Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Attempt to serve warrant results in two arrests

Around 7:15 p.m January 11, 2018, deputies Brian Hensley and Jonas Saunders went to a Back Street residence in the Woodbine community in an attempt to serve a probation and parole warrant on Shannon M. Canada, 29.
Canada was located in the residence. His warrant was for violating conditions of his probation resulting from prior drug and theft-related charges. He was taken into custody without incident.
Also in the residence was Barbara Vanderpool, 24. On Jan. 7, deputies spoke with her while trying to locate Canada. Vanderpool was advised that Canada was wanted for arrest and to contact law enforcement if she knew his location.
During the investigation, Vanderpool revealed that she had two pills concealed in her chest area. She was arrested and charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Report: 2017 Documented Activity

In 2017 deputies responded to 12,860 documented* calls for service. Below is an analysis of those calls.

“There are days that deputies don’t get lunch or dinner. I am proud of them and their service to our community, and I appreciate them. These numbers show how active the department is but also show the variety of calls. Please take a moment to offer a few words of appreciation and support to your Whitley County sheriff deputies.” – Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

Safety Concerns:
-345 DUI complaints
-255 responses to activated Security Alarms
-187 requests for Extra Patrol
-287 reports of Suspicious Persons
-193 requests for Welfare Checks (responding to concerns that a person is unresponsive or in danger)

Drug Activity complaints: 164

Violent Crimes:
-156 Assault investigation
-248 Domestic Assault investigations
-1 Rape investigation
-2 Robbery investigations (use or threat of force to commit theft)

Theft & Burglary: 418 (Note: Theft is unlawful taking, and burglary involves the unlawful entering of a structure)

Medical Assistance and Suicide / Mental Concerns: 213 / 107

Civil Papers and Warrants Service: 1,239

-446 Investigations
-518 Disturbance complaints
-155 Motorist Assist (helping drivers whose vehicles are not operable)
-111 Juvenile-related complaints
-98 Motor Vehicle Escorts

*Not all requests for service are documented; some requests are phoned into the sheriff’s office instead of Whitley County E911 or made in person.

Driver indicted for manslaughter located & arrested

Joshua Lee Woods, 38, of Flat Creek Road, was arrested December 26, 2017 at a Phebee Fork Road residence. A Whitley County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Woods relating to a fatal wreck that occurred during the 2017 Labor Day weekend.

Woods now faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.

Woods was first arrested after wrecking his vehicle on Flat Creek Road while believed to be under the influence, resulting in the death of Laura Carter and injuring her father, James Carter. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and DUI.

Deputy Jonas Saunders had been attempting to locate Woods since the indictment was returned two weeks ago. Dep. Saunders and Dep. Brandon Prewitt located Woods at the Phebee Fork residence, along with 57-year-old Terry J. Moore, who had a warrant for his arrest. Moore was wanted for receiving stolen property over $500 relating to an ATV theft.

Woods and Moore were arrested without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Bizarre 911 call results in arrest

Around 1:30 a.m. December 16, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a disturbance at a Hwy 904 residence. Dep. Hensley was advised that a male subject dialed 911 claiming that people in his front yard were committing murder and rape and threatening arson.

Dep. Hensley and Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Ridener arrived to find nobody outside of the residence. There were signs of activity inside the home, and while Dep. Hensley was at the back door, he heard a loud noise coming from the front of the home.

It was determined that 27-year-old Matthew W. Thomas had broken out a window and fled the home armed with a knife.

Thomas was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center. He was charged with second-degree fleeing or evading, carrying a concealed weapon, public intoxication, prescription of a controlled substance not in its original container and three counts of illegal possession of a legend drug.

Two arrested following domestic dispute complaint

Around 3 a.m. December 15, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a US Hwy 25W residence in reference to a domestic violence complaint. Dep. Hensley was told that 31-year-old Scott Kirklin had physically assaulted his wife.

Scott Kirklin’s wife had left the residence, with her whereabouts and injuries unknown. Dep. Hensley detained Scott Kirklin and discovered on his person two needles and what’s believed to be a Suboxone strip.

Dep. Hensley searched for but was unable to locate the victim, 26-year-old Latosha Kirklin. While in the area, a resident of the home where the domestic disturbance occurred called 911 and said Latosha Kirklin returned to the residence. She acknowledged to Dep. Hensley that she had been assaulted.

Court records indicated that Scott Kirklin had a warrant for his arrest relating to failure to pay child support. He was arrested on that warrant and also charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Records also indicated Latosha Kirklin had a warrant for her arrest relating to failure to pay child support. She was arrested on that warrant. Both were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Six arrested in one location for outstanding warrants

Around 3:30 a.m. December 13, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a Sheila Circle residence in response to a noise complaint. Outside of the trailer, Dep. Hensley made contact with several people and began asking for identification.
During the investigation, Whitley County E911 reported active arrest warrants for six of the persons present. Williamsburg officers Mike Taylor and John Fulton assisted in the investigation. The following were arrested:
Anthony Robert Skaggs, 31, of Gray, was wanted for failure to appear (FTA). While being detained, Skaggs reached into his pants. Within his waistband was a hatchet. Inside a pant pocket was a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine. In addition to his FTA warrant, Skaggs was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon.
Several persons said they were waiting on a female named Ashley Napier. During the investigation, it was determined that Napier, 25, of Corbin was also wanted for arrest. Once located, she originally gave Dep. Hensley a false name. She was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Also present was Tyler Bright, 21, of Barbourville. Bright originally gave officers a false name. When his identity was determined, he was found to have an active warrant for his arrest relating to failure to appear in circuit drug court. He was arrested on the warrant and also charged with giving an officer a false name.
Summer Thomas, 22, of Williamsburg, was also arrested on a bench warrant.
Cody Brooks, 25, of Barbourville, was arrested on a warrant for non-payment of fines.
Lastly, Zachary Robinson, 35, of Ohio, was found to be entered into a national database as wanted for arrest by the Butler County, Ohio Sheriff’s Department and considered dangerous. He was taken into custody and will be released to Ohio authorities.
The sheriff’s department would like to thank Williamsburg Officers Taylor and Fulton for their assistance.

