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No charges in parking lot accident that claimed Mount Vernon woman's life

MOUNT VERNON - Six weeks after an accident in the Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza parking lot near the Dollar General store that claimed the life of a 70-year-old local woman word is that no charges will be filed.

Glenda Waldron was leaving the Dollar General store when she was struck by a pick up truck. She was taken to the local hospital and pronounced dead. 

City Law Director Rob Broeren told KnoxPages.com that after reviewing statements from the driver, the victim's husband, a witness, and security camera video no charges will be filed against the driver of the pickup truck. Broeren also said that there is no proof that the driver committed any traffic offenses.

Ms. Waldron's family has retained a local attorney.

Suicide prevention coalition bringing awareness with 5K walk/run

MOUNT VERNON - The 2017 Knox County Suicide Prevention 5KWalk/Run event is set for Saturday, September 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Gambier. The event is held to bring about awareness that suicides can be prevented.

To sign up visit this link.

On the average local police, fire, and sheriff responders are called to about 25 incidents per month on suicidal threats or attempt calls. In 2016 there were 12 such deaths in Knox County and 5 accidental overdose statistics suspected as death by suicide. 

Kathy Wantland coordinates the coalition’s Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (L.O.S.S.) Team. Coalition volunteers respond to the scene to offer support and resources. Wantland also facilitates the Survivor of Suicide Support group that meets each month at Hospice of Knox County.

NAMI (Natioinal Alliance on Mental Illness) facilitates a Peer group every Thursday for folks challenged by such illnesses as depression, bipolar, anxiety, and others. This group meets at 7:00 p.m., at the Gay Street United Methodist Church. Statistics show that some 90% of deaths by suicide are attributed to clinical depression.

The annual Suicide Survivor Memory dinner is planned for Thursday, September 14. Details will be announced.


Free seminar will highlight details of stem cell therapy

MOUNT VERNON – A free educational seminar on regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy will take place on Thursday, July 27 at Swetlic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation’s office complex at 11301 Upper Gilchrist Road.

Attendees will learn about the merits of Mesenchymal Stem Cell treatments and how they can aid the body in the healing process by repairing damaged and injured tissue. This technology is being brought to the Knox County area by Dr. James Swetlic’s newest company, JAS Medcal LLC.

Some of the conditions that can be helped by stem cell therapy include the following:

• Knee injuries such as MCL, ACL, PCL, LCL sprains or tears
• Arthritis and osteoarthritis
• Shoulder damage
• Chronic and lower back pain
• Wrist and elbow issues
• Issues with the Achilles tendon
• Ankle and foot pain
• Plantar fasciitis

The seminar will detail the type of stem cell therapy JAS will offer and discuss why it is superior to many other similar treatments on the market. Swetlic said that he expects the majority of cases in which a person is a candidate for stem cell therapy will need only one treatment.

“Only a small minority of patients should need a second injection six to eight months later,” he said. “Each patient’s condition is unique and you will discuss any future possible injections with your provider at follow-up appointments.”

The seminar will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to reserve a seat by calling (740) 392-1407.

Marsy's law advocates seek support in Knox County for victims' rights

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Corey Edwards visited County Commissioners Thom Collier and Roger Reed on Tuesday seeking their support for a statewide ballot initiative protecting victims' rights. Edwards is field director for Marsy's Law for Ohio, a group advocating for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing victims and their families the same rights accorded to offenders.

“It adds nothing to and takes nothing away from criminals' rights,” said Edwards. “It elevates victims' rights so everyone is on an even field. The reality is, it's probably going to pass, but it's not going to do any good if no one knows anything about it.”

In response to Collier's question regarding why the group chose a constitutional amendment versus working through the Ohio Legislature, Edwards said “the big thing is it tends to get watered down” when an issue goes through the legislature.

Edwards said that Ohio statutes passed in 1994 grant victims rights, but those rights are not being enforced. Victims advocates thus have to focus on making sure victims' rights are not violated rather than focusing on the case itself. “A constitutional amendment will clarify once and for all that victims have equal rights in Ohio,” he said. Those rights include the right to:
Receive timely notification of changes in proceedings, major developments in the case and the offender's custodial status
Be present at court proceedings
Provide input to the prosecutor before a plea agreement is finalized
Be heard at plea or sentencing proceedings or any process that may result in the offender's release
Timely restitution

As an example, Edwards cited a scenario in which a victim's rights were violated during a trial. Currently, the victim has no recourse but to wait until after the trial is completed and then file a grievance. With a constitutional amendment, Edwards said there can be immediate intervention.

As a former legislator, Collier said there is a purpose for the legislature and that he is leery any time someone wants to change things via ballot. “There's no opportunity for correction, change, etc.,” he said. “In my opinion, that is a dangerous way to go on any bill, not just this one.”

Marsy's Law for Ohio will collect signatures through Thursday. “We do have high hopes, high aspirations. It looks like we will meet [the signatures] we need to go on,” said Edwards.

Marsy's Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, a University of California Santa Barbara student who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. One week after her murder, her brother, Dr. Henry Nicholas, and her mother walked into a grocery store after visiting Marsy's grave and were confronted by the accused murderer. They had no idea he had been released on bail.

Dr. Nicholas is the key backer and proponent of Marsy's Law, which passed California first in 2008. The initiative passed in the five states in which it has been on the ballot. Twenty-five states have something similar already on their books. Ohio, along with Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Maine, does not have a victims' rights guarantee in its constitution.

Real estate tax statements mailed out


MOUNT VERNON - Knox County Treasurer Shelley Coon announces that real estate tax statements have been mailed and are due on Friday, July 7, 2017.
Payments by cash, check or money order are accepted in the office. Credit cards payments can be made online at www.officialpayments.com or by phone at 1-800-272-9829 using jurisdiction code 8436. Official Payments, the service provider, does charge a fee for this service.

Payments may also be made at any First-Knox National Bank office within Knox County. Payments received by mail must be postmarked by July 7, 2017 to avoid a late payment penalty.

Property owners are reminded they are responsible for paying their taxes even if a statement is not received. Anyone who does not receive their statement should contact the Treasurer’s Office at 740- 393-6735 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for the holiday.


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