McCracken County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: McCracken County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 301 South 6th Street, Paducah, 42001 KY
  • Chief:
Phone: 270.444.4719

McCracken County Sheriff's Department is located at 301 South 6th Street, Paducah, 42001 KY. The McCracken County Sheriff's Department phone number is 270.444.4719.

McCracken County Sheriff's Department News

On October 31, 2018, at 1:05 in the afternoon McCracken County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a two-car collision, which resulted in a fatality, on Highway 286 at the intersection of McKendree Church Road. The investigation revealed that Crawford Shirley, age 52, of Wickliffe, KY was driving westbound on Kentucky Highway 286. At the same time Alexandria Hailey, 26 years old, of Richmond, Virginia was traveling north on McKendree Church Road. Alexandria Hailey's 2002 Lexus entered the intersection in front of Crawford Shirley's 2011 Dodge pick-up truck causing a T-bone collision. The resulting damage trapped Alexandria Hailey in the vehicle. The Concord Fire Department and Mercy Regional Ambulance were able to free her from the vehicle by non-mechanical means. A witness on the scene stated the vehicle operated by Hailey entered the intersection without stopping or slowing at the stop sign. During the time of the collision, it was raining in the area which resulted in reduced visibility, which is believed to be a contributing factor to the collision. Alexandria Hailey was transported by Mercy Ambulance to Baptist Health in Paducah where she died a short time later. Mr. Shirley did not report any injuries at the time of the collision. The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on scene by the Concord Fire Department.

On November 1, 2018, at approximately 5:55pm. McCracken County Sheriff Deputies responded to the intersection of Clarks River Road and Indian Oaks Trail, for an injury collision. The investigation revealed that Devonte Woods, 31, of Paducah, was traveling east on Clarks River Road, in a Chevrolet Tahoe. Woods reported that while he was traveling straight ahead the operator of a BMW, later identified as Charles Stewart, 35, of Paducah, pulled into his lane of travel striking the front end of his vehicle. Stewart, reported that as he was crossing the intersection, he did not see the operator of the Chevrolet Tahoe traveling in the left lane. Devonte Woods was transported by Mercy Regional Ambulance to Lourdes Hospital to be treated for non-incapacitating injuries. McCracken County Sheriff Department was assisted by Handley’s Towing and Jason’s Collisions.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing juvenile. Detectives are currently looking for Aauyah M Wheeler, 17 years old, of Mayfield. Wheeler was last seen by family members at a convenience store in southern McCracken County. Wheeler is not believed to be in any danger and is believed to have left the store on her own. Wheeler is described as being a white female, 5’ 03”, brown hair, brown eyes, and weighing approximately 100 pounds. Wheeler is believed to be in the Graves County/Mayfield area. Anyone with information regarding the location of Aauyah Wheeler is asked to contact the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, or your local law enforcement agency.

Houser Road between Old Mayfield Road and Sumac Drive is currently closed due to flooding and will remain closed until further notice. Deputies, State Highway Department, and wrecker personnel are currently on scene with a vehicle stalled in the water. Report of water over the roadway on Bonds Road near Oaks Road. The State Highway Department is en route to close that portion of Bonds Road. Additional road closures across McCracken are expected.

Multiple wrecks on I-24 between the 1-mile marker and the 8-mile marker. Please use extreme caution.

With the start of November comes another season of property tax collections in McCracken County. The 2018 tax bills will begin arriving in homes and business starting November 1st, which is the first day we will begin accepting payments in person, by mail, over the phone, or online. Taxpayers that have not received their tax bill(s) within the first five to ten days of November are welcome and encouraged to contact our office and request a duplicate copy. The original tax bill comes as a yellow bi-fold postcard that opens to provide the owner a summary of their property information and tax calculations on the upper half. The lower half of the bill should be torn off and returned with payment when paying in person or by mail. If any changes are made to an original tax bill, or if a duplicate is requested, the new bill will come in the form of a billing statement. Each tax bill displays a box with four date ranges and an amount due beside each one. Payments received or postmarked within the first date range, November 1st – 30th, will be granted a 2% discount off of the base amount of their tax bill. The second date range, December 1st – 31st represents the time period in which our office can accept payment at the base amount of the bill with no discount or penalty being applied. If payment is made between January 1st – 31st, the amount due is increased to include a 5% penalty added to the base amount of the bill. The final date range extends from February 1st-April 15th, and all bills paid during this time period will have a 21% penalty added to the base amount. Payments submitted by mail should be paid at the amount due as of the date of the envelope’s postmark. Paying a tax bill at an amount different than what is due at the time payment is made may result in delayed processing. At this time, the sheriff’s office does not have the ability to accept partial payment of any tax bill, and any payment that is received at a lesser amount than what is due at that time must be returned to the taxpayer. Last year’s new option of paying tax bills online carries on into 2018. Taxpayers can go to our website at and click on the “Pay Online” link. The taxpayer will need to have their tax bill available in order to have the proper information necessary for completing the online payment option. Some online payments may not post to a bill for up to 3 business days after the transaction is made, depending on the type of credit or checking account used for payment. Once the taxpayer has received their tax bill, they should review the information thoroughly for accuracy and the need for any changes. All property and assessment information noted on tax bills originates in the Property Valuation Administrator’s (PVA) office, and only the PVA can authorize the sheriff’s office to make any changes or amendments to a tax bill. This information includes property description, location, assessment, and permanent mailing addresses. Our office is happy to change a mailing address on a current-year tax bill, but any changes that should be made for future years should also be filed with the PVA. Also, any taxpayer that is over the age of 65 or disabled may qualify to file for a tax reduction or exemption with the PVA’s office. Taxpayers should feel free to contact the sheriff’s office if they have any further questions regarding their tax bill or payments. The beginning of each tax collection season brings about a very busy office and heavy call volume. We ask that citizens please be patient with our office, as we strive to provide each person with the assistance they deserve and make for a successful collection year.

