YPD nets three guns over the weekend

By Joe Gorman



Police seized three guns in three separate incidents over the weekend.

About 9 p.m. Sunday, officers pulled over a car South Avenue and Lee Street driven by Marlin Black, 23, of Hanley Avenue, after reports said he drove through a red light on South Avenue.

Reports said officers could smell marijuana coming from the car but before officers could ask Black about the smell, he said to them, “I know. You can smell the weed I just smoked.”

Officers asked Black if he had anything else illegal, and reports said he told police he had a gun because he has been “beefing” with someone. Black was taken out of the car, and reports said inside the center console officers found a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine that was reported stolen in 2014.

Reports said a records check showed Black has a trafficking-in-drugs conviction on his record. He was taken to the Mahoning County jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property and traffic citations.

About 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police were called to the 1800 block of Lans- downe Boulevard on a report of a man walking in the road with a shotgun. When they arrived, a woman said that her son, Dillon Byers, 23, who is homeless, had a long gun with him and was trying to get inside her home despite the fact she has a protection order against him.

Police searched the neighborhood for Byers and found him a few minutes after arriving. Reports said he showed them where he hid a .22-caliber rifle that was loaded but jammed. Byers was taken to the jail on a charge of violating a protection order.

About 3:45 a.m. Saturday, police were called to the 100 block of East Philadelphia Avenue on a report of a fight on a front porch. When officers got there, they found a broken window and blood all over the porch.

Reports said a woman on the porch told police she was going out drinking but locked herself out of the home and forgot her phone, so she broke the window to get inside.

A man inside. Lance Thomas, 46, thought there was a burglar and fired four warning shots from a revolver, reports said. Reports said Thomas told police when he heard the glass break, he fired a shot through the window but did not hit anyone.

Thomas was issued a citation for discharging a firearm within city limits and given a court date. Police took the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, reports said.

According to Vindicator files, police have seized 114 guns so far in 2016.

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