May 17, 2013 6:32 AM
Police in Whitley County have arrested a man in connection with a threatening website post.
Police say Tristan James Hall, 29, offered to pay $5,000 to anybody willing to kill a woman he knew. Investigators say Hall posted the message on Topix last January.
Officers arrested Hall and... more »
April 10, 2013 5:16 AM
Deputies in Whitley County arrested two people shortly after a grocery store holdup Tuesday afternoon.
Officials say a man and woman walked into Young's Grocery along KY-904 around 4 p.m. The man was armed with an axe handle and the woman brandished a tire iron. Deputies say the store... more »
April 3, 2013 8:33 AM
Police continue to search for a Whitley County Detention Center inmate who escaped from a work detail Monday.
Jail officials say Shannon R. Wynn, 34, was cleaning trash along a roadside when he took off.
Wynn was in jail on charges including manufacturing meth and endangering the welfare... more »
March 15, 2013 9:10 AM
Police arrested two men after discovering a meth lab inside a Whitley County home Thursday.
Police say troopers went to a home in the Canada Town community to follow up on a previous methamphetamine case. When they arrived, they smelled a strong chemical odor. Troopers went inside the home... more »
February 21, 2013 8:17 AM
Two men in Whitley County managed to get shot by the same bullet Wednesday night.
Kentucky State Police say Matthew N. Goins, 22, and William J. Bennett, 22, were target shooting in an area along KY-904 east of Williamsburg when the gun jammed. As the two men were trying... more »
January 31, 2013 5:06 AM
Heavy rains and high winds moved out of the Commonwealth Wednesday, but problems remain.
Flooding is an issue in some southeastern Counties. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Knox County and Whitley County effective until 9 a.m.
Torrential rains left streams and rivers... more »
January 29, 2013 9:18 AM
A rock slide cause a minor accident and a backup along I-75 in Whitley County Monday night.
Officials say rocks fell into northbound lanes near the 24 mile marker. A semi hit a rock and sent debris into oncoming traffic.
Nobody was injured and the slide has been... more »
November 12, 2012 11:02 AM
Firefighters are working a fire at a sawmill in Knox County.
LEX 18 has a crew on the scene. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
October 31, 2012 8:15 AM
Police have released the name of the man killed in a single-vehicle crash along northbound I-75 in Whitley County Tuesday night.
Police say Brandon K. Wood, 28, of Lexington, was driving a Nissan SUV when he lost control near the 21 mile marker. The vehicle left the roadway and... more »
October 31, 2012 5:17 AM
One person died in an accident along northbound I-75 in Whitley County Tuesday night.
The single-vehicle accident happened near mile marker 21, north of Williamsburg. The Whitley County coroner says the victim was pronounced dead at around 11:30 p.m.
Officials are withholding the victim's identity pending notification of... more »
August 27, 2012 4:56 AM
Police say a woman stabbed two men in Whitley County late Sunday night.
Officers responded to a home on White Oak Road, west of Williamsburg, around 9:45 p.m. and found two men inside suffering from stab wounds. Both victims were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Hospital for treatment.... more »
August 20, 2012 6:38 AM
A Lincoln County woman died in a motorcycle accident along I-75 in Whitley County on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Whitley County coroner, Vanessa Cheatham, 41,of Hustonville, was a passenger on the back of a motorcycle operated by her husband James Cheatham. The bike crashed into the back of... more »
August 13, 2012 5:52 AM
Police continue to search for one of two men who escaped from the Whitley County Detention Center early Sunday morning.
Jail officials say Jessie Terry, 37, and Ronald Tracey Sisk, 44, were working in the kitchen around 5:15 a.m. when their supervisor stepped away. The two men forced a... more »
August 7, 2012 1:04 PM
Two Whitley County juveniles charged with assault after state Rep. Dewayne Bunch suffered a head injury trying to break up a fight between them had their charges upgrade, but will not serve any additional jail time.
