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East Bernstadt man dies Thursday following Sunday crash

A July 31 crash that occurred at the intersection of Highway 204 and US25 has claimed the life of one person. Russell Mays Jr., 34, of East Bernstadt, died Thursday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Mays was one of seven people injured during a two-vehicle crash that...
Posted On 05 Aug 2016

Constable seizes 7 marijuana plants Wed.

A recent tip led authorities to seven suspected marijuana plants in southern Whitley County. About 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Third-District Constable Dorman Patrick Jr. and Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird responded to 207 McKayla Circle, which is located about 12 miles south of...
Posted On 05 Aug 2016

VFW’s insurance carrier denying claim over fatal wreck

Adam Childress is accused of murder after allegedly getting drunk at the VFW in Williamsburg and running over a man on a sidewalk. The case has sparked various litigation. A case involving the death of a Williamsburg man, who was run over on a sidewalk in April by a man who had...
Posted On 04 Aug 2016

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