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.
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.
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.
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.
Around 8:30 p.m. February 22, 2018, Deputies Brandon Prewitt and Brian Hensley and Kentucky State Police Troopers Brandon Creekmore and Aaron Peace went to a Sheila Circle residence to arrest a man wanted for arrest.
A tip alleged that Garrett F. Elmore, Jr., 28, of Briar Creek Road, could be located at the residence. Elmore. had an active warrant for his arrest relating to a parole violation.
While knocking at the door, a man matching Elmore’s description was seen running through the home. Dep. Hensley and Trooper Creekmore located Elmore in a bathroom. In the bathroom was a bottle containing what’s believed to be crystal “ice” methamphetamine and needles.
A search of the residence led to the finding of a loaded syringe in the bedroom of Summer Thomas, 22, of Sheila Circle. In the residence was a three-year-old child.
Social services responded, and the three-year-old was placed into the custody of a family member. Thomas was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Elmore was taken into custody for the parole violation warrant (for a felony offense) and also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. The sheriff’s department welcomes all tips leading to arrests, and tips will remain anonymous.
On February 23, 2018, Deputy Brandon Prewitt received a tip that a stolen vehicle could be located along Ballard Ford East Road. Dep. Prewitt and Detective John Hill responded to the tip and located a 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck abandoned in the mud.
Nobody was around the vehicle and E-911 dispatchers confirmed the truck was reported stolen by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department. A local towing company removed the truck, which had sunk into the mud approximately halfway up the doors.
Dep. Prewitt is continuing his investigation. Anybody with information about the theft or how the truck came to be abandoned should contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department or call Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017. The sheriff’s department appreciates all tips, and tips will remain anonymous.
Around 3 a.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley was patrolling the Goldbug community in response to recent criminal activity in the area when he noticed a man walking North along US Hwy 25.
Dep. Hensley made contact with Joseph Bauer, 33, of Williamsburg, who showed signs of intoxication. Whitley County E911 verified Bauer had a bench warrant for his arrest. During a search incident to arrest, Dep. Hensley located in Bauer’s pants two plastic bags. Bauer claimed the bags contained Epsom Salt. A field test indicated the presence of methamphetamine.
Bauer was arrested for the warrant and also charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and public intoxication.
The sheriff’s department will continue extra patrols of the Watts Creek and greater Goldbug area in response to recent complaints.