One person dead, one in custody following motorcycle wreck

One person is dead and another is in custody on theft charges following a motorcycle wreck on Ky. 1064 in the Whetstone community of Whitley County Tuesday morning. Sheriff Colan Harrell said law enforcement and emergency personnel were called out to the scene about 11:45 a.m. where they located the motorcycle at the bottom of [...]

Auditor gives Whitley Sheriff’s office clean financial bill of health

Sheriff Colan Harrell's office recently received a clean audit report from the state auditor's office. The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has received a clean financial bill of health following a recent audit of its 2015 tax settlement. “The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control [...]

Clerk, sheriff get clean audit reports

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell and Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz have both received a clean financial bill of health following recent audits of their 2015 books by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of county clerks and sheriffs. "The auditor noted no instances of [...]

Deputies arrest three people in their underwear Sunday

Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people in their underwear Sunday afternoon in the Maple Creek community. About 4 p.m., Whitley County E911 received a complaint that a maroon Dodge Durango had two male and one female occupant inside, who appeared to be under the influence or unconscious. Upon arrival, deputies found two men and a woman, who [...]

Judges issues six-month DVO against suspended deputy

Following nearly four hours of testimony Friday afternoon, Special Judge John Chappell issued a six-month Domestic Violence Order against a Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy, who was accused last month of harassing an ex-girlfriend, who is a 911 dispatcher.


Chappell ruled about 6:15 p.m. Friday that there was enough evidence to issue the Domestic Violence Order against Sheriff’s Sgt. Kirk Mays.

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Whitley Sheriff warns of phone scam

Reports of a phone scam targeting grandparents have been made in Whitley County. The calls are reportedly from people posing as the victim’s grandchildren who are in dire need of help. Two complaints by unrelated parties have been made to the sheriff’s department regarding these phone calls. Each caller requested credit card and banking information [...]