Circle residence. Persons in the neighborhood reported the sound of gunfire.

Upon arrival, Dep. Hensley observed a “No Trespassing” sign with a handwritten message that stated “Stray dogs will be shot!!” Early in the investigation, a male exited a bedroom with a firearm in his possession. Multiple commands were issued before he dropped the gun.

Brian D. Askins, 28, was detained. During a safety search of the residence, a cell phone with a substance believed to be methamphetamine on it was found in the room from which Askins had exited. In plain view was a plastic bag containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Also in the room were needles, what’s believed to be marijuana, a spoon and butane torch, which are consistent with unlawful drug use, and another firearm.

Also located in the home were three toddlers, who were the children of Tara Warman, 25. Two of the toddlers were unclothed. Social services responded. While Kentucky State Police continued that investigation, Dep. Hensley and Lieutenant Dennis Foley continued investigating the shots fired complaint.

Located outside the home was a flat screen TV that had been shot multiple times. There was no backstop. Askins argued that he had moved the TV to that location after shooting it.

While outside the residence, Dep. Hensley and Lt. Foley found a deceased adult dog. Askins admitted to shooting the dog one day earlier. He also admitted to shooting a second dog, which had been buried. Askins complained the dogs had been rummaging through his trash.

Askins was arrested on a failure to appear (“FTA”) warrant and also charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a minor, menacing and two counts of cruelty to an animal.

Warman was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

3 a.m. I-75 wreck results in DUI arrest

Around 3 a.m. April 8, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a two vehicle wreck on southbound I-75 around the 13 mile point.
A Nissan Xterra SUV struck the rear of a Ford Ranger truck. During his investigation, Dep. Hensley noticed the smell of alcoholic beverage coming from the SUV and the driver, Abel Niere, 28, of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Niere could not complete field sobriety tests, and witnesses reported that he attempted to leave the scene but his vehicle disabled due to the damage.
The three occupants of the truck did not suffer any obvious injuries.
While Dep. Hensley continued his invention, Williamsburg Police Officer Cody Jeffries took Niere into custody. He was charged with DUI and driving on a DUI suspended license. Niere was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Williamsburg Officer David Rowe assisted.

Suspected meth, paraphernalia found – One man still wanted for arrest

Around 11:30 p.m. April 5, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley, assisted by deputies Jonas Saunders and Brandon Prewitt and Court Security Officer Donnie Witt went to an Old Corbin Road residence in the Woodbine community. Dep. Hensley was attempting to serve a failure to appear warrant on Glenda Murray and a felony warrant on her brother, Glen Murray.
At a residence owned by Dennis Wagers, 50, deputies located Glenda Murray, but her brother was not present. During a search of the property, a glass pipe consistent with the use of methamphetamine was located in the kitchen. Upon further investigation, more glass pipes were located. Located behind a photo hanging on a wall were two plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.
Glenda Murray, 37, of Corbin, was arrested for failure to appear and also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wagers was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree possession of a control substance due to an unmarked bottle of pills being found in the home. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Glen Murray is still wanted for arrest. Anybody with information of his whereabouts should contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.