WANTED PERSONS-McCracken County Please contact the McCracken County Sheriff's Dept. (270-444-4719),, your local law enforcement agency, or Crime Stoppers (270-443-TELL). This site is updated several times per week, and often updated each day. Information on whether a warrant is active or has been served is accurate as of the time of each update. The date of July 25, 2017, was when this album was created, NOT when the pictures were posted. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Please share!

Thanks to all who donated, volunteered, and supported Deputy Dogs Paws for a Cause! Donations included 2,060 pounds of food, 41 bags of treats, bleach, 150 dog pads, 14 toys, 175 pounds of cat litter, 2 water bowls. 7 Agencies benefited from the drive: McCracken County Humane Society, Marshall County Humane Society, Crittenden County, Mary Hale Adoptions, Project Hope in Metropolis, Creatures Great and Small, and McGangster’s. 2 dogs were adopted through sponsorship. It was a great day day!

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On October 29, 2018, at approximately 1705 hours, McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Metropolis Illinois Police Department was in pursuit of a vehicle on I-24 into McCracken County from Massac County Illinois and was requesting assistance. The vehicle was a maroon passenger car driven by an individual later identified as Chad Kenney of Fulton, KY. He was reported to be armed with a handgun. While McCracken County Deputies were involved in the pursuit Mr. Kenney continuing to flee from pursuing officers. While on I-24 between Mr. Kenney threw out an estimated 100 or more counterfeit $100 bills, littering the roadway. Some of those bills were recovered and were confirmed to be counterfeit. Multiple items of contraband were located in the vehicle after Mr. Kenney was successfully apprehended on Nolan Drive in Lone Oak. McCracken County Deputies were engaged in this pursuit for approximately 10 minutes before he was successfully taken into custody. Mr. Kenney has an extensive criminal history including felony charges in Tennessee, Arizona, Mississippi, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Nevada, many of which involved Fraud, Identity Theft, Burglary, and Motor Vehicle Theft. Mr. Kenney was also found to have multiple outstanding warrants from Mississippi in reference to Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Louisiana in reference to Burglary, Stalking, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are forthcoming, both in McCracken County Kentucky as well as Massac County Illinois. Mr. Kenney’s Charges are as follows: Speeding 26mph or greater over the speed limit Fleeing or Evading Police, 1st Degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 1st Degree Wanton Endangerment, 1st Degree Reckless Driving Driving on a Suspended Operator’s License Criminal Littering Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree Tampering with Physical Evidence

10/29/18 At 1:04 PM emergency crews were dispatched to an injury accident involving a passenger car and a semi-tractor trailer in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24 at the 11-mile marker. Deputies arrived to find a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix blocking the eastbound inside/passing lane. The operator of the passenger car, 58-year-old, Sandra J. Griffin, of Gilbertsville was being tended to by several motorists that had stopped after the accident. Ms. Griffin stated that she was traveling in the outside lane and that a semi-tractor trailer changed lanes and struck her vehicle. The investigation revealed that an eastbound UPS tandem semi-tractor trailer operated by 52-year-old, Rodney L. Jones, of Nashville, TN was traveling in the inside/passing lane prior to the accident. Mr. Jones attempted to change lanes and struck the driver’s side of Ms. Griffin’s vehicle which caused her to lose traction and spin into a bridge wall. Ms. Griffin’s car then slid under the tandem trailer and was run over by the rear tires of the trailer. Ms. Griffin was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. The eastbound lanes of I-24 were reduced to one lane of traffic for approximately for approximately one hour.

