Judge John Thatcher on the bench

Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher.

MOUNT VERNON – Mount Vernon Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher ruled on the following cases after arraignments and hearings this week in his courtroom.

SEPT. 30

Tiffany Edwards, 34, of Danville, was found guilty of Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced her to serve 30 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed her on one year of probation with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable and complete 10 hours of community service.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon in this case.

SEPT. 29

Austin Gamble, 21, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Speeding, Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine and suspended his operator’s license for 180 days for the Reckless Operation charge. He was sentenced to pay a $35 fine for Speeding, and a $75 fine for each of the marijuana related charges.

Julie Howell, 67, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Passing a Stopped School Bus. The Court sentenced her to pay a $50 fine.

Brittany Bowman, 30, of Butler, was found guilty of Passing a Stopped School Bus. The Court sentenced her to pay a $50 fine.

Jeff Petrey, 47, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

John Wilson, 61, of Wadsworth, was found guilty of Failing to Keep an Assured Clear Distance Ahead and Not Wearing a Seatbelt. The Court sentenced him to pay a $50 for the Assured Clear Distance charge and a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt.

Tricia Winegar, 50, of Warsaw, was found guilty of Driving Under a 12-Point Suspension. The Court sentenced her to serve seven days in jail.

Paige Walker, 29, of Frazeysburg, was found guilty of Public Indecency. The Court sentenced her to serve 90 days in jail, with 60 days suspended, and placed her on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable.

Tabitha Musgrave, 49, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Assault. The Court sentenced her to serve 180 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed her on two years of probation.

Michael Coleman, 21, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve three days in jail.

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

SEPT. 28

Michael Miller, 37, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced to serve two days in jail.

Narayan Ghimire, 25, of Pataskala, 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 condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Leslie Sears, 73, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.

John Branstool, 57, of Utica, was found guilty of Failing to Confine his Dog. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.

Tucker Davis, 19, of Hammond, Louisiana, 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 condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended his operator’s license for one year.

Shelly Smith, 56, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Having Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with all time suspended, placed her on two years of community control with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable.

On Aug. 10, 2020, John Gomez pled guilty to three counts of Telecommunications Harassment. Today he was sentenced to pay a $200 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 165 days suspended, and was placed on two years of probation with the following conditions: complete a drug and alcohol assessment as soon as is practicable, complete 30 hours of community service, and have no contact with the victim or their family.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Gomez 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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