Bunch battled his injuries for more than a year before dying last month.... more »
June 4, 2012 5:41 AM
Police arrested a man after a high speed chase spanning two southern Kentucky counties Sunday night.
Officials say a Whitley County Sheriff's deputy spotted a vehicle weaving along I-75 near mile marker seven in Whitley County around 9 p.m. When the deputy ran the plates, they came back to... more »
May 24, 2012 7:45 AM
WILLIAMSBURG (AP) - Government officials will be in eastern Kentucky on Thursday to unveil a new housing development intended to save energy. U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers is among the dignitaries who will be on hand as the Near Zero Energy Housing Development in Whitley County is displayed. A statement announcing... more »
May 17, 2012 6:41 AM
A crash on I-75 in Whitley County backed up traffic for miles, leading to a second fatal accident a couple of hours later.
Police say two semis crashed along southbound I-75 in Whitley County near mile marker one around 1:30 p.m. An Ohio man driving one of the trucks... more »
May 4, 2012 6:40 AM
Southbound I-75 is shut down south of Corbin due to an overturned semi.
Officials say the truck flipped between mile marker 24 and exit 25 in Whitley County and spilled a load.
There were no reported injuries.
Police are detouring southbound traffic around the scene at exit... more »
March 14, 2012 10:53 AM
A grand jury has indicted a Whitley County man on a charge of attempted murder.
James Privett III, 26, admitted that he attacked his wife with a meat cleaver last month in an interview with LEX 18.
The woman suffered wounds to her head.
During the jailhouse... more »
March 2, 2012 6:59 AM
You may run into a traffic backup if you're heading south on I-75.
Officials say a semi was involved in a crash around mile marker 18 and fuel spilled. Dispatchers say there were no injuries.
One southbound lane remains closed.
February 22, 2012 7:01 AM
A Whitley County man admits to attacking his wife with a meat cleaver.
Now he says he regrets what he did.
Police arrested James Privett, 26, and charged him with attempted murder early Tuesday morning. He admits he grabbed a meat cleaver and attacked his wife, Erica, inside... more »
February 3, 2012 8:19 AM
Police in Whitley County arrested a man after discovering a meth lab late Thursday night.
Kentucky State Police say troopers patrolling along KY-779 around 11:30 p.m. noticed a chemical odor. Investigating further, the troopers tracked the smell to an open window at an apartment building. They searched the apartment... more »
January 25, 2012 9:06 AM
Kentucky State Police arrested three suspects after discovering meth labs in Whitley County.
Police say troopers went to a home on Deep Branch Road in eastern Whitley County to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. The troopers say they noticed a strong odor when they arrived, searched the home and... more »
December 30, 2011 6:51 AM
Police in Whitley County opened a death investigation after two bodies were found inside a Corbin home.
Officials say the bodies were discovered inside a house on Florida Street. Authorities have not released the names of the victims, but neighbors say they think the two were an unmarried man... more »
December 21, 2011 6:05 AM
Whitley and Laurel County voters elected to replace their former state representative with his wife Tuesday.
Regina Bunch ran unopposed in the special election to replace her husband, Dewayne Bunch, who resigned earlier this year to continue rehab after suffering a head injury. The Whitley and Laurel County Democratic... more »
November 29, 2011 5:45 AM
Whitley and Knox County school officials have canceled classes for Tuesday, Nov. 29 due to flooding issues. more »
November 15, 2011 6:31 AM
The wife of a Kentucky state legislator injured trying to break up a fight last spring secured the Republican nomination to run for her husband's vacant seat Monday.
The Herald-Leader reports GOP leaders from Laurel and Whitley County selected Regina Bunch as the party nominee. Regina teaches special education... more »
November 11, 2011 9:31 AM
Police say a road rage incident ended in a shooting at a south Kentucky rest stop Thursday afternoon.
Police say two truckers got into an argument over the CB. They pulled into the rest stop along I-75, just north of the Tennessee border and started fighting with sticks. According... more »
November 10, 2011 1:23 PM
Kentucky State Police confirm a shooting at a rest stop along I-75 in Whitley County, just inside the Tennessee border.
