East Knox school elementary placed on lockdown

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4:28 p.m. update BLADENSBURG — The unidentified man at the East Knox Elementary School this morning was a worker contracted by the school to test the building’s water, Steve Larcomb, school superintendent told the News. The man was seen on surveillance video in a classroom and the boiler room. Larcomb confirmed there are some classrooms with… Read more »

2,200 without power in Knox County

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{5:00 p.m.} UPDATE AEP is hoping to restore power to those affected by 7 p.m. tonight. MOUNT VERNON — More than 2,200 Knox County residents are currently without power. No information is currently available as to the cause of the outage but a tree has fallen on power lines near a transformer station on McKenzie Road…. Read more »

Hess fired as Knox County EMA director

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By Samantha Scoles News Managing Editor MOUNT VERNON — The six women who sued members of the Knox County 9-1-1 and EMA boards, several county elected officials and EMA Director Brian Hess have finally gotten their wish. documents Answer of Knox County Defendants to Plaintiff' Complaint · Adobe Reader Required Civil Cover Sheet · Adobe… Read more »

All charges dismissed against Hanna

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MOUNT VERNON — All charges against Harley Hanna, 24, in the death of Glen Willey, 41, of Mount Vernon, were dismissed today by Judge Otho Eyster. When Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher finished presenting the state’s case against Hanna, defense attorney Jim Giles moved for dismissal, arguing that the prosecution had not proved its case…. Read more »

Chemical incident in Apple Valley

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Six people, including three Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives, underwent decontamination procedures after a chemical spill was discovered while the detectives were talking with the occupants of a house in Apple Valley.

Gadhafi dead

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Libyan prime minister says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed.

Suspect arrested in Mount Vernon jewelry store robbery

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By ALAN REED News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — A young male was apprehended by Mount Vernon Police officers Wednesday afternoon after allegedly robbing Hunnicut’s Jewelry on South Main Street. Store owner Charlie Hunnicut called the MVPD at about 1:45 p.m. after an unnamed suspect came into the store, approached the counter and demanded all… Read more »

Plane crash near Centerburg

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Photo by Chuck Martin CENTERBURG — A Piper Tomahawk plane landed in a cornfield near Chapman Memorial Field on Wednesday afternoon. The two passengers were uninjured. According to the pilot, the guage indicated there was fuel; however, the tank ran dry and the pilot was forced to land before arriving at the air field. The… Read more »

Eyster upholds decision to fire teacher

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MOUNT VERNON — In a decision released this morning, Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster upheld the Mount Vernon School Board’s decision to fire former middle school science teacher John Freshwater. documents Page 1 of Judge Eyster’s decision Page 2 of Judge Eyster’s decision Adobe Reader required John Freshwater Controversy Since the board’s… Read more »

Meth lab discovered in basement of Lamartine Street home

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MOUNT VERNON — Rodney Snyder, 37, Mount Vernon, was arrested Wednesday after the Mount Vernon Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit and MVPD detectives executed a search warrant on a Mount Vernon residence. According to Mount Vernon Police Chief Michael Merrilees, a search of 111 E. Lamartine St., resulted in the discovery of a meth lab in… Read more »

Christy pleads not guilty to 19 charges

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By ALAN REED News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — Former Mount Vernon Fire Chief Shawn Christy pleaded not guilty to a 19-count indictment this morning in Knox County Court of Common Pleas. Christy, 39, Centerburg, was indicted Sept. 6 by a Knox County Grand Jury on charges of theft in office, deception and tampering with… Read more »

Mount Vernon man shot to death at Missouri bus station

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Saturday, 4 a.m. UPDATE: Mohamed Dawod charged with murder ksdk.com Friday, 7:17 p.m. UPDATE: Shooting at Greyhound terminal appeared to be random, police report says Springfield News-Leader Friday, 1:26 p.m. UPDATE: Victim of the bus shooting incident is identified; formal charges against the shooter are pending Springfield News-Leader Friday, 1:26 p.m. UPDATE: SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP)… Read more »

Parker found not guilty of sexual battery

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MOUNT VERNON — This afternoon a jury in the Knox County Common Pleas Court found Frederick Parker not guilty of sexual battery. The two-day trial ended with a short deliberation period and the not guilty verdict. Read Thursday’s edition of the News for details of witness testimony from Wednesday.

MVFD Chief Christy turned in his resignation last Friday

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MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Fire Chief Shawn Christy has resigned. related Mount Vernon Fire Chief investigation According to Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, Christy handed in his resignation last Friday, Aug. 19, and it has been accepted by city administration effective immediately. The News will continue to report on Christy’s resignation and the details… Read more »

Earthquake felt locally

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By ALAN REED News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — Numerous reports from local residents stating they experienced what felt like an earthquake were received around the area early Tuesday afternoon. Brian Hess, Knox County Emergency Management Agency director, reported that an earthquake was confirmed at 1:51 p.m., originating near Mineral, Va., measuring 5.9 in the… Read more »

Afternoon crash on 229 closes road

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august 9 8:05am GAMBIER — An accident that closed Ohio 229 for several hours on Monday took the life of a Knox County Highway Department worker. Damian M. Simon, 49, Mount Vernon, died Monday as a result of injuries he received after the county truck he was driving westbound on Ohio 229 was struck head… Read more »

Tom Looney, former Danville police officer, arrested

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FREDERICKTOWN — Former Danville police officer Tom Looney, 40, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Fredericktown Police Department on an outstanding warrant. In July 2010, the Knox County grand jury on one count of grand theft, a third degree felony; and possession of stolen property, a fourth degree felony. A gun specification was included in… Read more »

Excessive Heat Warning

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The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued an excessive heat warning…which is in effect from 10 am to 9 pm EDT Thursday. The excessive heat watch is no longer in effect. related Today’s Forecast Temperatures will soar into the lower 90s across northern Ohio today. This combined with the high humidity will push the… Read more »

Body of missing swimmer recovered from Kokosing River

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By ALAN REED News Staff Reporter MOUNT VERNON — Rescue personnel pulled the body of Noe Plata, 32, Mount Vernon, from the Kokosing River on Tuesday afternoon. map related Search continues for swimmer’s body July 18, 2011 Dive teams in the Kokosing River near Caves Campground July 19, 2011 Plata is believed to have drown… Read more »