Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

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.

Second offense drug trafficking (meth) arrest

 On March 25, 2018, deputies Jason Strunk and Jonas Saunders went to a Lott Mud Creek Road residence in an attempt to serve an indictment warrant against 26-year-old Buck A. McGregor.

McGregor had been indicted on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine (greater than two ounces) and being a persistent felony offender.

While at the residence, deputies located approximately three grams of what’s believed to be crystal (“ice”) methamphetamine, digital weighing scales and plastic bags consistent with drug trafficking.

McGregor was taken into custody for his warrant and was charged by Dep. Strunk with second offense first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia. McGregor was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Tip results in three children removed from residence

Around 10:30 a.m. March 27, 2018, Detective John Hill and Deputy Cody Harrell responded to a Reverend Gene Young Road residence in reference to a welfare check.
A citizen contacted Sheriff Colan J. Harrell with concerns that children were in danger at that location, and Sheriff Harell ordered the welfare check. Upon arrival, Det. Hill and Dep. Harrell observed generally unsanitary conditions, including what were believed to be roaches in and around food. Also, the residence had no running water.
Social services responded and determined the four, three and one-year-olds should be removed from the residence.
Heather Clark, 30, and Carlton D. Douglas, 19, were arrested and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Clark and Douglas were not parents of any child, but had been entrusted with their care.
“You hear the phrase, ‘If you see something, say something.’ Well, we do something. I’m pleased this individual felt comfortable enough to share their concern and confident that we would investigate their suspicions. Improving law enforcement and community connections has been a focus of mine, and here you can only imagine what it would be like with children of that age in a place without water hadn’t been protected by a concerned citizen.” -Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

Man arrested in pipe wielding assault

On March 25, 2018, Deputy Jonas Saunders was providing extra patrol in the Kensee Hollow area, where he encountered Michael J. Leach, 30. Dep. Saunders knew Leach to be wanted in connection to an assault that occurred at a MacKayla Circle residence.

Dep. Brandon Prewitt had responded to the assault several days earlier and found an adult male with. serious injuries to his face and head. According to witnesses, Leach and the victim were engaged in a fist fight until Leach obtained a metal pipe, which he used against the victim.

Whitley County EMS responded, and the South Whitley Fire Department assisted in setting up a landing zone at Boston Elementary. The victim was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The victim has since been released.

Leach fled the scene by vehicle prior to Dep. Prewitt’s arrival. Dep. Prewitt obtained a warrant for Leach’s arrest. Following Dep. Saunders’ traffic stop, Leach is now lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.