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Knox County Grand Jury indicts Mount Vernon man accused of stabbing acquaintance in the neck

MOUNT VERNON -- A Mount Vernon man accused of stabbing a woman in the neck was indicted on multiple counts Monday by the Knox County Grand Jury. According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury indicted David L. Burnside, 56, on charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and abduction.

Thatcher said on October 9, Burnside entered the residence of a 50 year old female acquaintance on West High Street and then he allegedly tried to steal one of the woman’s Percocet tablets by holding a four inch knife to her throat. Thatcher said Burnside was apparently aware that the alleged victim had a prescription for the medication. While Burnside restrained the alleged victim, she suffered a stab wound to the neck. Burnside has been held in the Knox County Jail since the day of the incident on a $25,000.00 bond. Detective James Dechant, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.

The grand jury indicted four others.

Justin R. Stachler, 28, Mount Vernon, allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend, on October 10. According to the indictment, Stachler was convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, in 2011. Thatcher said the previous conviction makes the current charge a felony. Patrolman Qade Lewis, MVPD, investigated the case.

Joshua D. Bias, 36, Centerburg, is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, illegal manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs. Thatcher said at about 3 a.m. on March 18, Bias fled from Trooper Ryan Mann, State Highway Patrol, when Mann attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Mann paced Bias’s vehicle at speeds of 85-100 miles per hour until Bias eventually lost control of his car and crashed in a field. During the investigation of the fleeing and eluding charge, Mann allegedly found methamphetamine and components commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in Bias’s vehicle.

Philip Kraus, 41, Bellville, faces theft charges for taking deposits from four customers to install security equipment, but then allegedly keeping the money without doing the installation work. Thatcher said the alleged thefts occurred between February 27 and May 29. Detective Craig Feeney, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

MVPD reports October 21, 2013

MVPD reports



Carl A. Wells, 31, of Mount Vernon was charged at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.

Joseph B. Schreiber, 33, of Utica was picked up just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday for an outstanding warrant.  A little over an hour later, another was filed against him.

Erica R. Davis, 22, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 2:10 a.m. on Saturday with assault at a South High Street business.

Michael D. Fields, 21, of Mount Vernon was charged at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, with persistent disorderly conduct at A South High Street business.

Aaron Hairston, 22, of Mount Vernon was charged at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, with disorderly conduct at Banana Joe’s.

Donald P. Bailey, 23, of Mount Vernon was charged at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday with domestic violence at a residence on Mitchell Avenue.  He was charged also with resisting arrest.

Traffic Violations:

Taylor D. Kesman, 19, of Mount Vernon was cited just before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday for failing to control his vehicle and for leaving the scene of an accident on private property.

Tasha Araujo, 32, of Mount Vernon was cited at 9:45 a.m. on Friday for driving under a suspended license and for making an illegal U-turn.



Just after 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Donna M. Kurtz, 86, of Howard was traveling eastbound on Coshocton Avenue, approaching the westernmost Wal-Mart entrance in his 2005 Ford Taurus.  Kimmarie A. Murphy, 46, of Mount Vernon was approaching from the other direction in her 2006 Toyota Land Cruiser.  Murphy changed from the right lane to the center lane prior to the intersection.  Kurtz, who was turning left into Wal-Mart, failed to yield to the oncoming Land Cruiser and was struck as a result.  

At around 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Beverly Actis, 71, of Mount Vernon was leaving the parking lot at Bob Evans in her 2009 Honda Accord.  Angela F. Harris, 38, of Howard was pulling her 2010 Nissan Rogue from a parking space and struck Actis’s vehicle.

At around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, Cherie L. Wright, 51, of Sioux Falls, SD was heading southbound on S. Mulberry Street approaching the Vine Street intersection in a rented 2012 Chrysler.  Daniel J. McDade, 67, of Mount Vernon was heading eastbound on W. Vine Street approaching the Mulberry Street intersection in his 2006 Chevy Cobalt.  Both drivers claimed to have the green light.  The officer who arrived at the scene could find no corroborating witnesses and Wright’s passenger stated that she had not seen what color the light had been.   Both vehicles had been moved prior to the officer’s arrival.


Just after 7:00 a.m. on Friday, a resident of the 400-block of E. Vine reported that his white wooden fence had been vandalized.   Damages were estimated at $500.00.   A suspect was identified.

