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KCSO investigating apparent murder-suicide

CENTERBURG - The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Knox County Coroner’s Office, is investigating a possible murder/suicide at a residence on U.S. Route 36 west of Centerburg.

In a news release Sheriff David Shaffer says officers initially responded to the area of 3424 Columbus Road on a welfare check when one of the residents did not show up to an event on Saturday.

Officers discovered 63 year old Brenda Crum and 65 year old Charles Crum deceased inside the residence. Both appear to have suffered gunshot wounds.

The investigation is ongoing.


Clawson sentenced to prison for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide


MOUNT VERNON - A Bellville man was sentenced to seven years behind bars Friday for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in the death of  20 year old Jordan Pauley of Mount Vernon man in June of 2016. Jamie Clawson, 41, was sentenced by Knox County Common Pleas Court judge Richard Wetzel.

Clawson pleaded guilty and was driving drunk. Pauley was was operating a maroon 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster northbound on Upper Fredericktown Road. Clawson's 2015 white GMC Sierra failed to yield a stop sign on Beckley Road. The truck struck Pauley as he was traveling through the intersection. Clawson then fled the scene of the crash.

In addition to the prison time, Judge Wetzel ordered Clawson to pay restitution for Pauley's funeral expenses.


U.S. Attorney General Sessions criticizes legalization of marijuana

(Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug “remains in effect,” remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown.

“I’ve never felt that we should legalize marijuana,” Sessions said in response to a question from a reporter during a press conference in San Diego announcing record-breaking narcotics seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard in fiscal 2017.

“It doesn’t strike me that the country would be better if it’s being sold at every street corner,” he said, adding that medical organizations oppose it and federal law prohibits it.

Since taking over the helm of the Justice Department in February, Sessions has made drugs, violent crime and illegal immigration his three top law enforcement priorities.

Read more on this Reuters story here.

Donalon indicted for Robbery, Theft, Abduction

 MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Grand Jury this week indicted Jacob Donalon, 26, for Robbery, Felony of the 5th degree, two Theft counts, Felony of the 5th degree, Receiving Stolen Property, Felony of the 4th degree, and Abduction, Felony of the 3rd degree.

The Grand Jury also indicted the following for Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony of the 5th degree:

  • Rocky L. Parsons
  • Robert C. Fulton
  • Vaughn Stoutenburgh
  • Allen D. Vandal
  • Corry Lamer
  • Shannon First
  • Taylor M. Gray
  • Jonathan Zimelis

The Grand Jury also indicted Brandy Jo Butcher and Danielle Reynolds for Breaking & Entering, Felony of the 5th degree.


Volunteers recover tires, trash at Kokosing River Rally cleanup

MOUNT VERNON - Over 170 volunteers worked together to clean up the Kokosing River from Riverside Park to Millwood at the annual River Rally Cleanup Saturday. Knox County Recycling Coordinator Randy Canterbury says the volunteers came from the community, Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon High School Key Club and a veterans group - Paddle for Heroes.

River clean up staging 2017

Dozens of volunteers participated in the Kokosing River Rally Saturday - Photo courtesy of Randy Canterbury

Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing into the early afternoon volunteers recovered the following:

-69 tires
-2 car batteries
-1 box spring
-office chair
-metal push lawn mower
-sleeping bags
-miscellaneous trash

River Cleanup tires

This collection of tires was pulled out of the Kokosing River Saturday - photo courtesy of Randy Canterbury

Canoes were provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Kokosing Valley Canoe Livery, and private donors. Transportation was provided by Knox Area Transit, the local Fish and Game Association and ODNR.

The Ohio EPA provided grants to provide posters, disposal, and waterproof radios.

To learn more about reycling in Knox County contact Canterbury at 740-393-6704.


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