Judge's gavel and scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found 24 defendants guilty and sentenced two after arraignments and hearings were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court this week.

OCT. 13

James Meola, 61, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of two counts of Failing to Surrender a Foreign License. The Court sentenced him to pay a total of $125 in fines.

John Hays, 48, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Max Bricker, 53, of Warsaw, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $300 fine.

Jeremy Stake, 48, of Danville, was found guilty of Driving Left of Center. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Thomas Kemmer, 48, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

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

OCT. 12

Raymond Besst, 73, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension and Not Wearing a Seatbelt. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine for the DUS charge and a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt.

Andrew Lehman, 21, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Keep an Assured Clear Distance Ahead. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine.

Dakota Eckert, 23, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Yield while Leaving Private Property. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Timothy Jennings, 50, of Ashland, was found guilty of Failing to Stop for a School Bus. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.

Russell Copeland, 38, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under a License Forfeiture Suspension and Operating a Vehicle with Incorrectly Colored Headlights. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine for the DUS charge and a $15 fine for the Headlights charge.

Michael Butcher, 52, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Expired License Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $15 fine.

Amy Parker, 45, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced her to pay a $200 fine.

James Looney, 29, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Douglas Blanchard, 54, of Columbus, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 165 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: attend and complete the Court’s Social Responsibility Clinic.

Joseph Stanford, 20, of Mansfield, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct with Persisting Behavior. The Court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed him on one year of probation.

Kane Wenell, 21, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Endangering Children and Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation for the Child Endangering charge. He was sentenced to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 170 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 one year for the OVI charge.

Andrew Jacob, 34, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Domestic Violence and Violating a Protection Order. He will be sentenced on November 16, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Michael Abrams, 42, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Assault. He will be sentenced on Nov. 16, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Nathan Parke, 26, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Assault. He will be sentenced on November 23, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Koury Dean, 35, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Telecommunications Harassment. He will be sentenced on Nov/ 23, 2021 following a pre-sentence investigation.

David Shapoval, 18, of Grove City, was found guilty of Assault on Sept. 7, 2021. Today he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 days suspended, and was placed on two years of probation.

Shannon Stroh, 44, of Killbuck, was found guilty of Domestic Violence and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle on Aug. 24, 2021. Today he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, with 159 days suspended, and placed him two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable for the Domestic Violence charge. He was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, with 29 days suspended, and was placed on two years of community control for the OVI charge.

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

OCT. 11

Tara Dayton, 43, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Criminal Trespassing. The Court sentenced her to pay a $200 fine.

Timothy Wingert, 32, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following conditions: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program and complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Dustin Tolle, 40, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 174 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Pamela Huggins, 67, of Medina, was found guilty of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failing to Use Reasonable Control. The Court sentenced her to pay a $250 fine for the Reckless Op charge and a $25 fine for Failing to Control.

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

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