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Mount Vernon city leaf pickup begins

MOUNT VERNON  -- City street crews began the annual task of leaf pickup this morning. Residents are instructed to rake leaves to the tree lawn and not into the street. To check a particular street's pick up date check the schedule at this link from the city's website,  http://www.mountvernonohio.org/departments/street/2013-leaf-pick-up/

Mount Vernon leaf pickup

Leaf pickup began for this city crew in the Quarry Street area this morning.

KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

MVPD reports October 28, 2013

MVPD reports



Joshua Loveland, 28, of Mount Vernon was charged just before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday for domestic violence at a residence on W. Chestnut Street.

Nicholas Reese, 31, of Howard was cited at around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and for failing to control his vehicle.  He was cited also for leaving the scene of an accident and charged with drug possession.

Christopher A. Hankins, 62, of Mount Vernon was charged at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.


Traffic Violations:

Elija Jones, 33, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 12:40 p.m. on Friday for running a red-light and for operating a vehicle with an expired license.

Joan C. Dye, 61, of Glenmont was cited just after noon on Friday for making an improper left turn.

Nicholas Reese, 31, of Howard was cited at around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and for failing to control his vehicle.  He was cited also for leaving the scene of an accident and charged with drug possession.

Vienza M. Thompson, 43, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday for crossing outside the crosswalk.

Tommy D. Craze, 41, of Mount Vernon was cited just after noon on Sunday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Matthew R. Hogle, 24, of Bellville was cited at around 2:40 p.m. on Friday for driving under a suspended license.

Meagan McGrady, 24, of Groveport was cited at 2:40 a.m. on Friday for driving under a license that had been suspended for a financial responsibility infraction.



Just before midnight on Friday, Joan Dye, 60, of Glenmont was traveling southbound in the right-lane of S. Mulberry Street in her 2005 Lexus 300.  Austin S. Pagini, 18, of Mount Vernon was heading in the same direction in the left-lane.  Dye made an improper left-turn, crossed into Pagini’s lane, and struck Pagini’s 2004 Dodge 1500.  Dye was cited for the incident.

At around noon on Sunday, Jeremy A. Walker, 35, of Mansfield was traveling northbound on N. Sandusky Street in a 2005 Ford Freestar.  Tommy D. Craze, 43, of Fredericktown was immediately behind her in his 2011 Dodge Avenger.  When Walker slowed, Craze was unable to stop in time and rear-ended his vehicle.  Craze was cited for the incident.


At around 7:00 a.m. on Friday, an officer was dispatched to the 100-block of E. High Street for a parking complaint.

At around 9:45 a.m. on Friday, an employee of the United Dairy Farmer’s shop on N. Sandusky Street reported that someone had driven off without paying for $29.01 worth of gasoline.  A suspect was identified.

At 11:10 a.m. on Friday, officers responded to an alleged domestic dispute at a residence on the 300-block of N. Jefferson Street.   A suspect was identified and damage to the right-arm of a couch was documented.

Just before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, a domestic disturbance was reported at a residence on W. Chestnut Street.  Suspects were identified.

Just before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, an employee of the Duke & Duchess Shoppe reported that someone had driven off without paying for $26.06 worth of gasoline.

At around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, a KCH emergency room nurse reported that he had been assaulted by an intoxicated patient.  A suspect was identified.

At around noon on Sunday, an officer was flagged down by a resident of Taylor Road.  The resident stated that he had found a boy’s BMX-style bicycle in his side yard.  A name was written on it in permanent marker but no one with that name could be readily located.  The officer took the bike into custody and placed it in the bicycle garage at the impound lot.


Physician-based clinic services to end at Knox County Health Department

MOUNT VERNON -- The Knox County Board of Health voted this week to shut down the medical clinic December 20 of this year due to a financial loss.  Health commissioner Julie Miller told KnoxPages.com the closure is due to an inability to keep the numbers up at the clinic. Miller added that many may question why this closure is necessary since voters recently approved a tax levy.  Money from that levy will not be collected until March of 2014. The board felt that a loss of that magnitude warranted the closure of the clinic even with the pending levy money.

