Mon. 6:51 pm: Letter outlines internal charges levied against Warren patrolman

WARREN The city’s police chief has levied several ethics and professional misconduct charges against a patrolman who has been on leave since July.

Chief Eric Merkel, in a letter dated April 18 and released today, advised Reuben Shaw of the violations he explained resulted from an internal investigation.

Among the charges are that Shaw did not follow proper procedure on June 30, 2013 when he removed a 1969 Chevrolet Nova from a locked garage at a residential property at 2320 Kenwood Drive.

The charges also accuse Shaw of using his influence as a police officer to have the car towed to a garage that Shaw “controlled, as opposed to having the vehicle towed to an impound lot,” Merkel writes.

Shaw has also been the focus of a criminal investigation. Last month, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation handed over its investigation into possible criminal charges to the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office. That case is still pending.

Read more about accusations and ramifications in these cases in the Tuesday Tribune Chronicle.