Police find gun in car of MCCTC student

Staff report


A student at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center was arrested on charges of possessing a deadly weapon at the school.

Police received a report that Joseph A. Bailey, 18, of North Jackson had a handgun in his car.

Bailey was taken into custody at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after another student reported to the MCCTC assistant principal that possibly there was a handgun in the glove compartment of his car.

The student told school administrators that he saw the firearm in the glove compartment Tuesday and believed it was still in the vehicle, according to a police report.

After the school resource officer was notified, additional units from the Canfield Police Department were called to the school and Bailey was called out of class.

When asked if he had anything illegal or against school policy inside his vehicle, Bailey told police he “may have forgotten to take his gun out of vehicle before coming to school,” the police report stated.

He told police where it was located, and officers found a .22-caliber revolver loaded with six rounds of ammunition in the glove box.

The gun was missing its trigger, but police said the hammer still was functioning. A folding knife also was seized from the glove compartment.

When police searched Bailey, they found nothing illegal, their report stated.

After Bailey was booked on the charge of illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon in a school zone, he told police he had traded “several air-soft guns and BB guns” to a 23-year-old male for the gun three weeks ago and had brought the gun to school about four times. He said he wanted the gun to shoot targets at home and thought 18-year-olds could own handguns.

Bailey is scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Court in Canfield this morning on the charge. He was transported to the Mahoning County Justice Center, and bond was set at $2,500.

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