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Coshocton man injured in Route 36 accident

by Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com editor

MOUNT VERNON-The Mount Gilead Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says a Coshocton man was injured and flown to a Columbus hospital after a traffic accident on U.S. Route 36 east of Monroe Mills Road just before 9 p.m. Monday.  49-year-old Christopher Hill was traveling eastbound when he struck a deer, went off the road, struck a sign, a picnic table and a building at a drive thru business. The patrol says the deer crashed through the front windshield and exited the car through the back windshield.

This morning, the patrol reports Hill is in stable but critical condition.

Just before Hill's car struck the deer, another car traveling westbound struck the same deer. That driver was not injured. 

Glow 4 Goal event raises $3,600 for Relay for Life

MOUNT VERNON-The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Knox County sponsored it’s 1st 5K night run “Glow 4 Goal” in coordination with the seasons’ last 1st Friday event on the Mount Vernon Public Square. While a storm threatened the start of the race around 6:00pm, miraculously, the line of precipitation split and went around Mount Vernon and the race was on.  One hundred fifty-one entrants were off at 7:00pm; starting from Howard Street at South Main Street.  The race route went east on Howard, south on Liberty into Philips Park part way down the Kokosing Trail and back north on Rogers Street, West on High Street ending at the Square.

Winners were:

First Male: Eric Diehl

First Female: Jennifer Sprang

First 12 and under: Megan Pentz

The 2013/2014 Season Kick Off event added $3,600 to the Relay For Life of Knox County fundraising event for the coming event to take place in June of 2014.

When asked how it went for a 1st time event, Andrea Perlman, American Cancer Society representative for income development, said, “Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event, helped with set up/tear down, directed runners/walkers along the route, ran registration, and helped throughout all the planning of the event. We would not have been as successful without them!”  Perlman went on to say, “Carrie Crouch (Heritage Centre Association downtown manager ) already told me they were interested in having us join them at a first Friday in 2014!” 


For more information on the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life go to cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345

MVPD reports October 7, 2013

MVPD reports




Christopher Castaneda, 20, of Mount Vernon was charged at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday with underage consumption of alcohol.

Marcella Edwards, 28, of Mount Vernon was charged just before 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with a probation violation.

Heather M. Mele, 23, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 3:50 a.m. on Saturday for going the wrong way on a one-way street.  She was cited also for having a burnt-out headlight and for driving under a suspended license.  She was then charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ashley N. Harter, 22, of Mount Vernon was charged at 7:40 p.m. on Saturday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.


Traffic Violations:

Harold Williams, Jr., 51, of Mount Vernon was cited just before 3:00 p.m. on Saturday for speeding.

Heather M. Mele, 23, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 3:50 a.m. on Saturday for going the wrong way on a one-way street.  She was cited also for having a burnt-out headlight and for driving under a suspended license.  She was then charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Craig Everett Matthews, 29, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for driving under a suspended license.

Ignacio Garcia, 56, of Fredericktown was cited at 9:00 a.m. on Friday for failing to control his vehicle.

Tony Baucum, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at 7:10 p.m. on Sunday for running a red-light.

Joshua Fletcher, 26, of Fort Hood, TX was cited at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday for speeding (40 in a 25 mph zone).

Craig Everett Matthews, 29, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.



At around 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Ignacio Garcia, 56, of Fredericktown was backing a 2000 Ford Ranger off of a trailer into the Beeline parking lot on Norton Street.  As Garcia was backing up, he lost control of his vehicle and struck two parked cars in the lot.  One, a 2011 Nissan Rogue, was owned by Gregg A. Sleeper of Howard.  The other, a 2006 Pontiac G6, was owned by Lacy Cagnon of Fredericktown.  Garcia continued to travel backwards, exited the lot, crossed N. Norton Street, and struck two parked vehicles on Norton Street.  One, a 2013 Hyundai Sonata, was owned by Cynthia C. Schindler of Columbus.  The other, a 2012 Cadillac CTS, was owned by Cameron Casper.  Garcia’s vehicle finally became disabled and came to a stop.  Garcia was cited for the incident.

