14 Found Guilty in Mount Vernon Municipal Court

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found six guilty after hearings were held in
the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on June 13, 2022.


Jessica Slayton, 31 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Reckless Operation of a Motor
Vehicle and Failing to Use a Child Restraint. The Court sentenced her to pay a $100 fine
for the Reckless Op charge and a $20 fine for the Child Restraint charge.


James Meola, 62 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Theft by Deception. The Court
sentenced him to pay a $200 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177 days suspended,
placed him on one year of probation with the following conditions: complete the Court’s
Social Responsibility clinic and complete 35 hours of community service, and ordered
that he pay $259.38 in restitution.


Dale Woody, 36 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Domestic Violence. The Court
sentenced him to serve 120 days in jail.


Kurt Laseak, 29 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Reckless Operation of a Motor
Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $150 fine.


Stephen Rex, 33 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Driving Under Suspension. The
Court sentenced him to pay a $500 fine.


Michael Hawkins, 28 of Danville, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced
him to pay a $35 fine.


Assistant Director of Law, Brittany Whitney, represented the City of Mount Vernon and
the State of Ohio in these cases.

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found five guilty after arraignments and
hearings were held in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on June 14, 2022.


Adrianne Miranda, 24 of Elyria, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle While Under
the Influence of Alcohol, Left of Center, and Having an Open Container in a Motor
Vehicle. The Court sentenced her to pay a $500 fine, serve 180 days in jail, with 177
days suspended, placed her on two years of community control with the following
condition: attend and complete a 72-hour driver intervention program, and suspended
her operator’s license for one year for the OVI charge. She was also sentenced to pay a
$135 fine for the Left of Center charge and a $25 fine for the Open Container charge.


Jordan Collins, 24 of Howard, was found guilty of Operating a Vehicle with Expired
Plates. The Court sentenced him to pay a $35 fine.


James Fox, 33 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding. The Court sentenced
him to pay a $35 fine.


Timothy Lotz, 58 of Fredericktown, was found guilty of Telecommunications
Harassment. The Court sentenced him to serve 180 days in jail, with 170 days
suspended, and placed him on two years of probation with the following conditions:
complete a drug and alcohol assessment and complete 10 hours of community service.


Dakota Rhoads, 28 of Loudonville, was found guilty of Telecommunications
Harassment and Menacing by Stalking. He will be sentenced on July 19, 2022 following
a pre-sentence investigation.


Assistant Director of Law, Brittany Whitney, represented the City of Mount Vernon in
the Rhoads case and the State of Ohio in the Lotz case.


Director of Law, Rob Broeren, represented the City of Mount Vernon and the State of
Ohio in the remaining cases.

MOUNT VERNON – Judge John Thatcher found three guilty after trials were held in
the Mount Vernon Municipal Court on June 15, 2022.


Nikkita Miles, 32 of Newark, was found guilty of Possession of Marijuana. The Court
sentenced her to pay a $75 fine.


Terrance Cunningham, 43 of Newark, was found guilty of Having an Open Container in
a Motor Vehicle. The Court sentenced him to pay a $75 fine.


Scott Smith, 66 of Mount Vernon, was found guilty of Speeding in a School Zone. The
Court sentenced him to pay a $100 fine.


Assistant Director of Law, Brittany Whitney, represented the City of Mount Vernon and
the State of Ohio in these cases.

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