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Local resident scammed in phone fraud


MOUNT VERNON - On Monday, a local resident reported to the Sheriff's Department that she received a call from an unknown person claiming to be her grandson.

The suspect stated that he had been in a car accident with a rental car that he was driving. The suspect claimed
that his insurance would not cover a $2000 repair bill, and she needed to send the money through Apple Iphone gift cards. She withdrew $2000 from her credit card and purchased the cards. She was then in contact with a "Ralph Davenport," a representative from the fraudulent car rental agency. She gave the card numbers to the suspect.

She contacted her grandson after the transaction. He stated that the information was false and he did not rent a car nor get into an accident.

Busy summer ahead with city projects

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter


MOUNT VERNON — City Council members discussed six projects in a 6:45 p.m. committee meeting, and then passed emergency resolutions dealing with five of them during council’s legislative session. The projects include:


  • Street resurfacing: $430,000. Bids to be opened in next several weeks.
  • Commerce Drive reconstruction and traffic signal: $267,373, city’s share $17,000. Anticipated finish date June 30. Initial grant was $150,000; the city received a second grant of $100,000 with the proviso that the city assumes ownership of the signal and street from Blackjack Road to the city limits.
  • West High/Sandusky street intersection: $510,000, city’s share $145,862. Start date July 1.
  • CA&C storm water project: involves removing, grinding and reusing asphalt to slope the parking lot so water will drain into three filtration areas. The three areas will become rain gardens with decorative plants and vegetation. The parking lot will have 31 parking spots. Potential start date in June. Funding through EPA grant.
  • Downtown sidewalk: $440,000, city’s share $33,000. Funded by Community Development Block Grant. Sidewalk to run from Gay Street, around Public Square to High Street to Sandusky Street. Aug. 6 anticipated completion date.

Legislation authorizing the sixth project, a CDBG-funded sidewalk from Vernonview Drive north of the Kroger Co. to and along Beech Street, received a first reading. The sidewalk on Beech Street will be on the north side of the street.

Council members also passed emergency legislation authorizing the sale of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala no longer needed in the water department, authorizing the city to apply for $75,000 in CDBG money and authorizing the city to apply for $300,000 in CDBG critical infrastructure development money for fiscal year 2016. Mayor Richard Mavis said that if the city receives the entire $300,000, it would be used for improvements on Pleasant Street between Mulberry and North Main streets. If the minimum of $75,000 is received, it will be used to extend the Beech Street sidewalk toward Sychar Road.

The emergency appropriations council passed include:

  • $6,129.88 to parks maintenance and repair for Ariel-Foundation Park from a Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow grant
  • $11,000 to special projects from Municipal Court estimated revenue
  • $5,000 for July 4th fireworks from Ariel-Foundation Park Conservancy
  • $100,000 to street paving from Jobs Ohio grant
  • $33,900 from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County to fund summer seasonal help
  • $31,719 from the Ariel Foundation to fund a tree inventory conducted by the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee

Legislation allowing camping in Ariel-Foundation Park received a first reading; the ordinance will be amended and up for second reading at the next council meeting.


Editor's note: This was the first city council meeting to be streamed live on the city's website.  You can watch the recorded meeting at this link.

Mount Vernon City Council to consider ordinance permitting tent camping in city parks

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor


MOUNT VERNON - Boy scouts would like to have a campout at Ariel Foundation Park and city council will consider an ordinance at its meeting Monday night to allow that. The ordinance scheduled for first reading would allow permitted camping in city parks by recognized non-profit groups.AFP view from tower July 4 2015

A view from the Rastin Observation Tower at Ariel~Foundation Park - KnoxPages.com file photo


Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include:

  • Plans for Commerce Drive
  • Vernonview Drive/Beech Street sidewalk improvements
  • Stormwater project
  • West High Street/Sandusky Street improvement porject
  • 2016 street resurfacing

Committee meetings begin at 6:45, with the legislative session set for 7:30. Every council meeting has time set aside for comments from the public on matters not covered by legislation.  To arrange for a time to speak, residents can call the mayor's office at 740-393-9517.

