By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
While the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department arrested 49 alleged drug traffickers during roundups since December, deputies were unable to cross all those wanted off their list.
According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, the department has warrants issued for seven people.
An eighth person wanted was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
Harrell said deputies continue to seek the following suspects, who all face charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance:
— Kristy L. Baker, 35;
— James D. Bell, 43;
— Kathy Fuentez, 55;
— Perfecto or Jeronimo Fuentez, 55;
— Rodney Fuson, 45;
— Tessia E. Hopkins, 37; and
— Matthew D. Johnson, 38.
The eighth person the department sought was 23-year-old Felisha M. Peace.
According to Harrell, Deputy Shawn Jackson received information while off-duty concerning Peace.
Harrell explained that Jackson pursued the tip, which led him to a residence on Ward Cemetery Road.
She was arrested at the residence and was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Harrell has said after previous roundups that these suspects are arrested once deputies have video and/or audio evidence of a “drug buy.”
He explained the department uses “confidential informants,” who make the buys until they cannot purchase anymore.
“Then we shut them down,” Harrell said.
Harrell hopes the seven remaining suspects will turn themselves in, and are asked to do so by contacting the department at 606- 549-6006, or to simply go by the office in the Whitley County Courthouse in Williamsburg. He added for those calling the department, they should ask for Harrell or Detective Sgt. Tim Baker.
Harrell reminded citizens it is a crime to knowingly help someone who is wanted buy law enforcement.
The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information about these suspects to contact the sheriff’s department during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, at 606-549-6006, or to call Whitley County E911 at 606-549-6017 and ask to speak to a deputy.
No citizen should attempt to apprehend or detain any of these persons.
Eighth suspect arrested Tuesday
By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
- Local News
BREAKING NEWS: Laurel County man killed Thursday
A Laurel County man was killed Thursday in what was initially reported as a stabbing, according to Doug Bowling, Laurel County coroner.
Corbin Utilities caps earnings shared with city
An increase in the cost of electricity prompted the Corbin Utilities to cap the amount of its earnings it shares with the City of Corbin.
‘Christmas Gift to Everyone’ Friday at library
Musical entertainment, door prizes and the chance to meet local artisans and authors are among the offerings during Corbin Public Library’s Open House Friday.
Corbin Tourism updated on Sanders Park
Corbin Tourism Commission members were updated Tuesday on the progress of Sanders Park.
Tourism explores restaurant tax idea
Money was discussed at Wednesday evening’s London Tourism and Convention Commission. The commission is currently not funded.
Legislative leaders agree to $42K audit of LRC
The General Assembly’s legislative leaders voted Wednesday to pay the National Conference of State Legislators $42,000 to conduct an audit of the Legislative Research Commission and begin the process of hiring a new LRC director.
Corbin 1 of 4 grant winners
You and Me Coffee and Tea in downtown Corbin was a sea of local, regional, state and federal representatives Tuesday afternoon. The purpose?
6 now running for county jailer seat
Voting — that may not be what’s foremost on everyone’s mind during the bustling Christmas season. But it certainly is for candidates who have filed their paperwork for the May 20, 2014 election.
Man wanted for breaking into Forest Bowling Lanes
Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man who broke into Forest Bowling Lanes early Tuesday and stole almost $1,000, according to Corbin Police Department Public Affairs Officer Rob Jones.
W’burg man arrested in connection to copper theft
A Williamsburg man wanted in connection to several copper thefts that occurred over the weekend has been arrested, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.
- More Local News Headlines
- BREAKING NEWS: Laurel County man killed Thursday