Two arrested on gun charges


By Joe Gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Two men are expected to be arraigned on gun charges today in municipal court after being arrested in separate traffic stops Monday and early Tuesday.

Police pulled over a car about 1:40 a.m. Tuesday at Market Street and Princeton Avenue for having only one headlight and when the driver reached across the seat for the glove box the passenger, Shaiquon Sharpe, 20, of Dearborn Avenue, slammed the door shut with his knee.

Sharpe was ordered out of the car and when police checked the glove box they found the gun, reports said.

When Sharpe was searched police found a .40-caliber bullet in his pockets, reports said.

Sharpe was taken into custody on a weapons charge and a warrant from Franklin County. When he was booked into the Mahoning County jail corrections officers there found seven pills and a bag of marijuana in his underwear, reports said, for which he will face additional charges.

On Monday, police found a loaded 9 mm handgun in the car of a man they pulled over for having a suspended license.

Reports said Kimani Johnson, no age given, told police he put the gun in the car while he was moving things out of his apartment. The gun was found under the passenger’s seat, reports said.

He was pulled over about 7:45 p.m. on Plazaview Court, reports said.

Johnson is in the Mahoning County jail on a charge of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Court records show Johnson has a cocaine possession conviction in 2013 from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and a conviction in the same court in 2014 for illegal conveyance of drugs into a detention facility, both charges that bar him from owning a firearm.

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