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Lepley named Gambier's Citizen of the Year

GAMBIER - A few raindrops did not stop Gambier's Fourth of July festivities Thursday morning. The events included the naming of Tom Lepley as Citizen of the Year. Lepley is a long-time resident of the village and employee of Kenyon College. Village administrator Suzanne Hopkins introduced Lepley, saying he cares about the community and is always willing to help a neighbor in need.  Upon accepting the honor, Lepley said, "It's been a great pleasure working with the village, the college, and the surrounding community."

Lepley then left the podium and took a seat in a convertible to lead the annual Gambier 4th of July parade through downtown Gambier. 





MVPD reports July 1, 2013


Police Blotter






Colton Dean Michael Billingsley, 22, of Mount Vernon was cited at 7:30 a.m. on Friday for driving under a suspended license.


Wendy Chester, 42, of Howard was cited at 3:40 p.m. on Friday for starting and backing without insuring it was safe to do so.


Samantha L. Yeater, 21, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday with theft from Wal-Mart.


Phillip W. Bentz, 44, of Howard was cited at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for failure to yield.


Jessica P. West, 38, of Mount Vernon was cited just after 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for running a stop-sign.


Bradley E. Lake, 31, of Zanesville was cited at around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday for making an illegal turn at an intersection.


Savanna McDonald, 18, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday with contributing to the delinquency and unruliness of a child at Wal-Mart.  She was charged also with complicity to theft.


Michael R. Smithhisler, 26, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for failure to yield while entering a public roadway from private property.


Robert P. Nobile, 79, of Howard was cited at around 8:15 p.m. on Friday for failing to yield while making a left turn.


Jordan Myers, 23, of Mount Vernon was picked up for a warrant at around 2:15 p.m. on Friday.


Kaitlin Campbell, 21, of Mount Vernon was charged at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday with theft from the Wal-Mart.




Just before 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Bradley E. Lake, 31, of Utica was travelling southbound on N. Mulberry Street in the right traffic lane in a UPS freight van.  Leah S. Hendrickson, 15, of Centerburg was also travelling south on N. Mulberry Street but was in the right-turn lane in a 1999 Toyota Camry.  Both had slowed or stopped at the W. High Street intersection. Lake illegally turned right across the right-turn lane and side-swiped Hendrickson’s vehicle.  Lake was cited for the incident.




At around 12:45 a.m. on Friday, a resident reported that he had found a CES credit card in the CES Credit Union’s ATM machine on Yauger Road.  An officer took possession of it and secured it in an MVPD evidence locker.  Its owner can claim it at the station.


At 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of Taylor Road reported that he had found a stolen bicycle.


At about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, an officer was dispatched to arrest two adult female shoplifters who had been detained by Wal-Mart employees.  They were alleged to have attempted to steal $42.54 worth of merchandise—including sunglasses, a shirt, a hat, cheese sticks, and tea.  Their activities had been recorded by security cameras and a CD-R video was provided as evidence.


Just before 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, a resident of Taylor Road reported that his mailbox had been vandalized.


At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, a burglary was reported at Phillips Park.  Suspects made off with $600 worth of candy and other goods—including two boxes of Airheads, one box of Reese’s peanut butter cups, a Mount Vernon orange-and-black baseball hat, five cans of Mountain Dew, and two bags of sunflower seeds.


MVPD Detective Dailey honored for Shirley Avenue investigation

(MOUNT VERNON)  In a special ceremony duringTuesdaynight’s City Council meeting, Fire Chief Chris Menapace honored Detective Matt Dailey for his investigation of a February fire on Shirley Avenue.

The firefighter’s Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Menapace said it is sometimes presented to members of the community or public safety forces when an individual greatly impacts the Mount Vernon Fire Department. In presenting the award, Menapace said Dailey spent countless hours investigating the death of the individual found dead at the scene. Dailey’s work led to the apprehension of the suspects and a subsequent confession.

Knox County Grand Jury indicts 8


According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury returned eight indictments on Monday.  Arraignment hearings in the cases will be held before Judge Otho Eyster, in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, on July 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Steven L. Smith, 32, Howard, is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 15 year old female on multiple occasions, between December 1, 2012, and February 14 of this year.  Thatcher said the seriousness of the offense is enhanced to a third degree felony because Smith is more than ten years older than the alleged victim.  Deputy Dan Bobo, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.

According to the indictment, James A. Cooper, Jr., 25, Howard, was convicted of a sexually oriented offense in the State of New York, in 2006, requiring him to register as a sexual offender.  Cooper is charged with failing to register his address with the Knox County Sheriff within five days of the date he entered the county, on June 1.

According to the indictment, Kenneth C. Strickland, 19, Centerburg, was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, in 2012.  Due to the prior conviction, Strickland is accused of felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting a family member, on June 26.  Sergeant Al Dexter, KCSO, investigated the domestic disturbance call.

Jeremiah Linn Leist, 31, Mount Vernon, was indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs.  Thatcher said on June 13, Leist allegedly sold Methamphetamine to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police Department, and on June 18 he offered to sell “Meth” again to a confidential informant.  Detective James DeChant investigated the case.

Kelly Marie Shreiner, 44, Mount Vernon, faces trafficking in drugs and trafficking and possession of heroin charges.  Thatcher said on April 25, Shreiner allegedly sold Alprazolam (Xanax) tablets to a confidential informant working for the MVPD, and the next day she allegedly sold heroin to a confidential informant.

Tiffiny Rose Rutter, 25, Mount Vernon, is accused of trafficking in drugs on May 8 and 16.  Rutter allegedly sold Suboxone to a confidential informant working for the MVPD on those days.  Detective Corporal Matt Dailey investigated the Shreiner and Rutter cases.

Brian M. Winand, 22, Mount Vernon, faces two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.  During a traffic stop on May 30, Patrolman Tim Arnold, MVPD, allegedly found an Adderall and an Oxycodone (Vicodin) pill in the motor vehicle Winand was driving.

Frank J. Stoutenburgh, 33, is accused of one count of aggravated possession of drugs.  During a traffic stop on October 14, 2012, Trooper Ryan Mann, State Highway Patrol, allegedly found an Oxycodone (Vicodin) pill in Stoutenburgh’s jeans pocket.


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