Unauthorized use of room leads to charges

AUSTINTOWN -- Charges are pending against six people after a police search of a motel room they occupied turned up suspected drug paraphernalia.
Officers responded to a call from an employee at the American Best Value Inn motel, 1051 North Niles-Canfield Road, regarding people in a room they had not paid for.
When officers and manager Anna Ciavarella entered the room, they noticed a white powder on a nightstand and the mattress partially off the box springs.
After searching the room, a bank envelope with five plastic bags of white powder, two glass tubes, two straws and a small metal spoon were found under the mattress.
On the dresser, they found a checkbook and debit card in the name of someone who was not at the scene.
A switchblade was found between the bed and the wall and a large metal spoon with white powder residue was found between the bed and the nightstand.
Police found an unmarked bottle containing two white pills in the purse of one of the suspects, who said they were hers.
There was also a coffee grinder in the hotel room with more white powder residue.
The individuals told police they gained access to the room through a motel maintenance employee, through which one of the suspects is related.
Township detectives are investigating.

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