Police say one man was shot around 12:50 p.m. and that officers have another man in custody. Officials say the victim will likely be taken to a Jellico, Tenn.... more »
October 3, 2011 10:11 AM
As of 10 a.m. Monday, northbound I-75 remained shut down in Whitley County due to a fatal accident.
Police say a red pickup truck driven by a man from Virginia was heading the wrong way along northbound lanes and slammed head-on into an oncoming semi just before 5 a.m.... more »
October 3, 2011 6:57 AM
Police have shut down all lanes of northbound I-75 in Whitley County due to a fatal crash.
Dispatchers say the accident involving a semi and a pickup truck happened just before 5 a.m. Monday between mile markers 20 and 22. Officials have confirmed at least one person died in... more »
August 9, 2011 6:19 AM
A Whitley County Sheriff's deputy had to rescue an inmate when he ran and jumped into the Cumberland River Monday afternoon.
James Fields, 40, was in court facing a multitude of charges, including attempted murder. Prosecutors say he attacked his brother and sister-in-law with a machete two weeks ago.... more »
July 20, 2011 5:40 AM
A lightning strike apparently sparked a fire that destroyed a Whitley County home Tuesday night.
Firefighters say some teenagers house-sitting for the owners were standing out on a deck at a home along Buc Road around 10 p.m. when they saw a lightning bolt strike the house. The home... more »
July 6, 2011 11:21 AM
A semi was destroyed by a fire on I-75 in Whitley County Wednesday morning.
Whitley County Emergency Management says the fire broke out in the semi around the 20 mile marker of southbound I-75. They say the driver of the semi was not hurt, but the trailer and its... more »
June 30, 2011 11:51 AM
(AP) - A southern Kentucky sheriff says a special judge will be appointed to decide whether two teenagers will be tried as adults on charges they hit teacher and state Rep. Dewayne Bunch during a fight at a high school.
Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says Whitley County District... more »
May 9, 2011 5:31 AM
The state lawmaker and Whitely County High School teacher injured trying to break up a fight at the school last month continues to show improvement, according to a Facebook page set up to provide updates on his condition.
Dewayne Bunch was hit in the face, then fell and hit... more »
May 5, 2011 9:02 AM
Police arrested a former Whitley County High School football standout and charged him with stealing from his coach and an athletic trainer.
Police say Jamie Lebanion, 19, stole $1,500 worth of jewelery from his coach's home and another $140 from the purse of Whitley County High School's athletic trainer.... more »
April 27, 2011 7:02 AM
A fire inside a Whitley County law office remains under investigation.
The blaze broke out early Tuesday morning in the North Third Street office of Ronnie Reynolds in Williamsburg. Firefighters say the fire caused some minor damage.
According to the Times-Tribune, Williamsburg Fire Department Chief James Privett says... more »
April 20, 2011 6:54 AM
Family, friends and coworkers held a vigil for a state representative and high school teacher critically injured while trying to break up a fight at Whitley County High School last week.
Dewayne Bunch remains at UK Hospital. Bunch was hit in the face, then fell and hit his head... more »
April 14, 2011 12:22 PM
The family of a Kentucky legislator and teacher said in a release Thursday that he remains in critical but stable condition at UK Hospital after he was injured while trying to break up a fight between two students earlier this week.
District 82 State Representative Dewayne Bunch, 49, who... more »
April 13, 2011 5:49 AM
A Kentucky legislator remains in critical condition almost 24 hours after he was injured trying to break up a fight.
Rep. Dewayne Bunch, 49, also teaches at Whitley County High School. He was punched at least once in the head as he was trying to separate a 15 and... more »
April 12, 2011 10:37 AM
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky state legislator has been injured attempting to break up a fight at a southeastern Kentucky high school.
A statement from a Corbin hospital says State Rep. DeWayne Bunch was in "extremely critical" condition after the fight at Whitley County High School Tuesday morning.... more »
March 18, 2011 7:08 AM
A young Knox County father died and his teenage friend suffered serious injuries in an accident in Corbin on Wednesday.
