MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Court system has been working on different ways to fight the drug issues facing the community.

Thursday, during the third in the series, “Town Hall: Drugs and Our Community,” more than 120 members of the community at Twin Oak Elementary School were educated on how those offices deal with those problems. And they heard two stories of success.

“I had my ‘aha’ moment when my son walked through the (jail) door. It was at that time, I had to make a decision. I know now I couldn’t live that way or didn’t need to put a needle in my arm.”Anthony Serio

Brothers Anthony and John Serio Jr. , who have battled drug addiction and the issues that surround it, shared their stories to the large crowd. After battling addiction for most of his life, Anthony has been sober for the last nine months, while his brother, John, is in the third phase of the MERIT court, which was started about a year ago by Knox County Municipal Court Judge John Thatcher.

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Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer.
Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Probation Chief Lisa Lyons speaks to the gathered citizens, including Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis during Thursday's town hall.
Joshua Morrison/News Brothers Anthony, left, and John Serio Jr. share their stories of moving from addiction and crime to sobriety and employment during Thursday’s Town Hall meeting. Both were able to use their respective criminal situations and programs available to them to change their lives and their way of thinking.
Joshua Morrison/News Brothers Anthony, left, and John Serio Jr. share their stories of moving from addiction and crime to sobriety and employment during Thursday’s Town Hall meeting. Both were able to use their respective criminal situations and programs available to them to change their lives and their way of thinking.

 

Joshua Morrison/News Judge Richard Wetzel, Knox County Common Pleas Court.

 

Joshua Morrison/News Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville.
Joshua Morrison/News Judge Jennifer Springer, Knox County Juvenile Court.
Joshua Morrison/News Dave Priest, Mount Vernon Municipal Court Probation.
Joshua Morrison/News Judge John Thatcher, Mount Vernon Municipal Court
Joshua Morrison/News Adam Taylor, Knox County Probation.
Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon City Law Director Rob Broeren.

 

Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or fmain@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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