At around 9:50 a.m. on Friday, a representative of the Pleasant Street School contacted the MVPD regarding a parent driving under a suspended license.  A suspect was identified.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to a report of a theft from a residence on the 500-block of N. Mulberry Street.  Among the items taken were two resin wicker chairs, a resin wicker stand with a glass top, eight perennial plants in pots, two garden hoses, and several other items.  Their total value was estimated at $32,400.00 and a suspect was identified.

Just before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of the 200-block of Shirley Avenue reported that a prescription for 90 Adderall pills had been taken from her home.  A suspect was identified.

Just before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of the 600-block of W. Gambier Street reported that her door jamb had been damaged.

At around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of the 700-block of Follin Avenue reported  a disturbance at her home.

Just before 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, officers responded to an alarm at the Knox County Chiropractic Clinic on Coshocton Avenue.  Further details were not available.

Just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, a Wal-Mart employee reported the theft of two necklaces valued at approximately $25.00 each.  

At around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, a suspect was accused of shoplifting a bottle of Reposado tequila from the Rite-Aid on Newark Road.  It was valued at $33.80.

At 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, a resident reported that she had lost a wallet on the Public Square.  Anyone finding it should bring it to the police station.

Just after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, a resident of S. Jackson Street reported that her cell phone had been stolen from her home.  A suspect was identified.

At around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, a victim reported that he had been assaulted at a residence on the 300-block of Mitchell Avenue.  A suspect was identified.

Fire destroys vacant house near Foundation Park

by Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com editor

MOUNT VERNON -- Firefighters were called in just before 4:00 Monday morning to a housefire at 27 Madison Avenue. Eight personnel were dispatched. Flames fully engulfed the vacant structure when crews arrived on the scene. 

Acting Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chad Christopher told KnoxPages.com that both the electricity and the gas were shut off a week ago and that the house was slated soon for demolition.  The property is owed by the Foundation Park Conservancy which is in the process of demolishing several structures in the area. Christopher says right now the cause of the fire is undetermined and MVFD's Arson Investigator Terry Davis is gathering information.

MVPD reports October 18, 2013

MVPD reports



Amanda L. Cox, 19, of Mount Vernon was charged just after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday with petty theft at the Knox County Career Center.

Carl A. Wells, 31, of Mount Vernon was charged at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.

Gina Lynch, 46, of Mount Vernon was also charged at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday with petty theft from the Wal-Mart.

John Marple, 21, of Fredericktown was cited at around 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.  He was cited also for a faulty exhaust.


Traffic Violations:

Trina J. Osbron, 44, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday for failing to yield at a stop-sign.

William C. Bradley, 58, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 12:10 p.m. on Thursday for speeding (34 in a 25 mph zone).

Timothy Wiley, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 1:20 a.m. on Thursday for running a red-light.



No reports available


At 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, an officer responded to an alarm at the Buchwald Center.  He checked the exterior of the building and everything appeared to be secure.  When MVNU Security arrived, they checked the interior and found that everything appeared in order.  They reset the alarm, secured the building, and left the scene.

At around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a staff member of the Knox County Career Center reported a theft at the facility.  $20.00 was taken from someone’s purse and a suspect was identified and charged.

At 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of an unruly and aggressive juvenile at the Learning Center on the 900-block of W. Vine Street.  A suspect was identified.

Just before 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, a young juvenile was found walking unattended in the roadway on the Public Square.  The juvenile was unable to give officers his name or the location of his residence.  The Knox County Department of Job and Family Services was contacted and a social worker came to the scene and took custody of the child until a parent or guardian could be located.

At around 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday, a disturbance was reported at the Dan Emmett Elementary School.  A suspect was identified.

At 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, a resident of the 700-block of Follin Avenue reported the theft of 80 Oxycodone pills from her home.

Business News: Pink Cupcake Bakery moves to Newark Road

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com editor

MOUNT VERNON - One of the sweetest spots in downtown Mount Vernon has moved about a mile south. The move was prompted by upcoming renovation work at the Woodward Opera House complex which housed The Pink Cupcake Bakery. The owners were told they had to move for the work and then could move back in. Rhonda Smith, one of the owners of the Pink Cupcake, says they only wanted to move once.

The new location at 115 Newark Road used to house an ice cream business. The new location will feature not only cakes, cupcakes, and cookies but a limited new menu consisting of bagels and cream cheese, hot dogs, chili and soups. Smith says the hours have been extended and the number of employees has doubled.

To hear more with Smith listen to this Mount Vernon Radio mini-podcast:

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