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Municipal Court report November 17, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found thirteen people guilty at arraignments held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on November 14, 2017.

Louella Chapman, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failure to pay Income Tax Return. The Court sentenced her to a two-year probation term, serve 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, pay $100 fine plus court costs, and pay all unpaid taxes to the City of Mount Vernon.

Seth Goddard, 25 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to two counts of Failure to Confine a Dog and was sentenced to pay a total of $225 in fines plus court costs.

Lucas Stagg, 35 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of not having a Motorcycle Endorsement and speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a total of $235 in fines plus court costs.

Kelli Stepp, 37 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to Speeding. She was sentenced by the Court to pay a $35 fine plus court costs.

Brian Creech, 27 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.

Brian Needham, 31 of Newark, was found guilty of Driving under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a total of $235 in fines plus court costs.

Erica Baumgartner, 23 of Fredericktown, pled guilty to Driving under Suspension and was sentenced to pay a $200 fine plus court costs.

Aaron Lifer, 37 of Butler, was found guilty of Driving under Suspension and having expired plates. He was sentenced to pay a total of $275 in fines plus court costs.

Blake Hauke, 19 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to Use of Unauthorized Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine plus court costs.

Richard Wiles, 23 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of 2 counts of Driving under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a total of $500 in fines plus court costs.

Donald Williams, 37 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving under Suspension and was sentenced to pay a $200 in fine plus court costs.

Andrew Brown, 21 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to use of Unlawful Plates. He was sentenced by the Court to pay a $35 fine plus court costs.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio and the City of Mount Vernon in the rest of these cases.

Judge  Thatcher found five guilty at trials or in hearings held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on November 15, 2017.

Autumn Nichols, 42 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failure to Yield on Private Property. The Court sentenced her to pay a $15 fine plus court costs.

Damian Crites, 22 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of having No Operator’s License. He was sentenced to pay a $200 fine plus court costs.

Mason Chapman, 21 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to Failure to Confine a Dog and was sentenced to pay court costs only.

Rickey Hess, 60 of Mount Vernon, plead and was found guilty of Failure to Pay Income Tax Return and Failure to File Tax Return. He was sentenced to serve a two-year probation term, 180 days in jail with 180 days suspended, and pay a $100 fine plus court costs for these charges.

Muhaned Khalil, 41 of Mount Vernon, pled guilty to Driving under an OVI Suspension and failing to keep an Assured Clear Distance. The Court sentenced him to serve a two-year probation term, 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended, and pay a $500 fine plus court costs for the Suspension charge. The Court did not assess a fine for the Assured Cleared Distance violation.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the State of Ohio and the City of Mount Vernon in these cases, excepting for Rickey Hess and Muhaned Khalil, in which Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio.

Health Department tests emergency response at MVHS

MOUNT VERNON -- Throughout the year, the Knox County Health Department conducts exercises to test its emergency response operations. Last Thursday, Mount Vernon High School was the site of one such exercise in which the agency tested its preparedness to distribute vaccines to a large group of people in a timely manner.

Working from the premise of a possible communicable disease in the community, health department staff set up a point of distribution (POD) which included various stations for intake, triage, vaccine dispensing and follow up verification. Parents visiting the high school on Thursday for parent-teacher conferences got a glimpse of the operation which was setup in the main hallway outside the gymnasium. School was not in session on Thursday due to parent-teacher conferences.

Students from Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene College, the health technologies class at the Knox County Career Center and members of the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) portrayed the public for the exercise.

According to Zach Green, emergency preparedness coordinator for the health department, 120 people were processed during the POD simulation which surpassed expectations.

“All in all, we felt the process worked well. We identified a few areas for improvement which is why we conduct the exercises,” said Green.

The Knox County Health Department works closely with Homeland Security, Emergency Management Agency, local healthcare providers and law enforcement officials to create response plans and take part in emergency response activities. For information on becoming involved with CERT, contact Green at 740-392-2200, ext. 2230, or zgreen@knoxhealth.com.

Check presentation made to provide 2nd police dog for MVPD

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Two nights after the city's first K9 drug dog hit the streets to help fight the drug problem in the community, the city received the money to purchase a second dog.

