MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County grand jury met Monday and issued 9 indictments.
John J. Kerin, 34, Mount Vernon, was indicted on one count of aggravated possession of drugs, and one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, both second-degree felonies. The charges also seek a $200 forfeiture.
According to Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville, Kerin was stopped in a vehicle on an arrest order issued by his parole officer Nov. 7. Kerin had multiple small bags of methamphetamine and $200 worth of small bills in his possession, leading to prosecutors presenting the trafficking charge alleging that Kerin had prepared the drugs for sale.
Police found approximately 24.6 grams of meth in Kerin’s possession. The amount exceeded five times the 3 gram bulk amount, making it to a second- degree felony.
Two persons were indicted for felonious assault with deadly weapons.
Rebecca A. Reed, 24, Mount Vernon, was indicted by the grand jury for assaulting a victim with a deadly weapon—in this case a knife—a second-degree felony.
McConville said that Reed got into a disagreement with the victim in a Fredericktown park on Oct. 3. During the altercation, Reed pulled out a knife and sliced the victim’s hand. The victim received medical attention and needed stitches afterwards.
Another incident happened in or near Mount Vernon and was handled by the Mount Vernon Police.
Jimmy Folden, 53, Mount Vernon, was indicted on two counts of felonious assault, including one with a metal baseball bat, both second degree felonies, and one count of criminal damage to a 2015 Ford Escape, a second degree misdemeanor.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Derr said that police received multiple calls about an altercation between Folden and the victim on Oct. 23. Folden allegedly assaulted the victim with a metal baseball bat.
After the initial assault, a struggle occurred between Folden and the victim near the rear end of the victim’s car. Derr said that the two were struggling behind the car when Folden smashed the rear windshield with the baseball bat.
The victim was taken to the hospital after the incident and has returned home since then.
Derr said that there was no known relationship between Folden and the victim, and the altercation happened concerning a third party.
Other indictments issued by the grand jury were as follows: Andrew E. Pennington, 35, Fredericktown, domestic violence, a fourth degree felony; Tara L. Huff, 28, Mount Vernon, possession of heroin, a fifth degree felony; Matthew J. Reppart, 45, homeless, felonious assault, a second degree felony; Marcie L. Cantu, 48, Mount Vernon, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony; Nella K. Porteus, 41, Cardington, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth degree felony; Jeff N. Agyei, 21, Columbus, receiving stolen property, a fifth degree felony.
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