Wow, I did pretty well, i didnt miss any!!Sixteen indictments returned by Grand Jury http://knoxpages.com/Default.asp?NewsID=4096
MOUNT VERNON - Indictments were returned in sixteen cases on Monday (March 6) by a Knox County Grand Jury for various felony crimes. Arraignments in the sixteen cases are scheduled for Friday, March 17, at 9:00 a.m., in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas before Judge Otho Eyster. Joshua K. Ferguson, 20
, Mitchell Drive, Mount Vernon, and Joshua T. Jacobs, 21
, Country Club Drive, Howard, are both accused of two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of robbery and one count of theft, vandalism, criminal damaging, safecracking and possession of criminal tools for incidents that allegedly occurred on February 2 and 3. Thatcher said, a joint investigation conducted by Detective Corporal Matt Dailey of the Mount Vernon Police and Detective Gary Rohler of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office revealed that on February 2 starting at about 10:00 p.m., Ferguson and Jacobs allegedly broke into a store on Harcourt Road where they pried open the cash register to steal the cash drawers. Next, the pair allegedly broke several car windshields at a dealership also located on Harcourt Road. Ferguson and Jacobs then attempted to break into a restaurant on Columbus Road by breaking a window, but decided to leave when one of the men noticed a security alarm sticker in a window. Traveling to East Coshocton Avenue, Ferguson and Jacobs allegedly robbed a man of his wallet using what appeared to be a black handgun while wearing bandanas to cover their faces. The pair then traveled to Centerburg where they held up a gas station. Ferguson and Jacobs drove back to Mount Vernon but were stopped by the police on West High Street for an equipment violation. During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered the bandanas and the gun that was in fact a black BB gun. Thatcher said, Ferguson and Jacobs were charged with the robberies because they were using the BB gun as a weapon although it is not a firearm. Thatcher further explained that the safecracking charges relate to the pried open cash drawers the men apparently stole from the Harcourt Road business. Joshua P. Blubaugh, 30,
and Jennifer Edmundson, 25,
Compromise Drive, Mount Vernon, are both charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. Edmundson faces an additional charge of permitting drug abuse and the potential loss of her 1997 Chevrolet Van for allegedly using the vehicle to transport over 200 grams of marijuana. Thatcher said, on February 9 at about 7:45 p.m. Detectives Jeff Jacobs and Matt Dailey, Corporal Roger Monroe and Patrolman Craig Feeney of the Mount Vernon Police Department intercepted the van driven by Edmundson with Blubaugh in the front passenger seat. After obtaining a search warrant, the officers allegedly seized two bags of marijuana hidden in the coat sleeves of a jacket. Thatcher said the officers acted on a tip from a confidential informant that Edmundson and Blubaugh allegedly bought marijuana out-of-town and were bringing it back to Mount Vernon to sell.
Dustin W. Anisko, 25,
North Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Thatcher said, on January 28 at approximately 3:45 a.m. a resident at Anisko’s boardinghouse made a 911 call about an apparent domestic dispute in Anisko’s apartment. Corporal Mark Perkins, and Patrolmen Tim Arnold, Andrew Burns, Travis Tharp and Matt Haver of the Mount Vernon Police Department responded to the 911 call. The officers entered Anisko’s apartment hearing the cries of a female inside. The officers found Anisko sitting on a bed in the one-room apartment allegedly holding a loaded 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. After Anisko was taken into custody, the officers allegedly found another loaded gun hidden under the mattress where Anisko had been sitting, a 45 caliber Glock. The indictment further alleges Anisko was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon last year in Franklin County. Fortunately, the female in the apartment was unharmed and none of the officers were hurt, Thatcher said. Roger W. Legg, 41,
Roosevelt Avenue, Mount Vernon, is accused of possessing a pump-action shotgun while under a legal disability. Thatcher said the alleged legal disability is that Legg has been diagnosed a chronic alcoholic. On January 1 at about 1:00 a.m. several deputies from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Legg residence where Legg and his wife were allegedly barricaded inside. Legg was apparently threatening to commit suicide with the shotgun. Sheriff David Barber, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiator Detective Sergeant Richard Brenneman, the Sheriff’s Tactical Response Unit and other officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. After a three hour standoff Legg came out of the house unarmed and was taken into custody. Several firearms and a quantity of ammunition were found inside the residence. Legg has been apparently resistant to any form of intervention for his chronic alcohol dependence. According to Thatcher, Legg’s situation is unfortunate, but he put a great number of people at serious risk of death or injury by his actions.
Randall A. Simmons, Jr., 25,
W. 5th Street, Cleveland, is accused of having a semi-automatic pistol while being unrelieved from the legal disability of a 2001 felonious assault conviction. Thatcher said, on December 21, 2005, Deputy Tim Light of the Sheriff’s Office was assisting a motorist on the eastbound lane of State Route 95 near the Knox and Morrow County line. A 1990 Silver Oldsmobile in which Simmons was the passenger allegedly drove by Deputy Light at a high rate of speed barely missing his patrol car. Deputy Light attempted to catch the Oldsmobile and was eventually able to do so with the assistance of Sergeant Courtney Biggs of the Fredericktown Police Department. During the car chase Simmons allegedly threw the pistol out of the window, but Deputy Light was able to locate the pistol when the chase was over.
