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One killed, one injured in duplex fire

MOUNT VERNON - MVFD was called to a two-story duplex fire on North Harrison Street on the west end at 5:16 Monday morning. Fire Chief Chad Christopher says when his personnel arrived the front porch was on fire and the whole house was filled wih smoke. MVFD got mutual aid from the Fredericktown Community Fire District.


The first floor apartment was unoccupied. Firefighters were unable to to make entry to the second floor apartment because of fire on the stairwell.  Once the flames were put out a victim, a woman in her early 50's, was found in the kitchen.  Her name was not being released. A second victim did manage to get out and she made her way to a home on Curtis Street, about a mile away from the fire scene.  Chief Christopher said the woman who made it out is the daughter of the woman who died.

MVPD detectives were also on the scene. The woman who escaped was taken by EMS to Knox Community Hospital for treatment. When she was found she had minior burns and was covered in soot.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate. Chief Christopher said there were no working fire detectors in the duplex.



Longtime KCSO Deputy resigns over social media video

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - A 20-year veteran of the Knox County Sheriff's Office has resigned in the wake of a social media video post. Sheriff David Shaffer has confirmed that Kevin Durbin is now off duty and is using accumulated vacation and comp time until his last day on April 12.

An investigation into the social media post is underway and due to that Shaffer could not comment further. 

Durbin has taken down his Facebook account. He has been a deputy with the KCSO since 1996.

Sen. Brown calls on Trump Administration to reset trade relationship with China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Wednesday unveiled a new report from the Alliance for American Manufacturing highlighting how the World Trade Organization (WTO) undermines the United States’ ability to enforce its trade laws and protect American workers. Brown used the report to outline how the WTO allows trade violations to go unchecked, particularly as it relates to China, and has cracked down on U.S. laws meant to fight back against illegal competition.

Brown also called on the Trump Administration to reset the U.S. trade relationship with China. On Monday, the Financial Times reported that the Administration was seeking ways to bypass the WTO in order to impose direct sanctions on China for trade violations.

“As this report shows, in decision after decision, the WTO has ruled against the U.S. and weakened our laws designed to fight back against subsidies and illegal dumping,” said Brown. “Rather than providing American steel companies with a way to crack down on Chinese cheating, the WTO has undermined the tools our businesses need to defend themselves and their workers. We need a reset of our trade relationship with China, starting with a reset at the WTO. This is something I’ve called for, and I’m encouraged by the news from the White House this week that they’re preparing a plan to bypass the WTO and take direct action against China and other countries where we have trade disputes.”

The report outlines how WTO decisions have weakened U.S. trade enforcement laws and made it more difficult to crack down on countries, like China, who violate international trade rules and hurt American workers. The report identifies specific industries, including the steel industry, that have been the subject of these disputes and harmed by WTO decisions.

Brown has urged presidents of both parties to address China’s unfair trade practices and take concrete steps to protect American workers.

In November, Sen. Brown wrote a letter to President Trump offering specific ways to work together in order to overhaul U.S. trade policy to put workers first and hold China to its trade obligations. Specifically, Brown called on Trump to work with him to fight currency manipulation, maintain China’s nonmarket economy status, and crack down on China’s steel overcapacity, which has led to job losses in Ohio and nationwide.

Brown joined Sen. Portman in a letter last year to former U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urging him to bring a World Trade Organization (WTO) case against China in an effort to address aluminum overcapacity, which hurts American aluminum manufacturers and their workers. Brown also led a letter with Portman to President Obama seeking continued efforts from the Administration to reduce China’s excess steel capacity through enhanced trade enforcement.

Brown’s legislation, the Leveling the Playing Field Act, cosponsored by Portman and signed into law in June 2015, has restored strength to antidumping and countervailing duty statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the ITC when foreign producers, including China, sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies. The law led to key wins for Ohio steel companies in major trade cases last year on cold-rolled, hot-rolled, and corrosion-resistant steel, including U.S. Steel, Nucor, ArcelorMittal, and AK Steel, which together employ more than 8,200 Ohio workers.

