Rash of vehicle break-ins hits Laurel County

Laurel County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public to be on guard as a rash of vehicle burglaries have occurred across the county. Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, the department’s public affairs officer, said the individual(s) are taking any items of value that have been left visible or easily accessible. “In most instances, the vehicles had been [...]

Lawsuit filed in case of 2016 fatal shooting by Knox County deputy

The family of a man shot and killed by Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Mikey Ashurst in June 2016, has filed a lawsuit against the county, sheriff’s department, Ashurst and Constable Brandon Bolton. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, claims intentional homicide and violation of the constitutional rights of the man, Jesse [...]

Update: Two underage parties busted in two days at same location

Tips to the Whitley County Sheriff's Department lead to the break-up of a "Barn Burner" party with underage drinking Friday night involving an estimated 300 participants, and a smaller party Saturday evening at the same location that involved about 50 people. "We had received information about this party last week," said Sheriff Colan Harrell. "I [...]

Deputies seize 26 marijuana plants

Whitley County Sheriff's deputies seized 26 marijuana plants outside a residence in the Siler community Monday morning while investigating a tip about marijuana being grown there. About 10:30 a.m., Sgt. Dave Lennon and Sgt. Jeff Anderson went to a Highway 92E residence to investigate the complaint. As Lennon approached the residence, he spotted 15 cups [...]

Deputy finds meth precursors in tent

A Woodbine couple has been charged with methamphetamine related charges after items associated with meth production were discovered in a tent Thursday morning in the Faber community. Whitley County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Anderson responded Barton Hollow Road after receiving information that methamphetamine was allegedly being manufactured in a tent. When Anderson arrived at the scene [...]

Woman allegedly spits on deputy jailer

A Keavy woman, who was arrested for DUI Saturday evening, allegedly spit on a deputy jailer after she was transported to the Whitley County Detention Center, according to a sheriff's department release. About 9 p.m., Sgt. Kirk Mays responded to Kersey Road after Whitley County E911 received a complaint that a vehicle was playing loud [...]

Whitley Co. Sheriff gets clean audit

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell has received a clean financial bill of health from the state auditor's office. On May 18, Auditor Mike Harmon released the audit of the sheriff's settlement-2014 taxes noting no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered [...]

Anonymous tip leads to four arrests

Multiple people fled from a home on Davenport Lane recently when Whitley County Sheriff's deputies showed up there to investigate an anonymous tip about a person there wanted for arrest. On May 3 about 7 p.m., Deputy Jonas Saunders responded to the 80 Davenport Lane home to investigate the tip and multiple people fled the [...]

Baker promoted to Chief Deputy by Whitley Sheriff

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department now officially has a new chief deputy. Sheriff Colan Harrell announced Friday the promotion of Lt. Tim Baker to the rank of Chief Deputy. Baker has worked at the sheriff’s department since Harrell first took office in 2011. Prior to that he was a member of the Corbin Police Department. [...]

Deputies make pair of weekend drug busts

Crystal Harrell was one of four people arrested during two separate drug raids Saturday evening by Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies. Whitley County sheriff's deputies seized cash, marijuana, Suboxone films and drug paraphernalia while executing a pair of search warrants in the Savoy and Saxton communities Saturday evening. Detective Derek Eubanks obtained the search [...]