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Dee Wood honored by City Council

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — City Council members began their Monday night meeting by honoring Dee Wood as she transitions from administrative assistant to the safety-service director to full-time grandmother. Wood is retiring on Friday after 14 years of service in the position.

Reading a proclamation recognizing her professional and loyal support, Mayor Richard Mavis said Wood has “fielded and resolved many public concerns during her tenure and done so with a sense of humor, cheerful spirit and desire for positive result.” “It's been a delight to get to know her over the years,” he said.

“Any time while I was president of council and asked her to do anything, she always did it with such joy,” said Councilman John Booth.

Dee Wood retiring

City Council honored Dee Wood on Monday for her 14 years of service to the city. Wood is retiring on Friday.
KP Photo by Marty Trese

Lucie McMahon of Community Development Consultants of Ohio spoke to council about fair housing laws. She said the principle behind fair housing can be summed up in this way: “People should be able to live wherever they can afford to live.”

She requested council to consider passing a resolution affirming its support for the fair housing concept. The city already has such a resolution in place, but it was passed many years ago. Council agreed that it would be good to update the resolution. Mavis said he supports reaffirming that the city supports fair housing.

“We do have some problems,” said Safety-service Director Joel Daniels, adding that he would welcome taking a look at an analysis McMahon prepared noting problems residents have reported with landlords.

Starla Benson, East High Street, kept the issue of traffic on Edgewood Road before council. After thanking city officials for “the attention the city has given our concerns, … and the Mount Vernon Police Department for increased patrols,” Benson said neighbors are requesting a meeting with city officials.

Specifically, Benson said the neighbors want city officials to present past plans regarding traffic flow on Edgewood, plans for a connector road laid out, and plans to add a road further east to connect Ohio 229 to Coshocton Avenue. Emphasizing a sense of urgency in light of development on the east end, Benson said, “Basically, what we want is maps laid out, maps presented and we can ask questions good or bad.”

Robert Bender, Provident Companies, gave council an overview of the proposed renovation of Meadow Ridge Apartments on Follin Avenue. Public meetings are scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. At Dan Emmett Elementary School and Friday at 1 p.m. at the apartment complex so that community members can learn more in-depth about the scope of the project.

Council authorized the city auditor to appropriate funds, pay bills and transfer funds. Appropriations included $800 from the sale of scrap metal. Council also authorized Daniels to bid for supplies, materials and equipment for 2018.

Council waived the third reading and adopted legislation approving the recommendations of the Knox County Tax Incentive Review Council regarding economic development incentives. The incentives cover several areas:
*4 CRAs (Community Reinvestment Areas): Connelll's Home Furnishings, First-Knox National Bank, Jacob Motorsports and Woodward Development Corp.
*6 EZ (Enterprise Zone) exemptions: Ariel Corp., Chesterland Productions PLL, Cooper Cameron Corp., Owens Corning Insulating Systems, Pisces Properties LLC and Sanoh America
*3 active TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) zones: Coshocton Avenue, Central Business District and Sandusky Street

Local media collaborate to present Debates and Income tax increase forum


MOUNT VERNON —City residents have more choices for City Council representation in the November election than they have seen in recent memory. With contested races in the Fourth Ward and the At-Large seats, voters have tough decisions to make and a local media effort hopes to help make those voting decisions easier.

In a collaborative effort between the Mount Vernon News, KnoxPages.com, WNZR and WQIO/WMVO, debates have been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3, for candidates of both races as well as a forum with city officials to discuss the proposed income tax levy. Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host the political forum at Foster Hall inside the Ariel Arena. The event will be broadcast on big screens in the hall and will be livestreamed at MVNU.TV.

The night will kick off at 7 p.m. with Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, City Auditor Terry Scott, and Finance Committee Chairman Sam Barone fielding questions from the media about the city’s finances and the requested 1/2 percent income tax levy.

As long-time Fourth-Ward Councilman John Fair, Democrat, has decided not to run for re-election, At-Large Councilwoman Susan Kahrl, Democrat, is attempting to make the move to fill the void. Political newcomer Jeff Gotke, Republican, will challenge her at about 7:35 p.m.

At 8 p.m., five candidates for the three at-large seats will vie for votes as two incumbents — John Booth, Democrat, and Janis Seavolt, Republican — are challenged by Donald Bovinett Jr., Democrat; Christopher Menapace, Republican; and Matt Starr, Republican.

Questions about the proposed levy or for candidates can be sent to Marty Trese, Editor, KnoxPages.com, P. O. Box 1171, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or emailed to Editor@KnoxPages.com. No questions will be taken from the audience.



Clawson sentenced to prison for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide


MOUNT VERNON - A Bellville man was sentenced to seven years behind bars Friday for Aggravated Vehicular Homicide in the death of  20 year old Jordan Pauley of Mount Vernon man in June of 2016. Jamie Clawson, 41, was sentenced by Knox County Common Pleas Court judge Richard Wetzel.

Clawson pleaded guilty and was driving drunk. Pauley was was operating a maroon 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster northbound on Upper Fredericktown Road. Clawson's 2015 white GMC Sierra failed to yield a stop sign on Beckley Road. The truck struck Pauley as he was traveling through the intersection. Clawson then fled the scene of the crash.

