Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.
On May 20, 2018, Deputy Jason Strunk responded to a Taylor Meadows Road residence after a report that it had been unlawfully entered.

Dep. Strunk located Brandon Lee Baird, 43, of Jellico, Tennessee and Joseph R. Webb, 26, of Jellico, inside the residence. A water heater had been removed, causing significant water damage. Other damage to the structure was visible.

With the assistance of Whitley County E911, Dep. Strunk was able to make contact with caretakers of the home, which is owned by University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach program.

Baird and Webb were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center and charged with second-degree burglary. Baird was also charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Dep. Jonas Saunders assisted in the investigation. Dep. Strunk is continuing the investigation. The subjects may face additional charges.