Just before 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Nicholas S. Parkinson, 26, of Ellington, CT was traveling westbound in a semi on E. Chestnut Street.  He attempted to turn right (north) onto N. Main Street from the left-turn lane.  When he did so, he struck a 1999 Toyota Tacoma driven by Roy L. Wood, 69, of Cardington who was traveling westbound in the thru-traffic lane.

At around 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Barbara J. Vanhouten was heading northbound on S. Main Street in the right lane approaching Columbus Road.  When she slowed for traffic, her 2012 Jeep Patriot was struck in the rear by a 2000 Chevy Camaro driven by Harold D. Williams, Jr., 51, of Mount Vernon.  Williams was cited for the incident.


At 7:20 a.m. on Thursday, Khai Haralson was cited for operating a motor vehicle under a suspended license.

Just after midnight on Friday, a victim reported a theft from her residence on the 300-block of W. Curtis Street.  Among the items taken were a blue Acer Aspire laptop and a Grand Theft Auto 5 video game for the Xbox 360.

Just after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, the MVPD was contacted concerning two unsupervised juveniles on S. Norton Street.

At around 2:15 p.m. on Friday, a victim reported that a black-and-white Mongoose BMX-style bicycle had been stolen from a residence on the 600-block of S. McKenzie Street.

Just before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, a purple men’s Roadmaster mountain bike was reported stolen from a residence on the 000-block of Mansfield Avenue.

At 3:20 p.m. on Friday, the MVPD was contacted regarding found drug paraphernalia—a hypodermic needle—on the 000-block of Mansfield Avenue (near the scene of the earlier stolen bicycle incident).

Just before 8:00 p.m. on Friday, a Wal-Mart employee reported that a shoplifter had been caught at the Wal-Mart.  $106.19 worth of merchandise—including a Mainstays pillow—was recovered.

Just after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, an officer took a report of an accidental BB-gun shooting on the 1300-block of Coshocton Avenue.

At around 1:10 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on the 700-block of Follin Avenue.

At around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, a victim reported that her 2004 Hyundai Elantra had been taken from her residence on N. Rogers Street without her permission.  A suspect was identified.


Ohio news: indictments issued in Steubenville rape case

STEUBENVILLE -Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that the first indictment has been issued in the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case.

William Rhinaman, 53, of Mingo Junction, was indicted by the grand jury on the following counts:

  • Tampering with Evidence, a third-degree felony
  • Obstructing Justice, a fifth-degree felony
  • Obstructing Official Business, a second-degree misdemeanor
  • Perjury, a third-degree felony

The charges against Rhinaman are related to his position as an employee of Steubenville City Schools in the area of information technology.

Attorney General DeWine had the following statement after the indictment was issued:

“This is the first indictment in an ongoing grand jury investigation. Our goal remains to uncover the truth, and our investigation continues.”

Care Net Walk for Life set for October 12


MOUNT VERNON - The 21st annual Walk for Life is slated for Saturday morning, October 12th at 11 Woodlake Trail, just off of Yauger Road. Hosted by Care Net Pregnancy Services of Knox County, the family friendly, 2.3 mile walk starts at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. 

The goal for this year’s event is 200 sponsored walkers and $45,000. Individuals raising $250 or more in pledges will receive a Walk T-shirt; those who collect $500 in pledges will also receive a swivel head LED flashlight with the Care Net logo. Pledges of $1,000  earns walkers all of the above plus a golf umbrella featuring the Care Net colors and logo.

“Individuals do not have to collect money, just pledges,” said Lois Carter, executive director. “Care Net does the rest for you. With balloons and grilled hot dogs, the Walk will be fun for the whole family.”

Care Net is celebrating  24 years of being a community leader in reaching out in practical ways to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of young women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancies and related issues. Care Net is a Christ-centered, life-affirming not for profit organization and functions entirely through the donations of churches, businesses and individuals who share its concerns.

 In 2012 the center served 390 clients in 2,452 scheduled visits. Care Net provides all of their caring, confidential services, including pregnancy tests, limited ob ultrasound and Earn While You Learn Parenting Classes, at no cost to the women and men served.

“The funds raised through the Walk will ensure that women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy will have the support they need at a critical time in their lives,” said Carter.

After the Walk, individuals can get a behind–the-scenes look at the operations of the center through staff-led tours. For more information about the center or to register for the walk, visit CareNetCommunity.org or call 393-5074. 

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