MOUNT VERNON — Indictments were returned in 18 cases on Monday by a Knox County grand jury. Arraignments are scheduled for April 24 in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas before Judge Otho Eyster.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Corey M. Morrison, 20, Martinsburg, was indicted on counts of aggravated vehicular homicide for allegedly causing the deaths of Ryan C. Lambert and Thomas A. Johnson, on March 28 on Weaver Road. According to the indictment, Morrison caused Lambert and Johnson’s deaths as the proximate result of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, as well as recklessly caused their deaths. Thatcher said Morrison is also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol for allegedly having a blood/alcohol level of .154. Morrison is also accused of tampering with evidence for concealing or removing evidence after the crash occurred. Trooper Matthew Them of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the case.
David P. Schwartz, 60, Walhonding, is accused of aggravated possession of drugs for allegedly having oxycodone on his person during a search prior to his arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence on Aug. 17, 2008. Schwartz did not have a prescription for oxycodone, which is a Schedule II controlled substance under Ohio law, according to Thatcher. Trooper Paul Shore of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the case.
On Feb. 13, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office seized 40 growing marijuana plants and other items commonly used to grow marijuana at the residence of Addie J. Cyrus, on Hopewell Road, Gambier. Thatcher said the total weight of the seized marijuana was 813 grams. Cyrus, 45, is charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Her husband, James B. Cyrus, 46, is also charged with possession of marijuana for the marijuana found at the residence on Hopewell Road. Detective Sgts. Gary Rohler and Roger Brown, and Detective Light of the KCSO investigated the cases.
Bryan D. Black, 38, Newark, faces one count of theft and one count of possessing criminal tools for allegedly taking two bicycles from the Kenyon campus on March 7. Black was also found to be in possession of bolt cutters, which were allegedly used to cut cable locks off of the bicycles. Detective Sgt. Rohler and Deputy Phillips of the KCSO investigated the case.
Cody L. Myers, 19, Mount Vernon, was indicted for rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. On Jan. 10, Myers allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 12 -year-old girl, as well as a 13-year-old girl. In addition, Myers allegedly sent obscene pictures to the 13-year-old girl.
Marlon A. Major, 32, Mount Vernon, is accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old female on Dec. 27, 2008.
Ray W. Toller, 20, Mount Vernon, is also accused of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old female on Jan. 15. Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, investigated the Myers, Major and Toller cases.
On Aug. 25, 2008, James A. Schaade, 20, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, in Knox County, and classified as a sex offender. Schaade is required to register any change of address with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. On March 24, Schaade allegedly failed to provide change of address notification to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office according to the indictment.
On Oct. 24, 2008, David L. Boyd, 21, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, in Knox County, and classified as a sex offender. Boyd is required to register any change of address with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. On March 24, Boyd allegedly failed to provide change of address notification to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office according to the indictment. Detective Sgt. Roger Brown of the KCSO investigated the Schaade and Boyd cases.
Johnathan E. Wilson, 19, Alexandria, is accused of selling approximately 1 pound of marijuana to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police Department on March 25, as well as possessing marijuana. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey and Detective Dave McElroy, MVPD, investigated the case.
Gerald C. Jackson, 44, Nellie, is also accused of selling marijuana to a confidential informant working for the MVPD on March 27. Detective Sgt. Jeff Jacobs, Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, Detective Craig Feeney, and Detective Dave McElroy, MVPD, investigated the case.
Connie S. Beck, 60, Howard, is accused of failure to remit sales tax and grand theft for allegedly not paying sales tax in the amount of $20,266.22 to the Ohio Department of Taxation during the period of Jan. 1, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2008. Beck runs Connie’s Country Corner store in Amity. Agent Charles Marcum of the Ohio Department of Taxation investigated this case.
Dixie Lee Obar, 49, Mount Vernon, faces a charge of Medicaid eligibility fraud, as well as two counts of theft by deception. Obar is accused of making false statements since May 2006, regarding her household composition on her applications for Medicaid, food stamps and cash benefits, which resulted in her receiving more benefits than she was entitled to. Investigator Heidi Robinson of the Knox County Department of Job & Family Services investigated this case.
Robert E. Goudy, 40, Danville, is charged with violating a protection order for allegedly violating the terms of a civil protection order he was under on Feb. 15. Goudy has a previous conviction in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court for violation of a protection order in 1999. Deputy Doug Turpen of the KCSO investigated the case.
Andrew M. John, 24, Mount Vernon, is charged with felonious and aggravated assault. On March 29, John allegedly bit the lip off of a male acquaintance. The victim allegedly suffered a severe laceration to his lower lip requiring numerous stitches and treatment by a plastic surgeon. Patrolman Tim Arnold, MVPD, responded to the call and investigated the case.
On March 28, Jacob R. McQueen, 24, Mount Vernon, allegedly robbed a male of his wallet behind a bar in downtown Mount Vernon while using the threat of force and pretending to be a police officer. Jodiah L. Berger, 27, Fredericktown, is also charged with complicity to commit robbery for assisting McQueen in the robbery. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey and Patrolman Travis Tharp, MVPD, investigated this case.