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Ex Whitley dispatcher accepts diversion agreement for theft

Brandon Byrd A former Whitley County E-911 dispatcher, who resigned following allegations that he allegedly shoplifted items from the Williamsburg IGA in late June, has reached a plea deal that will allow him to have his charges dismissed in six months. During a court hearing...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016

Second EPO issued against suspended Whitley deputy

Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Kirk Mays Editor’s note: In the printed edition of the News Journal on August 3, the name of Mays’ ex-girlfriend, who secured the initial EPO in Whitley County, was misidentified. She should have been identified as Courtney...

Injured hiker rescued near Dogslaughter Falls

It took emergency workers about four hours to carry out a Wisconsin woman, who broke her ankle while hiking near Dogslaughter Falls Monday evening. Woodbine Search and Rescue Chief Rick Fore said emergency responders were called out about 6 p.m. to assist the injured woman. You...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016

Seven injured, three flown out after Sunday crash

A two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon injured seven people and resulted in three people being flown out by emergency medical helicopter to Knoxville. The accident happened about 3:30 p.m. on US25 North near the intersection of Highway 204 West. When Whitley County Sheriff’s...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016

Friday night wreck shuts down I-75 for hours

Interstate 75 between Corbin and Williamsburg was shut down for several hours Friday night as emergency personnel worked to clear up a wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a pickup truck towing a trailer. Kentucky State Police Division of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement...

Update: Missing teen’s cause of death still uncertain after autopsy

The cause of death of a missing Laurel County teenager, who was found dead near her boyfriend’s home in the Bee Creek community of Whitley County Friday evening, is still uncertain. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley said that the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office...
Posted On 30 Jul 2016

Teenager charged with assaulting great grandmother

A Whitley County teenager is facing a felony assault charge for allegedly assaulting her 72-year-old great-grandmother. About 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Lennon responded to an altercation at a Goldbug residence¬†where a 13-year-old female had allegedly...
Posted On 29 Jul 2016

Coal truck driver dies during Ky. 92E crash

Emergency officials think a medical emergency may be the reason for a fatal coal truck accident late Thursday morning on Ky. 92E near Mossy Gap. Whitley County Coroner Andy Croley pronounced James Gambrel, 59, of Woolum, dead at the scene about noon. Croley said that Gambrel was...

Burke offering to repay KASBO $25,800

A former Whitley County school district finance officer, who was fired last month amid allegations of misappropriation of school funds, is apparently willing to repay over $25,000 to a statewide organization that she allegedly forged checks from. So far her effort to repay the...
Posted On 28 Jul 2016

Two flown out after Highway 904 wreck Monday

Two Williamsburg residents were flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center after their black Ford pickup came around a curve, went down an embankment and struck a tree. Johnny Johnson and Vanessa Adams, both 36 of Powers Hollow Road in Williamsburg, had to be airlifted to...