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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

 

 

MOUNT VERNON – Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville reported that the Knox County Grand Jury handed down sixteen indictments for felony crimes on Monday. The charges included assaulting a peace officer, multiple burglaries, felonious assault and sexual battery. Arraignments in these cases are scheduled for Friday, July 24, 2015 in the Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Shane M. Simmons, 35, of Fredericktown was indicted for Possession of Heroin, a felony of the fourth degree. EMS personnel Simmons was found to be in possession of 30 “berries” of heroin after a traffic accident. This case was investigated by Tpr. M. S. Waters of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Michael A. Wood, 40, of Fredericktown was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the second degree, three counts of Grand Theft, all third degree felonies, and Theft, a felony of the fifth degree. The indictment alleges that Wood stole three rifles and jewelry from another Fredericktown resident, as well as committing additional crimes in Delaware and Morrow Counties as part of a continuing course of conduct. This case was investigated by Det. Sgt. Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Dustin L. Canter, 32, of Howard was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the third degree, and Theft, a first degree misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that Canter stole silver bars and coins from a Howard resident’s home. This case was investigated by Det. David Light of the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Jessica M. Wardrop, 37, of Fredericktown was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the second degree. Wardrop is alleged to have walked into a Fredericktown residence while the owner and her daughter were home. Wardrop reportedly made threats and then left. This case was investigated by Ptl. Ryan Ball of the Fredericktown Police Department.

Johnathan R. Zimelis, 33, of Mount Vernon was indicted for Receiving Stolen Property, a felony of the fifth degree. Zimelis was found to be in possession of allegedly stolen property after being searched as a result of a traffic stop. This case was investigated by Ptl. Rex Young and the Detective Division of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Tommy B. Nichols, 19, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Discharge of a Firearm on or Near Prohibited Premises, a third degree felony; two counts of Felonious Assault with firearm specifications, both second degree felonies; Tampering with Evidence, a third degree felony, and Receiving Stolen Property, a fourth degree felony. According to the report, Nichols allegedly fired two shots from a Mount Vernon apartment window after being involved in altercation at the local movie theater. This case was investigated by Det. Tim Arnold of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Richard D. Poole, 34, of Mount Vernon was indicted for Burglary, a felony of the third degree; Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, a fourth degree felony; Breaking and Entering; five counts of Theft, Identity Fraud, and Forgery, all fifth degree felonies. The indictment alleges Poole stole a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo belonging to Constance and Donald Wittman along with various personal belongings including money, tools, jewelry and electronics. It also alleges that Poole used stolen checks to withdraw money from the victim’s various accounts. This case was investigated by Det. Tim Arnold.

Kevin Fawcett, 38, of Mount Vernon was indicted for four counts of Receiving Stolen Property, and two counts of Forgery, all fifth degree felonies. This indictment is also a result of stolen checks and money from Constance and Donald Wittman. This case was investigated by Det. Tim Arnold.

Jeremy L. Savage, 31, of Mount Vernon was indicted for three counts of Assaulting a Peace Officer, fourth degree felonies, Vandalism, a fourth degree felony, Resisting Arrest and Criminal Damaging, both second degree misdemeanors, and Misconduct at an Emergency, a fourth degree misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that Savage caused property damage to the Bad Apple Pub and to cars in the parking lot. Savage is also alleged to have bitten a deputy and be combative while at the emergency room. This case was investigated by Dep. Tim Knell of Knox County Sheriff's Office.

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