Sheriff needs help, requests third detective


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The Logan County Sheriff’s Department currently employs two detectives, Kevin Bibb and Charles Dauley. Both are seasoned law enforcement officers who have been with the department for years. However, lately Logan County has been experiencing an increase in crime and according to sheriff Wallace Whittaker, he needs help.

Whittaker requested adding a third detective position to his force from the Logan County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, Jan. 26th.

“As you know we have been swamped,” said Whittaker. “We have two active homicide cases going on a bunch of burglaries and thefts, as well as a climbing drug problem. We need another detective position. We are just covered up.”

Magistrate Dickie Carter told Whittaker he knows this is something that has been needed for a long time.

“I’m glad to hear you say that Wallace,” said Carter. “I encourage the court and the judge to think about this.”

Judge Executive Logan Chick mentioned the added position would not fit into Whittaker’s current budget. And that funds would have to be found to do so.

“Is there anybody out there?” asked magistrate Jo Orange. Whittaker said he had a few ideas.

“There are a lot of retired law enforcement out there and there is one at the jail that might work,” Whittaker said adding, “Do you want me to look?” Magistrate Orange told the sheriff to keep his eyes open for a possible candidate.

At a previous court meeting magistrate Carter read a report he had requested from Ginger Lawrence, director of the Logan County Emergency Communications Center concerning theft and burglary calls made to dispatch from Dec. 1, 2015, through Jan. 11, 2016. There were a total of 23 burglary calls (9 in Russellville, 11 in county, and 3 in Adairville). There were 63 thefts of property calls (26 in Russellville, 14 in county, 5 in Adairville, 15 in Auburn and 3 in Lewisburg).

The sheriff’s department is working on the Robert Wetton homicide that occurred Aug. 26, 2015, when he was found dead in a barn on Ellis Road and the murder of Allison Walker, who was found dead in the Red River in December 2015.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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