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Judge dismisses petition to block sale of former Bladensburg school

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — On Tuesday, Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel dismissed Brian Farmer's most recent petition to block the sale of the former Bladensburg Elementary School.

Wetzel based his ruling on the fact that Farmer's 2017 petition is nearly identical to his 2016 petition, which was dismissed by former Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster. The Fifth Appellate District Court and the Ohio Supreme Court also dismissed Farmer's 2016 petition on appeal.

Wetzel noted that although Farmer's 2017 petition has technical defects, he did not base his ruling on those defects. He dismissed Farmer's petition based on the principle of res judicata, which means that once an issue has been judged on its merits, it cannot be relitigated.

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The closed Bladensburg school building on Tuesday - KP Photo 

The grounds for Eyster's 2016 dismissal of Farmer's claim was Farmer's failure to state a claim for which he was entitled to relief. Farmer had the chance in an oral hearing on Monday to state how the 2017 petition differed from the 2016 petition but did not do so. Because Farmer's 2017 claim is virtually identical to the 2016 claim and presented no new information, res judicata applies. Under res judicata, Farmer is barred from any and all claims in this matter.

Farmer's recent petition also requested the court to prohibit the sale of the school property to the Bladensburg Community Heritage Foundation. Wetzel ruled that the court does not have the jurisdiction to prohibit such a sale.

The school closed in 2015. In July of that year, the East Knox Board of Education approved the sale of the property to the foundation. Plans are to develop the building as a community center.


Alcohol suspected in car-buggy crash

FREDERICKTOWN - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a serious injury crash involving a motor vehicle and a horse-drawn buggy. The crash occurred at 8:00 P.M. on Monday on Waterford Road (County Road 6) northwest of SR 13.

Tammy L. Green, age 43, of Fredericktown was traveling southeast on Waterford Road in a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. Ms. Green drove into the rear-end of a horse-drawn buggy. The horse-drawn buggy was also southeast on Waterford Road. The buggy was operated by David P. Yoder, age 43, of Fredericktown, Ohio. He was
transported to Knox Community Hospital with serious injuries. He was transferred to The Ohio State University Medical Center. Mr. Yoder’s wife and 13-week old daughter were passengers on the buggy. Emma M. Yoder, age 44, was transported to OSU Medical Center by MedFlight with life-threatening injuries. Their daughter was transported to KCH and then to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The child is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Ms. Green was transported to KCH with minor injuries.

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

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Waterford Road accident scene Monday evening - photo courtesy of Fredericktown Community Fire District

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Fredericktown Community Fire District, Jefferson-Belville Fire Department, Morrow County EMS, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation by the Mount Gilead Highway Patrol Post.


MVNU Cross Country teams involved in accident

MOUNT VERNON— Mount Vernon Nazarene University cross country teams were involved in a motor vehicle accident Friday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. in Shelby, Ohio, in Richland County. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams and coach were traveling northbound on South Gamble Street in Shelby when a semi-tractor trailer went left of center and struck two vehicles traveling with MVNU. Two additional vehicles traveling with the caravan were not hit. The Shelby Police Department and Shelby Fire Department responded to the scene where five MVNU players were taken to area hospitals and treated for minor injuries.

“This afternoon our cross country team, while traveling to a scheduled event in Sandusky, was involved in a multi-vehicle crash within the city limits of Shelby, Ohio. The crash, which involved a semi-tractor trailer, resulted in heavy damage to several vehicles and five student-athletes being transported to a local hospital with minor injuries for precautionary measures,” said Aaron Quinn, Athletic Director.

“In times like this, we pause to give thanks to God for his care and take a moment to reflect on the truly important things in life. I am very grateful to the city of Shelby for their willingness to step in and help in so many ways.”

Families of the players have been notified and MVNU Cross Country Coach Chip Wilson has been with the team for the entirety of the day. The crash is still under investigation by the Shelby Police Department.


Downtown Mount Vernon restaurant closes

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Downtown dining options diminished this weekend as Athens Greek Restaurant on the northwest corner of the Public Square closed their doors. The announcement was made on Facebook Saturday night. No specific reason was given in the post. 

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Workers took down the Athens Greek restaurant signage Sunday afternoon - KP Photo 

Sunday the restuarant's sign was being taken down and a moving truck was seen outside the building. 

The official announcement came Sunday afternoon from proprietors, Roger McCoy and Myron Coblentz, also the owners of The Southside Diner in Mount Vernon, Watt’s Restaurant in Utica, and two other Athens Greek Restaurants in Mansfield and Ontario, Ohio.

“Our success is in providing quality food, great customer service, and reasonable prices. When locating to the historic district of downtown Mount Vernon we used this same familiar and comfortable philosophy and Athens on the Square has thrived in a competitive market.”

"[We] have decided to consolidate efforts managing the day to day operations in the remaining four restaurant locations, while keeping our standards high, will be the priority;” expressed McCoy, “and, we will be able to utilize the Athens’ staff, moving them into our other restaurants as needed.”

“We continue to look forward to serving our customers at these other restaurants,” said McCoy. “Thank you to our loyal Athens Greek Restaurant customers over the past four years. We will be adding some your favorite Greek dishes to our menu at Southside Diner. We invite you to join us at our Athens Greek Restaurants in Richland County and to find your way to Watt’s in Utica, and to the Southside Diner in Mount Vernon."

The closure comes less than a month after a new cafe opened on North Main Street, just a few blocks away.  


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8 month old left in hot car, father arrested

By George Breithaupt, KnoxPages.com Reporter 

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon police were called to 911 Coshocton Ave. on Thursday to investigate a report of an infant left inside a parked vehicle. According to the report when officer Nicolas Holdren arrived on the scene he spoke to the woman who had made the report. Officer Holdren observed an infant inside an unlocked vehicle. Holdren said the vehicle appeared to have been lived in. He observed the back passenger side window was open about two inches. He also observed several bottles of Round Up beside the car seat and other items on the floor board in the back of the vehicle. There was also an empty pizza box on the front passenger side and several items underneath it. Holdren also found a diaper bag with several birth certificates inside.

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The scene on Coshocton Avenue Thursday in which an infant was found unattended inside a car - KP Photo

The infant was observed to have rosy cheeks and was sweating heavily. Holdren removed the infant and requested assistance from the Mount Vernon Fire Department to check on the condition of the child. Holdren removed the infant's heavy pants and sat with him in the air-conditioned cruiser in an effort to cool him off. The infant had a full diaper and one of the observers offered a clean diaper to the officer. Holdren changed the diaper and continued his efforts to cool down the infant.

Children Services was advised of the situation and responded to the scene at about 1:08 PM. The Mount Vernon Fire Department did a preliminary check of the condition of the infant and transported him to Knox Community Hospital. The Mount Vernon Fire Department advised they measured the temperature inside the vehicle at 111°F.

At about 1:35 a male, identified as Donald Ireland, the infant's father, came to the vehicle from the area of Buffalo Wild Wings. Ireland told the officer he had forgotten about his 8-month-old son being in the car. Ireland's information was run through the Law Enforcement Automated Data System and was found to have several active warrants out of the Heath Police Department. Ireland was arrested and handcuffed. Detective Bobo spoke to the assistant prosecutor and was advised to charge Ireland with child endangering. Ireland was transported to Knox Community Hospital because he was experiencing chest pains. Medical staff at the hospital cleared Ireland medically and he was transported to the Knox County Jail, charged with child endangering and incarcerated.

The infant's mother, was working in Croton, was advised of the situation and left to go to Knox Community Hospital. The infant was released to the custody of Children Services. 


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Donald Ireland - Knox County Jail photo



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