Ex-Warren cop leaves court in handcuffs


Former Warren Patrolman Reuben Shaw was in a position to have handcuffs placed on his wrists and to have police officers escorting him Wednesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Shaw, 48, after pleading not guilty to grand theft, theft in office and breaking and entering, was taken in handcuffs to the Trumbull County Clerk of Courts office to make arrangements to post the $2,500 bond set by Judge Peter Kontos.

Shaw is charged with the three felony offenses and two misdemeanor charges for purportedly stealing a 1969 Chevy Nova from a vacant home on Kenwood Drive Southwest by having it towed to a garage he has control over.

Police Chief Eric Merkel fired Shaw, who served as patrolman 24 years, May 2 following a lengthy investigation.

Several pastors who are part of the Trumbull County Interdenominational Alliance and several others spoke after the hearing to question whether Shaw's firing and criminal charges are fair given that Merkel and several other Warren police officers have been disciplined but not fired or charged criminally for their misconduct.

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