On 10/27/18 at approximately 3:30 PM, deputies were alerted that a female had two of her credit cards taken early this morning from an address in the city. The victim reported that the credit cards had been used at Subway on New Holt Rd. at approximately 11:00 AM and Range America on Old Husband Rd at approximately 3:30 PM. Deputies went promptly to Range America and were pointed to Harley Davidson and told that the male we were looking for was there. Deputies located Justin Combs, 35, of Paducah, KY outside of Harley Davidson. He was determined to be under the influence of intoxicants. Further investigation led to Combs being in possession of the stolen credit cards. Combs had used the cards to purchase items at Range America and Subway and signed using the victim’s signature. Combs was also found to be in possession of Xanax, that was not in the correct prescription bottle. Combs was ultimately arrested and lodged in McCracken County Regional Jail. ARRESTED: Justin Combs, 35, of Paducah, KY CHARGES: Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol) Prescription Controlled Substance Not in Proper Container (1st Offense) Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Under $500 Theft – Receipt of Stolen Credit/Debit Card (greater than 2 cards)

At approximately 1500 on 10-28-18, Dispatch was notified of an injury collision on Ogden Landing Road. A motorcycle driven by 25-year-old Eli Edmonds of Paducah, KY was traveling West on Ogden Landing Road through the S curve. Mr. Edmonds failed to successfully navigate the curve, lost control of his motorcycle, and crashed on the north side of the roadway just before the railroad overpass. Mr. Edmonds was thrown from his motorcycle and came to rest in the culvert. A friend of Mr. Edmonds was a few hundred yards behind him at the time of the collision and immediately stopped to render aid. Mr. Edmonds received incapacitating injuries and was flown to an out of state hospital for treatment. The road has since been reopened but was closed for approximately 1 hour. McCracken County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by West McCracken Volunteer Fire Department, Mercy Ambulance, and Paducah Police Department.

SEE UPDATE BELOW IN THE COMMENTS: The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a robbery suspect. At approximately 4:55 AM, McCracken County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from employees at the Five Star Convenience Mart at 2955 John L Puryear Drive advising of a robbery in progress. McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputies and Paducah Police Officers arrived on the scene about a minute later. Deputies learned from employee statements that a slender build white male had entered the store, produced a small black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The male took an undisclosed amount of US Currency and fled the scene on foot northbound in the direction of Old Husbands Road. It is believed that the male got into a vehicle at that point and left the area The male is described as a white male, slender build, 5’8” to 6’0” tall. He was dressed in dark gray sweatpants and a white hooded sweatshirt. The male concealed his identity by wearing a surgical type mask. Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department at 270-444-4719, or your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by the Paducah Police Department, and the Reidland/Farley Fire Department.

On September 24th, 2018, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation into multiple forged checks that had been passed at local banking institutions. The victim, a 96-year-old McCracken County resident from Noble Road, reported that (3) checks had been stolen from her and passed on her account. The victim also reported that multiple credit card transactions had been made at local businesses without her knowledge or consent. Detectives were able to quickly identify the victim’ son as a suspect in this case. Through investigative efforts, detectives were able to confirm that 56-year-old John Crawford of Noble Road had passed (3) checks belonging to the victim at a local bank on separate occasions. Other information was gathered regarding Crawford’s use of the victim’s credit card during the course of the investigation as well. An arrest warrant was obtained for Crawford’s arrest based on the information generated. On October 25th, 2018, deputies with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department were able to locate and arrest Crawford on the outstanding warrant. Detectives interviewed Crawford regarding the case, to which he admitted to forging the checks belonging to his mother, as well as making multiple credit card purchases using the credit card stolen from his mother. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are possible. ARRESTED: John T. Crawford CHARGES: Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, 2nd Degree (3 counts) – Class D Felony

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, at approximately 1:10 A.M., deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler for equipment and traffic violations in the 5000 block of Husbands Road near Hardmoney Road. Deputies made contact with the operator, and the passenger, Samuel T. Smith, 29, of Paducah. Deputies immediately recognized Smith as being manifestly under the influence of illicit drugs, which was believed to be methamphetamine. During the course of the investigation, Smith was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and items of drug paraphernalia. Smith admitted to deputies he had used methamphetamine prior to the traffic stop. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the McCracken County Regional Jail, where he was lodged. The operator was released. ARRESTED & CHARGES Samuel T. Smith 1) Possession Controlled Substance 1st Degree 1st Offense (Methamphetamine) 2) Drug Paraphernalia – BUY/POSSESS 3) Public Intoxication – Controlled Substance (Excludes Alcohol)

On 10/22/2018, McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an address on Bryant Ford Road to the complaint of a burglary. Several items were taken from the residence to include six firearms. Sheriff’s Detectives continued the investigation and cultivated 18-year-old Christopher Peevyhouse, of Paducah, as a suspect. Detectives searched for Peevyhouse through the morning hours 10/24/2018. Peevyhouse was located as the result of an unrelated traffic stop by sheriff’s deputies. Detectives conducted an interview with Peevyhouse to which he confessed to taking the firearms. As a result of that interview, all six firearms were recovered. The firearms included five long guns and a handgun. Christopher Peevyhouse was arrested and lodged in the McCracken County Jail. Christopher B. Peevyhouse 18 years of age of Paducah 1 count of Burglary First Degree 6 counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking-Firearm 2 counts of Theft By Deception Detective Benny Kauffman was the lead investigator in this case.