YOUNGSTOWN -- Arrests from a saturation patrol over the holiday weekend on the East Side turned up guns, drugs and a dirt bike stolen from Columbiana County.
Extra police have been on the East Side in an effort to quell violence that erupted in May from two feuding groups. The violence has included houses shot up, arson attempts and a homicide.
Police Chief Robert E. Bush Jr. said Tuesday that the East Side has been relatively quiet since a series of arrests last week and over the Memorial Day weekend. Most of those arrested over the weekend were arraigned Tuesday in municipal court.
When police stopped a Ford Explorer Saturday night on Albert Street, 22-year-old Jovan Labooth told officers that he's never had a driver's license. He's free on his own recognizance and will be back in municipal court June 29.
Records show Labooth is on probation to a municipal court judge until 2009 in an assault case. Records also show that he had drug cases in Mahoning County Common Pleas court in 2003 and spent time in jail after violating conditions of probation earlier this year.
Labooth's passenger Saturday night, 24-year-old convicted felon Savaughn Jones, had a .32-caliber handgun hidden in his crotch, police said. He was expected to be arraigned today on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon, according to the clerk of court's office.
In October 2003, Jones pleaded guilty in common pleas court to possession of cocaine and illegal possession of a weapon, records show. He received three years' probation but violated it and in April 2004 received a one-year sentence after having spent 254 days in jail waiting for disposition.
Another driver and his passenger were arrested Saturday afternoon when police stopped a Buick on South Bruce Street that had no front license plate or expiration sticker.
The rear seat passenger, John M. Perdue, 23, of Plazaview Court, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, illegal possession of a weapon based on a prior conviction, aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of marijuana and crack. His bond is $26,000, and he will be back in court June 6.
Police said they found a loaded .45-caliber handgun at Perdue's feet and packaged-for-sale drugs inside a shoe box.
The driver, Wayne Thomas, 24, of Stewart Avenue, was charged with DUS and failure to display a front plate. He is scheduled to be back in court June 23.
The heavy odor of marijuana was detected when police approached a group of men standing in a parking lot on Rosewood Avenue in Rockford Village Saturday night. Michael D. Washington, 30, of Republic Avenue was charged with aggravated trafficking in crack when police found nine packaged-for-sale bags in his pants, reports show. His bond is $30,000 and he's due back in court June 7.
On May 23, 21-year-old Marquis Christian of Parkcliff Avenue was arrested at a house on McBride Street on warrants for traffic and drug cases that have been pending in municipal court since 2003. At arraignment last week, he was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court later this month to face charges of driving under suspension and drug abuse (marijuana).
Christian was arrested again Saturday when police saw him on Albert Street riding a dirt bike that had no license plate, headlights or turn signals. The bike had been stolen out of Columbiana County, police said.
Christian was charged with receiving stolen property and DUS.
At arraignment Tuesday, bond was set at $16,000. He is due back in court June 6 on the new charges.
Armored and dangerous
Police said James A. Hudson was wearing body armor when stopped for driving without taillights Saturday night on Albert Street. Hudson, 29, of Cincinnati, was charged with DUS and a hold was placed on him at the jail by an Ohio Adult Parole Authority probation officer. The probation is from a robbery case, the jail said.
Inventory of Hudson's Chevy Cavalier turned up a .40-caliber handgun and 10 live rounds in the glove compartment. The gun and bulletproof vest were taken as evidence.
No charge was filed related to the gun. Hudson was due in municipal court today on the traffic charge.
Police, in response to complaints about drug activity outside the F & amp;N Market on Shehy Street, checked out the business Saturday afternoon. Randy Bell, 20, of East Philadelphia Avenue was charged with aggravated trafficking in crack after police found seven packaged-for-sale bags in his pants, reports show.
Bell's bond is $20,000, and he is due back in court June 7.