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Mount Vernon mayoral debate set for Oct. 1 at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON - KnoxPages.com is partnering with the Mount Vernon News, WMVO/WQIO, WNZR, and Mount Vernon Nazarene University to provide the citizens of Mount Vernon with an opportunity to hear the two mayoral candidates debate about local topics of interest.

Incumbent Richard Mavis, Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Matt Starr in the Nov. 3 election for the city’s top spot. The two will debate on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at Thorne Performance Hall on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

KnoxPages.com’s Trese encourages Mount Vernon residents to submit questions for the candidates through the knoxPages.com Contact us tab or by text to 740-501-7019.

Questions will be asked by News Managing Editor Samantha Scoles, KnoxPages.com Owner/Editor Marty Trese, WQIO/WMVO Operations Manager Curtis Newland and WNZR News Director Mariah Powell.

Mayor looks forward to more info on Sgt. Dailey's administrative leave

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

 

MOUNT VERNON - In his monthly chat with KnoxPages.com Mayor Richard Mavis said he is looking forward to finding out more about Detective Sgt. Matt Dailey's administrative leave which was announced by MVPD Chief Monroe last Friday.

Mavis said, "Administrative leave [for Dailey] is indefinite at this time. I'm confident that there's an investigation ongoing. I think that's what is good about administrative leave, it gives everybody a chance to consider what evidence is available of some issue. At this time I don't have information on that so we look forward to gaining more information on Sgt. Daileys adminstrative leave."  Dailey is being paid while on leave.

On other topics Mavis said 57,902 patrons came through the gates at the city's Hiawatha Water Park and Pool in 2015. That amount is up from recent years. The pool was closed 11 days due to weather. A new policy that the pool wouldn't open unless the temperature was 70 degrees or more was implemented this year.  That policy saved the city money in personnel costs. The mayor sees the pool as a public service despite the city losing more money than making from the facility.

Fall begins Wednesday, September 23rd, and Mavis says residents will again be able to drop off leaves in West Foundation Park beginning in October. The specific date for that to begin has yet to be determined. Leaf pickup by city personnel begins the first week of November.

To hear more comments from Mavis click here to listen on KP Radio. 

MVPD Detective placed on administrative leave

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

 

MOUNT VERNON - On the same day that Captain Scott McKnight was sworn in to the MVPD, Chief Roger Monroe announced that Detective Sergeant Matt Dailey had been placed on adminstrative leave. The action was taken last Friday, September 18th.

In a brief statement Monroe said, "This is an ongoing investigation and no other details are available at this time."

Dailey has been a longtime member of the MVPD and was honored for his police work two years ago. In a special ceremony in May of 2013 then Fire Chief Chris Menapace honored Dailey for his investigation of a fatal arson fire on Shirley Avenue. Dailey was presented with the firefighter’s Maltese Cross, a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Menapace said Dailey’s work led to the apprehension of the suspects and a subsequent confession.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports September 21, 2015

 

DPD

Juvenile Related:DPD patch
DPD responded to a report of a adult female contributing to the delinquency of a 17 year old male in 10 block of West Rambo Street 9/16.

DPD responded to a report of juveniles using their telephones inappropriately in the 200 block of West Rambo Street 9/17.

DPD responded to a report of a verbal dispute between 2 male juveniles in the 200 block of West Rambo Street 9/17.

DPD responded to a report of a 15 old male juvenile using chewing tobacco in 500 block of South Richard Street 9/20.



Theft:
DPD responded to a theft in the 10 block of South Market Street 9/18.

DPD responded to a theft in the 600 block of South Market Street 9/18.

DPD responded to a theft of gasoline in the 200 block of East Walnut Street 9/20.


Lost And Found:
DPD responded to a found driver license and the officer located the owner and returned it 9/18.


Suspicious Person:
DPD responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 10 block of South Market Street 9/19.

DPD responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 800 block of South Market Street 9/20

Animal Related:
DPD responded to a animal/ dog call in the 400 block of West Rambo Street 9/17.

Civil Issue:
DPD responded to a civil issue between a adult female and a adult male 9/17.