Tracy J. Hagans, 43,
Johnstown Road, Centerburg, is accused of felony domestic violence. Thatcher said, on February 3, Hagans allegedly sat on top of his girlfriend, grabbed her by the throat and punched her repeatedly. Hagans was found hiding under a bed when the police arrived. The indictment further alleges that Hagans was convicted of domestic violence on March 1, 2001, in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, and that makes the current charge a felony, Thatcher said. Patrol Officers Robert Morgan and Jessica Butler of the Mount Vernon Police Department investigated the case.
Andrew M. Oblak, 47,
Lakeview Heights Drive, Howard, is charged with felonious assault for allegedly beating up his 75 year-old father. Deputies Kevin Durbin and Dan Selby of the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched on a disturbance call to the Lakeview Heights Drive residence on January 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m. When the deputies arrived they found Oblak’s father bleeding from his left eye, mouth and hand. The investigation revealed Oblak allegedly knocked his father down and punched him repeatedly in the head. Oblak’s father was taken to the emergency room where a doctor determined he may lose sight in his left eye. Thatcher said Oblak is charged with felonious assault because of the serious nature of his father’s injuries.
Tiffany A. Hamilton Ingram, 19,
North Sandusky Street, Mount Vernon, is charged with 20 counts of using deception to obtain dangerous drugs and four counts of using a forged prescription to obtain drugs. Thatcher said, between May 18 and December 5, 2005, Hamilton Ingram allegedly obtained prescriptions from 12 different doctors and filled them at four different pharmacies for various drugs including Morphine Sulfate, Darvocet, Valium, Talwin, Vicodin and Percocet. The drugs are Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, according to Thatcher. The indictment further alleges that Hamilton Ingram passed forged prescriptions at pharmacies on four occasions between July and September 2005. Detective Corporal Jeff Jacobs of the Mount Vernon Police investigated the case. Joann B. Platt, 30,
Paige Road, Mount Vernon, is charged with five counts of theft of drugs and five counts of illegal processing of drug documents as the result of an investigation conducted by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Thatcher said, on April 6, 15 and 22, 2005, while Platt worked as a nurse, she allegedly stole Morphine, Darvocet, Percocet, Demerol and Dilaudid intended for the use of her patients and then made false statements in her employer’s records to cover up diversion of the drugs for her own use. Detective Sergeant Richard Brenneman of the Sheriff’s Office assisted the Ohio Board of Pharmacy with the investigation.
Donald E. Johnson, II, 29,
North Main Street, Mount Vernon, faces one count of possession of cocaine. On October 30, 2005, Patrolmen Andrew Burns and Tim Arnold of the Mount Vernon Police went to Johnson’s residence several times in response to loud noise complaints made by his neighbors. Johnson was hosting a Halloween party. Johnson and two of his friends allegedly became belligerent with the officers and were taken into custody for disorderly conduct. Thatcher said the men were allegedly very intoxicated. During a search at the Jail, a white powdery substance was found in one of Johnson’s pants pockets. The white powdery substance was tested in a police laboratory and allegedly found to be cocaine.
Kevin L. McGee, 27,
South Gay Street, Mount Vernon, was indicted on one count of breaking and entering and one count of safecracking. On January 30 at about 4:30 a.m., a South Main Street business was broken into and various items were stolen including electric guitars, computer equipment, 12 and 24 packs of various soft drinks and a large amount of candy. The cash register drawer and a metal cash box had also been pried open, Thatcher said. Sergeant Troy Glazier of the Mount Vernon Police found McGee in the area with a computer mouse in his pocket that had been taken from the business. Upon further investigation, other stolen items were found in McGee’s apartment.
Robert L. Preece, 26
, Sychar Road, Mount Vernon, a convicted sex offender, is accused of failing to provide notice to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office of his change of address. Thatcher said, on January 5, Preece was arrested on a Morrow County warrant at an address he had failed to register with the Sheriff. Preece was convicted of Sexual Battery, in 1998. Bradley J. Scoles, 33,
Carpenter Road, Howard, faces one count of possessing a stolen check and one count of forgery. On January 10, Scoles allegedly possessed a blank check belonging to his ex-girlfriend, and he paid his rent with the check by forging his ex-girlfriend’s signature. Deputy James Ferenbaugh of the Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.
Justin R. Stachler, 20,
South Market Street, Danville, is charged with one count of escape. Thatcher said, on February 4 at about 8:40 p.m. Sergeant Tom Looney of the Danville Police Department and Deputy James Ferenbaugh arrested Stachler at the South Market Street residence on a warrant issued from a probation violation. Sergeant Looney handcuffed Stachler and placed him in the back seat of his locked cruiser. Sergeant Looney returned to the residence to investigate evidence of additional crimes found in the residence. In less than four minutes, Stachler somehow managed to escape through the sliding cage window between the front and back seat of the cruiser. Stachler eventually turned himself in and is currently in the Knox County Jail, according to Thatcher.