Judge John Thatcher

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher 

MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher found 27 defendants guilty after arraignments and hearings were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Aug. 26 through 28.

Aug. 28

Donald Utz, 54, of Howard, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Jawan Edwards, 34, of Fredericktown, 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.

Aug. 27

Andre Plikerd, 26, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Anthony Bahl, 26, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine and serve one day in jail.

Shemesha Posey, 40, of Danville, was found guilty of Not Wearing a Seatbelt. The Court sentenced her to pay a $30 fine.

William Priest, 35, of Newark, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension, Operating a Vehicle with Fictitious Plates, and Failing to Display a Valid License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $300 fine.

Bethany Snyder, 22, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced her to pay a $45 fine.

Kelsey Pike, 27, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced her to serve 15 days in jail.

Amanda Shafer, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Theft and Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced her to serve five days in jail for each charge.

Jerry Ingles, 55, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Petty Theft. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 49 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation.

Misty Zolman, 46, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Reinstate her License. The Court sentenced her to serve seven days in jail.

Chad Blacksten, 47, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. 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 condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

George Lockett, 59, of Forest Park, Georgia, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct with Persisting Behavior. The Court sentenced him to serve two days in jail.

Amy Speakman, 38, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed her 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.

Carol Swartz, 23, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Obey a Traffic Signal. The Court sentenced her to pay a $25 fine.

Brody Batson, 18, of Elkhart, Iowa, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Jared Scoles, 19, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Heather Trombley, 26, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Unauthorized Plates. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail.

Andrew Cook, 38, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Assault. He will be sentenced on Oct. 8, 2019 following a pre-sentence investigation.

Sharon Lang, 69, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Confine her Dog. She will be sentenced on October 8, 2019 following a pre-sentence investigation.

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

Aug. 26

Michael Miller, 44, of Sparta, was found guilty of Resisting Resisting Arrest. The Court sentenced him to serve seven days in jail, with credit for time served.

Samuel Smith, 18, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Criminal Trespassing. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

John Hochstetler, 49, of Danville, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse and going Left of Center. 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 condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year for the OVI charge and to pay a $25 fine for going Left of Center.

Christopher Heiberger, 52, of Columbus, was found guilty of Having Physical Control Over a Vehicle While being Under the Influence of Alcohol. 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, and suspended his operator’s license for 90 days.

Patrick Murphy, 53, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under a License Forfeiture Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Ronald Dumont, 55, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failing to Stop After an Accident. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended, placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete 15 days of community service, and suspended his operator’s license for 180 days.

Director of Law Rob Boeren represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Miller case.

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

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