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City man facing gun charges

AUSTINTOWN — A Youngstown man was released from the Mahoning County jail after posting bond in a case where a gun was found in a car during a traffic stop.

Ray’mon Sims, 19, of 242 Outlook Ave., is facing charges of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

Austintown police saw a car driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone about 12:41 a.m. Friday on Mahoning Avenue. The vehicle pulled into Wendy’s, 27 S. Raccoon Road, and officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, a report states.

The vehicle was searched and “numerous small roaches of smoked marijuana” and a small amount of marijuana in a cigar packet were found. While moving the seat forward, the report states the officer heard the sound of metal hitting metal and a handgun was found partially under the seat.

Sims was taken to jail, but was released after posting $4,000 bond. He is due back in Mahoning County Court No. 4 before Judge Scott Hunter at 1 p.m. Monday.

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