Four indictments were handed down by the Knox County Grand Jury, on January 23, according to Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher. Arraignments are scheduled for February 3, before Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster.
According to the indictment, Michael R. Smithhisler, 24, Mount Vernon, was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in the Common Pleas Court, in 2008. As a sex offender, Smithhisler must register his address with authorities for 15 years, Thatcher said. Smithhisler most recently registered his address with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in May 2011, and he is accused of failing to provide change of address notification, on or about June 16. Deputy Dan Selby, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the case.
James R. Frye, 31, Mount Vernon, allegedly held a female victim against her will during a domestic disturbance, on January 8. Frye is charged with kidnapping. Deputy David Devolld, KCSO, investigated the case.
According to the indictment, Juan M. Grimaldo, 44, Columbus, faces his sixth operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol offense in twenty years. Thatcher said on January 14, Grimaldo allegedly drove a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol prior to losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a residence on State Route 661. Trooper Coby Holloway, Ohio State Highway Patrol, investigated the case.
Larry J. Butler, Jr., 23, Mount Vernon, is charged with possessing stolen property and misusing a nutrition assistance debit card, otherwise known as a “food stamp” card. In December 2009, Butler allegedly was in possession of a medical bag and portable radios stolen from a local volunteer fire department. Between November 25 and December 5, 2011, Butler allegedly used the stolen “food stamp” card at stores in Mount Vernon. Detective David Light, KCSO, investigated the case.