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MVPD reports small Fountain Street fire exposes camp containing possibly stolen items

MOUNT VERNON - MVPD Officer Justin Trowbridge filed the following report after being called to a fire complaint early Monday on Fountain Street.

On Monday 09/11/2017 at 12:49 A.M., I responded to a fire complaint in the area of 305 Fountain Street. Upon arrival, I made contact with the complainant. She indicated that she heard shots being fired in the woods. She also observed smoke rising from the woods. I proceeded to the southwest corner of her property and observed a large amount of smoke rising from the woods.

I proceeded into the woods and discovered a camp fire that appeared to be in the early stages of spreading. The fire department was notified of the situation and responded to the scene. While awaiting their arrival there were two explosions from something that was burning inside the fire. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire with their watering cans.

I searched the area, but failed to locate anyone. I located a plastic cooler that contained food. I also located sleeping gear, personal valuables, and other property items that leads me to believe that someone has recently occupied this campsite. I located a tackle box that had the name of an East Gambier Street resident written on it. I also located a small pink/clear plastic box that contained jewelry items. A large Fabware knife was also found at the campsite. The tackle box, jewelry box, and knife were collected as found property. Photographs were taken at the scene and forwarded to the police department administration.

Upon clearing the scene I proceeded to the East Gambier Street. Upon arrival, I made contact with the resident who confirmed that the tackle box belonged to him. He does not know when it was taken or who may have taken it. The item was returned to the owner.

I made contact with dispatch and requested that they inform the Parks Department of the damaged area and the required cleanup for the debris. The Fabware knife and box of jewelry have been secured into an evidence locker at the police department as found property.

The jewelry box contained the following items:
- One orange cloth item with gold metal attached
- One chain necklace
- One large green/blue heart pendant
- One brown hair clip
- One "Happy birthday Velma" pin
- Two gold earrings with stones
- One anchor necklace
- One green plastic ring
- 16 earring stud
- One double heart pendant
- One plastic ring
- One red pendant
- One Sin-Tennial pin
- Two Taurus pendants
- One thick gold colored object
- One cross pendant
- One tangled group of necklaces
- One set of three large rings, possibly wristlets
- One USB cable
- One Blazer .45 caliber round


Brown and other Senators urge immediate action on opioid crisis declaration


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachsetts (and nine of their colleagues) today called on President Donald Trump to take immediate action on the opioid crisis and answer specific questions about the President’s overdue promise to declare the epidemic a national emergency. Brown applauded the formation of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and several of its recommendations, which echoed his work to combat the opioid epidemic in the Senate.

In July, the Commission provided a number of recommendations to help address the opioid crisis, including declaring a national emergency. Unfortunately, President Trump has yet to act on any of the Commission’s recommendations. In the letter sent to the White House today, the Senators ask how the administration is evaluating the emergency declaration recommendation and the steps it will take to end the opioid use disorder and overdose crisis.

“Regardless of whether you choose to declare a state of emergency, continued inaction on this issue is deeply concerning,” wrote Brown and the Senators in the letter. “In order to effectively treat this crisis with the urgency it demands, we believe you must take action immediately to expand treatment capacity, increase prevention efforts (including prescriber education initiatives), improve data sharing, and support detection and interdiction efforts to address the supply side of this epidemic – all recommendations for action proposed by the Commission you created.”

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) also signed the letter. A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

The letter calls on the White House to implement several recommendations from the Administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Several of the Commission’s recommendations are proposals Brown has worked on, including:

Eliminating an outdated cap on the number of beds at substance abuse treatment facilities that can be covered under Medicaid. Current law limits use of Medicaid funding for residential mental health or substance abuse treatment to facilities with just 16 beds or less, which prevents many Ohioans from getting the help they need. Brown has legislation with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to lift the cap so Ohioans can get care. The Commission’s report notes this is one of the quickest ways to get people into treatment.

Increasing access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Brown has worked on legislation to expand use of MAT, which was included in the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act (CARA), which Brown supported. He has also cosponsored The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act (TREAT Act) to further expand access to this effective form of treatment.

Increasing access to naloxone. Brown has called on the government to boost funding to help first responders maintain a supply of naloxone and supported CARA, which authorized funding for overdose reversal drugs.

Developing better fentanyl detection devices for local, state and federal law enforcement, and supporting legislation Brown is supporting to stop the flow of synthetic opioids through the U.S. Postal Service. Brown teamed up with Senator Portman on a pair of bills to help block the flow of fentanyl to Ohio communities, the INTERDICT and STOP Acts. The STOP Act, which Brown is cosponsoring, would help USPS detect these drugs. Brown’s INTERDICT ACT provides Customs and Border agents with additional resources to screen for fentanyl safely and effectively.


Knox County Grand Jury Indictments September 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Grand Jury issued the following indictments this week. 