Miller said the clinic brought in about $60,000 a year, while it costs $140,000 to operate.  As for the patients of Dr. Julie Cowden, the clinic's physician, the health department will offer to help them find a new healthcare provider.

Many services remain at the health department including flu shots, immunizations, HIV testing, WIC, birth and death records, water and well permits, water testing and food service permits.

To learn more about the health department visit their website, www.knoxhealth.com.


ODOT ready for winter

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is always on-call to respond to all types of weather conditions-- floods, tornados, mudslides and snow and ice storms—and with winter around the corner ODOT is making sure all snow fighting equipment is ready to go.

“Unfortunately, we never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “The best we can do is be prepared for everything, all the time.”

This is one of 15 trucks at the Mount Vernon ODOT facility on Harcourt Road ready to go with snow removal this upcoming winter - Photo by Marty Trese

Over the next several weeks, ODOT District 5 will conduct random 150-point inspections to repair and fine-tune snow removal equipment as part of county-by-by-county Equipment Readiness Inspections.

Since making their debut last winter, ODOT has continued adding green and white lights to its existing amber lights. The department has completed the upgrade on 70 percent of its fleet. All trucks will have the green, white and amber color combinations by the end of this year.

Better visibility will lead to safer roadways as the motoring public can quickly and easily identify these vehicles in adverse weather conditions.

This season in Knox County, ODOT will have 15 trucks, 21 drivers and 390 lane miles to maintain. Throughout District 5, more than 1,700 plow trucks and more than 3,000 trained drivers are ready to clear ice and snow from the state’s roadways and bridges. ODOT maintains nearly 43,000 lane miles of state highway, which carries approximately two-thirds of the state’s daily traffic.

Pilotti sentenced to 15 years in connection to death of Bradley Grosscup

MOUNT VERNON -- Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster sentenced Amber K. Pilotti, 31, Mount Vernon, to a 15 year prison term today on charges of complicity to commit felonious assault, tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse and aggravated arson for her part in the death of Bradley Grosscup, 52, and a fire in Grosscup’s apartment building.

Amber Pilotti

Amber Pilotti - Knox County Jail photo

According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher on February 12, Pilotti aided her co-defendant Jedidiah H. Lang, 31, in assaulting Grosscup by giving Lang a pool stick to use as a club, and on February 13, she tampered with evidence when she washed the blood out of the clothes she and Lang were wearing at the time of the assault. On February 14, when Lang and Pilotti returned to Grosscup’s apartment, Pilotti set fire to the couch Grosscup’s body was lying on using a can of hairspray and a lighter “like a blow torch” to set fire. The case against Lang is pending. Detective Corporal Matt Dailey, Mount Vernon Police Department, and State Fire Marshall’s Office Investigator Jason Whaley investigated the case.

In other court news:

William E. Perry, 27, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and attempted pandering obscenity involving a minor. Perry was sentenced to a 60 day jail term and a three year term of community control supervision. Perry will serve a 36 month prison term, if he violates any term of his supervision. Classified as a Tier II sex offender, Perry will have to verify his address with authorities every six months for 25 years. Thatcher said on May 12, 2012, Perry made a video of himself engaging in sexual conduct with a 15 year old female victim. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

Casey L. Rudolph, 21, Utica, was convicted of passing a bad check at a Mount Vernon automobile dealership, on December 27, 2012, and at a Danville automobile dealership, on February 4. Rudolph was sentenced to a three year term of community control supervision including a requirement that he completes an inpatient drug treatment program. Rudolph was also ordered to pay restitution to the dealerships. He will serve a 17 month prison term, if he violates his supervision. Detective David Light, KCSO, investigated the case.

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