Police seize weapons while answering alarm call

Staff report


Police seized several weapons and found drug paraphernalia while answering an alarm call early Tuesday on the South Side.

Officers were called for an alarm at a home in the 100 block of East Judson Avenue about 8:05 a.m., and when they arrived, they found an open door and went in.

In the kitchen they spotted a loaded sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun on a kitchen counter and also found three scales, the kind that are usually used to weigh drugs, reports said.

Officers then went into another room and found a man lying on a bed next to a loaded 30-30 rifle, reports said, and in another room, they found Jason Dunkle-Thacker, 18, and next to him was a sandwich bag with a rock of suspected crack cocaine and some pills, reports said.

There also were lots of shotgun shells in the room, reports said.

Another loaded shotgun was found inside a closet, reports said.

Dunkle-Thacker was arrested and taken to the Mahoning County jail.

He was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug abuse instruments, drug-paraphernalia and possession of drugs/cocaine.

The other man who was in the house was not charged or taken into custody.

Dunkle-Thacker is expected to be arraigned in Municipal Court today.

Police collected the weapons for evidence.

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