MOUNT VERNON — According to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher, the Grand Jury returned eleven indictments, on Monday. Arraignment hearings in the cases are scheduled for March 15 at 9:00 a.m., before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
Three individuals indicted last month face new charges. Jonah A. McGarvey, 36, and Mary E. McGarvey, 35, Fredericktown, were indicted on Illegal Manufacture of Drugs charges for allegedly growing Psilocyn mushrooms in their residence, on February 14. The McGarveys already face charges of Illegal Cultivation and Possession of Marihuana from indictments filed, in February. Thatcher said the new charges were sought because the crime lab report on the alleged mushroom grow was not available until after the last Grand Jury meeting. Detective Doug Turpen, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the cases with the assistance of agents from the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Casey L. Rudolph, 21, Utica, was indicted on two counts of Passing Bad Checks. Rudolph allegedly wrote two bad checks totaling $10,000.00 to buy pickup trucks at a Danville auto dealership, on February 4. Thatcher said Rudolph was indicted last month for passing a $32,000.00 bad check at a Mount Vernon auto dealership to buy a pickup truck. The owner of the Danville dealership contacted Detective David Light, KCSO, after learning Rudolph was indicted for a similar offense, last month.
Brandon W. Wilson, 20, Danville, is accused of Theft from an Elderly Person charge for allegedly stealing from an 80 year old relative. Thatcher said between May 24 and August 20 last year, Wilson allegedly stole seven of his relative’s checks, forged the signatures and cashed the checks totaling over $37,000.00. Sergeant Dan Weckesser, Danville Police Department, investigated the case.
On March 1 at 1:11 a.m., Trooper Paul Shore, State Highway Patrol, stopped Jeremy D. Larue, 35, Granville, for speeding on Newark Road north of Ames Street. Larue was allegedly intoxicated and carrying a loaded handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. Thatcher said Larue was indicted on a charge of felony Improperly Handling a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, and he faces a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
On March 1 at 1:48 a.m., Corbin D. Heck, 20, Mount Vernon, allegedly lead Mount Vernon Police officers on a high speed chase starting at South Edgewood Road at East Gambier Street, reaching speeds of 95-110 mph on East High Street and Coshocton Avenue, and concluding with Heck crashing his vehicle on Coshocton Road near DePolo Road. Heck then allegedly fled the crash scene on foot, but Patrolmen Tim Arnold and Rex Young and Sergeant Troy Glazier found him by following Heck’s footprints in the snow. Heck is accused of Failing to Comply with the Order of Signal of a Police Officer.
On February 20 at 1:20 a.m., after a traffic stop in front of his residence in Mount Vernon, Matthew E. Herron, 35, allegedly brought a shotgun out of his house, and then acted in a threatening manner toward Trooper Joshua Stryker. At the time, Trooper Stryker was on the street attempting to question Herron’s girlfriend about a traffic violation she committed, on North Sandusky Street. Thatcher said Herron complied when Trooper Stryker ordered him to put down the shotgun. Herron is accused of two felonies, Intimidation and Obstructing Official Business.
Detective Tom Bumpus, KCSO, investigated three cases involving sexual assault and other crimes against children.
Jamie S. Cremeans, 42, Mount Vernon, faces multiple charges of Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Corrupting Another with Drugs involving four 12 and 13 year old Mount Vernon girls. Thatcher said Cremeans allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with one of the girls when she was only seven years old. Cremeans allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with another thirteen year old girl, in October 2012. Cremeans is also accused of giving Marihuana and Methamphetamine to the thirteen year old girl he allegedly sexually assaulted, and two other thirteen year old girls, in October.
Shawn M. Campos, 21, Fredericktown, is accused of Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a three year old Mount Vernon girl, in August 2011. Patrolman Qade Lewis, MVPD, also investigated the case.
According to the indictment, Jason W. Taylor, 33, Mount Vernon, was convicted of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor in Licking County, in 2006. The indictment accuses Taylor of engaging in sexual conduct with a 15 year old Mount Vernon girl, between January 15 and February 11, 2013. Thatcher said Taylor’s prior sex offense conviction enhances the degree of the current charge to a felony of the second degree carrying a possible eight year prison term. Taylor could also be sentenced to a year in prison for an Importuning charge alleging that he solicited sexual activity from the girl.