September 20th Grand Jury Indicts Twelve



(MOUNT VERNON) – The Knox County Grand Jury indicted twelve defendants on Monday, bringing this year’s total number of felony cases to 220.  According to Prosecutor McConville, this puts 2021 on pace for 300 cases, which has been about average in recent years.

Jesse C. Nyhart, 28, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the first degree, with a forfeiture specification, and aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the second degree, with a forfeiture specification. When a search warrant was executed on a Mount Vernon residence, there was allegedly a bulk amount of methamphetamine discovered and evidence consistent with trafficking in drugs. The residence was in close proximity to St. Vincent School and the Knox County Service Center.  This case was investigated by KCSO Det. Terry Wolfe.

William H. Kirkman, 32, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for receiving stolen property, a felony of the fifth degree; aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; and falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. Kirkman was stopped due to an alleged stolen license plate. When Kirkman was stopped, he allegedly gave the officer a false name and was in possession of methamphetamine when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  The case was investigated by Fredericktown Police Ptl. Justin Duvall.

Nicholas B. McCament, 30, of Frazeysburg, was indicted on two counts of domestic violence, both felonies of the fourth degree, with firearm specifications. He was also charged with aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor; using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor; and vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. It is alleged McCament caused physical harm to household members during an altercation and was in possession of a rifle at the time.  The victims alleged that McCament was intoxicated during the confrontation and caused more than $1,000 of damage to the house. The case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Richard Wise.

Matthew M.L. Zimmerman, 26, of Columbus, was indicted with a charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. It is alleged Zimmerman had received a deposit for a job and allegedly never returned to do the job.  The case was investigated by KCSO Det. Brandon Minot.

Matthew A. Knipp, 35, homeless, was indicted with a charge of breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. It is alleged that Knipp broke into the Hiawatha Golf Course clubhouse, taking various items and money.  The case was investigated by MVPD Ptl. Sarah Wheeler.

Melvin R. Fiske, 34, of Mount Vernon, was indicted for possession of marihuana, a felony of the third degree. During a stop in February, Fiske was allegedly in possession of approximately 18,650 grams (about 41 pounds) of marihuana. This case was investigated by KCSO Det. Brandon Minot.

Raymond V. Beaver, 29, of Mount Vernon, was indicted on a charge of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a felony of the fifth degree. During a house check with Knox County Adult Probation, Beaver was allegedly found to be in possession of fentanyl.

Jesse J. Humphrey, Jr., 18, of Mount Vernon, was indicted with a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. During a traffic stop with MVPD, Humphrey was allegedly in possession of methamphetamine.  MVPD Ptl. Matthew McDonald performed the investigation.

David M. Rodgers, 29, of Mount Vernon, was indicted with charges of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; possessing drug abuse instruments and obstructing official business, both misdemeanors of the second degree. At the time of the arrest, due to an active warrant, Rodgers allegedly was in possession of methamphetamine and syringes, and gave false information to a MVPD officer.  MVPD Lt. Qade Lewis was the investigating officer.

John R. Duzan, 53, of Ashland, was indicted with a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. During a traffic stop with a K9 search, Duzan was in possession of methamphetamine. The case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Luke Guthrie.

Travis D. Lonsinger, 27, of Mount Vernon, was indicted with a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. During a traffic stop with a K9 search, it is alleged Lonsinger was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine. The case was investigated by KCSO Dep. Luke Guthrie.

Jessica D. Morton, 36, of Newark, was indicted with a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the third degree. Morton was allegedly stopped by a KCSO deputy due to not having a visible license plate. During the traffic stop a K9 search of the vehicle was executed and there was allegedly a large amount of methamphetamine found in Morton’s possession.  The case was investigated by KCSO Det. Terry Wolfe.

 

Information courtesy of the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office

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