Firearm among items taken from residence

Last updated: August 25. 2014 4:56PM - 491 Views
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Three Columbus men will face burglary and theft charges after allegedly breaking into a Mount Sterling residence with a juvenile and taking a firearm.

Cory M. Swihart, 18, Marcus J. Knight, 19 and Jason K. Williams, 19, were arraigned in Madison County Common Pleas Court Monday.

The three were placed on house arrest with work privileges.

The alleged burglary took place April 3 at the residence of the juvenile’s father near State Route 323, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins. Several items were allegedly taken, including a firearm.

A resident nearby reported to police a suspicious vehicle parked outside the residence. Police later found the vehicle and stolen items in Franklin County.

Informal pretrial for the three suspects is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Also in common pleas court Monday, Donevan Wynkoop, 19, changed legal counsel and the residence of his house arrest during an informal pretrial hearing. He said he left his original location after a conflict with his stepmother, violating the terms of his house arrest.

Wynkoop was arraigned earlier this month for drug trafficking.

Judge Eamon Costello allowed him to change addressees and forbade him from contact with his stepmother.

The pretrial monitor also indicated that his stepmother said he was using marijuana and Percoset. Costello ordered Wynkoop to take a drug test, and Wynkoop tested positive for marijuana.

Costello said Wynkoop would be tested again in three weeks. If Wynkoop were to test positive again, Costello said it would be a “game changer.”

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