Whitley County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Whitley County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 200 Main Street Suite 4, Williamsburg, 40769 KY
  • Chief:
Phone: (606) 549-6006
Fax: (606) 549-6082

Whitley County Sheriff's Office is located at 200 Main Street Suite 4, Williamsburg, 40769 KY. The Whitley County Sheriff's Office phone number is (606) 549-6006.

Whitley County Sheriff's Office News

Office Closure Announcement - The sheriff's office will be closed Election Day, November 6, 2018. The closure will not affect law enforcement operations. If you wish to speak with a deputy, please contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Fog Safety - As of 9:15 a.m. Saturday November 3, 2018, dense fog continues to blanket most of Whitley County. If you cannot wait out the fog, remember tips for driving in hazardous weather. Leave plenty of time for you to reach your detinastion so you can drive slower. Leave plenty of room between your vehcle and the one in front of you. Do not drive distacted, and do not count on the lights of a vehicle in front of you to guide you. Lastly, the low beam setting for headlights is more effective.

I-75 Traffic Notice - Northbound I-75 is experiencing slowed or stopped traffic between Williamsburg’s Exits 11 and 15 due to a wreck. This photo was taken around 3:30 p.m. from the Main Street overpass in Williamsburg.

I -75 Traffic Notice - As of 1 p.m. October 8, 2018, northbound I-75 is experiencing slowed traffic beginning around Exit 15 due to road work. Please expect congestion when approaching that area.

I-75 Traffic Alert - As of 5 p.m. northbound I-75 near Corbin’s Exit 25 is experiencing slowed or stopped traffic due to a wreck near the 26 mile point. Please use caution and expect delays if approaching the area.

Hwy 92E CLOSURE Alert - As of 3:45 p.m., Tuesday September 25, 2018, Hwy 92E is closed due to a rock slide. Deputies are redirecting traffic at the intersections of US Hwy 25 in Williamsburg and Hwy 904. Please use caution when approaching the two locations and expect slowed or stopped traffic in those areas. At this time, the sheriff's department cannot anticipate how long the closure may continue. Please share this post so any affected will know in advance. Employees of the state road department are on scene. Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses and members of the Patterson Creek Fire Department are assisting.

Bee Creek Road Traffic Alert - As of 2:40 p.m. Monday September 24, 2018, Bee Creek Road is blocked near the Grove Marina turnoff due to a wreck with injuries. Please avoid the area or use caution when approaching if you must travel that way.

I-75 Traffic Update - As of 3 p.m. September 20, 2018, southbound I-75 has reopened. However, due to the extended closure caused by an early morning tractor trailer wreck near the state line, southbound traffic is slow moving. Currently, there is another non injury collision near the Corbin exit and southbound traffic is backed up near the 27 mile point. Northbound US Hwy25 traffic has mostly returned to its normal flow. Southbound traffic is still heavily congested and is expected to remain so until I-75 returns to its normal flow. Whitley County schools have worked with sheriff department School Resource Officers and Whitley County E911 to best plan bus operations. Emergency personnel from various agencies have worked tirelessly today to manage traffic and limit the number of additional wrecks. Thank you to all who shared this morning’s post.

I-75 Traffic Alert - As of 6:30 a.m. September 20, 2018, all northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 are closed between Williamsburg and Jellico, Tennessee. A tractor trailer wrecked near the state line and caught on fire. No persons were injured. Due to chemical leakage, southbound lanes are expected to be closed for several hours. Northbound lanes may be reopened within the next hour. Please use caution when approaching Exits 11 and 15 in Williamsburg as traffic is being redirected. Expect increased traffic in both directions on US Hwy 25.

The sheriff's department regrets to confirm that a person accused of vehicle theft has died as result of injuries sustained while attempting to evade law enforcement. On September 5, 2018, Deputies Brandon Prewitt and Jonas Saunders responded to a Highway 511 residence after a "side-by-side" off-road vehicle was reported stolen. While at the residence, the owner of the stolen vehicle received information that it may be located in the Hemlock area. [ 97 more words ] http://wcsdky.esheriff.us/2018/09/08/suspect-in-stolen-vehicle-case-dies-from-injuries-sustained-in-wreck/

Around 6:30 p.m. September 4, 2018, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to the Black Diamond Road area outside of Corbin relating to complaints of a disturbance with possible shots fired. Dep. Hensley made contact with a black Chrysler 300, which matched the description of a vehicle involved in the initial complaint. Upon attempting to conduct a traffic stop, the sedan accelerated, reaching speeds of 80 to 90 miles-per-hour in 35 and 25-mph zones. [ 165 more words ] http://wcsdky.esheriff.us/2018/09/08/disturbance-leads-to-pursuit-endangerment-firearm-charges/

NOTICE: Office Closures Announcement The sheriff's business office will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. The sheriff's business office will also be closed Friday, September 7, due to Old Fashioned Trading Days. The office closures will not affect law enforcement operations. To speak with a deputy, please contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911.

