MOUNT VERNON — Eleven indictments were handed down by the Knox County Grand Jury on Monday, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Arraignments are scheduled for May 18, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
Jeffrey L. Moore, 49, Danville, was indicted on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and endangering children for allegedly engaging in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Thatcher said Sgt. Dan Weckesser, Danville Police Department, executed a search warrant at Moore’s apartment on May 3, where chemicals and other equipment allegedly consistent with making “meth” were discovered. The child endangering charge was sought because children live in another apartment at the same premises, according to Thatcher. Meth lab neutralization officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation and cleaned up the alleged meth lab.
Andrew S. Ellis, 41, and Terra J. Ellis, 39, Sycamore Road, Mount Vernon, are both accused of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs and endangering children for allegedly engaging in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Thatcher said the Knox County Sheriff’s Office discovered chemicals and other equipment allegedly consistent with making “meth” at the Ellises’ residence on April 19. The child endangering charge was sought because children live in the Ellises’ home, according to Thatcher. Detective Doug Turpen, KCSO, investigated the case.
During a traffic stop on March 9, Deputy Aaron Phillips, KCSO, allegedly found Courtney R. Cotton, 24, Mount Vernon, in possession of a balloon of heroin. Cotton is accused of possession of heroin.
Toby P. Meade, 52, Marengo, faces two illegal processing of drug documents charges. Thatcher said on April 6, Meade allegedly altered prescriptions for valium and ultram and then tried to fill the prescriptions at a Mount Vernon pharmacy. Patrolman Brian Weiser, Mount Vernon Police Department, investigated the case.
Clifford D. Koch, 27, Mount Vernon, allegedly solicited sex from a 14-year-old girl as she was walking to school on April 24. Thatcher said the degree of Koch’s felony importuning charge is enhanced by one level because he was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in 2006. Patrolman Brian Durbin, MVPD, investigated the case.
According to the indictment, a juvenile court previously adjudicated Bradley A. Grubaugh, 20, a delinquent child for a rape offense that would have been a first-degree felony, if committed by an adult. As a registered sex offender, Grubaugh must notify authorities when he changes his address during his lifetime, according to Thatcher. Grubaugh was indicted on a charge of failure to provide change of address, also a first-degree felony, for allegedly failing to notify the sheriff’s office of a change of address on or about April 27. Deputy Dan Selby investigated the case.
David A. Gray, 20, Howard, faces unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl and then engaging in sexual conduct with her in his residence on Dec. 29, 2011.
Vincent Grimaldo, 19, Mount Vernon, faces unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and importuning charges for allegedly soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl and then engaging in sexual conduct with her, on or about Dec. 25, 2011. Grimaldo also faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl on or about Nov. 25. Thatcher said the second unlawful sexual conduct charge is a misdemeanor because Grimaldo was less than four years older than the 15-year-old girl, at the time of the alleged offense. Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, investigated the Gray and Grimaldo cases.
According to Mount Vernon Municipal Court records, Travis Baldridge, 34, Danville, pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge on March 19, and he was ordered to stay away from the victim in that case, pursuant to a temporary protection order issued on Dec. 2, 2011. Baldridge was indicted on a felony domestic violence charge and a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on May 2. Patrolman Kyle Johnson, Fredericktown Police Department, investigated the case.
Chad L. Shuley, 43, Utica, was indicted on a burglary charge. Thatcher said Shuley allegedly broke into a Mount Vernon residence in the early morning hours of May 6. Patrolman Kyle Theibert, MVPD, investigated the case.