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GRAND JURY INDICTS 20 FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH


January 5, 2016 - 9:20 PM


MOUNT VERNON – The Knox County Grand Jury issued twenty indictments Monday, marking the third time in as many months that twenty people have been indicted.  According to Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville, the volume of cases being submitted by local law enforcement agencies has increased.  “Not only has the number of cases increased recently, but MVPD and the Sheriff’s Office have not been fully staffed during the last three months,” he said.  “I’m sure that when there are more officers on the street, we will be getting even more cases.”

 

Those indicted for felonies Monday include:

 

Grant T. Boucher, 36, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Burglary, a second-degree felony, Intimidation, a third-degree felony, and Theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that Boucher entered into a home on Gilchrist Road in Mount Vernon and proceeded to threaten a witness. This case was investigated by Knox County Sheriff’s Det. Sgt. James Ferenbaugh.

 

Rickey R. Gockenbach, 59, of Howard, was indicted for four counts of Illegal Use of Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material or Performance and two counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, all second-degree felonies. These charges are a result of the continuing investigation of the indictment last year for rape and sexual battery. KCSO Det. Danial Bobo investigated the case.

 

Jerimy J. Mulligan, 39, and Theresa M. Mulligan, 39, both of Martinsburg, were indicted for Theft from an Elderly Person, a third-degree felony. The couple was investigated by the Veterans’ Administration when a Knox County nursing home notified the VA that Charles Mulligan's expenses were not being paid while he was a resident at their facility. Teresa Mulligan had allegedly been serving as a fiduciary for Charles, her father-in-law. The VA discovered that between March 2013 and March 2015, when Charles Mulligan died, that he had received $27,490 in benefits.  However, only approximately $5,700 of those benefits were used to pay for his expenses.  Theresa and Jerimy Mulligan are accused of converting the remaining $21,292.95 to their own use. This case was investigated by Veterans Administration Special Agent Todd Springer.

 

Zachary J. Elkins, 28, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Possession of Marijuana and Trafficking Marijuana, third-degree felonies; Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence and Driving Under Suspension, first-degree misdemeanors; and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. The indictment alleges that Elkins was found in possession of more than 4 pounds of marijuana, which he intended to sell. The Prosecutor’s Office is also seeking forfeiture of the vehicle used to traffic the marijuana. This case was investigated by Mount Vernon Police Ptl. Jessica Butler.

 

Parker R. Muntz, 26, of Columbus, was indicted on Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a third-degree felony, and Driving While Intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor. Muntz is alleged to have been driving with marijuana in his system when he was in a crash that killed Scott L. Curtis. This case was investigated by Tpr. James King.

 

Joy Strohl, 33, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Having Weapons Under Disability and Grand Theft, both third-degree felonies.  The indictment also includes a charge of Possession of Heroin, a fifth-degree felony.  Strohl had a previous conviction for Attempted Burglary, which prevents her from possessing a firearm. This case was investigated by Cpl Reginald Young and Ptl. Jason Payne.

 

Joseph A. West, Jr., 20, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Receiving Stolen Property, a fourth-degree felony, Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and Possessing Drug Abuse Instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor. This case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Nicholas Myrda.

 

Matthew D. Pierce, 19, of Fredericktown, was indicted for Theft from an Elderly Person and Misuse of a Credit Card, both third-degree felonies. A report was made to the Knox County Sheriff's Office that Matthew Pierce used the credit card information of his grandfather, Stephen Darling, to make a number of unauthorized purchases.  After investigating the matter, it was discovered that Mr. Pierce made approximately $10,696.26 worth of unauthorized purchases between September and October of 2015. This case was investigated by KCSO Tim Knell.

 

Matthew S. Adams, 21, of Martinsburg, was indicted for Having Weapons While Under Disability. Adams was convicted of Gross Sexual Imposition in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas in 2013, disabling him from possessing a firearm. This case was investigated by OSHP Tpr. Joni Dodd.

 

Ladon Zeigler, 39, of Howard, was indicted for two counts of Having Weapons Under Disability and Illegal Manufacture of Fireworks, all third-degree felonies; Improperly Handling a Firearm, a fourth-degree felony; Possession of Drugs, a fifth-degree felony and Possession of Marihuana, a minor misdemeanor. Zeigler was convicted of a burglary in Franklin County in 2000, and was also convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute over 50 kilograms of Marijuana in the U.S. District Court for Southern Ohio in 2007.  Both convictions disable him from possessing firearms.  This case was investigated by OSHP Tpr. Tressa Winans.

 

Andrew B. Upton, 20, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana, third-degree felonies and two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, both first degree misdemeanors.  Joseph Upton, 19, of Mount Vernon ,was indicted for Trafficking in Marijuana, a fifth-degree felony and Possession of Marijuana, a minor misdemeanor. Cameron McMahon, 20, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Permitting Drug Abuse and three counts of Receiving Stolen Property, all third-degree felonies, and one count of Misuse of a Credit Card, a second degree misdemeanor. On October 7, 2015, based upon a report of a possible sex offense, the Knox County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 203 Pearl Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio.  Located in Andrew Upton's bedroom was $800, more than three pounds of marihuana in various sized containers, 3 rifles, stolen property and various valuable coins. The Prosecutor’s Office is requesting the forfeiture of multiple phones, guns, $1399 in cash, and a variety of coins. This case was investigated by KCSO Det. Sgt. David Light.

 

Christina M. Stinnette, 39, ofMount Vernon, was indicted for Theft and Falsification, both fifth-degree felonies. Stinnette is alleged to have received $5,675.00 in unemployment benefits from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, based on fraudulent claims.This case was investigated by ODJFS Fraud Investigator Amanda Daniel.

 

Steven E. Cole, 36, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for Breaking and Entering, a fifth-degree felony, and Falsification and Theft, both first-degree misdemeanors. Cole is alleged to have trespassed in an unoccupied structure and have given false information to law enforcement. This case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Justin Trowbridge.

 

In unrelated cases, Andrew J. Schuster, 26, John Kerin, Jr., 30, Dustin L. Gaulden, 31, and Brian King, 45, all of Mount Vernon, were indicted for Aggravated Possession of Drugs, a felony of the fifth-degree. All four indictments allege that the men possessed methamphetamine. The cases were investigated by MVPD Cpr. Rex Young, Ptl. Matthew Jones, Ptl. Zachary Miller and OHSP Trooper King.

 

Arraignments on these cases are scheduled for January 15, 2016 in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas.

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