Guns seized during traffic stops

By Joe Gorman


Two people were arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court after they were arrested over the weekend in separate traffic stops on the South Side and found to be carrying guns.

John Davis III, 24, of Warren, was arraigned Monday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and obstructing justice after he ran from police about 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning on West Myrtle Avenue.

He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for having expired plates and when he was taken out of the car, he ran away.

In the car under his seat officers found a loaded 9mm pistol.

Reports said court records showed Davis has a 2007 conviction for aggravated robbery.

That case could not be found in Trumbull or Mahoning county court records.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court records show he was sentenced to probation in May 2011 on a count of carrying a concealed weapon and a year later he was given a 17-month prison term by Judge W. Wyatt McKay for a probation violation on that charge.

Judge Elizabeth Kobly set his bond at $15,000.

Also arraigned Monday in municipal court was Lamar Stanley, 25, of Youngstown, who was arrested at 8:20 p.m. Saturday on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

He was a passenger in a car that was pulled over in the 400 block of West Warren Avenue because of a broken taillight.

When he was searched, police found a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his pocket.

At his arraignment, city Prosecutor Dana Lantz said Stanley had purchased the gun legally but did not have a concealed-carry permit and was arrested because he failed to tell the officer he had a gun.

She said he had a juvenile criminal record but had not been in trouble since 2005.

Lantz said Stanley told police he had the gun because his brother was recently charged with a murder and he was afraid of retaliation.

Lavelle Stanley is charged with killing Elliott Stewart, 25, and wounding his brother Derrick, 26, outside a Southern Boulevard business on Nov. 15.

Judge Kobly set Lamar Stanley’s bond at $10,000.

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