All City Council  meetings are open to the public. KnoxPages.com's coverage of the meeting will be posted Monday night.  


Benefit planned for Williams family whose farm was devastated by fire

CENTERBURG - The Stanley and Anna Williams family suffered an incredible loss on February 20, 2016, when their 12,000-square-foot barn burned. The loss included 20 feeder cattle, a goat, two tractors, hay and straw. But the loss that seemed like family to folks in the Centerburg area were the three draft horses - JR, Doc and Bill - who were part of the teams that pulled the hayrides at the Oldtime Farming Festival for more than 20 years.

One section of the barn at 6179 Graham Road, just north of Five Corners, was built in 1890. Fire investigators said there was so much damage to the barn that it was impossible to determine the cause, but it was thought to be electrical. The loss was estimated to be $200,000. Firefighters from 10 departments pumped 90,000 gallons of water into the fire without much effect.

A benefit is being planned for Sunday, April 17, at the Centerburg Conservation Club, 5680 Sycamore Road. Starting time is 3:00 p.m. with a hog roast at 4:00, admission by donation.

The list of activities and events includes a Poker Run starting at Wyandot Golf Course with registration beginning at 10:00 a.m., a Trap Shoot starting at noon, a raffle for door prizes (which are still being collected), a Gun Raffle, and a Bass Fishing Tournament with registration starting at noon. Flat-out donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Williams family to help them rebuild.

Contacts include Dave Griffith at 614-400-5262, Beth Hardin at 740-594-4625, Kathy Griffith at 740-358-6038 and Dennis Bartley at 740-627-1398. Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Williams-Family-Benefit-206763093017562/

Horses stagecoach
Two of the Williams family draft horses are shown here pulling a stagecoach in the Oldtime Farming Festival parade in 2007. The photo from the Festival file was sent in by Ruthie Kreidler. The stagecoach was built by John Eley for Bob Newton, who at that time was president of the Festival. Sitting atop the stagecoach, from left, are Stanley'Williams, Newton's grandson Colton Hill and Donna Williams, Stanley's daughter-in-law. (Festival file photo)

Knox County Law Enforcement reports April 9, 2016



Juvenile complaint on Stadium Dr.Fredericktown PD logo
Drug related complaint on Stadium Dr.
Telephone harassment complaint on Simons Ave.
Assisted the squad on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Disturbance on Zent Ave.

Civil issue on Arrowhead Dr.
Assisted the squad on Senecca Dr.
Fraud on Watson St.
Disturbance on Summit Dr.
Non-injury vehicle crash on N. Main St.
Disturbance on Fourth St.

Juvenile related complaint on Stadium Dr.
Theft of horses on Simons Ave.
Joshua A. Beeman, Fredericktown, charged with theft.
Ryan J. Glass, Fredericktown, charged with trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.


On Thursday, April 7, A Centerburg resident reported a fraud incident saying unknown persons obtained his personal information and opened a credit card, checking and savings accounts.

On Wednesday morning, April 6, deputies arrested Jarrod Potts of Southbay Drive, Fredericktown, on an outstanding warrant. He was taken to the sheriff's Office without incident. 




Three women were arrested and taken to the Knox County jail Thursday afternoon after officers were dispatched tomvpd patch logo an address on Shirley Avenue for a disturbance. Nola Smith, 42, Columbus; Miranda Wintz, 34, W. Curtis Street; Julie Dean, 38, Old Mansfield Road were arrested on outstanding warrants. According to the report a black tar substance (heroin) and 2 hypodermic needles were found at the scene.

Shellee Robinette, 43, E. Gambier Street, was charged Thursday afternoon with theft and a probation violation after a shoplifing incident at 855 Coshocton Avenue (Kroger).

Caren Rains, 33, of Indiana, was cited for speeding at New Gambier Road and Teryl Drive Thursday morning.

Courtney Sand, 20, of Mansfield, was cited for speeding at Nuce Road and Emmett Drive Thursday afternoon.

Starr Benson, 18, of Utica, was cited for not driving with an assured clear distance ahead Thursday evening.


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