Brown was joined on the call by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and Elizabeth Drake, a co-author of the report.

“Given that many WTO decisions, and in particular rulings by its appellate body, have stunningly overreached and unfairly targeted U.S. trade enforcement measures, we must consider all of our options at this moment. Factory workers in Ohio and across America deserve better,” said Paul.

“We thank Senator Brown for his leadership on securing a trade policy that will benefit American manufacturing and our workers. As the trade agenda of the Senate and Administration begins to take shape, bolstering our trade enforcement tools and reigning in the WTO should be two of our top priorities.”

Morrow County: Law enforcement rounding up 21 suspects indicted for drug trafficking

MOUNT GILEAD - Thursday morning at 7 a.m. the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office announced it had begun serving warrants on 21 indictments for drug trafficking. These warrants were issued by the Morrow County Grand Jury on February 23, 2017.

These indictments were the result of a lengthy investigation that dates back to the summer of 2016.

Sheriff John Hinton said, "The importance of these indictments is that we, the local law enforcement community, have noticed that there is a strong connection between the burglaries and drug use in this community. Thus, it is our hope that by aggressively pursuing the drug traffickers that we will drive the illicit drug trade from our county and that this will ultimately reduce the number of property crimes in our county."

Hinton continued, "The mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to make Morrow County a safe haven where our citizens can raise their families and live without fear. To those who think that Morrow County is a safe haven for drug manufacturing, trafficking or use, be mindful that you will be aggressively pursued by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office."

Sheriff Hinton thanked Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer for his help  work on these cases.  He also thanked the detectives,
Sheriff Scott Kent of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Cardington Police Department and the Mt. Gilead Police Department.

The individuals that have been arrested are:
Jakob Swango - Burglary
Paris Justice - Burglary
Shannon Waterhouse - Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs
Christopher Sowash - Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Possession of Drugs
Smitty Gayheart - Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs
Timothy Nelson - Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs
Justin Coleman - Trafficking in Drugs
Edward Ebersole - Trafficking in Drugs
Troy Spaulding - Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs
Crystal Deland - Trafficking in Drugs
Johnnie Martinez - Offenses involving counterfeit controlled substances
Elizabeth Gale - Trafficking in Drugs
Tanner Depolo - Trafficking in Drugs
James Grimmett Jr. - Trafficking in Drugs
In addition to those individuals the Sheriff’s Office is actively pursuing the following:
Tiffany Randolph
Trenton Williams
Melissa Hunt
William Poppell - CAPTURED
Karen Sheets
Mark Myers Jr.
Charleen Brasseur
William Keil, II - CAPTURED

If anyone knows the whereabouts of these individuals please call the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office at 419-946-4444. Do not try to detain or apprehend these individuals on your own.
For those individuals that have been arrested, those cases are now in the hands of the Morrow County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morrow County Court of Common Pleas.

UPDATE: Two Fredericktown teenagers reported missing found safe

UPDATE: FPD says these girls have been found safe as of 11:30 a.m.

FREDERICKTOWN - Tuesday night at 10:43 p.m. relatives of Kailynn Hivley, 13, and Madison Griffith, 13, reported the girls did not return to their Fredericktown homes after being out together.

Hivley is described as 5'3" tall, weighing 95 pounds, with blue hair and green eyes.  She was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and black pants.

Griffith is described as 5'1" tall, weighing 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue hoodies and blue jeans.

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Kailyn Hivley (left) and Madison Griffith - photos submitted by FPD   

Tuesday afternoon the girls were asking family members to give them a ride to the Bellville area so they could visit a boy named Zach. All family members declined to take the girls to Bellville and they both left their residences walking.

Fredericktown Police Department records show Griffith has been reported as a runaway on two separate occasions in the past. There is currently an active Probation Violation Warrant for her issued by the Knox County Juvenile Court.

If you have any information concernig the whereabouts of these two girls contact the Fredericktown Police Department at 740-694-9222 or the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 740-397-3333.




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