Kentucky State Police say Brandon Moses, 24, was driving along KY-3606 when he lost control. The convertible he was driving went off the road and hit a tree. Moses... more »
March 10, 2011 5:18 AM
A fire killed a person in Whitley County Wednesday evening.
The coroner has not identified the person who died, but dispatchers say a man believed to be in his 60's lives alone in the home along Brooks Road.
Dispatchers say they got the call around 7 p.m. Units... more »
March 9, 2011 5:07 PM
There's already been a lot of speculation that the former Whitley County sheriff had something to do with missing guns from the department. After a lengthy investigation, it appears federal authorities have proof that is the case.
Former Whitley County sheriff Lawrence Hodge already faced a judge back in... more »
February 17, 2011 8:42 AM
The driver of a semi died after an accident in Whitley County early Thursday morning.
The accident happened about 4 a.m. along southbound I-75 near the 13 mile marker. Sheriff's deputies say the driver was alive, but trapped in the cab when crews arrived on the scene. He told... more »
February 8, 2011 6:11 AM
A man died in a Whitley County motorcycle accident on Monday afternoon.
Police say William Baker was riding his Harley along Scuffletown Road around 4 p.m. when he lost control, left the roadway, and crashed into a telephone pole and a tree. The Whitley County coroner pronounced Baker dead... more »
February 1, 2011 7:00 AM
All lanes of northbound I-75 reopened at around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
One northbound lane was closed for more than 8 hours around mile marker 14 after a semi's brakes overheated, catching the trailer on fire more »
February 1, 2011 5:47 AM
One lane of northbound I-75 remained closed nearly seven hour after a semi caught fire in Whitley County Monday night.
Kentucky State Police said they got the call around 10:30 p.m. Troopers say a tractor-trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of tomatoes caught fire when the brakes overheated around mile marker... more »
January 3, 2011 6:52 AM
Kentucky State Police have released more information on a six vehicle crash that backed up southbound I-75 for hours in Whitley County over the weekend.
Police say Marvin Jasper, of Ohio, crashed his RV into several vehicles slowed or stopped for a separate non-injury accident around the 21 mile... more »
November 23, 2010 8:51 AM
On Nov. 22, police in Pickens County, S.C. issued an Amber Alert for a missing 8-year-old girl after she was abducted from her home.
On Tuesday morning, police in Whitley County located the girl and arrested her father.
Police say Donnie Lee Shelton, 46, forced his way into... more »
November 22, 2010 9:32 AM
Williamsburg police arrested two people in connection with a marijuana trafficking investigation early Monday morning.
Police say they served a search warrant at a home along Ancil Leach Hollow Road after investigating the sale of marijuana in southern Whitley County. Officers recovered a small amount of pot along with... more »
November 18, 2010 12:17 PM
It was supposed to begin Thursday, but now a January trial date has been set in the case of a Whitley County mother and daughter accused of killing a relative.
Patricia Lawson and her daughter, Michelle Loy, are both charged with wanton murder in the January death of Georgia... more »
November 16, 2010 5:42 AM
A train slammed into a car in Whitley County, killing one person and critically injuring another Monday night.
Police say Terry Elliotte, 26, drove his pickup around the railroad crossing arms into the path of an oncoming train where the track intersect KY-26 and Perkins Drive in Woodbine.
... more »
October 26, 2010 8:35 AM
Video tape captured a wild police chase in Whitley County.