Assist County Deputy:
DPD assisted a Deputy Sheriff on Carey south of the bike path 9/17.

DPD assisted a Deputy Sheriff on Nashville road 9/18.

DPD assisted a Deputy Sheriff on Harrisburg road 9/18.

DPD assisted a Deputy in the village Brinkhaven 9/20.

Assist Ohio State Patrol:
DPD assisted the State Patrol on Danville- Howard road 9/18.

Probation Violation:
Kurt Byers 23 Danville was arrested on a probation violation and was transported to the Knox County Jail 9/16.

Christopher Lee Collinsworth 27 was arrested on probation violation and was transported to the Knox County Jail 9/16.

Charges:
Kathleen Siddal, Danville, was cited for failure to control 9/16.

Andrea Decosky, Howard, was cited for passing on a double yellow line 9/16.


 

MVPD


Arrests and Charges
Lauren Miller, 26, of Mansfield was arrested at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday on an outstanding warrant.MVPD twitter iconBrian King, 44, of Mount Vernon was charged at 2:15 a.m. on Friday with driving under a suspended license, with possession of drug abuse instruments, and with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Monte Miracle, 58, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on Friday for domestic violence.
Damien Miracle, 35, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 1:45 a.m. on Friday for domestic violence.

Traffic Citations
Morgan Hazen, 18, of Danville was cited at 12:55 p.m. on Friday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.
Chase Gallagher, 19, of Mount Vernon was cited at 1:50 p.m. on Friday for hazardous driving in a “No Passing” zone.
Joel Butler, 26, of Mount Vernon was cited at 10:00 a.m. on Friday for operating a vehicle with expired or unlawful plates.
Christina Metcalf, 25, of Mount Vernon was cited at 11:20 a.m. on Friday for illegally turning at an intersection.
Whittney Barnes, 16, of Utica was cited at 4:35 p.m. on Friday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.
Jason Hughes, 42, of Mount Vernon was cited at 9:35 a.m. on Sunday for speeding.
Shelia Beckett, 34, of Howard was cited at 2:10 p.m. on Sunday for operating a vehicle with expired or unlawful plates.

Accidents
At 11:25 p.m. on Friday, Timothy T. Bell, 43, of Gambier was traveling eastbound on Gambier Road in his 2002 Ford Windstar. Near Fox Chase Drive, he struck a deer.
At 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, Christina Rose Metcalf, 25, of Mount Vernon was traveling westbound on Adamson Street in her 2011 Honda Civic. Mandy Mae Tate, 38, of Mount Vernon was stopped heading southbound on Fairmont Avenue in her 2016 Ford Escape. Metcalf attempted to turn north onto Fairmont Avenue, failed to take to turn tight enough, crossed the center of the roadway, and struck the left front corner of Tate’s vehicle. Metcalf was cited for the incident.
At 3:25 p.m. on Saturday, a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer belonging to Crystal M. Bolton of Mount Vernon was parked in the Memorial Park parking lot when Gary S. Smith, 40, of Mount Vernon allegedly backed his 2006 Dodge 1500 into it. Smith denied that he had backed into Bolton’s vehicle.
At 4:35 p.m. on Saturday, Kirsten A. Garvin, 23, of Howard was stopped in her 2014 Ford Escape heading westbound at the intersection of Coshocton Avenue and Woodlake Trail. Whittney R. Barnes, 16, of Utica, heading in the same direction in her 1999 Ford Ranger, rear-ended Garvin’s vehicle. Barnes was cited for the incident.



