Scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found 16 guilty and sentenced one person after trials, arraignments and hearings were held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court the week of Jan. 3.

Allan Hamilton, 32 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty on Jan. 4 of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse and not using Headlights. The Court sentenced him to pay a $700 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended, and placed him on two years of community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable for the OVI charge and to pay a $25 fine for the Headlights charge.

The Mount Vernon Law Director's Office brought these additional charges before the court:

Jan. 3

Conor Pollock, 28 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle without a Valid Driver’s License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

William Moran, 51 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Having Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine, and was placed 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.

Andrew John, 38 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Failure to Comply with Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation requirements. He will be sentenced on February 14, 2022 following a pre-sentence investigation.

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

Jan. 4

Jessica Mantel, 35 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced her to pay a $200 fine.

Andrew Ellis, 51 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of two counts of Operating a Vehicle with Expired Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $25 fine for each count.

Donald Morris, Sr., 65 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 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.

Joseph Cunningham, 34 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Improper Lane Usage, Left of Center, and Not Wearing a Seat belt. 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 for the OVI charge.

Additionally, the Court sentenced Cunningham to pay a $25 fine for the Improper Lane charge, a $25 fine for the Left of Center charge, and a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seat belt.

George Mozingo, II, 50 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Ryan Kemp, 42 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to serve one day in jail.

Theresa Cupps, 33 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail.

Mark Stelk, 62 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.

Rachel Mumaw, 41 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail.

Chazity Lester, 36 of Centerburg, was found guilty of Failing to Stop After an Accident. The Court sentenced her to pay a $200 fine, serve three days in jail, suspended her operator’s license in 180 days, and to pay $1,370.00 in Restitution to the victim.

Tyler Stoller, 24 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Theft. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 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 25 hours of community service.

In addition, Stoller was found guilty of Theft on Dec. 8, 2021, after a trial to the Court. For this charge, he was sentenced to serve 180 days in jail, with 160 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 attend and complete the Court’s Social Responsibility clinic.

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

Jan. 5

Colton Schwenke, 18 of Danville, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.

Law Director Rob Broeren represented the State of Ohio in this case.

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