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No one injured in Fredericktown house fire

Fredericktown firefighters responded to a home on  Yankee Street Tuesday night on the report of a residential structure fire with flames showing from the second story of the home. Fredericktown Community Fire District Chief Scott Mast based upon the initial call of a working fire immediately requested mutual-aid. Tankers from Jefferson Township (T121) and Worthington Township (T115) in Richland County responded to the scene with personnel.

Upon arrival to the scene, Chief Mast marked it as a working structure fire with flames coming from the rear upper windows of the home. At the time of the fire there were four people at home, all were evacuated by the time of fire department arrival. 

The initial attack line was advanced into the structure with a crew of three firefighters attacking the seat of the fire. Additional lines were pulled to the rear of the home to hit additional fire with another crew was sent to a portion of the home to cover belongings with tarps and move items to prevent further damage.

The largest extent of the fire and damage was contained to three bedrooms and a bathroom.

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Yankee Street fire - photo by Fredericktown Community Fire District

There were working smoke detectors in the home at the time of the fire. 

An estimated 2000 gallons of water was used throughout the fire to bring the situation under control according to FCFD Assistant Chief Dwayne Canter.

No injuries were reported by the home occupants or firefighters battling the fire. The cause of the fire is still undetermined and under investigation by the FCFD.

The FCFD had 24 of 29 total personnel respond to the fire.

Highway Patrol enforcement blitz to begin

COLUMBUS – This year, Ohio law enforcement agencies will join thousands of other highway safety partners throughout the nation to take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement blitz begins Friday, August 16 and will last through Labor Day.
During the enforcement period, law enforcement partners have planned more than 7,000 enforcement hours and more than 900 hours of saturation patrols around the state.
“Law enforcement partners across the state will be out in full force to ensure people are making the right decisions on our roads,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. “Impaired driving is a serious matter, and the message is clear – drive sober or get pulled over.”
According to provisional data, 494 people died in 453 OVI-related crashes on Ohio’s roads in 2012.  Impaired drivers were involved in 44 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.
“We can’t fight the battle against impaired driving on our own – we need your commitment to make our roads safer,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “You can contribute to a safer Ohio by actively influencing friends and family to make safe, responsible decisions – like planning ahead to designate a driver and insisting that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.”
The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is a program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and pu

KCSO reports August 5, 2013

KCSO Reports August 5, 2013,

At around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, a resident of the 10000-block of Yankee Street in Fredericktown reported that his home had been shot.    The victim told the deputy that, at around 3:00 p.m. last Saturday (7/27/13), he had heard a loud noise and thought that a fan had fallen upstairs.  Only a week later, did he realize that someone had shot a hole in a glass-door frame on the north side of his home.  The damage appeared to have been caused by a small-caliber rifle.  No suspect was identified.


Just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jeremiah Mason, 31, of Mount Vernon was arrested at Colonial City Lanes in Mount Vernon for an outstanding warrant.  He was taken into custody and transported to the Knox County Jail without incident.

At 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, a burglary was reported at a residence on the 400-block of Baldwin Drive in Howard.  While the owner and several other victims were out on a boat on Saturday, an unknown person or persons entered his residence and stole money from two wallets and two purses.  The basement screen door was closed, but not locked, and may have been the point of entry.  The victims did not realize the money was missing until the following day.

Several nearby houses in the area offered places where a suspect could have observed the victims leaving the residence but the complainant noted that he did not believe any of them to be involved.


At 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, Leonard D. Fulton, 25, of Newark turned himself in for an outstanding warrant.  He was taken into custody without incident.


At around 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, a victim reported that someone had pried open the door to his motor home parked at AAA Storage on Vernonview Drive.  The door and frame were damaged and the unknown person then opened several interior cabinets and drawers.  Several empty prescription pill bottles were recovered nearby and taken for possible fingerprints.  The victim was not certain what had been in the pill bottles.  Nothing else appeared to be missing.  Several other stored campers and trailers also appeared to have been forcefully entered.


At around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, another victim reported that his camper, stored at AAA Storage on Vernonview Drive in Mount Vernon, had been damaged by someone attempting to pry open the door.  Several other nearby campers and trailers had been damaged, entered, or both.  Some dust on a nearby trailer appeared to have been disturbed by fingers dragging across the surface but no prints were found at the scene.

MVPD reports August 13, 2013

MVPD reports August 13, 2013


Dana E. Elad, 27, of Gambier was cited at around 2:30 a.m. on Monday for driving a vehicle with expired registration tags.

Jonathan Nash, 19, of Mount Vernon was charged at 12:50 a.m. on Monday for aiding and abetting a juvenile curfew violation.

William J. Grunder, 49, of Medina was cited at around 5:00 a.m. on Monday for driving under a suspended license and for driving with a disregard for public safety.  

Daphne A. Bowen, 25, of Howard was cited just after 9:00 a.m. on Monday for speeding (40 in a 25 mph zone).

Wade A. Ferrell, 33, of Mount Vernon was cited just before 5:30 p.m. on Monday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Jeremiah W. Mason, 31, of Mount Vernon was charged just after 3:00 a.m. on Monday with criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Ryan Jay Wilkinson, 28, of Mount Vernon was cited at around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday for improper backing.

Rachel Hays, 30, of Mount Vernon was charged at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday with disorderly conduct at Banana Joe’s.



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Just after midnight on Monday, officers responded to a domestic violence complaint at a residence on the 800-block of E. Vine Street.  Suspects were identified.

At around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, a victim reported that five garden gnomes were stolen from her residence on the 300-block of Kimberly Drive.  The gnomes have a combined estimated value of $400.00.

Just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday, a complainant reported a disturbance at a residence on the 700-block of E. Pleasant Street.  A suspect was charged with disorderly conduct.

Storm grate thief hits Cougar Drive

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon police report three storm grates were stolen from Cougar Drive sometime over the past weekend.  The metal grates are valued at over $1100. Earlier this year several other grates were stolen in Mount Vernon and Gambier. 

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