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YOUNGSTOWN Judge increases bond for weapons suspect



Published: Tue, September 17, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Howell was arrested after a traffic stop.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A municipal court judge added $20,000 to the $6,000 bond for Zachary T. Howell.

Howell, 25, of Lincoln Park Drive, appeared Monday before Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. on felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and illegal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He is being held in Mahoning County jail.

Howell was arraigned Thursday on charges of drug abuse, driving under suspension, no seat belt and failing to use a turn signal.

Howell was arrested Wednesday night after a traffic stop. Officers found a handgun, suspected marijuana, money and jewelry in the 2002 Cadillac he drove.

He faces a court hearing Friday on the charges.

Howell is expected to also be served with probation violation charges through municipal court. At the time of his arrest, he was serving a three-year probation on convictions for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and a third loud music in a motor vehicle violation.

As part of the probation, he was ordered to pay a $600 fine but never did, officials said. He also did not report to a probation officer.

Howell appeared Friday before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on a separate probation violation charge in that court. Evans had sentenced Howell to two year's probation on a concealed weapons charge earlier this year. He now faces an Oct. 11 hearing in that matter.




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