Five face weapons charges

Five Mahoning Valley men – including two from Warren – were indicted on unrelated cases of being felons in possession of firearms or ammunition.

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said the men, all residents of Trumbull or Mahoning counties, were indicted this week. They are Michael Harver, 24, of Poland; Jawonn Hymes, 22, of Boardman; Andre L. Owens, 38, of Warren; Thomas I. Sledge, 33, of Struthers; and Carl D. Washington, 25, of Warren.

“We will continue to work to get firearms and ammunition off the street and out of the hands of felons who are forbidden by law from having them in the first place,” Dettelbach said in a written statement issued Wednesday. “Cases like this are possible because of the efforts of federal agents and local police working together.”

Harver is accused of having an FIE .38-caliber pistol and ammunition on April 28, despite a conviction for felonious assault in Mahoning County.

Hymes is accused of having a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on June 27, despite previous convictions of trafficking in drugs and possession of cocaine in Mahoning County.

Owens is accused of having 9 mm Winchester bullets on May 27, despite numerous convictions in Trumbull County and Washington County, Pa., for crimes including sexual battery and multiple cocaine offenses.

Sledge is accused of having a CZ .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on June 5, despite numerous convictions in Trumbull County, including attempted murder with a firearm specification, felonious assault, having weapons under disability and other crimes.

Washington is accused of having an H&R .22-caliber revolver and ammunition on May 30, despite previous convictions for felonious assault, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence in Trumbull County.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer following investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Youngstown Field Office, the Warren Police Department, the Struthers Police Department, the Youngstown Police Department and the Boardman Police Department.