The pursuit began in Campbell County, Tennessee and then crossed the state line into Whitley County. Police say Dustin Louden ran through spike strips and even tried to force a police cruiser off the road. When police finally got... more »
September 29, 2010 7:58 AM
Friends and family will gather Wednesday to remember the life of a Whitley County man killed in a gun accident. The coroner says Johnathan Perry, 20, accidentally shot himself with his own gun as he was returning from a hunting trip on Saturday. As Perry was trying to unlock the... more »
September 9, 2010 10:38 AM
A southeastern Kentucky man is under arrest after police say he blasted out a car window with a shotgun, causing a crash. The incident happened Wednesday evening in Whitley County along Leswick Road. Police say they eventually caught up with Jason Lawson, 27, after he returned after fleeing into some... more »
August 24, 2010 5:20 AM
An accident on I-75 in Whitley County claimed a life Monday night. Police say a southbound Honda CRV lost control near Corbin, crossed the median into the northbound lanes and flipped around 8 p.m. The Whitley County coroner says the woman driving the car, Lauren Wilsen, died in the crash.... more »
August 23, 2010 8:23 AM
A southeastern Kentucky man faces attempted murder charges after a weekend attack involving a chainsaw. Kentucky State Police say Brandon Petrey, 27, of McCreary county was taken into custody late Sunday night. Police say Petrey was doing landscaping work at a southwest Knoxville home on Saturday when he began cutting... more »
August 20, 2010 5:34 PM
There's controversy over a Whitley County Animal Control officer who shot and killed a stray dog in front of the same people who called him for help. When a big, white stray dog befriended workers at a Whitley County office complex, they say they tried their best to catch him,... more »
July 13, 2010 3:46 PM
The trouble has deepened for a southeastern Kentucky man accused of shooting his uncle - who was also a magistrate - to death. The update comes from Whitley County, where, according to the Corbin Times Tribune, a grand jury has indicted William Sulfridge on second-degree manslaughter. Sulfridge was originally just... more »
June 29, 2010 2:34 PM
Kentucky State Police said Tuesday that they, along with the Williamsburg Police Department, have arrested 18 people in a drug round up in Whitley County. Officials say the arrests were as a result of a six-month investigation into illegal drug activity in the county. Arrested were: Tonya Roark, 37, of... more »
June 10, 2010 5:44 AM
Thirteen members of a Georgia church group continue to recover after their van collided with a coal truck in Whitley County Wednesday. The accident happened a few miles east of Williamsburg around 3:30 p.m. Police say the van was traveling along HWY-92 when a semi carrying coal slammed into it.... more »
June 6, 2010 11:19 PM
Kentucky State Police say just before 10 p.m. Saturday, a driver on I-75 in Whitley County noticed a car heading south had run off the highway, just south of Williamsburg near mile marker six.
When Whitley Sheriff's deputy Ben Hodge checked it out, he found Cassandra Byrd's car... more »
June 2, 2010 8:39 AM
Police arrested a Lexington man and woman on drug charges along I-75 in Whitley County on Tuesday. Police say a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer stopped to assist with a broken down car around the six mile marker. When the officer approached, the driver quickly exited the vehicle in what police... more »
May 18, 2010 11:18 AM
A Whitley County woman and her daughter charged in a grandmother's death are expected to plead not guilty in the case Tuesday afternoon, according to their attorneys.
