MOUNT VERNON — Twenty-five indictments were filed by a Knox County grand jury on July 7, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Arraignments are scheduled for July 17 in the Common Pleas Court before Judge Otho Eyster.
Troy D. Patrick, 41, Mount Vernon, was indicted on charges of attempted felonious assault and felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his spouse on June 13 at about 1 a.m. Patrick allegedly punched his wife, injuring her head, neck and ribs, and he chased her into a bathroom where he threatened her with a knife. According to the indictment, Patrick was previously convicted of domestic violence in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court in December 2005.
Phillip T. Rovnak, 53, Mount Vernon, faces two counts of felony domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his two sons, on June 6 at about 8:30 p.m. Thatcher said when the Mount Vernon Police Department responded to the domestic violence call, the officer observed one boy had a knot on his head and the other boy had a split lip. According to the indictment, Rovnak was previously convicted of domestic violence in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court in December 2002.
Logan L. Hammons, 22, Danville, is charged with felonious assault for allegedly breaking the nose of a 25-year-old male victim, on March 28 at about 1:15 p.m.
Kenneth Lee Davis, II, 36, Mount Vernon, is accused of punching Deputy Ryan Burgess, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, when Burgess was responding to a domestic disturbance call at Davis’ residence, on June 2 at about 1:30 a.m. Thatcher said it is a fourth degree felony to assault a peace officer while in the performance of his official duties.
Christian M. Clifton, 34, Mount Vernon, allegedly bit Sgt. William Shaffer, KCSO, when Clifton was being booked into the Knox County Jail for misdemeanor charges, on June 24. Thatcher said Clifton allegedly bit Shaffer’s arm hard enough to break the skin and draw blood.
David A. Baugh, 19, no confirmed address available, and William J. Woodring, 31, Fredericktown, face charges of failing to provide change of address notification to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. According to their indictments, Baugh was convicted in Knox County of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, in 2008, and Woodring was convicted of the same offense in Wayne County, in 1998. Thatcher said Baugh’s offense is a felony of the fourth degree subjecting him to a prison term of six to 18 months, and Woodring’s offense is a felony of the third degree subjecting him to a prison term of one to five years because Woodring has previously been convicted of a failure to register offense.
According to his indictment on June 10, Richard T. Thompson, 18, Mount Vernon, possessed a stolen debit card and forged the owner’s signature on a gas station receipt when he used the debit card to make a purchase. Thompson is also accused of making several other unauthorized purchases with the stolen debit card, between May 19 and June 12. Thompson is also accused of burglarizing a residence, on June 16 and 19, and of possessing two laptop computers, collectible coins, video games and a video game player stolen from the residence, on June 21. A KCSO detective found the allegedly stolen property in Thompson’s pickup truck.
Travis T. McNamara, 18, Mount Vernon, allegedly confessed to MVPD that he acted as the lookout during a burglary at a Whiteheirs Street residence, on June 27 at about 5 a.m. McNamara was indicted on a charge of complicity in the commission of burglary.
Nicholas S. Parsons, 21, Howard, is charged with burglary, tampering with evidence and theft of drugs. Thatcher said on May 23, Parsons entered a residence on the pretense of needing to use the bathroom, but then stole a quantity of prescription drugs from the medicine cabinet. The residents became suspicious and they called the sheriff’s office with a description of Parsons’ vehicle after he left. It was determined through investigation that Parsons allegedly stole the pills, but threw away most of them when he learned that the KCSO was looking for him.
Daniel Z. Goudy, 19, Mount Vernon, is accused of breaking and entering and vandalism for allegedly throwing a chunk of broken pavement through a convenience store window in order to enter the store where he stole beer and a candy bar. Thatcher said it cost the store over $800 to repair the damage.
Bradley M. Putnam, 50, and Miranda L. Wintz, 27, Mount Vernon, are accused of possessing approximately $1,200 worth of stolen tools and equipment, on June 8. Thatcher said the tools and equipment belong to the business where they were employed as janitors, in Fredericktown. Putnam and Wintz are also charged with stealing tools and equipment from the business valued at approximately $3,000, between May 1 and June 8.
