Published: Friday, 18 October 2013 02:00
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.
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.
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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Published: Friday, 18 October 2013 00:02
Robert E. Smith, 27, of Mount Vernon was charged just after noon on Wednesday with theft, possession of criminal tools, criminal mischief, and obstructing official business at the Gay Street United Methodist Church.
Joshua Bishop, 25, of Warsaw was charged at around 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.
Shevin Hammond, 19, of Bellville was charged at 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday with possession of drug paraphernalia at the Wal-Mart.
Joan M. Sells, 50, of Mount Vernon was cited just before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday for running a stop-sign.
Tony L. Baucum, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited last Sunday (10/6/13) for failing to assure a clear driving distance ahead.
Hayley A. Hauenstein, 26, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday for running a stop-sign.
Trevor Spearman, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday for driving under a suspended license.
No reports available
At 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, an officer discovered that that the main entrance doors of the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene had been left unsecured. He conducted a walk-thru of the premises and found that everything appeared to be in order. An MVNU security officer responded to the scene, reset the alarm, and secured the building.
Just after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a violent juvenile at the Learning Center on W. Vine Street. A suspect was identified.
At around 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, several narcotics—including 92 percocet tablets—were reported missing from the Knox Community Hospital. A suspect was identified.
Just after noon on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a theft from the Gay Street United Methodist Church. A suspect was identified and charged. Items discovered at the scene included a small black folding-knife, a red-and-black screwdriver, an Atomix digital clock, and an orange T-shirt.
Just after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, an employee of Shoe Sensation reported that a suspect had shoplifted a pair of pink-and-yellow Osiris high-tops valued at $80.00.
At 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a resident of the 500-block of E. Vine Street reported that her vehicle had been vandalized and her hood-release had been damaged.
At 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a reported shoplifter at Wal-Mart. A suspect was identified and charged. Several items, including earrings, Versace cologne, Dolce&Gabana cologne, a hoodie, and seven clonazepam tablets were recovered at the scene.
At 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a fight and an unconscious male at a residence on the 100-block of McGibney Road. A suspect was identified.
At around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a disturbance was reported at the Wal-Mart. A suspect was identified and charged and a glass marijuana pipe was recovered at the scene.