TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

December 18, 2012

Whitley Sheriff’s Department arrests one man for assault, another on drug charges


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A burglary call turned into an arrest for assault charges for the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Saturday.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said that just before 8 p.m., sheriff’s deputies, along with the Corbin Police Department, responded to a burglary in progress in the Corinth Community of Whitley County.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Shepherd and Deputy John Hill and Corbin officers Coy Wilson, Jeff Hill and Jim Miller found Samuel E. Plotnick, 35, of Williamsburg on the front porch of the Corinth Community residence.

Standing on the porch with Plotnick was Jimmy Peace, 55, and Plotnick’s girlfriend, Theresa Burnette, 39. Both Peace and Burnette had visible injuries, with Peace’s injuries largely on his head.

Officers attempted to arrest Plotnick, but he locked his hands around a post. During a handcuff attempt, Plotnick allegedly kicked three of the officers. He also kicked Deputy Hill during a search of his person.

Plotnick now faces charges of menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, second-degree assault for the alleged assault on Peace, four counts of third-degree assault for the kicks to the police officers, fourth-degree assault by domestic violence, and public intoxication.

He was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

— Also from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, another suspect wanted during Thursday’s drug round-up turned himself in Monday, according to Harrell.

Brandon S. McCullah, 28, of Corbin, was arrested by Harrell and now faces charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense. He was jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under a $7,500 cash bond.