WARREN - State agents investigating whether a city police officer acted criminally said Thursday that new information in the case has surfaced.
Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office, said that the agent investigating Patrolman Reuben Shaw confirmed that the new developments in the case "require additional investigation."
However, agents did not provide specific details about that information and it remains unclear how much longer the investigation might take.
Shaw has been on paid administrative leave for more than seven months.
Warren police Chief Eric Merkel informed Shaw in a letter in July that he would remain on paid leave pending the outcome of "any criminal and / or administrative investigations regarding the towing of a motor vehicle from private property."
Merkel asked the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the investigative arm of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, to look into the matter because he was concerned that the incident was a "potentially criminal matter."
Shaw has been with the city police department since Aug. 14, 1989.
Last month, state investigators said the Shaw investigation was "nearing completion."
Once the BCI investigation is completed, Shaw could continue to collect a pay from the city if he remains on leave as the administration completes it own, internal investigation.
Merkel on Thursday declined to comment on the matter.
Shaw's case is one of two investigations handed over to BCI investigators last year. Last month, BCI handed findings of its investigation into the Oct. 19 police-involved shooting that killed a 24-year-old city man over to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins for his review. BCI officials said they did not give Watkins a recommendation in that case, but left it up to his office to make a determination.
That case technically is still open pending the prosecutor's decision, Del Greco said.