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OHP investigating fatal truck crash

 

FREDERICKTOWN – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash involving a pickup. The crash happened just after noon on Friday off Salem Street.

Richard Paugh, age 75, of Fredericktown, was driving a 1998 Chevy S10 pickup truck westbound on Salem Street. Mr. Paugh drove off the left side of the road in a curve and struck a tree head on. Mr. Paugh was transported to the Knox Community Hospital where he died shortly afterwards.

Seat belt was in use and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports April 14, 2016

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At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a victim reported that her property on Highland Road in Fredericktown had been vandalized sometime late on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

 

 

 


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Arrests and Charges:mvpd patch logo
Quentin Walker, 17, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday for domestic violence.
Sierra Duncan, 26, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday for a probation violation.

Traffic Citations:
Richard Prince, 56, of Short Hills, NJ was cited at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.
Susan Blubaugh, 59, of Mount Vernon was cited at 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday for running a red-light.
Jose Rivera, 47, of Mount Vernon was cited at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday for speeding.
Willie Flack, 93, of Martinsburg was cited at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday for failing to control his vehicle.

Accidents:
At 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Susan A. Blubaugh, 59, of Mount Vernon was traveling northbound on N. McKenzie Street in her 2005 Dodge Caravan. Brian J. Calhoon, 33, of Howard was traveling westbound on E. Chestnut Street in his 2011 Chevy Silverado. At the intersection of those streets, Blubaugh ran a red-light and Calhoon struck her vehicle in the side. Blubaugh was cited for the incident.
At 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Holly McGough, 37, of Mount Vernon was traveling northbound on N. Main Street in his 2015 Ford Escape. Kathleen M. Tennant, 42, of Mount Vernon was traveling eastbound on W. Lamartine Street in a Chevy Express cargo van. Tennant attempted to turn left onto N. Main Street, failed to yield to oncoming traffic, and struck McGough’s vehicle.
At 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Andy Jared Hammons, 19, of Brinkhaven was stopped in the Wal-Mart entrance/exit lane onto Coshocton Avenue. Willie M. Flack, 93, of Martinsburg was immediately behind her in his 2012 Chevy Impala. Flack believed that Hammons was going to pull forward and rear-ended his 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Flack was cited for the incident.

Incidents:
At 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, a victim reported the theft of $50.00 in cash from the Curves/Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center on Coshocton Avenue. A suspect was identified.
At 4:05 p.m. on Wednesday, a 2002 Mercury without visible plates was towed from the 400-block of Vernonview Drive by On the Spot Towing.
At 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday, a complainant came to the police station that her son was being bullied by two other boys at school. She asked for the situation be documented and noted that she had been in contact with her son’s school.


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Prowlers on N. Main St.
Alarm drop on N. Main St.
Theft of furniture on Erie St.

4-12:
Animal related complaint on S. Main St.
Theft of a wallet on N. Main St.
Assisted the Fredericktown Fire Dept. on Montgomery Rd.
Vandalism on Grant St.
Report of fraud on Posey Dr.

4-11:
911 Hang up call on E. 4th St.
Animal related complaint on W. 1st St.

Grand Jury cases involve meth, heroin and cocaine

MOUNT VERNON –On April 4, 2016, the Knox County Grand Jury issued fourteen indictments in a wide variety of cases.

Gary S. Gregg, 55, of Howard, was indicted for Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, a second degree felony. Gregg was arrested with approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine during an undercover drug operation in February. The indictment also contains forfeiture specifications for a 1987 Chevy Silverado and $16,140.00 in cash. This case was investigated by Det. Lt. Craig Feeney.

Eric Azbell, 29, of Mount Vernon was indicted for Kidnapping, a second-degree felony, Abduction, a third-degree felony, and Felonious Assault, a second-degree felony. The indictment alleges Azbell attacked his victim with a taser. This case was investigated by Mount Vernon Police Ptl. Tyler Berger. In a separate case, Azbell was also indicted for Possession of Methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony. This case was investigated by State Highway Patrol Trooper James King.

Albert F. Johnson III, 33, of Mansfield, was indicted for Rape, a felony of the first degree, and Gross Sexual Imposition, a fourth-degree felony. The indictment alleges that the victim was less than thirteen years of age when the offense occurred. This case was investigated by Morrow County Sheriff’s Office Det. Marissa Gibson, and KCSO Det. Danial Bobo.

Robert M. McDonald, 47, of Nashport, was indicted for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a second-degree felony, and two counts of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, first-degree misdemeanors. The indictment alleges that McDonald was intoxicated when he caused the death of his truck’s passenger, Pamela Ballard, on State Route 13. This case was investigated by the Mount Gilead Post of the State Highway Patrol.

Joshua L. Jones, 32, of Burbank, and Travis W. Rhodes, 34, of Shreve, were indicted for two counts of Breaking and Entering, fifth-degree felonies, Petty Theft, a first-degree misdemeanor, Safecracking, a fourth-degree felony, and Theft from a Person in a Protected Class, a third-degree felony. This case was investigated by Knox County Sheriff’s Det. Lt. Craig Feeney and Det. Sgt. James Ferenbaugh.

Terry T. Barker, 35, of Columbus, was indicted for Possession of Cocaine, a third-degree felony, and Possession of Heroin, a fourth-degree felony. Barker was charged as the result of a traffic stop. The case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Jessica Butler.

