MOUNT VERNON — According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, on Friday in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Otho Eyster sentenced one woman and seven men for various felony crimes.
Roseanne E. Wead, 21, Piqua, was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated trafficking in drugs. Eyster also imposed a $5,000 fine and suspended her driver’s license for five years. Thatcher said that during a traffic stop on Dec. 3, 2008, Patrolman Brian Weiser of the Mount Vernon Police Department found Wead in possession of almost 200 Ecstasy pills.
Roger W. Legg, 44, Mount Vernon, was sentenced to a 27-month prison term for his sixth DUI offense in 20 years; his driver’s license was also suspended for 10 years. Thatcher said that on May 21, 2008, at about 1:50 a.m., Cpl. Beth Marti, MVPD, stopped Legg on West Gambier Street after observing him commit marked lanes violations while driving a 1998 Chevrolet. Legg had an odor of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was slurred. Marti arrested Legg after he refused all field sobriety tests.
Ryan S. Ransom, 26, Mount Vernon, was convicted of stealing $1,590.06 from his former employer as wages for hours he did not work, between June 29 and Aug. 3, 2008. Ransom was also convicted of forging the employer’s signature on two timesheets. Ransom was sentenced to an 11-month prison term and ordered to pay restitution to the victim. The case was investigated by Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation Officer Rene Joris, with the assistance of Detective Craig Feeney, MVPD.
Taylor B. Snow, 24, Fredericktown, was convicted of theft for stealing blank checks from a relative on Nov. 13, 2006. Snow was also convicted of making unauthorized charges on his relative’s debit card from about Dec. 1, 2005, through Nov. 30, 2006. Snow was sentenced to an 11-month prison term and ordered to pay $3,222 as restitution to the victim. Deputy Tom Durbin, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
Justen M. Myers, 21, Mount Vernon, was convicted of attempting to break into a North Sandusky Street gas station, on March 29, 2007, at about 1:30 a.m. A clerk working at a business across the street noticed him and an accomplice attempting to kick in the front door of the gas station. MVPD Sgt. Troy Glazier, Cpl. Roger Monroe and Patrolmen Matt Haver and Travis Tharp responded to the scene.
Myers was also convicted of possessing criminal tools because he had a pair of latex gloves and a black metal flashlight that he used to commit the attempted break-in. Eyster gave Myers a suspended 11-month prison term, and put Myers on a three-year term of community control supervision. Thatcher said the community control sentence includes a 60-day jail sentence that starts immediately.
Two men were convicted of failing to pay child support. Stephen A. Payne, 43, owes his child $11,350. Eyster sentenced Payne to a suspended 11-month prison term, and put Payne on a three-year term of community control supervision. Thatcher said Payne is required to maintain full-time employment and he must repay his child support arrearage to avoid prison.
George Perone, 35, owes his two children $4,859. Perone was also sentenced to a suspended 11-month prison term and a three-year term of community control supervision. Payne is also required to maintain full-time employment and repay his child support arrearage to avoid prison. The Knox County Child Support Enforcement Agency investigated the cases.
“Filing criminal charges was the only option left in these cases because both men failed to keep the CSEA advised of their current addresses and financial situations in addition to failing to pay for their children’s financial support,” Thatcher said.
Paul G. Lampl, 55, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlicensed manufacturing of fireworks. Eyster sentenced Lampl to a suspended two-year prison term, and put Lampl on a three-year term of community control supervision. Lampl was also ordered to submit to outpatient drug and alcohol assessment, monitoring and treatment, and he is prohibited from ever possessing a license to possess, manufacture or display fireworks.
According to Thatcher, on May 10, 2008, Lampl had a license to exhibit fireworks but not a license to manufacture fireworks. On that day Lampl caused an accidental fire and explosion at his Grange Avenue residence. In the course of the fire investigation, it was determined Lampl had components to manufacture fireworks in his basement. Investigator Tom Benson, State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Investigator Jason Whaley, Mount Vernon Fire Department, investigated the case.