Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Public help requested – Old Barton School Rd. burglary

The sheriff’s department is seeking the public’s help identifying the man in these photos.
On March 21, 2018, Deputy Brandon Prewitt responded to a burglary complaint at an Old Barton School Road residence, located off Fifth Street outside of Corbin.
The burglary occurred around 9:15 a.m. and one photo shows the perpetrator exiting with a 42″ LG brand flat screen TV. He also has a bottle of liquor in his left elbow. Additional property was taken.
The man shown in these photographs entered the passenger side of a white Chevrolet Impala with black wheels. The car left the residence in the direction of Fifth Street.
Anybody who can identify this man or with information of the crime should contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911. Dep. Prewitt is continuing the investigation. Tips can remain anonymous.  

Drug possession in judicial center results in arrest

Around 11:30 a.m. March 19, 2018, Court Security Officer Chris Brown observed a man enter the Whitley County Judicial Center while continuing to smoke a cigarette. CSO Russell Strunk advised Michael David Young, 34, of Corbin, that tobacco was not permitted within the building.
Young left the building, went to an area where there were shrubs, and then re-entered for his appearance in circuit court. CSO Brown and Strunk went outside to where Young had walked. Within the shrubbery was a hypodermic needle containing a clear liquid.
Circuit Court Judge Paul K. Winchester was notified of the incident, and Young was ordered to take a drug test. While in a holding cell, Young was searched. CSO Brown found on Young’s person a small flashlight. In it was a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Young was questioned about the needle found outside and admitted it had belonged to him. He appeared under the influence and admitted to using drugs. After Young failed to produce a urine sample, Judge Winchester sentenced him to six months of incarceration.
Young now faces new charges by the sheriff’s department: possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. CSOs also determined Young was wanted for arrest due to charges in Laurel County.
Young was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center, and the investigation is continuing.
“Court Security Officers are on the frontline of protecting and maintaining order in and around the judicial center. What they do isn’t always as ‘newsworthy’ as other sheriff’s department activities, but their work is praiseworthy. Please join me in recognizing our CSOs for their work.” -Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

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.