Published: Friday, 28 April 2017 18:45
MOUNT VERNON - A local woman accused of dealing heroin in a house on East Sugar Street earlier this year pleaded guilty and will now spend the next 5 years behind bars. Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel sentenced Shannon Kitts, 38, to 71 months on Friday.
In January MVPD investigated a a nuisance complaint at 204 East Sugar Street. The complaint alleged that the owner, Phillippe Lesage and two tenants, Kitts and Raymond Leroy Williams had knowledge of or allowed illegal felony drug offenses to occur on the property. Officers executed a search warrant and then arrested Kitts. At that time she was charged with permitting drug abuse. The trafficking charge was filed later.
Shannon Kitts - Knox County Jail photo
The East Sugar Street property had been the focus of many citizen complaints and law enforcement call-outs since August of 2016, according to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville. According to 911 call records, four drug overdoses were reported at the house since August, with two occurring on January 5, 2017. Law enforcement also had evidence of a series of illegal drug transactions taking place at the property. Wooden boards have now been placed on the windows at that address.
In January McConville said, “This house has become notorious for drug activity in recent months, and the neighbors are concerned about their safety,” McConville said. “This legal action is designed to get the landlord to put a stop to the illegal activity on his property.”
On Friday, Kitts' charge of permitting drug abuse was dismissed. She is still charged with drug possession by Franklin County according to the Knox County jail website.
Lesage is currrently facing an unrelated complicty charge in Mount Vernon Municipal court.
Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017 12:26
By the Diversified Diner
I’ve joined ‘em for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each time service is swift and my order correct. Each time I see old and new friends and I can’t get to a table without hearing laughter and waving, “Hi” to familiar faces. It’s like being at a family gathering.
Where’s this homey eatery? Southside Diner at 620 S. Main Street.
Early this month, I schlepped to Southside for a wee hour breakfast. They open at 6:45 AM. At this time, seats are easy to select. Experience taught me to avoid 8:00 and 9:00 AM or I’ll wait for a vacant table. A few familiar faces greet me as I scoot into a nearby booth.
While every server is friendly and fast, I’m amazed at the skills of one in particular. Crissy. How does she do it? I’m not her only customer yet she remembers our previous conversations, my former orders, and my favorites. It’s Crissy and other long-time employees who add to the family environment.
My eggs arrive, prepared to order. My ham – from a local butcher – is juicy, tasty, and satisfying. It’s so tender I cut it with my fork and there’s hardly any fat to remove. My servings are generous. Coffee is hot and my cup refilled several times throughout breakfast.
The atmosphere is comfortable, at times crowded – like Mom’s house. The customers, including tots to teens, are noisy, jovial – like my family. The walls are adorned with beloved 1950-60’s era items – like Grandma’s home. And like Grandma, the bathroom needs updated.
Southside is neither elegant nor upscale. Working people seem to be a large representation; I see uniforms, jeans, and jogging outfits. It’s like coming in off the job or track and joining kinfolk for a casual meal.
As a family owned and operated diner, Southside is one of our hometown gathering places. Don’t leave without buying the homemade sugar cookies or a pie. And if you want a quiet and quick meal, go during their off-hours.
Atmosphere: 3 Forks
Fare: 4 Forks
Service: 4 Forks
Value: 4 Forks
Overall: 4 Forks