Dave Culbertson, who, along with his wife, Ellen, founded the Arms of an Angel Foundation, presented Police Chief Roger Monroe with a check for $15,000 raised through the foundation.

“Eighty percent of the funding came from donations of $50 or less,” said Culbertson. “We are only about $2,800 short of getting the Knox County Sheriff's Office their canine unit. I am confident we will reach that goal.”

Culbertson said the goal is to provide a K9 on every shift for the Mount Vernon Police Department, if the MVPD desires it.

MVPD 2nd K9 money

Dave Culbertson, left, presents Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe a $15,000 check to provide a 2nd K-9 for the department - KP Photo

The Culbertsons founded Arms of An Angel Foundation nine years ago, the day after their son, Carl, died of an overdose. Culbertson chose Nov. 13 as the day to present the money to Monroe because that's Carl's birthday.

“On his birthday, we'd rather be at a birthday party watching him blow out his candles, but God had other plans for Carl and for our family,” said Culbertson.

Mayor Richard Mavis read a proclamation honoring the Culbertsons for their efforts to heighten the awareness of the personal and family tragedy that surrounds drug abuse. Earlier this year, the Arms of an Angel Foundation raised $18,000 which was used to buy and train the city's first K9, Laya.

Monroe said that Laya and her handler, Patrolman Sarah Wheeler, completed their first shift on Saturday night.

“Their efforts resulted in a weighted seizure of drugs,” said Monroe. “That means a felony charge. It's only their first night, and already we've seen the results.”

7th annual Turkey Trot to benefit Food for the Hungry

MOUNT VERNON — The sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk to benefit Food For The Hungry will take place on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23. Hosting the event will be WeRunMV. The run will begin and end at the entrance of the Chapel on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Sign-in starts at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m.

This free event is designed for runners and walkers of all ages and is open to everyone. The goal is participation. Though there is no charge to participate in the Turkey Trot, Food For The Hungry volunteers will collect non-perishable food items and cash donations that will benefit the food pantries of The Salvation Army and Interchurch Social Services.

Running or walking together on Thanksgiving morning has become an annual tradition in Mount Vernon. What better way to count your blessings than to participate in the Turkey Trot with friends and give to others! Plus, this will help you make room for all the turkey and other great food you are going to eat later in the day. It should be noted that for every $1 we raise, our community partner agencies can purchase $10 worth of food from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. It typically takes around $64 to feed a family of 4 for 3 days. MOFB can do that for $8.”

Friends and family members are encouraged to walk/run in groups.

For more information about this or other Food For The Hungry activities, visit www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org

 

Municipal Court sentences November 7, 2017

MOUNT VERNON -- Judge John Thatcher found nine guilty at arraignments held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Nov. 7, 2017.

Teresa Ryan, 31, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of four counts of failing to confine a dog and two counts of failing to display dog registration. The court sentenced her to pay $100 worth of fines plus court costs.

Frederick M. Murphy, 49, of Mount Vernon, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. The court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail, with all jail time suspended, serve a two-year probation term, and complete an alcohol and drug assessment within 60 days.

Neil A. Spencer, Jr., 20, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to pay a $150 fine plus court costs.

Alivia N. Jones, 18, of Brinkhaven, was found guilty of possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia. The court sentenced her to pay a $150 fine plus court costs and suspended her operator’s license for 180 days.

Mitchell A. Carruthers, 29, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of driving under FRA suspension. He was sentenced to pay a $250 fine plus court costs.

Kierstin D. Stone, 21, of Howard, was found guilty of failure to use reasonable control and was sentenced to pay a $50 fine plus court costs.

Michael M. Atkins, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of driving with no front license plate and was fined $25 plus court costs.

Bo Lee Stage, 19, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of driving under suspension. He was sentenced to pay a $200 fine plus court costs.

Beth R. Lemaster, 36, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of possession of drug abuse instruments and was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail, with 82 days of jail time suspended and credit for 8 days served, serve a two-year probation term, complete an alcohol and drug assessment within 60 days, and to pay court costs.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio and the City of Mount Vernon in these cases.

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