MOUNT VERNON — Thirteen indictments were filed by a Knox County grand jury on Sept. 15. Arraignments are scheduled for Sept. 25 in the Common Pleas Court before Judge Otho Eyster.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Michael D. Ronk, 40, Mount Vernon, was indicted for illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana. On Aug. 31, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Ronk’s Sycamore Road residence where they found an allegedly sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation. The officers seized approximately 90 plants and other equipment commonly used to grow marijuana.
Buck R. Stevens, 32, Mount Vernon, faces charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault for allegedly entering a residence on West Vine Street and fracturing the jaw of a male resident on Aug. 22. Thatcher said witness statements allege that Stevens ran inside the house and assaulted the man while he was asleep.
Scott A. Greene, 44, Mount Vernon, is accused of domestic violence. Thatcher said at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, Mount Vernon Police officers responded to a fight call on East Ohio Avenue. It was learned that Green and another man were fighting because Greene had allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend earlier in the evening. According to the indictment, Greene was convicted of domestic violence in 2006 making the current charge a felony.
Brian K. Rose, 37, also faces a domestic violence charge for allegedly striking his live-in girlfriend in the face and biting her on the finger. Thatcher said at about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 9, a MVPD officer was engaged in a traffic stop on Wooster Road when he heard a woman screaming nearby. Burns learned through investigation that Rose allegedly assaulted the woman and threatened her if she tried to contact the police. According to the indictment, Rose was convicted of domestic violence in 2006 and he is also accused of intimidation.
Jeffrey N. Wilson, 34, Mount Vernon, was indicted on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. Thatcher said the alleged victim is a child who was less than 10 years old during the time of the alleged offenses, Jan. 1, 2006, through July 4.
Cindy M. Clements, 22, Mount Vernon, was charged with four counts of possessing stolen checks and two counts of forgery. On Aug. 14, Clements allegedly attempted to cash a stolen check with a forged signature. MVPD officers allegedly found several books of blank checks in Clements’ vehicle, and they determined through investigation that Clements allegedly passed another stolen check with a forged signature the day before. Thatcher said the blank checks were stolen from a business in Mount Vernon during a break-in that is still under investigation.
Michael E. Kupiec, 19, Howard, allegedly confessed to MVPD that he broke into a building at a public pool, on July 27 and 29. A detective recovered a television set and other allegedly stolen items from Kupiec’s apartment on Aug. 19. Kupiec is accused of two counts of breaking and entering and one count of receiving stolen property.
Bank surveillance video shows Michelle L. Maras, 26, Columbus, using a debit card to make a $200 ATM withdrawal on June 9. Thatcher said the debit card was in a purse stolen from an unlocked car earlier the same day.
Tasha M. Hinkston, 20, Centerburg, is accused of possessing three stolen credit cards and using the credit cards to make over $1,200 in unauthorized purchases on Aug. 6.
Christopher J. Litt, 56, Caledonia, allegedly took miscellaneous tools valued at over $500 from an auction without paying for them on Aug. 22. Thatcher said Litt was charged with theft from an elderly person since the alleged victim is over the age of 65.
Jamie J. Johnson, 32, Danville, was indicted for stealing a credit card and forging the owner’s signature on a credit card approval slip on July 13.
Bondolyn J. Mullins, 37, Mount Vernon, allegedly altered a prescription for Vicodin by changing the amount her doctor prescribed from 24 to 124 on Jan. 22. Thatcher said MVPD was called by a pharmacist who became suspicious about the allegedly altered prescription. Mullins is accused of illegal processing of drug documents.
On June 14 at 2:50 a.m., the KCSO was transporting a prisoner through Fredericktown when it found Gary D. Wieland, 60, Fredericktown, allegedly passed out behind the wheel of a motor vehicle that was stopped at an intersection with a loaded handgun in a bag on the front passenger’s seat. The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the location to administer field sobriety tests that Wieland allegedly failed. The results of a blood test performed by the State Patrol’s Crime Lab indicate that Wieland had Oxycodone in his system at the time. A subsequent investigation by the KCSO revealed that on 10 occasions between April 2008 and April 2009, Wieland allegedly obtained Oxycontin and Oxycodone prescriptions without telling his doctor that he was already prescribed the same or similar drugs by other doctors. Thatcher said Wieland is charged with transporting a loaded handgun while under the influence of drugs and 10 counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs.