Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Police chase ends with Stolen Motorcycle, Stolen Firearm, and drugs recovered

Deputy Fox received a complaint on 5-17-16 at approximately 1700 hours at Akins Lane in Corbin from victim Ryan Mount stating a motorcycle, firearm and other personal belongings had been stolen from his residence. A witness at the residence saw the offender Johnny Mullis age 29 of Davenport Lane in the Canada Town area leave the residence on the motorcycle with a duffle bag belonging to the victim. After taking report and checking known addresses for the offender Deputy Fox received a tip that Mullis was possible back in the Canada Town area. While enroute to a known address Fox observed the offender on the motorcycle matching the description of the one stolen earlier. Fox initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle and Mullis refused to stop and tried to go through a nearby yard were Mullis dropped the motorcycle and after a brief struggle was subdued and taken into custody by Fox. Mullis had a loaded 45 caliber automatic handgun inside of his waistband behind his back, and was also found to be in possession of controlled substance’s, and drug paraphernalia. Mullis was lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. Fox was assisted on scene by L.T. Dennis Foley.

Mullis was charged with Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree- Motor Vehicle, Operating Motor Vehicle under influence- Agg Circumstance, Operating on Suspended or Revoked License, Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Controlled Substance 1st degree, Resisting Arrest, Theft by Unlawful Taking- Auto o/500 u/10,000 , Theft by Unlawful Taking- Firearm, Theft by Unlawful Taking all Others o/500 u/10,000

Disturbance complaint leads to drug arrest

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Deputy James Fox responded to a reported disturbance at an Upper Mulberry Road residence. Earlier in the day, Deputy Derek Eubanks and Williamsburg Police Officer Mike Taylor responded to the area regarding issues with the same female subject, 28-year-old Nickie N. Carpenter.
Upon arrival, Dep. Fox was met by a member of Carpenter’s family, who directed him to her bedroom. Carpenter appeared intoxicated and made incoherent statements. She stated she was under the influence of methamphetamine and a synthetic drug commonly referred to as “bath salts.”
Carpenter refused Dep. Fox’s commands to reveal an object in her hand and resisted arrest. Located nearby were syringes and a bag containing what’s believed to be Xanax and clonazepam. Further search revealed property previously reported to Dep. Fox as stolen from a nearby residence. The items included jewelry and medicine still labeled with the theft victim’s name.
Upon arrival at the Whitley County Detention Center, Carpenter was given the opportunity to surrender any illegal items in her possession. She denied having such, but a search from a female deputy jailer revealed a bottle containing a quantity of what’s believed to be diazepam pills.
Carpenter is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree disorderly conduct, three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property (valued over $500 but less than $10,000), and first-degree promoting contraband.


Church theft suspects apprehended

On January 28, 2016, two men wanted for arrest by the sheriff’s department were located and arrested by officers of the London Police Department. This department obtained warrants for their arrests following an investigation into a theft that occurred during Sunday morning church services on January 17.

A search warrant executed at an apartment complex along American Greeting Card Road led London police to find and arrest 35-year-old Joshua C. Buchanan and 35-year-old William P. North. The warrant was the result of a joint investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, London Police Department and Laurel County Sheriff’s Department. Also arrested were 27-year-old Brandon Allen and 41-year-old Jewel Kidd. Guns, drugs and money were seized. Buchanan and North face multiple charges that include counts of theft, criminal mischief and also fraud. North and Buchanan also face felony charges unrelated to this department’s investigation. All four were lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Center.

The sheriff’s department investigation began when a vehicle parked outside a church was broken into. Around the same time that day, Jan. 17, vehicles outside two other Whitley County churches were broken into. The suspects’ van, as seen in surveillance footage obtained by Deputy James Fox, resembled the van connected to very similar crimes in Laurel County.

The sheriff’s department greatly appreciates the public’s assistance in sharing those surveillance photos.