A man found with a pipe bomb in his car during a traffic stop Monday answered to charges in Campbell Municipal Court on Tuesday of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance and failure to secure the dangerous ordnance.
Bond for Paul J. Trimacco, 32, of 135 16th Street in Campbell, was set at $248,500, 10 percent cash or surety, for the fifth-degree felony possession charge, and at $1,500, 10 percent cash or surety, for the failure-to-secure charge. No additional bond was set for Trimacco’s charges of driving under suspension or for failing to stop at a stop sign.
He remained in the Mahoning County jail.
Trimacco — who did not enter a plea on the felony charge, and pleaded not guilty to the three other charges — will next appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday.
Police pulled over Trimacco at 1:15 p.m. Monday at Wilson Avenue and Seventh Street for not properly stopping at the intersection. When asked by police to provide his driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, Trimacco could produce only insurance and a state identification card. Police soon discovered that Trimacco’s license had been suspended, and placed him under arrest.
During a search of Trimacco’s car, police found a PVC pipe bomb in the rear pocket of the front passenger seat. The Campbell Fire Department and the Youngstown police bomb squad were called, with the bomb squad taking custody of the bomb to disarm it.
Police then obtained Trimacco’s consent to search his residence for any other materials. They discovered a belt of .223 ammunition with 131 rounds and some stray bullets in a bag, both of which were taken by police as evidence.
In September, Struthers police arrested Trimacco on charges of inducing panic, falsification of evidence and endangering children after he concocted a story about a burglary at his home, which involved an exchange of gunfire, to hide his accidentally shooting himself while testing a flak jacket.
Police removed all firearms from his West Lewis Street residence after the incident.