Scales of Justice

MOUNT VERNON -- Two visiting judges presided over court cases this week in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.

A total of 30 people were found guilty in court decisions rendered Monday through Wednesday.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

Visiting Judge Ken Lane found five guilty after hearings and trials were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Oct. 2.

James Oswald, 75, of Danville, was found guilty of Going Left of Center and Driving with an Expired Tags. The Court sentenced him to pay a $45 fine for the Left of Center charge and a $20 fine for Driving with an Expired Tags.

Jamie Herndon, 38, of Gambier, was found guilty of Driving Under a 12-Point Suspension and Parking in a Fire Lane. The Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine and serve three days in jail for the DUS charge.

Robert Strawser, 22, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Not Wearing a Seatbelt and Going Left of Center. The Court sentenced him to pay a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt and a $125 fine for Going Left of Center.

Kali Carey, 21, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced her to pay a $5 fine.

Zack Clark, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under a License Forfeiture Suspension and Speeding. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine for the DUS charge and a $35 fine for Speeding.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the State of Ohio in the Clark case.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the Village of Danville and the State of Ohio in the remaining cases.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Visiting Judge Ken Lane found 21 guilty after arraignments and hearings were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Oct. 1.

Andy Black, 41, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse, Driving Under an FRA Suspension, Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Signal, and Not Wearing a Seatbelt out of a single incident. The Court sentenced him to pay a$ 700 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 159 days suspended, placed him on two years of community control, and suspended his operator’s license for two years for the OVI charge. He was sentenced to pay a $30 fine for Not Wearing a Seatbelt. Mr. Black was also found guilty of Driving Under an OVI/ALS Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine and serve three days in jail for this charge.

Charlene Moore, 69, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or a Drug of Abuse and Failing to Use Reasonable Control. 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 for the OVI charge.

Jeffery Benefiel, 38, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

James McCloskey, 67, of Centerburg, was found guilty of Left of Center Distracted Driving. The Court sentenced him to pay a $175 fine.

Paul Green, 35, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Robert Cantu, 27, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension and Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine for the DUS charge and a $25 fine for the Stop Sign violation.

Kaleb Kirkman, 29, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Without a Valid License. The Court sentenced him to serve five days in jail.

Justin Pittman, 41, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Vincent Crim, 31, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

William Kirkman, 30, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Without a Valid License. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine.

Jared Speck, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine.

Richard Emrick, 46, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to pay a $200 fine and serve five days in jail.

Tara Huff, 28, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Falsification. The Court sentenced her to serve 60 days in jail.

Lloyd Ray, 58, of Howard, was found guilty of Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia and Driving Left of Center. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine for the Drug Paraphernalia charge and a $25 fine for Driving Left of Center.

Alayna Hoeflich, 18, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced her to serve 30 days in jail, with all time suspended, and placed her on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 60 days.

Judy Sabados, 50, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Allowing an Animal to Run at Large. The Court sentenced her to pay a $50 fine.

Jadriana Fowler, 22, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Left of Center. The Court sentenced her to pay a $25 fine.

Kevin Ford, 40, of Gambier, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve five days in jail.

Wesley Addy, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Driving Under an FRA Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve three days in jail.

Treton Flack, 23, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Fictitious Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine.

Cole Hoeflich, 27, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under a 12-Point Suspension. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 175 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation.

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

Sept. 30

Visiting Judge David Stucki found nine guilty after arraignments and hearings were held at the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Sept. 30.

Misty Christine, 36, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The Court sentenced her to serve three days in jail, with credit for time served.

Brischeau Lang, 34, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana. The Court sentenced her to serve 30 days in jail, with 29 days suspended, and placed her on one year of probation for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

Brent James, 27, of Howard, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced him to serve one day in jail with credit for time served.

Robert Lucas, 48, of Beverly, was found guilty of Falsification and Having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to serve 15 days in jail on the Falsification charge.

Charles Palmateer, 61 of Centerburg, was found guilty of Disorderly Conduct. The Court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail, with 29 days suspended, and placed him on one year of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 60 days.

James Duncan, 28, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Court sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail for the Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments charge and 30 days in jail for the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

Brandon Green, 33, of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Discharging Firearms Within Municipal Limits. The Court sentenced him to serve 30 days in jail, with 20 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation.

Paul Miller, 20, of Fredericksburg, was found guilty of Possessing/Consuming Alcohol while being Underage. The Court sentenced him to pay a $250 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 175 days suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following condition: complete a drug and alcohol assessment within 45 days.

Elaine Wilson, 58 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 174 days suspended, and placed her on two years of community control with the following condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program.

Director of Law Rob Broeren represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Lucas, Duncan, and Green cases and the State of Ohio in the Christine, Lang, James, and Palmateer cases.

Assistant Director of Law Brittany Whitney represented the City of Mount Vernon in the Wilson case and the State of Ohio in the Miller case.

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