Mount Vernon News
Mount Vernon News
November 20, 2012 10:17 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — A Centerburg man was indicted by the Knox County grand jury on Monday after allegedly striking his wife with a machete earlier this month.


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Fredy A. Centeno, 30, Centerburg, is under indictment on a charge of felonious assault alleging that he caused physical harm to his wife with a machete. Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher said the night of Nov. 5, Centeno’s wife filed a report with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office alleging that Centeno struck her in the chest with a 25-inch-long machete, and that he kicked her in the stomach. The woman was transported to Knox Community Hospital where she was treated and released. Deputy Lee Eppich investigated the case.

Ryan J. Harman, 22, Mount Vernon, is accused of burglary for breaking into a residence the night of Nov. 15. Thatcher said the female resident woke up and allegedly found Harman stealing jewelry and other items from her bedroom. Harman allegedly fled the residence when the woman called 9-1-1, but he was caught near the Shalimar Apartments by Patrolman Rex Young after a foot pursuit. Detective Craig Feeney, Mount Vernon Police Department, completed the investigation.

Sandy S. Stilwell, 31, Martinsburg, faces burglary charges for allegedly breaking into two residences on Nov. 10. Thatcher said Stilwell allegedly stole jewelry and cash. Patrolmen Matt Haver and Travis Tharp and Detective Feeney investigated the case.

Patrick J. Banks, 24, Utica, and Mark M. Talbott Jr., 26, Columbus, both face breaking and entering charges for allegedly breaking into an unoccupied house on Baird Road on Nov. 13. Thatcher said when a passerby allegedly saw Banks and Talbott breaking in he called the sheriff’s office, and then held the suspects at the scene until deputies Scott Baker and Wayne Noggle arrived.

Joshua J. Stygler, 35, Fredericktown, was indicted on a charge of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. Thatcher said at approximately 2 a.m. on Oct. 26, Sgt. Justin Hurlburt, Ohio State Highway Patrol, stopped Stygler for a traffic violation on South Gay Street. Stygler allegedly failed field sobriety tests and he had a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. Stygler faces an operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol charge in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, according to court records.

On June 4, Detective Doug Turpen, KCSO, arrested Johnathan R. Zimelis, 30, Mount Vernon, on felony drug charges. When Turpen searched Zimelis he allegedly found a tenth of a gram of heroin in his pocket. Zimelis is accused of possession of heroin.

According to the indictment, between Sept. 25 and Nov. 5, Carrie M. Williams, 36, Croton, allegedly called in fake prescriptions for Vicodin to a local pharmacy. Williams is charged with seven counts of illegal processing of drug documents. Deputy J.P. Paul, KCSO, investigated the case.

Arraignment hearings in these cases are scheduled for Dec. 14, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.

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