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Knox County Grand Jury Indictments Oct. 3, 2017

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Grand Jury returned indictments for Aggravated Arson, Theft, Domestic Violence and more this week. The following list of defendants was acquired by KnoxPages.com from county records:

Paula S. Popham, 36, Theft, Felony of the 5th degree, Receiving Stolen Property, Felony of the 5th degree, and Failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer.

Kevin D. Courts, 44, Aggravated Arson, Felony of the 1st degree

Michael S. Dayton, 43, Domestic Violence, Felony of the 4th degree


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Magers Road Bridge project delayed for 2 more years

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

HOWARD - Motorists hoping to drive the Magers Road bridge which spans the Little Jelloway Creek from Howard-Danville Road to Cornish Road will have to wait at least two more years. That section of Magers had been used by residents as one of the few roadways to access the east side of Apple Valley.

County Engineer Cameron Keaton told KnoxPages.com the bridge was closed in November of 2016 due to excessive deterioration of the steel beams. Keaton said he applied for emergency bridge funds through the Ohio Public Works Commission and received a letter last month that the bridge was not approved for funding. Earlier this month, Keaton contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to see if it would be possible to substitute the Magers Road bridge for another bridge that was already funded through the ODOT Local Bridge Replacement (LBR) program.

Magers Road closed sept 2017

This section of Magers Road near Howard will remain closed due to structural problems on the bridge for at least two more years - KP Photo

ODOT agreed to switch the bridges out and the Magers Road bridge construction project is scheduled to begin in July of 2019. Completion will likely be in October or November of that year.

The bridge will be a total replacement at an estimated construction cost of $377,000.

Keaton said, "By using ODOT LBR funding, Knox County will only have to pay 5% of the total cost of construction," approximately $18,850.


Dee Wood honored by City Council

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — City Council members began their Monday night meeting by honoring Dee Wood as she transitions from administrative assistant to the safety-service director to full-time grandmother. Wood is retiring on Friday after 14 years of service in the position.

Reading a proclamation recognizing her professional and loyal support, Mayor Richard Mavis said Wood has “fielded and resolved many public concerns during her tenure and done so with a sense of humor, cheerful spirit and desire for positive result.” “It's been a delight to get to know her over the years,” he said.

“Any time while I was president of council and asked her to do anything, she always did it with such joy,” said Councilman John Booth.

Dee Wood retiring

City Council honored Dee Wood on Monday for her 14 years of service to the city. Wood is retiring on Friday.
KP Photo by Marty Trese

Lucie McMahon of Community Development Consultants of Ohio spoke to council about fair housing laws. She said the principle behind fair housing can be summed up in this way: “People should be able to live wherever they can afford to live.”

She requested council to consider passing a resolution affirming its support for the fair housing concept. The city already has such a resolution in place, but it was passed many years ago. Council agreed that it would be good to update the resolution. Mavis said he supports reaffirming that the city supports fair housing.

“We do have some problems,” said Safety-service Director Joel Daniels, adding that he would welcome taking a look at an analysis McMahon prepared noting problems residents have reported with landlords.

Starla Benson, East High Street, kept the issue of traffic on Edgewood Road before council. After thanking city officials for “the attention the city has given our concerns, … and the Mount Vernon Police Department for increased patrols,” Benson said neighbors are requesting a meeting with city officials.

Specifically, Benson said the neighbors want city officials to present past plans regarding traffic flow on Edgewood, plans for a connector road laid out, and plans to add a road further east to connect Ohio 229 to Coshocton Avenue. Emphasizing a sense of urgency in light of development on the east end, Benson said, “Basically, what we want is maps laid out, maps presented and we can ask questions good or bad.”

Robert Bender, Provident Companies, gave council an overview of the proposed renovation of Meadow Ridge Apartments on Follin Avenue. Public meetings are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. At Dan Emmett Elementary School and Friday at 1 p.m. at the apartment complex so that community members can learn more in-depth about the scope of the project.

Council authorized the city auditor to appropriate funds, pay bills and transfer funds. Appropriations included $800 from the sale of scrap metal. Council also authorized Daniels to bid for supplies, materials and equipment for 2018.

Council waived the third reading and adopted legislation approving the recommendations of the Knox County Tax Incentive Review Council regarding economic development incentives. The incentives cover several areas:
*4 CRAs (Community Reinvestment Areas): Connelll's Home Furnishings, First-Knox National Bank, Jacob Motorsports and Woodward Development Corp.
*6 EZ (Enterprise Zone) exemptions: Ariel Corp., Chesterland Productions PLL, Cooper Cameron Corp., Owens Corning Insulating Systems, Pisces Properties LLC and Sanoh America
*3 active TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) zones: Coshocton Avenue, Central Business District and Sandusky Street

Coroner reports dog caused infant's death

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Coroner Dr. Jennifer Ogle has released information discovered during the autopsy of a 1 month old baby. At 6:28a.m. on September 20th, Dr. Ogle's office was notified of a deceased infant at a residence on Wooster Road.

With assistance from the Knox County Dog Warden, the Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation the investigation began.

Dr. Ogle indicates that the infant was attacked by one of the two dogs found in the home whie in a bassinet in his father's bedroom. The dog involved appeared to be a light brown, male pitbull/pitbull mix. The infant sustained injuries to the head resulting in his death. The autopsy revealed no trauma from any source other than the canine. The infant was healthy and well taken care of prior to his death.

To respect the family's privacy KnoxPages.com is not publishing the name of the infant nor the parents in this case. 

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.


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