Scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher found 23 people guilty after trials were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court this week.

March 11

Austin Teet, 24, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Lacie Smith, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced her to pay Court costs only.

Jared Speck, 34, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to pay Court costs only.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Smith and Speck cases and the State of Ohio in the Teet case.

March 10

Tammy Parker, 58, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced her to serve 180 days in jail, with 175 days suspended, and placed her on one year of probation.

Zachery Peters, 25, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving Left of Center, and Not Wearing a Seatbelt. 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 for the OVI charge. He was sentenced to pay a $35 fine for Driving Left of Center and a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt.

Travis Miller, 37, of Columbus, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with an Expired License, Speeding and Failing to Keep an Assured Clear Distance Ahead. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine for not having a valid license, a $50 fine for Speeding and a $35 fine for Failing to Keep an Assured Clear Distance Ahead.

Angela Baldwin, 30, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under a 12-Point Suspension. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail.

Charles Kanode, 274 of Coshocton, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension, Failure to Renew Tags, and Not Wearing a Seatbelt. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine for the DUS charge and a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt.

Suhib Saleh, 30, of Columbus, was found guilty of Failing to Use Reasonable Control. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Edwin Guerra, 45 of Columbus, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 fine.

Michael Durst, 25, of Gambier, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 173 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete 20 hours of community service.

David McCoy, 34, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail.

John Palmer, 29, of Walhonding, was found guilty of Assault. The Court sentenced him to serve 60 days in jail.

Christopher Smith, 28, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Possessing Deer Parts without a Valid Hunting Tag. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following conditions: complete 20 hours of community service.

Scott Owens, 23, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Aggravated Menacing. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed him on two years of probation.

Wendy Sowders, 49, 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 174 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.

Joseph Niehoff, 29, 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, and placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program.

Brian Bevard, 37, of Martinsburg, was found guilty of Aggravated Menacing and Violating a Temporary Protection Order. He will be sentenced on April 20, 2020 following a pre-sentence investigation.

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

March 9

Matthew Wolfe, 37, of Granville, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct with Persisting Behavior and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The Court sentenced him to serve two days in jail.

Kimberly Orndorff, 55, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced her to serve 30 days in jail, with 10 days suspended, and placed her on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 60 days.

Debra Huff, 53, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence and two counts of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 174 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 for the OVI charge. She was sentenced to pay a $250 fine and serve three days in jail for Driving Under an OVI Suspension and to pay a $250 fine and serve 10 days in jail for the second Driving Under an OVI/ALS Suspension charges.

Aden Miller, 26, of Millersburg, was found guilty of Having Physical Control Over 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 condition: attend and complete a 72-hoyur driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for 90 days.

Steve Tilton, 25, of Bellville, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $1,000 fine, serve 365 days in jail, with 335 days suspended, placed him on five years of community control, and suspended his operator’s license for three years.

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

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