Rockey Clark, 36, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (2 charges), Felony in the 4th degree, two forfeiture specifications. Bond set at 25,000 cash according to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville.

Daniel Dales, 34, Burglary, Felony 2nd degree, Theft, Misdemeanor 1st degree

Timothy Dugger, 34, Domestic Violence, Felony 4th degree

Carl Papalevich, 36,  Abduction, Felony 3rd degree, Assault, Misdemeanor 1st degree, Aggravated Trespass, Misdemeanor 1st degree, Aggravated Menacing, Misdemeanor 1st degree

Carol Gallagher, 33, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 2nd degree, Aggravated Trafficking, Felony in the 2nd degree

Lisa Sharp, 37, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felony 3rd degree, Complicity to Aggravated Traffickig in Drugs, Felony 3rd Degree

Charles Devault, 48, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 3rd degree, Complicity to Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felony 3rd degree

Jason Hogan, 23, Failure to provide change of address, Felony 4th degree

Danielle Krownapple, 34, Aggravated Possesion of Drugs, Felony 5th degree 

Luther Wells II, 38, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree, Criminal Trespass, Petty Theft, Misdemeanor 1st degree

Scott E. Lyons, 35, Failure to provide change of address, Felony 3rd degree

Vincent Crim, 29, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 3rd degree

Carl O. Parrish, 54, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree, Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, Operating a vehicle under the influence

Randy Vanwinkle, 41, Felonious Assault, Felony 2nd degree, Forefeiture specification, Domestic Violence, Misdemeanor 1st degree

Brooke M. Miller, 30, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felony 3rd degree, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, Felony 3rd degree

Shannon T. Nicolaou, 35, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree

Braylyn Metcalfe-Daum, 21, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, Felony 5th degree

Carl Flanagan, 46, Violating a Protection Order, Felony 5th degree

Meghan R. Craig, 33, Operating a vehicle under influence of alcohol, Felony 4th degree, Forfeiture specification

Scott Lee Schuch, 46, Felonious Assault, Felony 2nd degree with firearm specification, Having weapons under disability, Felony 3rd degree, Domestic Violence, Felony 4th degree, Aggravated Menacing, Misdemeanor 1st degree.




Hurricane Irma hits Florida coast to coast

MIAMI -- Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummeling with winds up to 130 mph Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. The Associated Press reported on their website that the 400-mile-wide (640-kilometer-wide) storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then began a slow trek up the state's west coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side.

Irma was expected to reach the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area by early Monday, though in a much-weakened state. While it arrived in Florida a Category 4 hurricane, by nightfall it was down to a Category 2 with winds of 105 mph (177 kph).

"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida," Gov. Rick Scott said on "Fox News Sunday" as more than 160,000 people waited out Irma in shelters statewide.

Excerpt from story written by Jennifer Kay and Freida Frisaro, Associated Press 


More mosquitoes found with West Nile Virus

MOUNT VERNON - Continued trapping and testing of mosquitoes in Knox County has resulted in more mosquitoes being positively identified with West Nile Virus (WNV). The latest infected insects were found in mosquito traps placed in Fredericktown in mid-August. This is the second time mosquitoes with WNV have been found in Fredericktown which also yielded positive tests from traps placed in late July.

Gambier and the Apple Valley area of Howard were also identified in early August as having mosquitoes with WNV, but traps set recently in those areas came back negative.

Nate Overholt, environmental health director with the Knox County Health Department said the agency has been spraying pesticide in the areas where the positive mosquitoes were trapped, plus in additional areas of the county. The agency is also providing larvacide to treat areas of standing water.

“We will continue to spray for mosquitoes whenever the weather permits,” said Overholt. Spraying takes place in the evenings and can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather conditions including rain, wind or low temperature.

“Unfortunately, we can’t kill every mosquito with pesticide,” said Overholt. “ The public also needs to help with prevention efforts including using insect repellent when they are outside and getting rid of standing water around their homes.”

When it comes to standing water, no amount is too small. “Mosquitoes need just a small amount of water to lay their eggs which hatch in just a day or two.” said Overholt. “That’s why it’s important to get rid of standing water on a regular basis.”

With rain expected throughout Ohio in the next week, there are likely to be lots of areas of standing water.

Common mosquito habitats include: tires, buckets, cans, bottles, plastic containers, pet food containers and water dishes, planters and pots, including saucers and catch trays. Bird baths should be drained and refilled every 3-4 days.

So far this year, 36 Ohio counties have recorded positive tests for WNV. Statewide trapping and testing is conducted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) ansd local health departments. There have been seven reports of WNV in humans

WNV can cause an infection in humans that can lead to encephalitis. Most people who become infected with WNV do not have any symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. There is no specific treatment for WNV infection, and care is based on symptoms.

Mosquitoes are likely to be biting between dusk and dawn. “If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear repellent with DEET,” advised Overholt. “Cover up by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Also, wear light colors. They are less attractive to mosquitoes.”

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