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Thornville man charged with importuning

MOUNT VERNON - Officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Wiegard, 37, of Thornville, Sunday. He is currently being charged with Importuning.


Importuning is definied as demanding or soliciting insistently for sex.

Wiegard had been communicating via online and text messages with what he thought was an underage girl to engage in sexual activity with him. The female was actually a Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.


Andrew Wiegard booking photo - photo submitted by KCSO

Wiegard was arrested when he arrived for the pre-arranged meeting. A handgun was discovered in the vehicle during the arrest. If convicted, Wiegard could be sentenced to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

The case remains under investigation.

Around Ohio: Coshocton County child dies after lightning strike

COSHOCTON - Sheriff Tim Rogers reports that at approximately 12:35 pm Wednesday, the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call by a local mother reporting her 9 year old son was struck by lightning and was unresponsive in the area of Jefferson Twp. 341.

Coshocton County EMS was first on scene with Walhonding Valley Fire and Coshocton County Sheriff’s office also responding to assist EMS and the family.

The child was transported from the scene to Coshocton County Memorial Hospital where he later died from this injury.

Knox County Law Enforcement reports April 27, 2016



Arrests and Charges:mvpd patch logo

Megan Miller, 23, of Newark was arrested at 4:25 a.m. on Tuesday on an outstanding warrant. She was charged also with possession of drug abuse instruments.


Traffic Citations:

Cory Weiss, 27, of Mount Vernon was cited at 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday for driving under a suspended license.

Carley Kuhn, 20, of Mount Vernon was cited at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday for driving under a suspended/revoked license.


At 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Mary K. Conant, 73, of Mount Vernon was traveling southbound on N. Main Street in his 2012 Toyota Rav4. Near the W. Hamtramck Street intersection, she lost control of her vehicle and struck a parked and unoccupied 1998 Volvo S70 belonging to Pamela L. Burley. It was determined at the scene that Conant had a medical condition that may have facilitated the crash. No charges or citations were issued at the scene.


At 1:00 a.m. last Monday, a victim reported a theft from a parked vehicle at the Domino’s Pizza on S. Main Street. Missing items included a 7” Verizon Eclipse tablet.


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Domestic violence on W. Sandusky St.
Assisted the squad on Watson St.
Traffic complaint on Struble Cir.


Assisted the Sheriff’s Office on Spillway Dr.
Found set of keys on St. Rt. 13
Found ring on W. Sandusky St.
Assisted the squad on Tuttle Ave.
Traffic complaint on N. Main St.
Traffic complaint on Montgomery Rd.
Grant L. Smith Jr., Mt. Vernon, citation for speed.


Christopher P. Clayton, Fredericktown, citation for speed.
Traffic complaint on Taylor St.
Residence unlock on Colony Dr.
Animal related complaint on Salem Ave.
Parking complaint on N. Main St.
Disturbance on W. Sandusky St.
Melissa S. Webb, Fredericktown, citation for speed.
Christopher P. Clayton, Fredericktown, citation for speed.

Ariel Foundation Park Conservancy free concert series announced

MOUNT VERNON – The Foundation Park Conservancy is excited to announce the line-up for its debut Free Summer Concert Series in Ariel-Foundation Park. An ambitious array of concert events will be staged thanks to the generous support of more than 25 corporate and individual sponsors, including First-Knox National Bank, The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, and Knox Community Hospital.

Staged in the Schnormeier Event Center, all events are free to the public and open to all ages, although donations will be accepted to support future concerts. Free seating is available at the concert venue, or you can bring your own chair to enjoy a wide variety of free, family-friendly concerts throughout the season at Mount Vernon’s premiere outdoor space. At most concerts preferred seating tables for eight can be reserved by calling 740-501-9293. Food and refreshment vendors will be available at most concerts, including legal beverages at several events. No outside beverages or coolers are allowed in the Schnormeier Event Center.

Concertgoers are urged to visit www.arielfoundation.org to confirm dates and starting times for scheduled events, which are as follows:

Wednesday, May 4 – Lima Interescolar Big Band from Peru – 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 – Kokosing Surf Club – 5 p.m. | Red Ball Jets – 8 p.m.

Friday, May 27 – Six Miles to Nellie – 5 p.m. | Erika Hughes and The Well Mannered – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 4 – Knox County Battle of the Bands (Age 25 & Under) – 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 – Youth Unplugged Showcase – 7 p.m.