Man armed with gun arrested

Around 5:30 p.m. December 10, 2017, the sheriff’s department responded to a Whetstone Road residence after receiving a report that a man was under the influence of methamphetamine and had threatened to kill a family member.

Deputy Jonas Saunders arrived and learned that Teddy Veach, 37, was in an outbuilding. Dep. Saunders was advised that Veach had a pistol and had fired a shotgun in the residence.

Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Dep. Jason Strunk and several Kentucky State Police Troopers responded. The effort to get Veach out of the outbuilding and into custody lasted for approximately 90 minutes.

Once arrested, a .38 caliber revolver was located in one of his pant pockets. On his person were assorted pills. Inside the residence was the shotgun used to threaten the family member. A wall inside the residence and a door to the outbuilding showed signs of being shot by a shotgun.

Veach is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree wanton endangerment, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Sheriff Colan Harrell commends all law enforcement involved. “Anytime you can resolve a violent situation without force, you’ve gone above and beyond.”

Road rage results in a shot fired

Around 6:03 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Deputy Brandon Prewitt was notified of an assault at the I-75 welcome center approximately one mile North of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

The victim, a semi truck driver, drove to the Pilot Travel Center in Williamsburg, where he told Dep. Prewitt that while traveling northbound in TN, he was engaged by a hostile driver. The victim said that when we exited at the rest area, the hostile driver confronted and physically assaulted him. The victim said the assailant “pistol whipped” him with a revolver, and the firearm discharged one round during the altercation.

The victim was not struck by the bullet, but the bullet did pass through the truck’s cab.
The assailant fled the scene in what’s believed to be a maroon Ford Taurus. He is described as a black male of light build and approximately 5’8″ tall. He had dreadlocks and the letter “L” tattooed on his neck. The style of the neck tattoo was compared to the monogram associated with University of Louisville.
Law enforcement agencies were advised to be on the lookout, and the public is asked to help identify this person. Anybody who witnessed the altercation or recognizes a person with the unique tattoo who was driving through TN and Whitley Co. on that date is encouraged to contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017.
*Holiday Travel Reminders*
The Holidays are a stressful time and involve a higher volume of traffic. Please consider the following:
-In Kentucky, the left lane is for overtaking (passing) slower moving traffic. Holding the left lane when you could safely return to the right lane can result in a ticket.
-Following too closely (tailgating) can result in a ticket.
-If you encounter a hostile driver, avoid eye contact and do not engage with them by returning obscene gestures. Unless they create a dangerous situation, simply ignore them; you’ll probably never see them again. If they do create a danger, call 911.

Brother, sister arrested

During the early morning hours of November 18, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a residence off Hwy 92E where a domestic dispute reportedly turned physical.

Dep. Hensley made contact with 40-year-old Cecil King, who stated that an argument with his sister escalated and resulted in his finger being broken. The accused was not present, and Dep. Hensley remained in the area to locate her.

Dep. Hensley conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the area, finding Cecil King behind the wheel. Records indicated that Cecil King was driving on a DUI suspended license (second offense). Upon arrest, a pill was located in one of his pockets.

Cecil King was being arrested for second-offense driving on a DUI suspended license, third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance not in in the proper container.

During the arrest, the other person involved in the disturbance, 46-year-old Tina R. King, approached Dep. Hensley. She showed signs of intoxication, and Dep. Hensley was advised that there was an active warrant for her arrest. When attempting to place Tina King under arrest, she tried to flee and resisted arrest. She was served with the warrant and also arrested for public intoxication, fleeing or evading police (on foot) and resisting arrest.

Upon further investigation, Dep. Hensley observed physical injury to both persons. The male reported a broken finger, and the female reported being hit in the head with an ash tray. Both Cecil and Tina King are also charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence, minor injury). Both were lodged in the Whitley Co. Detention Center.

Deputy saves child, father arrested

Around 3:15 a.m. November 19, 2017, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to multiple calls of a potential motorist in need of assistance. Around the one mile point on northbound I-75, Dep. Hensley located an SUV parked in the left lane without any lights on.
Dep. Hensley activated his blue lights, and the male driver reacted by putting his hands out of the window and shouting that he was complying. When Dep. Hensley approached the driver’s window, he noticed that Robert Cook, 28, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was chewing on a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
The driver appeared to be under the influence and was detained. Dep. Hensley returned to the SUV, where a 4-year-old boy was seated in the rear passenger area. In the floorboard was a white crystal substance, which field tested positive as methamphetamine.
Before Dep. Hensley could move the vehicle from the roadway, he was nearly struck by passing vehicles.
Cook stated he had used marijuana and “dabbed.” He was arrested for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of marijuana, tampering with physical evidence and driving on a DUI suspended license. Cook was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree wanton endangerment of a peace officer.
Williamsburg Police Officer J. Fulton assisted by transporting Cook to the Whitley County Detention Center while Dep. Hensley remained with the four-year-old until social services arrived.
During the wait, Dep. Hensley experienced physical affects associated with exposure to the drug fentanyl, which is an increasingly dangerous occurrence among first responders. The four-year-old and Dep. Hensley were medically evaluated at Jellico Community Hospital.
Thank the good Lord someone called this in and an Angel was there to protect this innocent child until Deputy Hensley could arrive. When you think about what could’ve happened…” -Sheriff Colan J. Harrell