In addition to the prison time, Judge Wetzel ordered Clawson to pay restitution for Pauley's funeral expenses.


KCSO investigating apparent murder-suicide

CENTERBURG - The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Knox County Coroner’s Office, is investigating a possible murder/suicide at a residence on U.S. Route 36 west of Centerburg.

In a news release Sheriff David Shaffer says officers initially responded to the area of 3424 Columbus Road on a welfare check when one of the residents did not show up to an event on Saturday.

Officers discovered 63 year old Brenda Crum and 65 year old Charles Crum deceased inside the residence. Both appear to have suffered gunshot wounds.

The investigation is ongoing.


Dogs euthanized after infant found dead

MOUNT VERNON - Detectives are continuing the death investigation of a one month old infant that occurred on Wooster Road north of Mount Vernon. Sheriff David Shaffer issued a news release saying initial responding officers discovered the father, deceased infant, and two dogs at the residence.

An autopsy on the infant is scheduled for today. As part of the investigation, the two dogs that were removed from the residence were euthanized for examination. The breed of the dogs were described by animal control officers as pit bull, or a pit bull mix.    

Grief counseling is being provided to family members. First responders and dispatchers will be involved in a critical incident debriefing.


9/19/17 - Rayanne Crumet, 21, address unknown, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant
9/19/17 - Sarah Christine, 312, South St. was charged with theft.
9/19/17 - Jacob Farabaugh, 30, Shalimar Dr. was arrested and charged with possessing drug abuse instruments.
9/19/17 - Samantha Cunningham, 24, E. Sugar St, was arrested and charged with theft.
9/20/17 - Ashley Holland, 30, Prospect St. was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
9/20/17 - Erik Varner, 33, Possum St. was cited for driving under suspension/revocation.
9/20/17 - Raymond Williams, 47, Ames St. was cited for driving under FRA suspension.
9/20/17 - Bridget Patrick, 19, Greenwood Ave. was arrested for disorderly conduct with persisting.
9/20/17 - Jennifer Saunders, 37, Danville-Amity Rd. was arrested and charged with theft and with criminal trespass.
9/20/17 - Radustra Friedley, 42, Columbus Rd. was arrested and charged with theft and with criminal trespass.
9/19/17 - An officer was dispatched to a Coshocton Ave. business on a report of theft. The complainant stated that an individual had returned items to the store that they had not purchased in order to receive a gift card. The officer reviewed security footage and confirmed the fraudulent transaction. The suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
9/19/17 - An officer responded to an E. Pleasant St. address in reference to a theft. A 2w6" Huffy black and purple bicycle and a 26" light blue/white/grey mountain bike with a missing right peddle were reported missing. The investigation continues.
9/19/17 - An officer responded to a S. Gay St. address in reference to an unconscious male. When the officer arrived he observed Jacob Farabaugh lying on the living room floor. Farabaugh was breathing but very shallowly. The MVFD arrived on the scene and administered Narcan to Farabaugh. He was then transported to Knox Community Hospital for treatment. Farabaugh was arrested charged with possession of drug abuse instruments.
9/19/17 - An officer responded to a Coshocton Ave. business on a report of a shoplifter who was still in the store. When the officer arrived on the scene he met with the business' Asset Protection Office and viewed video surveillance of the subject as she placed merchandise in her purse. The subject subsequently went beyond the last point of sale and through the first set of doors before she was approached and detained. She was forthcoming about the items she had taken, which were then returned to the store. The suspect also turned over a syringe and a small vial containing a substance she identified as crystal meth. The syringe and vial were placed into evidence. The suspect was issued a summons and was told she could never return to the store.
9/20/17 - The MVPD was dispatched to a Coshocton Ave. business concerning a suspect acting suspicious, walking around with blood on him. When the officer arrived on the scene he found a business staff member in the foyer with the suspect. The suspect emptied his backpack for the officer to show he had not stolen anything. However, a glass pipe that smelled of marijuana was seen when the suspect dumped out the contents of his backpack. The pipe was taken to be destroyed. There is nothing further to report.
9/20/17 - An abandoned vehicle was reported to the MVPD.
9/20/17 - An officer responded to a N. Jefferson St. address in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The complainant advised that someone had stolen a ratchet/socket set from her unsecured vehicle. The investigation is pending.
9/20/17 - An officer responded to a Coshocton Ave. business where it was reported two shoplifting suspects were being detained. When the officer arrived he discovered one of the suspects had tried to steal a cell phone charger. The suspect was issued a summons for petty theft. She was also issued a summons for criminal trespass after it was discovered she had been banned from another business property in Columbus in 2014. The suspect was cited and left the business with a friend after being advised, again, not to return to the business.
9/20/17 - Officers also responded to a Coshocton Ave. business on a reported shoplifting. The employee stated he had stopped the suspect after she attempted to leave the store without paying for selected merchandise. The merchandise was recovered and returned to the store The suspect was also found to have criminally trespassed since she had been banned from the business in 2010. She was charged with petty theft and criminal trespassing and released.

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