MOUNT VERNON — A warrant was issued Friday for a Centerburg man who failed to appear in Knox County Common Pleas Court on assault and drug charges.
Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered a warrant be issued for Michael D. Strout, 36, after Strout did not appear for sentencing on charges of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated menacing, aggravated possession of drugs and having weapons under disability.
The warrant requires that Strout be held without bond, once he is arrested.
The charges against Strout stem from two grand jury indictments. Strout was released from jail on both cases after posting bond. On Friday, Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said he will request the bonds be forfeited.
Strout fired a shotgun pointed at his ex-wife, which was knocked out of the way at the last second by the ex-wife’s boyfriend, on March 22, 2017. The drug charge stems from Aug. 9, 2017, when a suspect observed by law enforcement left Strout’s residence in possession of meth. The suspect said they had purchased the meth from Strout.