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Mount Vernon man pleads guilty to possessing child porn on computer

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Prosecutor's office reports Tyler B. Smith of Mount Vernon pleaded guilty this morning to to possessing child pornography on a computer last October.  Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, investigated the Smith case assisted by Investigators from the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Corporal Kyle Theibert, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the Price case.

Also this morning, Jo-Ro L. Sharp, 29, Mount Vernon, entered a guilty plea to burglarizing a residence on April 30. Detective David Light and Sergeant Timothy Light, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

Ashli N. Price, 26, Mount Vernon, plead guilty to trafficking in heroin, on February 18.

Health Department to offer diabetes education classes


MOUNT VERNON - Diabetes is the most prevalent illness in the United States affecting more than 26 million people and an estimated 5,500 people in Knox County.

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to long-term health complications including heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and blindness. The good news is that if you control your diabetes, you can prevent these complications and lead a more enjoyable life.

To help local diabetics learn more about their illness, the Knox County Health Department is offering a four-session program titled “Controlling Your Diabetes for Life.” The sessions will be held Oct. 30, Nov. 6, 13, and 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the health department.

Rebecca Metcalf, a certified nurse practitioner, will lead the classes. She has been a diabetes educator for 15 years.

Topics to be covered during the four sessions include: understanding how diabetes affects your body; how healthy eating, physical activity and managing stress can control your diabetes; problem-solving for dealing with high and low blood sugar levels; and understanding how different medications affect diabetes.

To register for the classes, contact Pam Palm at the health department at 399-8002.
There is a $5 fee to attend all classes.

 

Top story: Heroin use skyrockets in Mount Vernon

by Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com editor

  MOUNT VERNON-Heroin use pervades all areas of Mount Vernon, Ohio. That's the word from police Detectives Matt Dailey and James DeChant who sat down to discuss how this insidious, illegal drug is affecting the community. Detective Dailey says that heroin use has skyrocketed over what it was a few years ago. 

In 2013 so far, police have investigated the following crimes related to drug use, most of it heroin:

  • 1 homicide
  • 1 stabbing
  • 45 thefts
  • 5 fatal overdoses
  • 64 drug trafficking offenses
  • 2 robberies
  • 178 department wide drug cases

Detective DeChant says heroin use is happpening in upscale neighborhoods with $300,000 homes as well as low-income housing complexes. Once someone is addicted to heroin they often resort to stealing from family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses to feed their addiction.

tvs stolen to support drug habit

These two 50-inch televisions were stolen from a Mount Vernon department store to feed a suspect's drug habit-MVPD photo

According to drugbeat.com heroin is an opiate and like all opiates, it is a Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant or sedative. Normal functioning of the CNS is essential for a whole range of automatic bodily functions (such as maintaining your heart beat and breathing rate and to help you think clearly & make rational decisions). The effects of heroin are felt throughout the whole body - slowing down your physical, mental and emotional responses.

 

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Heroin confiscated by MVPD

To report illegal drug use send a message using the the Mount Vernon Police Department facebook page, use the METRICH enforcement unit website, www.METRICH.com, or call the MVPD detective bureau at 740-393-9536. If you know or suspect that there is a drug problem in your community, call with the following information:

  • Names and address of drug dealers
  • Vehicle descriptions and tag numbers
  • Locations where illegal drugs are sold
  • Property owners who rent to drug dealers
  • Days and hours of known drug activity

To hear an interview with Detectives Dailey and DeChant click here.

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Small child found wandering unattended on the Public Square

MOUNT VERNON - Just before 1 p.m. Thursday two MVPD officers responded to a call about a young boy found wandering in the roadway on Public Square. The officers contacted the complainant, Jeff Cline, who said that the juvenile was walking unattended on the Public Square.

The boy reportedly didn't have any socks or shoes on and wasn't able to give police his name or the location of his residence. The officers tried to find the juvenile's residence but were unable to locate it. Knox County Department of Job and Family Services was then contacted. Kristen Rogers, a Social Worker from the Knox County Department of Job and Family Services arrived on scene and took custody of the juvenile until a parent or guardian could be located.

This morning a spokesman for Job and Family Services said that the juvenile is safe. In situations like this, the agency tries to reconnect with the juvenile with the family to assess the siutation and the safety of the child.

Heart of Ohio Trail close to completion

by Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com reporter

  MOUNT VERNON — Knox County residents are close to celebrating the completion of another segment of the Heart of Ohio Trail between Mount Vernon and Centerburg.

“Right now the intermediate coat has been applied; that’s sort of the bottom coat and is not as smooth, but that is down over the two-plus miles from Thayer Road to a little bit west of Graham Road,” said Kim Marshall of the Knox County Park District. “On Monday, Kokosing Construction, the general contractor, laid the smooth top asphalt on about half of that.”

On Wednesday, crews were working on putting in a gravel berm to level the trail with the grass. Marshall said that if the weather permits, meaning the right temperatures and lack of rain, Kokosing Construction will lay the finish coat from about Johnstown Road to Thayer Road.

“So we are quite close,” said Marshall. “The projection in terms of everything wrapped up and done is Oct. 30, but I anticipate if we get good-weather days that at least the asphalt will be done this week, by Friday.”

Marshall said that after paving is completed, a subcontractor will install posts, signage and fencing where there are drop-offs. Truncated domes, a textured ground surface that aids visually impaired pedestrians, will also be installed.

“The trail will still be officially closed until they [totally] complete the project. Kokosing has control of the project right now as the contractor,” she said.

When finished, the trail will traverse almost 16 miles from Mount Vernon to the Knox-Licking county line just south of Centerburg. When the current segment opens, about 13 miles will be paved for walking, biking and skating. The remaining three miles south of Centerburg to the county line are still a gravel/grass surface. Trail access points with parking are at Memorial Park in Centerburg at roughly the intersection of Ohio 314 and Ohio 3, in Mount Liberty at roughly the intersection of Ohio 3 and Simmons Church Road, at the intersection of Thayer and Henry roads off of Ohio 3 and in Mount Vernon at roughly 200 Columbus Road. For a trail map visit http://www.knoxcountyparks.org/PDFs/hootmap2013.pdf.

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