Adam Kinney, 31, Marion, is charged with shoplifting over $800 worth of merchandise from five Mount Vernon stores, on June 17. Kinney and two accomplices were caught in Marengo, during a traffic stop. Thatcher said Kinney’s accomplices were also charged with theft, in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
Jennifer L. Martindale, 36, Centerburg, is charged with theft for allegedly shoplifting $780 worth of merchandise from a Mount Vernon store, on May 29. Loss Prevention personnel at the store reported to MVPD that Martindale allegedly pushed two shopping carts full of merchandise out of the store setting off the alarm at the entrance.
Joashua A. Pruitt, 27, Gambier, was indicted for allegedly possessing a stolen credit card, on July 21.
Carlos L. Strange, II, 34, Marion, faces a charge of failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer for allegedly running from MVPD on May 2 at about 2 a.m. The police report states that Strange was allegedly speeding on his motorcycle and then ran a stop sign before Jones activated his lights and siren. Officers pursued Strange until he eventually lost control of his motorcycle striking two parked cars and seriously injuring his female passenger. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Strange did not have a valid license and the plate on the motorcycle was not registered to him. According to the indictment, Strange was operating the motorcycle with a blood/alcohol level of .166. Strange is also charged with aggravated vehicular assault for allegedly seriously injuring his passenger as the direct result of driving the motorcycle under the influence of alcohol.
On June 13 at about 1:45 a.m. Eric J. Driscoll, 32, Mount Vernon, allegedly led Trooper Paul Shore of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on an eight minute chase, covering approximately eight miles reaching speeds of 95-105 miles per hour. Thatcher said the chase started when Driscoll allegedly screeched his tires while sliding his vehicle sideways from West High Street onto Public Square, and it ended when Driscoll crashed on Ohio 3. During the chase Driscoll allegedly ran 19 stop signs, two flashing red lights and one solid red light, and he passed two motor vehicles in no passing zones. Driscoll is charged with failing to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.
Russell E. Cunningham, 42, Millersburg, allegedly drove while under the influence of alcohol, on June 6. A urine test resulted in a .386 alcohol level. Court records show Cunningham has been convicted of drunk driving six times in Holmes and Coshocton counties since 1990.
Nathan R. Clark, 33, Mount Vernon, is charged with two counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle with two firearms specifications. On March 21, at about 3 a.m., an OSHP tropper, stopped Clark on East Vine Street for a left of center violation. During the traffic stop, Clark allegedly failed the field sobriety tests, and then two loaded handguns were discovered in Clark’s vehicle. Thatcher said transporting loaded handguns in a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse is a fifth degree felony.
On Feb. 15, Aaron N. Taylor, 32, Mount Vernon, was allegedly found in possession of Adderall and Percocet pills during a traffic stop on Columbus Road. Taylor is charged with aggravated possession of drugs because he allegedly did not have a prescription for them.
On March 6, during a house check conducted by his probation officer, Gary D. Neff Jr., 32, Mount Vernon, was allegedly found in possession of three Ecstasy pills. On March 16, Neff’s roommate Glenda M. McClain, 52, allegedly admitted to the probabtion officer that the pills were hers. Thatcher said Neff and McClain are both charged with aggravated possession of drugs.
On March 11, Ashley M. Huffman, 23, Utica, telephoned a Mount Vernon pharmacy and allegedly told the pharmacist she was calling from a doctor’s office to order a prescription for 90 Vicodin pills for “Ashley Huffman.” The pharmacist, who suspected the call was fraudulent, confirmed with the doctor that there was no prescription and Huffman was not even a patient. Huffman is accused of illegal processing of drug documents.
Elijah J. Silliman, 18, Fredericktown, is charged with illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone. On May 21, the Fredericktown police Department, responded to Fredericktown High School’s report that Silliman allegedly displayed a six-inch knife during a verbal dispute with another student on the school bus.
Thatcher said a school bus is included in the Ohio Revised Code’s definition of “school safety zone.”