Thirty-Six Found Guilty in Mount Vernon Municipal Court – August 11, 2023


MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found thirty-six guilty after hearings were held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court between August 7 – 11, 2023.


August 7
• Desirae Eckert, 31, of Hopewell, was found guilty of theft.
• Henry Castillo, 43, of Fredericktown, was found guilty of disorderly conduct in the presence of EMS personnel.Read full story

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Springfield Township Officers in Fatal Shooting; Case Files Released


(AKRON, Ohio) — A Summit County grand jury today declined to indict Springfield Township police officers in the shooting of Jeremy McCracken, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced.

“After reviewing BCI’s investigation, the grand jury determined that the involved officers should not face any criminal charges,” Yost said.Read full story

Task Forces Making Strides This Summer in Fight Against Human Trafficking


(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Law enforcement task forces formed under the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission continue to advance the state’s fight against human traffickers and sexual predators, with three of these units reporting recent successes.

“A john buying sex has no idea if the other party is a willing participant, a victim of human trafficking – or one of our task force agents,” Yost said.Read full story

Highland County Man Sentenced to 19 to Life for Raping Child, Sexually Abusing Another


(HILLSBORO, Ohio) — A Highland County man was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the sexual abuse of two children, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced today.

Clayton Collins, 26, of Hillsboro, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of rape, a first-degree felony, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.Read full story