Mayor’s son cited on marijuana charge

WARREN – Jelani Franklin, 27, of Homewood S.E., was given a citation to appear in Warren Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Friday after being cited last week on a minor misdemeanor charge of smoking marijuana outside Uncle Sil’s Bar and Grill, 2774 Youngstown Road S.E.

Franklin’s listed home address is owned by Mayor Doug Franklin, according to the Trumbull County Auditor’s Office. Jelani is the mayor’s son. Calls to Franklin were not returned.

Ohio Investigative Unit of the Ohio Department of Commerce was in town investigating a complaint about alleged liquor sales to minors at 11:45 p.m. Friday, when Agent Kenneth Van Horn came upon Franklin in the bar’s parking lot smoking marijuana, according John Campbell, a supervisor agent.

Van Horn confiscated the marijuana to be held as evidence.

Campbell said the Ohio Investigative Unit was investigating a complaint at Metter’s B & G LLC., which has the same address as Uncle Sil’s.

The liquor license transfer of Metter’s B & G LLC to Uncle Sil’s Night Club was applied for in March 2012, according to a state website.