MOUNT VERNON — Eight indictments were handed down by the Knox County Grand Jury on Dec. 5. Arraignments are scheduled for Dec. 16 before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Emory M. Clay Jr., 52, Columbus, faces charges of aggravated vehicular assault and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs. On Oct. 29, Clay was driving on U.S. Route 36, near Centerburg, when he became involved in a two-vehicle crash. The two occupants of the other vehicle sustained incapacitating injuries. According to the indictment, Clay had cocaine in his system at the time of the crash. Trooper Coby Holloway, Ohio State Highway Patrol, investigated the case.
Patrick R. McCann, 22, Mount Vernon, is accused of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle for transporting a loaded handgun while allegedly under the influence of alcohol on Nov. 12. Trooper Brandon Ruhl, OSHP, conducted the traffic stop that lead to the discovery of the firearm.
Patrick C. Daugherty, 35, Mount Vernon, was indicted on counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. On June 9, Daugherty was allegedly found in possession of obscene photographs depicting a minor. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
According to the indictment, Randall W. McKee, 35, Danville, was convicted of domestic violence in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court in 2006. McKee was indicted on a felony domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting an adult family member on Nov. 22. McKee also faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for allegedly threatening a minor family member with physical harm during the same incident. Sgt. Dan Weckesser, Danville Police Department, investigated the domestic disturbance.
According to the indictment, Clifford D. Koch, 27, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas in 2006. Koch is accused of failure to provide change of address notification to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 7. Deputy Dan Selby investigated the case.
Kelsey L. Dunno, 22, Mount Vernon, and Raymond D. Atkins, 25, Howard, face passing bad checks and theft by deception charges for allegedly depositing bad checks totaling $37,675 into a bank account between Aug. 18 and 21. Thatcher said Dunno and Atkins allegedly withdrew $12,000 from the account before the bad checks were returned.
David R. Woods, 46, Mount Vernon, also faces passing bad checks and theft by deception charges for allegedly passing bad checks totaling $1,660, between June 29 and July 10.
Mount Vernon Police Department Detective Cpl. Matt Dailey investigated the Dunno and Atkins cases and Patrolman Travis Tharp investigated the Woods case.