Cierra N. Steigerwald, 28, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for two counts of Receiving Stolen Property. One count alleges Steigerwald received a 2014 Toyota Corolla, a fourth-degree felony, and the other count alleges she received a Lowe’s credit card belonging to the same victim, a fifth-degree felony. This case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Matthew Jones.

Richard D. Poole, 35, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Possession of Heroin, a fourth degree felony. This case was investigated by KCSO Det. Lt. Craig Feeney and Det. Brandon Minot.

David M. Griffith, 42, of Centerburg was indicted for Falsification, a fourth-degree felony. The indictment alleges that Griffith falsified an application to obtain a concealed handgun license. This case was investigated by KCSO Lt. Tim Light.

Haylee P. Robinson, 33, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for two counts of Forgery, fifth-degree felonies, two counts of Theft, fifth-degree felonies, and one count of Theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. This case was investigated by MVPD Sgt. Travis Tharp and Sgt. Andrew Burns.

Dane E. Ferenbaugh, 34, of Fredericktown was indicted for Possession of Heroin, a fifth-degree felony. This case was investigated by Fredericktown Police Ptl. Ronny Flynn.

Ryan McKenzie, 34, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Burglary, a second-degree felony, Trespass in a Habitation, a fourth-degree felony, Disrupting Public Services, a fourth-degree felony, Assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and Criminal Damaging, a second-degree misdemeanor. This case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Zachary Miller.

Katrina Worden, 42, of Utica, was indicted for Robbery, a third-degree felony, Trespass in a Habitation, a fourth-degree felony, and Theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. This case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. David McElroy.

Arraignments on these cases are scheduled for April 15, 2016 in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports April 13, 2016

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Incidents:

At 3:50 a.m. on Tuesday, an officer attempted to contact a vehicle-owner at her residence on the 800-block of Shalimar Drive. A male let the officer into the apartment where he spotted a jar of marijuana in plain view. Several items—including a bottle of eleven Trazodone pills, a black wallet (containing a Socialmvpd patch logo Security card, a bank debit card, a Subway card, a Chipotle card, and an ADP Total Pay card), a jar of marijuana stems, a drug pipe, a bag of baggies, and a scale—were seized as evidence.

At 9:35 a.m. on Monday, a resident on the 100-block of N. Concord Street requested an officer to discuss a situation with them.

At 12:20 p.m. on Monday, an officer was dispatched to deal with a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer parked illegally at a residence on the 700-block of N. Sandusky Street. It was towed to the city impound lot.

At 1:25 p.m. on Monday, a victim reported the theft of his cell-phone.

At 10:20 p.m. on Monday, a complainant reported the loss of her Ohio Directions card.

Arrests and Charges:

Kain Dixon, 18, of Mount Vernon was arrested at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday for drug abuse. He was cited also for running a red-light and for driving under a suspended license.

Justin Stachler, 30, of Danville was arrested at 2:40 a.m. on Monday for domestic violence, for resisting arrest, and for obstructing official business.

                                                           

Traffic Citations:

Kain Dixon, 18, of Mount Vernon was cited at 3:35 a.m. on Tuesday for running a red-light and for driving under a suspended license. He was arrested also for drug abuse.

Joshua Davis, 35, of Centerburg was cited at 6:55 a.m. on Monday for failing to assure a clear driving-distance ahead.

Rodney Schlingerman, 62, of Howard was cited just before 4:00 p.m. on Monday for failing to obey a traffic signal.

Accidents:

Just before 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Diana Faught, 61, of Centerburg was traveling northbound on Columbus Road in her Dodge Caravan. Joshua Davis, Sr., 35, of Centerburg was immediately behind her in his 2002 Chevy Avalon. When U2 stopped for a red-light at Main Street, Davis rear-ended her. Davis was cited for the incident.

Just before 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Rodney Schlingerman, 62, of Howard was traveling westbound on Coshocton Avenue in his Honda Odyssey. William Wyman, 66 of Mount Vernon was traveling northbound on Vernedale Drive toward the Kroger entrance in his Ford TK. At the intersection of those streets, Schlingerman ran the red-light and struck Wyman’s vehicle in the side. Schlingerman was cited for the incident.


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Found property on Taylor St.Fredericktown PD logo
Suspicious vehicle on Mill St.
Vehicle unlock on S. Main St.
Suspicious vehicle on S. Main St.

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Disturbance on Burgett Dr.
Joshua J. Lemley, Fredericktown, arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Concerns raised about tent camping in city parks

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

 

MOUNT VERNON — Monday night, City Council gave a first reading to an ordinance allowing tent camping in city parks. Before its second reading at the April 25 council meeting, the administration will amend the ordinance to reflect council members’ concerns.

As written, the ordinance allows the safety-service director to issue a temporary camping permit to a recognized nonprofit or charity for a special event; the event cannot exceed three consecutive days. Council members requested specific language be added to note temporary camping applies only to Ariel-Foundation Park, not all city parks. Other concerns included specifying what areas of the park could be used, months camping will be allowed and what constitutes a recognized nonprofit.

Mayor Richard Mavis said the ultimate plan is to develop a lease agreement with the Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy that gives the conservancy the authority to schedule events at Ariel-Foundation Park; for other city parks, the scheduling authority remains with the city. Councilman John Booth noted that if problems occur, people would look to the city for resolution rather than the conservancy.

Doug McLarnan of the Knox County Park District told council members he has received several inquiries from cycling groups about camping opportunities in the city, specifically the downtown area. Although he took no position on the camping ordinance, he told council that as the bike trail is better developed, the camping issue will start coming to the fore.

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