MOUNT VERNON - The third of four town hall meetings planned by Mayor Dick Mavis, Law Enforcement, KSAAT (Knox Sustance Abuse Action Team), Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation and others to bring awareness of the drug epidemic and crime prevention is set for Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Oak Elementary School on Martinsburg Road.
Thursday's session will focus on the court perspective and judicial process. Through a panel discussion hear a local judicial perspective as it relates to crime, punishment, and addiction recovery.
Those scheduled to speak include Chip McConville Knox County Prosecutor's Office, Robert Broeren, Mount Vernon City Law Director’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Judge John C. Thatcher, Mount Vernon Municipal (Merit Court Program), Judge Richard D. Wetzel, Knox County Common Pleas, Judge Jennifer L. Springer, Probate/Juvenile Court, Adult Probation Department/Adult Court Services, Merit Court participants and those currently in recovery.
The final town hall is set for next Tuesday, May 23rd and the topics to be covered include community recovery and addiction resources. Learn about recovery services and resources currently available to citizens of Knox County.
MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Grand Jury has indicted Luke Wilson, 25, for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Trever Davis, 28, January 26th. Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville confirmed that Wilson allegedly provided heroin, laced with fetanyl to Davis which led to the Davis' death.
Wilson is also charged with trafficking in heroin and corrupting another with drugs. According to McConville the mix of heroin and fetanyl was confirmed through tests conducted in an autopsy.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. High doses of opioids, especially potent opioids such as fentanyl, can cause breathing to stop completely, which can lead to death.
Wilson was taken into custody Monday afternoon at a business on Coshocton Avenue.
According to county records Wilson is being held without bail at the Knox County jail.
KIRKERSVILLE - Authorities have identified the gunman and two nursing home employees who died during a shooting at a Kirkersville nursing home. Kirkersville is in Licking County..
Officials say 43-year-old Thomas Hartless killed Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario and two female employees at Pine Kirk Care Center Friday. Hartless was found dead with the employees, Marlina Medrano, a nurse, and 48-year-old Cindy Krantz, a nurse's aide.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says Medrano had a relationship with Hartless. She lived on the same street as he did in the nearby village of Utica.
Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp says Disario was killed while responding to reports of a man with a gun.
Kirkersville is about 25 miles east of Columbus.
Scene outside the Pine Crest Care Center Friday morning - Photo from Licking County Sheriff's Office Facebook
MOUNT VERNON – The stage is set for an informative public forum Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers, to explore the benefits of home rule charter government for the City of Mount Vernon.
Forum moderator Dani Robbins of The Ohio State University School of Public Affairs will initially guide a discussion among four panelists who possess a wealth of knowledge about the more flexible, charter form of government that has been adopted by 76 percent of Ohio municipalities. Local journalists will then join the conversation, posing questions contributed by audience members as well as their own. The entire forum is scheduled to conclude at 8:30 p.m.
Joining the moderator on the expert panel will be Worthington City Manager Matt Greeson, Marysville City Manager Terry Emery, Marysville City Councilwoman Tracy Richards, and veteran municipal law attorney Jonathan Downs. Together these panelists offer a wealth of perspectives about the local government practices under a home rule charter, as opposed to Mount Vernon’s current one size fits all statutory form of government. The Marysville participants offer the additional insights of a community that recently transitioned from a “strong mayor” form of government, such as Mount Vernon’s, to a “council-manager” format.
The journalist panel, which will collect submitted audience questions during a brief break, will consist of Samantha Scoles of the Mount Vernon News, Marty Trese of KnoxPages.com and Curtis Newland of BAS Broadcasting.
In addition to exploring differences in local government under a home rule charter as opposed to a statutory system, panelists are expected to discuss home rule opportunities for greater continuity of leadership, consolidation and streamlining of city offices, enhanced policy-making roles for elected city council members, and the ability for Mount Vernon voters to exempt themselves from costly mandates imposed upon statutory cities by the Ohio Revised Code. The panel will also be prepared to explain the process for placing a home rule charter issue before local voters.
Tuesday’s forum grew out of an informal charter discussion with City Manager Greeson last fall that included the local leadership of both political parties, elected and non-elected city officials and a representative of the local media. From that meeting emerged a consensus to expand the conversation about the benefits of charter government to include the entire community.
Tuesday’s meeting is no doubt the first of several public discussions to determine if a home rule charter would be a good fit for Mount Vernon. The public is invited to participate in person, or to tune in to a live cablecast of the forum on Spectrum Cable. The forum may also be viewed live, or later as a recorded program, on the City Council website.
Thursday's Drug Town Hall at Mount Vernon's Twin Oak elementary school. Lt. Kyle Johnson of the Fredericktown Police Department talking about community involvement with police to fight crime.
MOUNT VERNON - Know your neighbors. That was just one of the takeaways from Thursday evening's Town Hall meeting, the second of four meetings planned by Mayor Dick Mavis, Law Enforcement, KSAAT and others to bring awareness of the drug epidemic and crime prevention.
More than 100 residents attended the meeting at Twin Oak Elementary School and heard presentations from representatives of 911 Dispatch and MVPD, Fredericktown PD and the KCSO.
FPD Lt. Kyle Johnson stressed that knowing your neighbors can reduce residential crime. He also said when you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood remember the five W's - where, what, when, weapons, and who. Relay that information to the dispatcher. Fredericktown has an active neighborhood watch group which meets monthly.
Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer also spoke about the importance of knowing your neighbors. He also stressed the importance of installing security systems. The KCSO responds to alarm calls - 370 of them so far this year. Only one of those was a good call, according to Shaffer.
MVPD Chief Roger Monroe showed examples of homes that were "soft" targets (easy to break in to) and "hard" targets (difficult to break in to). He spoke of the importance of deterring criminals by making your hom look lived in when you're not home. When an audience member asked Monroe about any neighborhood watch groups in Mount Vernon, he said there aren't any but the MVPD has pamphlets if someone is interested in starting one. Interested persons are invited to contact the PD to start a neighborhood watch.
Thursday's Drug Town Hall at Mount Vernon's Twin Oak elementary school. Lt. Kyle Johnson of the Fredericktown Police Department talking about community involvement with police to fight crime.- KP Photo
Topics/dates for the remaining sessions:
Thursday, May 18, 2017 – The Court Perspective and Judicial Process. Through a panel discussion hear a local judicial perspective as it relates to crime, punishment, and addiction recovery.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Community Recovery and Addiction Resources. Learn about recovery services and resources currently available to citizens of Knox County
To watch a recording of Tuesday's town hall click this YouTube link.