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Feeney hired as KCSO detective

MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer has announced the hiring of Craig Feeney to fill a vacancy in the Detective Division. Shaffer said, "Craig’s years of service as a police officer and detective will allow him to fulfill a need that we have, and to step in and begin work immediately. Detective Feeney’s duties will include assisting patrol officers, conducting investigations with our other detectives, and working with other agencies."


Shaffer continued, "Detective Feeney says that he has enjoyed his service with the Mount Vernon Police Department. He will miss his co-workers and the times that they have had together. Fortunately both agencies work a lot of cases involving the same people so he looks forward to maintaining those relationships. This was a decision that took a lot of thought, but he is excited to be a member of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and have the opportunity to take on new responsibilities and expand his area of operations."




Ohio Lake Erie Commission Seeking Submissions for Life on Lake Erie Photo Contest

Lake Erie enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of Lake Erie life on film – or on memory card in this digital age – can enter the Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) 2013 Life on Lake Erie photo contest. Deadline extended to Aug. 16, 2013.

The Life on Lake Erie photo contest is an opportunity for amateur photographers, age 18 and older, to reveal their passion for one of Ohio’s most valuable and dynamic natural features, Lake Erie. Photographs taken between Aug. 1, 2012, and Aug. 16, 2013, in and around the Lake Erie watershed can be submitted to the OLEC through Aug. 16, 2013.

Winning photographs will be displayed at various events and through OLEC social media. The photographs may also be used in commission publications to promote Lake Erie.

To enter, send a CD with the electronic image file and a completed entry form to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission, 111 E. Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870. Entry forms are available at http://lakeerie.ohio.gov. Participants also may submit images and electronic form via email to [email protected] Submissions must be the original work of the photographer. Black and white and color photographs will be accepted. Digitally altered photos will not be accepted.

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission was established for the purpose of preserving Lake Erie’s natural resources, protecting the quality of its waters and ecosystem and promoting economic development in the region. The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency serves as the commission’s chairman. Additional members include the directors of the state departments of Transportation, Health, Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

MVPD reports July 16, 2013



Stephen LeMaster, 45, of Grove City was cited just after 1:15 p.m. on Thursday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Michael D. Deeter, 36, of Mount Vernon was charged just before 3:00 p.m. on Monday with assault.  He was charged also with obstruction.

Stephen DeShong, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 9:00 p.m. on Monday for driving under a suspended license.

Damian Crites, 18, of Mount Vernon was charged just past 11:30 p.m. on Monday with petty theft.

Troy Kelley, 18, of Mount Vernon was charged just past 11:30 p.m. on Monday with vehicular trespassing and petty theft.

Ernest Skeen, 19, of Cardington was cited just before 8:00 p.m. on Monday for speeding (38 in a 25 mph zone).



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At around 1:00 a.m. on Monday, a victim reported that his neighbor saw two male juveniles “messing around” a window of his garage on the 800-block of Pennsylvania Avenue.   Upon being told of this, the victim checked the garage and found that the windowscreen had been slashed several times.  He knew that the damage was fresh because he usually left that window open for fresh air but had closed it due to recent heavy rain.  An officer walked the area and checked nearby Phillips Park but did not locate anyone.

At around 2:40 p.m. on Monday, three lights were broken at the shelter house at Foundation Park.  The total damage was estimated at $600.00.

Just before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, an officer responded to a report of an assault at an apartment on the 200-block of Kirk Street.   A suspect was charged with assault and obstruction and two envelopes containing an unknown medication were recovered.


Knox County Prosecutor's office welcomes new assistant

MOUNT VERNON- Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher announced that Michael Miller began his career this week as an assistant prosecutor in his office assigned to the felony division. He replaces Jennifer Springer who is leaving to go into private practice. Miller was born and raised in Youngstown. He attended Kenyon College ('98) where he majored in Political Science/Legal Studies. Miller was a four year letterman for the Lords football team. After college, he studied law at the University of Akron ('01). Mike worked as a prosecutor for the City of Athens and later as an assistant prosecutor and victim’s advocate in the Vinton County Prosecutor's Office. Mike brings a unique combination of experience prosecuting criminals and working with crime victims that will be a great benefit to the Office. 

Mount Vernon schools get mobile app

by Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com editor


MOUNT VERNON- Mount Vernon City school students, parents and teachers have a new tool to stay in touch with each other. Superintendent William Seder announced to the Board of Education Monday night that the district has a new application for mobile devices.   For those wondering, an application, or app, is typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets.

The mobile app, Mt. Vernon City Schools, was published July 1st. It’s available free on Android’s Google Play and the App store. The app says it is “designed for Mt. Vernon students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders to share information and build a stronger community.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, the board approved placing a 2.0 mill continuing renewal levy on the November 5th ballot for the purpose of general permanent improvements.  If passed, the levy will generate $891,400 annually. Seder stressed this is a renewal levy, no new funds are being requested.

Seder also told the board that the MVCSD is seeing decreases in funding on the federal level. $320,000 has been lost through sequestration of the federal budget.

The board approved school fees for 2013-2014 of $30 for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th.

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