Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

I-75 wreck results in felony endangerment and other charges

Around 7 p.m. October 7, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to a possible wreck along I-75. Dep. Saunders located a Chevy Cobalt alongside the interstate near the northbound 8 mile point. The passenger side was damaged and the front right wheel rim was in contact with the pavement.

The driver, Crystal Miller, 38, of Cumberland, Kentucky, told Dep. Saunders that the car had overheated. Dep. Saunders sensed the strong odor of alcoholic beverages about the vehicle. In plain view was a bottle of vodka.

Although she was on the shoulder of the northbound lane, Miller told Dep. Saunders that she was returning from Indiana. In the front passenger seat was an eight-year-old, and in the rear passenger area was an adult male, Terry Sibrava, 44, of Cumberland, Kentucky.

Miller was unable to complete field sobriety tests and refused a portable breathalyzer test.

During the investigation, Dep. Saunders located a mixed drink in a cup and three bottles of liquor. Miller eventually admitted to colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer. Dep Saunders also located what’s believed to be marijuana in door compartment where Sibrava was seated.

Miller was arrested for the felony offense of first-degree wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor. She was also charged with DUI and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. Miller’s DUI charge includes an aggravating factor, which was having a child under 12-years-old in the vehicle. Sibrava was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Social Services responded, and the child was released to the care of a family member. Fortunately, the child did not sustain physical injuries during the collision. Dep. Brian Hensley assisted at the scene.

Man arrested after running from court security officers

On November 7, 2017, Anthony S. Morgan, 34, of Williamsburg, entered the Whitley County Judicial Center, and a court security officer detained him to determine if he was wanted for arrest. When the CSO received notification that Morgan had an active warrant for his arrest, Morgan ran from the building. CSO Chad Foley chased after Morgan, who refused commands to stop.

During the pursuit, Morgan collided with two civilians, who sustained minor injuries. CSO Foley caught Morgan, who continued resisting arrest. Court Security Captain Brian Kirby was forced to deploy his Taser until Morgan could be handcuffed.

Morgan later admitted to being under the influence of narcotics. The two persons Morgan struck while fleeing denied medical treatment. Morgan was transported by EMS to Baptist Health Corbin for evaluation before being lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Morgan was arrested on charges of resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree fleeing/evading police, third-degree criminal mischief, public intoxication, first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, fourth-degree assault and menacing. He was also arrested for contempt of court.

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.