The January death of 76-year-old Georgia Dotson of Williamsburg in Whitley County was at first investigated as a fall, but an autopsy... more »
April 8, 2010 12:36 PM
A death investigation is underway after a Whitley County magistrate died after being shot while turkey hunting. Authorities have charged William Sulfridge, the magistrate's nephew and hunting partner, with illegally having a gun. The News Journal reports magistrate Dennis "Russell" Meadors was shot one time in the back. Sulfridge has... more »
March 9, 2010 5:29 AM
Police in Whitley County say a semi-truck's fuel tanks ruptured after it went off an embankment along I-75 just north of the Kentucky-Tennessee line. The accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound side of the interstate. Police say the truck took out several trees as it slid... more »
March 9, 2010 5:16 AM
One person died in a late night accident on I-75 in Whitley County. Police say that a tractor-trailer operated by Donald M. Cain, 44, of Dayton, Ohio, crashed into a pickup truck that was straddling the shoulder and the right southbound lane near mile marker 26 around 11 p.m. Monday.... more »
March 5, 2010 4:13 PM
The Whitley County coroner is investigating the death of a man who had been a jail inmate before dying at a local hospital. Bobby Hubbard, 18, of Woodbine had spent a week at the county jail before his death Friday at Baptist Regional Medical Center in Corbin. Investigators say Hubbard... more »
March 5, 2010 3:27 PM
A southeastern Kentucky jury has convicted a man charged in a deadly shooting. The update comes from Whitley County, where the jury has recommended a 7 1/2 year prison sentence for Larry Wilson. Wilson, the owner of Wilson's Towing called 9-1-1 in July and admitted to shooting Todd Carter at... more »
February 8, 2010 5:54 PM
Police say a Whitley County man was found dead Monday after driving his car into a flooded area at an unknown time overnight. Investigators say 61-year-old Lowell Mullins' car apparently went into the flooded area on Poplar Creek School Road, became disabled and left the road. Mullins was found outside... more »
January 13, 2010 5:39 PM
A Whitley County man was rushed to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after his truck slid over him while he was working on it. Roger Dougherty was working underneath the pick up truck when it started to slide down his driveway. His girlfriend frantically ran over to Joe Caddell's house looking... more »
January 13, 2010 6:08 AM
One person died and three were injured in a head-on collision in Whitley County Tuesday night. Police say the driver of a red Pontiac crossed the center line on US-25 and hit a pick-up truck head-on.The driver of the Pontiac was thrown from the car and died at the scene.... more »
January 12, 2010 6:15 PM
Two people were hurt, including a teenager, in a serious accident in Whitley County Tuesday afternoon.. The accident happened at around noon on Highway 6 near the woodbine community. Police say a 16-year-old with no license or insurance was driving speeding when he lost control and hit a culvert. Witnesses... more »
January 12, 2010 9:49 AM
CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky sheriff's office says 78 guns are unaccounted for after the evidence storage room was broken into in December. The Corbin Times-Tribune reports that the Whitley County Sheriff's Department based the number on an examination of the evidence room, written evidence logs and documents... more »
December 1, 2009 5:19 PM
A Lee County man is in serious condition at UK Hospital after an accident at a Whitley County construction site Tuesday morning. The incident happened at about 9 a.m. in Williamsburg at the site of a new Hampton Inn being built just off of I-75. Officials say Timothy Brown, 53,... more »
November 10, 2009 12:19 PM
A Whitley County man accused of beating his wife and grandmother then leading police on a high speed chase has been indicted. A Whitley County grand jury found probable cause to indict 24-year-old William Kirklin, Jr., according to the Corbin Times-Tribune. Last month, police say Kirklin attacked the two women... more »
October 15, 2009 12:12 PM
Police in Whitley County have arrested at least 17 people Thursday in a roundup of parents who owe at least $10,000 in child support payments. Williamsburg Police called the round-up "Operation Pay Back." They say nearly 60 people in the area owe child support payments in the county. Police say... more »
October 14, 2009 10:39 PM
Officers say 34-year-old Shara Means was on his way to a doctor's appointment with three friends, when their Plymouth Neon crashed in Whitley County Indiana. Means was father to three sons; ages 16, 14, and 9. Police say the car was traveling northbound on Indiana 5 near the community of... more »
October 2, 2009 5:18 PM
Whitley County canceled classes in all of its schools this week, and school officials are keeping a close eye on the progress of a high school freshman diagnosed with H1N1 flu who is now in critical condition at a Tennessee hospital. More than 600 students in Whitley County schools have... more »
September 28, 2009 12:38 PM
All schools in Whitley County will remain closed until at least Wednesday after a large number of absences due to flulike symptoms. Superintendent Lonnie Anderson said attendance in the small school district in southeastern Kentucky was at about 85 percent on Friday. Normally, it is about 94 percent. All 10... more »
September 28, 2009 6:39 AM
Officials with Whitley County Schools tell LEX 18 they decided to cancel classes in the district Monday because of illness. We're told school officials will meet with the health department to assess the situation and make a decision later Monday on whether schools should be closed more days this week. more »