Scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found 17 people guilty and issued a sentencing after arraignments, hearing and trials were held this week at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

JAN. 27

Thomas Dudley, 31, of Howard, was found guilty of Failing to Use Reasonable Control. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Jereme Maxwell, 38, of Port Washington, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the State of Ohio in these cases.

JAN. 26

Brendan Puluso, 20, of Newark, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Melvin Fiske, 34, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $300 fine.

Douglas Morris, 59, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Criminal Mischief. The Court sentenced him to serve 60 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed him on one year of probation.

Christopher Gerstenberger, 48, of Utica, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. The Court sentenced him to serve 60 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete the Court’s Hands Down program.

Christopher McGee, 20, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Reckless Operation Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to serve 10 days in jail and ordered him to complete 40 hours of community service, and suspended his operator’s license for 30 days.

Darlene Cross, 61, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Confine her Dog. The Court sentenced her to pay Court costs only.

Sierra Duncan, 31, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct with Persisting Behavior. The Court sentenced her to serve five days in jail.

Devon Carpenter, 23, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse. The Court sentenced him to pay a $700 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended his operator’s license for two years.

Terry Shearn, 61, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. He will be sentenced on March 2, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Brandon Poff, 24, of Martinsburg, was found guilty of Aggravated Menacing. He will be sentenced on March 2, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Jeremy Huffman, 32, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence on Dec. 15, 2020. Today he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, with 179 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable and complete an Anger Management program.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio in these cases.

JAN. 25

James Adams, 36, of Gambier, was found guilty of Criminal Damaging. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine, serve 90 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete the NOW Program for Combat Veterans.

Jodi Hanna, 51, of Howard, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended her operator’s license for one year.

Ashley Ungurean, 26, of Coshocton, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended her operator’s license for one year.

Scott Vance, 35, of Gambier, was found guilty of Driving Under an OVI Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine and serve three days in jail.

Matthew Roth, 19, of Mount Vernon, was found of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay court costs.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of Ohio in these cases.

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