Incidents
At 1:45 p.m. on Friday, an officer responded to an assault complaint at The Learning Center on the 900-block of W. Vine Street. A juvenile suspect was identified.
At 4:15 p.m. on Friday, a stolen 1998 Toyota Corolla was reported at Dirko’s Pizza on Coshocton Avenue.
At 4:45 p.m. on Friday, a victim reported that her purse had been stolen from her residence on the 00-block of Laurelwood Drive. A pair of sunglasses, a scarf, a garage-door opener, and other miscellaneous items were recovered. A driver’s license, checkbook, and credit card were not. A suspect was identified.
At 7:50 p.m. on Friday, Jessica Ferenbaugh was stopped while operating a vehicle with a cracked windshield that obstructed her view. The officer found that her license had been suspended. Her passenger also had no valid license so the vehicle was towed to the MVPD Impound lot by On the Spot Towing.
At 10:30 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to a reported disturbance at Ruby Tuesday on Coshocton Avenue. A suspect was identified.
At 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a reported disturbance at the intersection of Jefferson and Gambier streets. Suspects were identified and an investigation remains ongoing.
At 10:35 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a domestic disturbance on the 800-block of E. Gambier Street. A suspect was identified and a kitchen knife was collected as evidence.
At 1:30 p.m. on September 8th, a suspect is alleged to have fraudulently used a victim’s credit cards in the amount of $413.76.
At 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, an officer responded to a report that 15 Oxycodone pills, 14 Diazepam pills, $64.00 in cash, and a cell-phone had been stolen from a vehicle at Riverside Park.
At 8:55 p.m. on Sunday, a victim reported being threatened on the 300-block of Martinsburg Road. A suspect was identified.
At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a report of a possible theft of change from the Star-Brite car wash on the 400-block of S. Gay Street. A juvenile suspect was identified and taken into custody.

 

 

 

KSAAT receives Drug Free Communities grant for youth substance abuse prevention

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 697 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants, totaling $86 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) in Knox County was one of the grant recipients and will receive $125,000 per year for five years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.

“We know that evidence-based prevention efforts are the most effective way to reduce youth substance use and to support the roughly 90 percent of American youth who do not use drugs,” said Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy. “By bringing together schools, businesses, law enforcement, parent groups, and other members of the community, DFC-funded community coalitions are helping to protect youth from the devastating consequences of non-medical prescription drug use, heroin and other substance use.”

“Our goal is to make Knox County a safe and healthy environment for our youth,” said Janet Chandler, KSAAT Chair. “Prevention is a powerful tool to counteract drug use in our community, and we will use this funding to strengthen youth resiliency in Knox County so that young people are able to make healthy choices about substance use.”

KSAAT will focus initially on addressing youth use of tobacco and alcohol. “In Knox County, youth use of tobacco and alcohol is much higher than any of the other drugs. For example, among seniors, use in the past 30 days was 37.6% for alcohol and 24.7% for tobacco (PRIDE, 2013). So, KSAAT will initially focus on reducing alcohol and tobacco use among youth”, said Chandler. “KSAAT also recognizes that the early use of tobacco and alcohol is predictive of later use of marijuana, misuse of prescription drugs, and opiates. Our goal is to start early.”
Specifically, KSAAT plans to use the funding for several different initiatives. One initiative will focus on reducing the availability of alcohol and tobacco to youth by decreasing access from both commercial and social sources. The funds will also support improved family functioning and parenting skills through increased parent support and education. Another initiative will focus on the early identification of youth substance use and connecting these youth with follow-up or treatment as needed. Finally, KSAAT expects to facilitate community trainings that increase trauma-sensitive environments and strengthen resiliency of youth.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the DFC Program. “Community coalitions continue to drive winning strategies at the local level to reduce the rate of substance misuse,” said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Kana Enomoto. “SAMHSA is pleased to join the Office of National Drug Control Policy in supporting communities that are bringing citizens together to create healthy and drug free environments for our youth.”

The DFC’s 2014 National Evaluation Report found a significant decrease in past 30 day use between the first and most recent data reports for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use as well as the misuse of prescription drugs among middle school and high school youth in DFC communities.

Background on the Drug-Free Communities Support Program
The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. Directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. The grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate youth and adult participation at the community level in local youth drug use prevention efforts.
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local drug problems. Similar to other coalitions, KSAAT includes community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health care and business professionals, law enforcement, and media.

The Knox County Health Department will be serving as the fiscal and administrative agent for KSAAT’s DFC grant. In the near future, a Coalition Coordinator will be hired to manage and coordinate the work of the grant for KSAAT.
For more information about Knox Substance Abuse Action Team, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/Knoxsubstanceabuseactionteam

KSAAT Mission: To engage our community in building partnerships dedicated to preventing and reducing substance abuse among youth and adults in Knox County.

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