Monday, July 4 – Fourth of July – KrisB’s Midnight Railroad – 3 p.m. | American Idol’s Alexis Gomez with The Mad River Band – 6 p.m. | The Dublin Silver Band – 8 p.m. | Fireworks – 10 p.m.

Friday, July 15 – Rarebird – 5 p.m |.King Darwin Band – 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 6 – All Ages Prom – Dwight Lenox and the Lenox Avenue Express – 7 p.m.

Friday, August 19 – Dala – Award-winning female folk duo from Toronto – 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 – Gospel Music Day – The McNichols Family Band – 5 p.m. | Zach Shelton and 64 to Grayson – 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 27 – International Festival – The General Guinness Band –2 p.m. | Fred Ziwich and his International Sound Machine – 5 p.m. | Op Drift (Rock and Roll Cover Group from The Netherlands) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 – Rastin Challenge – Mark Pennington and The Outlaw Uprising – 3 p.m. | Revolution Pie – 7 p.m.

Friday, September 23 – Swing’s the Thing – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Community Square Dance – Back Porch Swing Band –7 p.m.

Sunday, October 2 – Knox County Symphony Children’s Concert – 3 p.m.

Substance Abuse Town Hall brings community together

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


MOUNT VERNON – A physician, a college student, a drug user, and other community members came together Tuesday evening for a town hall meeting and a call for action about substance abuse. The event was organized by the Knox County Democratic Women and held at the public library. The non-partisan event featured presentations by Mount Vernon School Superintendent Bill Seder, Jeff Williams, Executive Director of The Freedom Center and Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher.

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Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher, left, Jeff Williams, Executive Director of The Freedom Center; center, and Bill Seder, Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent at Wednesday night's town hall on substance abuse - KnoxPages.com photo by Marty Trese

Seder began his remarks by talking about high school dropouts and said he made it a policy that any student who wishes to drop out has to meet with him personally. Seder asks what is going on with them. He has heard stories about abuse and parental neglect.  He then relayed information discovered in a survey of 17,000 people on adverse childhood experiences or ACES.  The study found that the higher number of ACES the higher the potential for drug use.  Some of the ACES are:

  • Abuse-Psychological (by parents), Physical (by parents), Sexual (anyone)
  • Neglect-Emotional, physical
  • Household Dysfunction – Alcoholism or drug use in the home, loss of biological parent by age 18, depression or mental illness in home, mother treated violently, imprisoned household member

Seder shared that some Mount Vernon School district students eat breakfast and lunch at school and those are their only meals for the day. 54% of students receive free and reduced lunch, that is up 6% from a year ago. The district has 4,000 students and next year three social workers will start working in the elementary schools.

Williams shared that The Freedom Center is open to anyone seeking help with addiction. There are many community treatment options. Those include:

  • Detox
  • Residential (none in Knox County currently)
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Outpatient

Community members can help by becoming involved with KSAAT, Knox Substance Abuse Action Team. The coalition recently received a drug free communities grant and now employs a coordinator who oversees the Youth, Adult and Community committees of KSAAT.  You can learn more about the coalition on their Facebook page.

Thatcher shared that last Friday Mount Vernon Municipal Court received final certification from the Ohio Supreme Court for a MERIT drug court. MERIT stands for Mandated Education and Referral into Treatment.  The court kept seeing the same offenders over and over again. Sometimes offenders will have a felony, a misdemeanor, and a child custody issue all going on at the same time.

The purpose of drug court is to try to reduce the costs to the public and protect the public from the offenders’ future crimes. The drug court involves four phases, the first of which requires offenders to attend weekly meetings, undergo drug screenings, and attend Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous meetings daily. During this initial phase offenders can’t be employed so they can spend time working on themselves. Offenders work through the program and it can take a year or more. Another part of drug court is MERIT-V, the V stands for the drug vivitrol.  This drug blocks the effects of heroin and alcohol.  

Following the presentations, a physician talked about opiate prescribing practices, a woman who said she is a drug user said more needs to be done to reach those using drugs in our community and a college student who has worked at Knox Commmunity Hospital said drug abusers are frequent visitors to the emergency department. 

While the substance abuse problem is enormous, last night's meeting was a worthwhile effort to bring about more awareness and possible solutions. 



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