Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
September 6, 2012 8:00 am PDT


MOUNT VERNON — Ten indictments were returned by the Knox County Grand Jury, on Tuesday.

According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, Jasmine S. Bales, 20, Mount Vernon, is accused of corrupting another with drugs and endangering children. On Aug. 18, Bales gave birth to a baby who allegedly tested positive for opiates. Thatcher said the baby was transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital when the child appeared to be suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms. Detective Tom Bumpus, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.


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Stephanie Jo Ferry, 30, Danville, faces possession of heroin and permitting drug abuse charges. Thatcher said Ferry allegedly purchased heroin from Deondre Brown, 31, Toledo, and she allowed Brown to use her residence for heroin trafficking activity prior to his arrest on June 2. Thatcher said Brown and his co-defendant Courtney Nunn, 25, also of Toledo, were indicted in June on heroin trafficking and possession charges.

Kevin E. Szabo, 34, Mount Vernon, is also accused of possessing heroin due to his involvement with Brown and Nunn. Detective Doug Turpen, KCSO, investigated the Ferry and Szabo cases.

On 25 separate occasions between September 2011 and July 2012, Nichole B. Caudill, 34, Howard, allegedly called local pharmacies to place fraudulent prescriptions for Tramadol. She is accused of 25 counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. Thatcher said Caudill would allegedly say she was an employee of a local veterinarian when she called in the false prescriptions. But Caudill was caught on July 18, when a suspicious pharmacy employee called the veterinary office, confirmed that Caudill did not work there and then called the Mount Vernon Police Department. Detective James DeChant and other MVPD officers arrested Caudill at the pharmacy.

The night of Sept. 1, David L. McCoy, 26, Mount Vernon, allegedly caused serious physical harm to a 36-year-old male victim during an altercation on West Pleasant Street. Thatcher said McCoy allegedly hit the victim in the head with a baseball bat. The victim was life-flighted to a hospital in Columbus for treatment. McCoy is charged with felonious assault and aggravated assault. Patrolman Rex Young, MPVD, investigated the case.

On Aug. 30, Sandy Sue Stilwell, 31, Martinsburg, allegedly broke into a residence on Longitude Drive, Mount Vernon, where she stole jewelry and other items. A resident who was home at the time confronted the woman who left without incident. Patrolman Travis Tharp responded to the reported break-in, and through investigation, Detective Craig Feeney was able to recover the stolen items. Stilwell is charged with burglary.

On July 16, Joe N. Oliver Jr., 51, South Carolina, allegedly cashed a forged check in the amount of $1,864.04 at a bank in Danville. Thatcher said the allegedly forged check was cashed on the account of a business in Millersburg. Oliver is charged with forgery and theft. Deputy Jason Stachler, KCSO, investigated the case and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Coshocton County residents Lucas A. Fine, 25, and Paul M. Wilcox, III, 24, face grand theft charges for allegedly stealing a semi-truck and a trailer from a Mount Vernon trucking company the night of June 8. Thatcher said the alleged theft was discovered by the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office. Detective David Light, KCSO, assisted with the investigation.

Donald L. Morris Jr., 21, Mansfield, is accused of grand theft, vandalism and breaking and entering for allegedly trespassing on the premises of a local cable company and then stealing several thousand dollars’ worth of air conditioning coils on April 26. Thatcher said the vandalism charge was filed because Morris allegedly cut a chain link fence and caused other damage to the property in the process of committing the alleged crimes. Deputy Tim Light, KCSO, investigated the case.

Arraignments in these cases, before Judge Otho Eyster in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, are scheduled for Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.

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