MOUNT VERNON — Indictments were returned in 14 cases on May 4 by a Knox County grand jury. Arraignments are scheduled for May 15 in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas before Judge Otho Eyster.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, John E. Palmer III, 18, is accused of selling half a pound of marijuana to a confidential informant working for the Mount Vernon Police Department, on March 23. The alleged drug deal occurred in the parking lot at a Mount Vernon retail store. Palmer is also charged with possession of marijuana. Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey, MVPD, investigated the case.
Jeremie M. Yunker, 28, Mansfield, allegedly sold 1 pound of marijuana to a confidential informant working for the MVPD, on April 16. The alleged drug deal occurred at a gas station in Mount Vernon. Yunker is also charged with possessing a total of 3 pounds of marijuana. The case was investigated by Detective Craig Feeney, MVPD.
Robert E. Granville, 19, Kalamazoo, Mich., is accused of selling marijuana to a confidential informant working for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, on April 19 and 23. The alleged drug deals occurred in a college dormitory room. The indictment carries specifications alleging that $580 and a laptop computer seized from Granville were involved in the offenses and subject to forfeiture. In a related case, David N. Graham, 22, Sewanee, Tenn., is charged with permitting drug abuse for allegedly permitting the drug deals to occur in his dorm room. The cases were investigated by Detective Dave Light, KCSO.
Kiersten A. Labraney, 28, Mount Vernon, is charged with eight counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs. From April 2008 to January 2009, Labraney allegedly obtained prescriptions for OxyContin, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone Bitartrate with acetaminophen and Codeine without telling the prescribing physicians that she already had prescriptions for pain medications from other doctors. Labraney is also accused of altering a written prescription to obtain more pain medication than her doctor prescribed, in October 2008. Sgt. Tom Durbin, KCSO, investigated the case.
Amy J. Shank, 33, Liberty Center, faces seven counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs. From October 2007 to July 2008, Shank allegedly obtained prescriptions for Hydrocodone Bitartrate with acetaminophen, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone without telling the prescribing physicians that she already had prescriptions for pain medications from other doctors.
The indictment against Katrina M. Wintz, 30, Killbuck, alleges that she obtained prescriptions for Hydrocodone Bitartrate with acetaminophen and Codeine without telling the prescribing physicians that she already had prescriptions for pain medications from other doctors on 10 occasions, from February to November 2008. Deputy Dan Bobo, KCSO, investigated the Shank and Wintz cases.
Jonathan C. Fankhauser, 27, Mount Vernon, faces charges of burglary, trafficking in marijuana, identity fraud and forgery. On April 25, Fankhauser allegedly broke into an apartment on East Burgess Street where he stole a PlayStation, video games, a DVD player and other property. On April 29, Fankhauser allegedly offered to sell marijuana to a confidential informant working for the MVPD. The alleged drug deal occurred at an apartment in Mount Vernon. On March 28, Fankhauser allegedly received medical treatment using another person’s medical card and forged the other person’s handwriting on documents at the doctor’s office.
In a related case, Jodi M. Blanton, 26, Mount Vernon, is accused of aiding and abetting Fankhauser in the April 25 burglary. Blanton is also charged with identity fraud and forgery for allegedly receiving medical treatment using another person’s medical card and forging the other person’s handwriting on documents at the doctor’s office. Feeney investigated the cases.
Brandon J. Molloy, 23, Mansfield, and Brett A. Beauchamp, 19, Mount Vernon, allegedly broke into a garage on Elizabeth Street on March 13. MVPD officers later found Molloy and Beauchamp in possession of three firearms and other property stolen from the garage at a residence they shared with Delana S. Carpenter on East Chestnut Street. Through investigation, Detective Dave McElroy also determined that Molloy and Beauchamp allegedly disposed of a big screen TV stolen from the garage before the other stolen property was recovered.
In addition to charges of breaking and entering, possessing stolen firearms and tampering with evidence, Molloy faces charges of stealing two credit cards from two motor vehicles he allegedly broke into on the east side of Mount Vernon. In a related case, Delana S. Carpenter, 39, is accused of possessing stolen property at the East Chestnut Street residence.
William C. Miller, 88, Mount Vernon, is accused of intimidation for allegedly writing letters threatening the lives of a municipal court judge and court probation officer, on March 27 and April 3.
The indictment against Kelly M. Ferenbaugh, 27, Danville, alleges that she forged another person’s signature on an Ohio BMV Applicant’s Driver License Information form and that she used the other person’s personal information on the form on Feb. 6. Ferenbaugh is charged with forgery, identity theft and making a false statement on a BMV form.