Public Help Requested - Between approximately 6 and 8:30 p.m. August 13, 2018, a white male and female (pictured) used or attempted to use stolen credit/debit cards at the South Corbin Kroger and nearby Rite Aid. The cards were in a purse stolen from a vehicle parked at the Laurel River Lake Spillway. The purse was in plain sight and taken after the thieves broke the car's rear window. Pictured is a suspect exiting what appears to be a gold minivan or compact SUV with three coolers or storage totes on its roof. Deputy Jason Strunk is continuing the investigation. Anybody with information is encouraged to contact Whitley County E-911 at (606) 549-6017. Please help Dep. Strunk in his investigation by sharing this post. The sheriff's department reminds all persons to conceal valuable items left in vehicles by covering them, placing them in the trunk/console/glove compartment areas if possible or otherwise removing them from view of thieves. Thank you for your assistance.

I-75 Traffic Update - Southbound lanes between Williamsburg and Jellico have reopened but the flow of traffic is still slowed. Please expect slowed traffic while congestion from two wrecks near the three mile point (one involving a commercial vehicle) is resolved. Local drivers should continue to expect a higher volume of traffic on US HWY 25 as it continues to serve as an alternate route. Please be patient and drive carefully.

I-75 Traffic Alert - As of 11:10 a.m. August 10, 2018, southbound I-75 at the 19 mile point is closed due to a three vehicle wreck. Expect stopped or slowed traffic while vehicles are removed. Local traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes.

I-75 Traffic Notice - As of 3:30 p.m. August 5, 2018, the sheriff's department is currnetly on scene of a wreck affecting northbound traffic between Williamsburg and Corbin. This is not the first wreck of the day. Please be mindful that even non-injury wrecks may require lane closures so that inoperable vehicles can be removed from the median or shoulder. Please drive carefully and expect slowed or stopped traffic until traffic resumes its normal flow.

Please share - I-75 Traffic Alert - UPDATE - As of 3:05 p.m., the roadway has been reopened. However, due to the extensive backup of traffic, it will take awhile for traffic to resume its normal flow. Continue to expect slow traffic in the northbound lanes approaching Williamsburg and continuing toward Corbin. Williamsburg residents should expect congestion around Exit 11 until drivers affected by the interstate closure pass through. Thank you for your patience. Due to a wreck, northbound traffic is being diverted at Exit 15. As of 3 p.m. July 23, 2018, traffic is backed up South of Williamsburg's Exit 11. This photo was taken looking South from the Williamsburg Main Street overpass.

UPDATE: As of 2:50 p.m. July 23, 2018, northbound I-75 is backed up South of Exit 11 in Williamsburg. I-75 Traffic Alert - Northbound traffic is being diverted at Exit 15 due to a fatal wreck on I-75.

UPDATE- As of around 8:10 p.m. the scene was cleared. Please remember it may take awhile for backed up traffic to return to the usual flow. Continue to expect congestion in that area. I-75 Traffic Alert - As of 7:30 p.m. July 8, 2018, southbound I-75 is blocked between Corbin's Exit 25 and Williamsburg's Exit 15 due to a motor vehicle incident. Law enforcement is on scene. Please use caution and expect stopped or slowed traffic if traveling through the area.

Office Closure - Independence Day The sheriff's business office will be closed July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day. This closure will not affect law enforcement operations. To speak with a deputy, you may contact Whitley County E911 at (606) 549-6017. In case of emergency, always dial 911. On behalf of the sheriff's department, we wish you all a safe and fun Fourth of July. On land or water, do not operate motorized vehicles while under the influence. Law enforcement presence has been increased to account for holiday activities and increased traffic. "Under the influence, Under arrest!" As we celebrate this American holiday, please be courteous to other drivers and your neighbors. Stay safe and Happy Fourth of July. Sincerely, Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

I-75 Traffic Alert - As of 4:30 p.m. June 25, 2018, around the northbound 21 mile point, a vehicle has wrecked. Please use caution when approaching the area. Deputies will be on scene, and a lane reduction may be necessary to remove the vehicle.

Summer Safety Reminders (children at play, cyclists & swimmers) Please be mindful of the following information and share with young adults: 1.) With schools out of session and warmer weather, more children will be at play on or near public streets. Never drive distracted, especially in residential neighborhoods. 2.) Be courteous and respectful toward motorcyclists and remember to share the road with bicyclists. 3.) Please remember and remind your friends and family that most persons are not as strong of swimmers today as they were at the end of the previous summer. Distances they could swim last year may not be achievable during the start of the summer. In my 40+ years of law enforcement, I have witnessed too many people drown because they mistakenly believed they could swim the same distances as the summer before. Also, remember to comply with legal requirements for personal floatation devices (PFDs). To view Kentucky's boating laws, please visit https://fw.ky.gov/fishboatguide/Pages/Boating.aspx Please have a safe and enjoyable summer. -Sheriff Colan J. Harrell

I-75 Traffic Notice - Please be advised that as of 5 p.m. June 5, 2018, maintenance work has caused heavy congestion between Williamsburg Exit 15 and Corbin Exit 25.

Hwy 26 Traffic Notice - As of 3 p.m. Friday June 1, 2018, one lane of Hwy 26 in the Woodbine community is closed due to a commercial vehicle wreck. The Lane reduction affects the area between the Hwy 6 intersection and the Corbin bypass. Please use caution and expect slow or stopped traffic if traveling through the area.

I-75 Traffic Alert - Due to a chemical spill around the 141 mile point in Tennessee, southbound I-75 is expected to be reduced to one lane for several hours. The incident is approximately 19 miles South of Jellico. Depending on traffic conditions, the slowed traffic may affect Whitley County as drivers seek detour routes. Please share this information with friends or family who were planning to travel that section of I-75.