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Target of failed ‘sting’ still at large

Middlefield woman sought after bail bondsman fires shot in Bristolville parking lot

BRISTOLVILLE — Area authorities are looking for a Middlefield woman, who was the subject of a bail bondsman’s “sting operation” outside a store in Bristolville on Saturday afternoon that ended with a shot being fired at the fugitive.

No injuries were reported in the incident that happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Dollar General at 8020 state Route 45, according to Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The bondsman with Ace Bonding Co. told deputies he used his Jeep Cherokee to block a silver Honda Accord from leaving the lot. The bondsman said he was trying to detain Monica Lambert-Pauley, 35, who was wanted on warrants from Trumbull County Common Pleas Court and Trumbull County Central District Court.

The bondsman had three other agents helping him with “the sting.” Lambert-Pauley was a passenger in the Honda Accord, which struck his Jeep several times during the getaway, the police report states. Another bondsman said he was struck by the Honda, but that man did not report any injuries after being checked out by emergency medical personnel at the scene.

The bondsman told deputies he only fired one shot from his Glock 19 Gen4 9 mm pistol, and he picked up his shell casing and put it in his right front pocket. The weapon was turned over to deputies, the report states.

Lambert-Pauley and the bondsman also were involved in a July 23 incident recorded by Trumbull County 911 dispatchers in which the woman allegedly was “tazed” by the bondsman during a struggle. In that incident, Lambert-Pauley also escaped in a silver Honda Accord, 911 reports state.

A July 2 incident report from Warren police shows officers arrested Lambert-Pauley on a bench warrant for disorderly conduct from Trumbull County Central District Court after Warren police officers investigated a known drug house in the area of Washington Street NE and Elm Road NE. The officers then approached the woman and arrested her in the parking lot of a store in the 600 block of Elm Road, police reports state.

Common Pleas Court records show Lambert-Pauley has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of fentanyl-related compound connected to a May 17, 2019, incident in Howland. Her case has been assigned to Judge Peter J. Kontos, who issued a bench warrant on July 13 because she failed to appear at a pre-trial.

This is the second warrant Kontos has issued in the case, ordering one in January after the woman did not appear Jan. 6 for arraignment.

The court record also said Lambert-Pauley’s jury trial — which was set for April 20 — had been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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