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Cremeans pleads guilty to sex crimes involving children

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher reports that Jamie S. Cremeans, 42, Mount Vernon, entered guilty pleas Thursday to charges of Rape, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Corrupting Another with Drugs involving four 12 and 13 year old Mount Vernon girls.

The Court scheduled his sentencing hearing for November 15. Cremeans faces mandatory prison terms and classification as a sex offender for life.

Danville student-led effort adds to Josie Lynn Kaylor Memorial Scholarship Fund

DANVILLE - Danville volleyball player Monica Honabarger could have enjoyed the spotlight Tuesday on Senior Night as the team’s only graduating member. Instead she used the opportunity to present to Community Foundation Executive Director a check for $1,850 to add to the Josie Lynne Kaylor Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund. The gift is the result of a benefit tee-shirt sale that she and other students conducted in the Danville community in memory of their former teammate, who died last spring in an auto accident. Josie’s parents, Brent and Renee Kaylor, and many other members her extended family, were present to hear Monica’s tribute to Josie and to express their own appreciation for the outpouring of love and support from the entire Danville Community.

Danville volleyball community foundation photo

Photo from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Community Foundation director Sam Barone told the audience that the scholarship fund now exceeds $20,000 with the addition of the students’ donation.

Others interested in contributing to the fund may do so by following the “Donate Now” link on the Community Foundation website.

MVPD reports October 9, 2013

MVPD reports




Shyloh Smith, 19, of Mount Vernon was charged at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday with underage consumption of alcohol.


Traffic Violations:

Robert L. Dunn, 42, of Salisbury, NC was cited at around 1:00 p.m. on Monday for failing to yield the right-of-way while turning.

Mark E. Foote, 53, of Mount Vernon was cited at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday for running a red-light.

Dustin A. Darst was cited at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead and with leaving the scene of an accident.

Gary J. Tortella, 60, of Howard was cited at around 11:15 p.m. on Monday for speeding (50 in a 35 mph zone).


At around 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday, an unknown vehicle was traveling eastbound on Park Road.  The drivers appears to have lost control of the vehicle, gone off the road to the right, and struck two residential mailboxes.  The right side-mirror was broken off and was recovered in one of the yards.   


At around 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, a resident turned in a found wallet to the MVPD.  The owner appears to be a Florida resident but could not be reached.  Inside the wallet, along with miscellaneous credit and identification cards, was a piece of paper with a telephone number in the 614 area code.  The name “Trina” was written on it and an officer left a message on her voice mail.  The wallet and its contents were placed into evidence as “found property” for safekeeping.

At around 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to an activated business alarm at Pond Tire Shop on W. Gambier Street.  They checked the exterior of the building, found everything secure and in-order, and left the scene.

At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a victim reported that her vehicle had been vandalized while parked outside a residence on the 1100-block of Coshocton Avenue.   A headlight was broken and a fender was dented.

Just after 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, a resident of the 000-block of Plaza Drive found several items in his back yard—including an Ohio ID-card, an insurance card, and a library card.  The owner was identified and an officer took them into custody for safekeeping.


Mount Vernon man accused in stabbing incident

MOUNT VERNON - Just past noon on Wednesday, Mount Vernon Police responded to a reported stabbing in the 900 block of West High Street. The victim was alert when police arrived and identified the alleged attacker as David Burnside, 54, of Mount Vernon.

Burnside was apprehended a short time later without incident at another residence in the 900 block of West High Street. He is being held at the Knox county Jail and charges against him are pending.

The victim has been taken to a Columbus hospital for treatment and the release from MVPD says the extent of her injuries is unknown.

MVNU reducing faculty, contributions to employee retirement plan

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II outlined several steps the University will take in the coming years to address economic and demographic realities facing higher education during an assembly of faculty and staff on Tuesday afternoon. Those steps include cutting costs through some reduction in faculty, adjustments to the University health care plan, and a reduction of the institutional contribution to the employee retirement plan. Spaulding also acknowledged several new revenue-generating initiatives including the anticipated launch of an Engineering program in 2014 and the anticipated revenue resulting from the recent acquisition of the Curtis Inn.

“While our path forward will not be easy, we do not have the luxury of denying the issues we are facing as an institution—the same issues facing other campuses throughout Ohio and around the country,” said Spaulding.  “I believe these steps will best position us to remain a healthy, vibrant, and thriving member of the Mount Vernon and Knox County communities, and a shining symbol of what Christian higher education can offer.”

Spaulding and his senior leadership team briefly outlined the challenges facing MVNU for those gathered:

  • College enrollment growth is slowing nationally, regionally, and locally. The number of Ohio high school graduates continues to decline. In 2020, there will be 17,000 fewer Ohio high school graduates than in 2010.
  • Median family income is down both nationally and in Ohio, meaning that the cost of college is a greater percentage of a family’s income than it once was.
  • Federal and state financial aid is in decline.
  • Prospective students continue to expect competitive scholarships and first-class amenities. Necessary financial aid and capital expenditures, while providing long-term benefits, nonetheless add to the short-term fiscal burden.

Spaulding indicated that the steps he was outlining had already been reviewed by the University’s Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and would be discussed by the full Board during its fall meetings, November 8-9.

Spaulding indicated that MVNU hopes to realize significant additional revenue once the renovations of the Curtis Inn are completed and the hotel is reopened, providing additional income and the possibility of other ancillary benefits in the form of new academic programs and employment and other professional development experiences for students.

Spaulding took questions from the audience and was met with a great deal of appreciation for the candor and honesty with which the news was delivered. “I believe that better days are ahead for Mount Vernon Nazarene University,” concluded Spaulding. “In fact, I believe that our best days are ahead.  While it will be difficult to walk the path set before us, we will make it by the grace of God.  I am in this struggle with you because I think the world is a better place with Mount Vernon Nazarene University in it.”

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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