Mount Vernon News
Mount Vernon News
February 20, 2013 8:34 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, indictments were returned on Tuesday by the Knox County Grand Jury. Arraignment hearings in the cases are scheduled for March 1, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.


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Jonah A. McGarvey, 36, Mary E. McGarvey, 35, and the McGarvey’s son Brandon J. Porter, 18, Fredericktown, were all indicted on illegal cultivation and possession of marijuana charges. Thatcher said on Feb. 14, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the McGarvey’s residence where they allegedly found 72 growing marijuana plants in the basement, a large quantity of drying marijuana throughout the house, and grow lights and other equipment typically associated with an indoor marijuana grow.

Logan R. Gibbs, 18, was charged with permitting drug abuse. Thatcher said Gibbs had been living at the McGarvey’s residence since about Feb. 11, and he was found there by sheriff’s deputies when the search warrant was executed. Detective Doug Turpen, KCSO, investigated the cases with the assistance of agents from the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Photo courtesy of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office

These marijuana plants are just part of the 72 plants found during a drug bust on Feb. 14, at a Hyatt Road residence. Jonah McGarvey, Mary McGarvey and Brandon Porter were indicted for cultivation of marijuana and possession.

Shannon M. Kitts, 34, and Nicholas M. Parson, 24, Howard, face new charges of burglary and receiving stolen property. Thatcher said Kitts and Parsons allegedly burglarized a residence on Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, and on Crestmonte Drive, Howard, on Feb. 6, and the next day allegedly pawned stolen jewelry at a gold exchange shop in Mount Vernon. Kitts is awaiting a sentencing hearing in a trafficking in heroin case filed last September, and she was indicted in January on receiving stolen property and possession of heroin charges. Parsons was indicted earlier this month for possession of heroin. Detective James Ferenbaugh, KCSO, investigated the cases.

Levi C. O’Rourke, 23, Mount Vernon, allegedly broke into a North Main Street residence on Monday, where he stole a television and laptop computer. O’Rourke was charged with burglary. Ashli N. Price, 26, Mount Vernon, allegedly offered to trade heroin and crack cocaine to O’Rourke in exchange for the television. Price was charged with trafficking in heroin and cocaine. Patrolman Kyle Theibert, MVPD, recovered the stolen property and investigated the cases.

David W. Prosser, 50, Mount Vernon, is accused of possessing a stolen car. Thatcher said on Feb. 6 at about 1 p.m., Trooper Elizabeth Petro, State Highway Patrol, stopped Prosser for speeding on Ohio 3 in Brown Township. The 1995 Ford Taurus Prosser was driving was reported stolen from a West Burgess Street resident, in January.

On Dec. 27, Casey L. Rudolph, 21, Utica, wrote a $32,000 check made payable to a Mount Vernon automobile dealership to buy a pickup truck. Thatcher said the check was allegedly written on a closed checking account. Rudolph was charged with passing a bad check. Detective David Light, KCSO, investigated the case.

Matthew S. Adams, 19, Mount Vernon, faces rape and gross sexual Imposition charges for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old developmentally disabled girl on Nov. 10. Thatcher said the girl was also intoxicated because Adams allegedly furnished alcohol to her. Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, investigated the case.

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