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Traffic stops net arrests

Five face weapons or drug charges on Youngstown’s South Side

YOUNGSTOWN — Traffic stops led to weapons charges being filed against several people Tuesday, including one who allegedly had an assault rifle in his vehicle.

The first stop was at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday when officers spotted a vehicle with dark window tint traveling south on Hillman Street at West Princeton Avenue on the South Side.

Officers made a traffic stop and discovered a pistol on the floor of the vehicle, near the driver’s feet. The woman, 20, said she put the gun on the car floor after a fight with her boyfriend.

Chunell Price, 20, of Eleanor Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Youngstown Municipal Court on the felony charge. She also was arraigned on improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and having an improper window tint. Price was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

Police also investigated Price’s allegations that she had an altercation with her boyfriend on Ferndale Avenue just before being arrested on the gun charge. But Price later told police she did not want to follow through with charges against her boyfriend.

In the second incident, police observed a vehicle crossing a double yellow line while turning from Market Street onto East Indianola Avenue on the South Side at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday.

While officers were speaking to the four males in the car, one admitted there was marijuana in the car. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and found a pistol under one seat, an AK-47-type of rifle and another pistol under another seat. Boxes of ammunition also were found in the vehicle, police said.

Marc Taylor, 16, of Laurel Boulevard in New Castle, Pa., was charged with felony improper handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. Andreus Walker, 21, of Woody Avenue in New Castle, Pa., the driver, was charged with improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and making an improper lane change. Santino Snow, 16, of Park Avenue, New Castle, Pa., was charged with improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle. And Lewis Brewer, 27, of Baldwin Avenue in Sharon, Pa., was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

The two juveniles were taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center. Walker was taken to the county jail, and Brewer was released with a summons to appear in court.

erunyan@vindy.com

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