MOUNT VERNON — A Perrysville man has been charged in the alleged drunk-driving death of his father.
Tyler J. Niebel, 30, was charged by the Dec. 31 grand jury with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, operating a vehicle under the influence, a first-degree misdemeanor, driving while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, and failure to maintain reasonable control, a minor misdemeanor.
The charges stem from a March 20, 2018, fatal crash in which Daniel R. Niebel, 51, Butler, was killed. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Mount Gilead Post, reports, Tyler Niebel was driving a pick-up truck southbound on Treaty Road when he drove off the right side of the road, striking an embankment, utility pole, fence and underground gas line pole. Daniel Niebel was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Tyler Niebel and a passenger, Benjamin G. Niebel, 23, Butler, were transported to Knox Community Hospital with minor injuries, according to OSHP reports.
Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said that prior to the crash, the occupants of the truck were drinking at a bar. Niebel gave a urine sample following the crash, which found 0.245 grams by weight of alcohol per one hundred milliliters.
The charges come nine months after the crash. McConville said the investigation took a long time due to lab work and tests.
Also indicted by the grand jury was Rickie L. Rhea, 23, Mount Vernon, on charges of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. The charges stem from Dec. 28, when Rhea used the butt of a handgun to smash out the window of a motor vehicle in Mount Vernon. At the time, Rhea was barred from having firearms due to being under indictment for a drug offense, according to McConville.
McConville said Rhea had been staying with a man in Mount Vernon when the two had a falling out. Rhea brandished a handgun at the man, who got it away from her. While Rhea was outside the man’s residence demanding the man give her things, the man complied and also gave her back the handgun, McConville said.
McConville said the handgun fired once when Rhea was using it to break out the back window of a vehicle at the residence. Rhea fled the area on foot, and was apprehended in the area of Yauger Road.
A shell casing was recovered, but the gun has not been found, McConville said.
Rodney L. Shock II, 38, Marion, was indicted by the grand jury on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs, both second-degree felonies.
The charges stem from a traffic stop Dec. 26 in Mount Vernon, after a Mount Vernon Police officer ran Shock’s license plates and found Shock had an outstanding warrant. Shock was found to have 100 grams of meth on his person at the time of the stop, McConville said.
Joseph M. Weber, 39, Mount Gilead, was indicted by the grand jury on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.
The charges stem from Dec. 28, when 911 received a hang up call from a 100 block South Gay Street apartment building reporting a burglary in progress. A MVPD officer who was at the police station a few blocks north of the apartment building “literally ran” to the scene of the hang up call, McConville said.
The officer located Weber on the building’s back stairs. Weber was found to be in possession of meth, a scale with “meth residue,” McConville said, and $102 in cash.
The indictment includes a specification seeking forfeiture of the cash.
Also indicted by the Dec. 31 grand jury: Christopher E. Windsor, 20, Circleville, grand theft, a third-degree felony; Grant T. Boucher, 39, Mount Vernon, trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony, forgery, a fifth-degree felony, receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; Scott L. Schaade, 22, Mount Vernon, trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a fourth-degree felony; Joshua A. Pruitt, 36, Mount Vernon, receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.