Predisciplinary hearing set for officer

WARREN – A predisciplinary hearing for a city police officer who has been on paid administrative leave for more than nine months is scheduled for next week.

Patrolman Reuben Shaw, who has also been the focus of a criminal investigation, is now facing internal charges, city officials confirmed Friday. They referred questions about the specific charges to Warren police Chief Eric Merkel, who was not available for comment.

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.

Merkel informed Shaw by letter in July that he was being put on paid leave pending ”any criminal and / or administrative investigations regarding the towing of a motor vehicle from private property.”

Merkel said he asked for BCI’s assistance because he was concerned the incident was a ”potentially criminal matter.”

Warren Safety-Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa said the predisciplinary hearing, which was originally to be held earlier this week, was moved to Tuesday. However, he did not say why. He also would not release information about the charges being levied against Shaw.