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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

 

MOUNT VERNON –The Knox County Grand Jury handed down sixteen felony indictments on Monday, according to Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville.

 

Ryan A. Gibson, 47, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and aggravated menacing and assault, both first-degree misdemeanors.  The indictment alleges that Gibson forced his way into a residence on Oak Avenue and assaulted an occupant inside. Gibson also allegedly threatened a second resident with serious bodily harm.  The case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Jason Payne.

 

Melissa N. Plagman, 36, of Howardwas indicted for aggravated possession of drugs; a fifth-degree felony, possession of drugs; a fifth-degree felony, and theft; a first-degree misdemeanor. The case arose from a January 25th incident where police were called to a Mount Vernon residence for a theft. Plagman was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine, another controlled substance and stolen jewelry.This case was investigated by Cpl. Rex Young of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

 

Drew C. Cullen, 22, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for securing writings by deception, a fourth-degree felony. After a 2014 forfeiture of Cullen’s 2008 Jeep Wrangler,it was discovered that the vehicle had multiple liens.  Cullen allegedly presented a clean title to a local financial institution to secure a $10,000 loan, while knowing there was a previous lien.  The case was investigated by Knox County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Sheffer.

 

Jeffrey L. Smith, 31, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony, and three counts of importuning, fifth-degree felonies. The indictment alleges that Smith solicited a law enforcement officer posing as a fifteen-year old girl to engage in sexual activity, and that he attempted to meet the purported teenager for sex.  The case was investigated by KCSO Det. Dan Bobo.  

 

Aaron C. Paulley, 39, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a fifth-degree felony.  The indictment alleges that various nude photographs of a minor were discovered on Paulley’s electronic devices. The investigation was performed by Det. Dan Bobo and Fredericktown Police Chief Roger Brown.

 

Malcolm W. Cornell, 31, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for burglary; a third-degree felony, trespass in a habitation; a fourth-degree felony, attempted abduction; a fourth-degree felony, and obstructing official business; a second-degree misdemeanor.  The case stemmed from a January 19thincident in which Cornell allegedly entered multiple homes before surrendering to police.  The case was investigated by MVPD Cpl. Kyle Theibert.

 

Donald P. Bailey, 24, of Centerburg, was indicted for receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony. Bailey is accused of cashing a fictitious check in the amount of $2,150.00 at First Knox National Bank. This case was investigated by Sgt. Alan Dexter of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Sarah E. Miller, 35, of Millersport, and Paula S. Popham, 33, of Newark, were both indicted for theft, a fifth degree felony. The indictment alleges that Miller and Popham stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart. This case was investigated by Sgt. Scott McKnight of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

 

Aimee L. Singleton, 22, of Fredericktown, was indicted for passing bad checks and receiving stolen property, both fifth-degree felonies. The indictment alleges that Singleton cashed a bad check in the amount of $2,453.00 at Heritage West Credit Union. This case was investigated by Cpl. Travis Tharp of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

 

Rebecca B. Turner, 43, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, passing bad becks, and theft, both fifth-degree felonies. This indictment arose from allegations that Turner passed a bad check for the purchase of a vehicle in August 2014, and then obtained a loan against the title. This case was also investigated by Cpl. Travis Tharp.

 

Charlotte E. Smith, 31, of Fredericktown, was indicted for grand theft of a firearm, a third-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that Smith pawned a muzzle-loader shotgun, and fraudulently wired herself money using her father’s credit card. This case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Scott Baker.

 

Christopher N. Powell, 42, of Mount Vernon was indicted for domestic violence, a third-degree felony, and felonious assault, a second-degree misdemeanor resulting from an incident that occurred on January 16th with a live-in girlfriend. He faces a third-degree felony charge because of a previous felony domestic violence conviction. This case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Dan Selby.

 

Jeffrey A. Middleton, 33, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. Middleton was allegedly found to be in possession of hydrocodone pills during a search warrant conducted on a Danville residence. This case was investigated by Lt. Dan Weckesser of the Danville Police Department.

 

Christine L. Dennis, 56, of Mount Vernon was indicted for domestic violence, a third degree felony. The indictment alleges Dennis attacked her blind live-in boyfriend. Dennis also has a previous domestic violence conviction, which makes this case a felony. This case was investigated by Dep. Kenneth Aurand of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Kenneth L. Johnson, 39, of Marengo, was indicted for domestic violence, a third-degree felony. Johnson has two previous misdemeanor domestic violence convictions and one felony domestic violence conviction. This case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Scott Baker.

 

Arraignments in these cases are scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Knox County Common Pleas Court.

 

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