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April 4, 2014

Ohio man jailed on assault, drug charges

NEW CASTLE — A Youngstown man who allegedly fought with a woman outside a convenience store was jailed on assault and drug charges.

New Castle police arrested Jason Laroy Howell Jr., 25, around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Croton Avenue. Police said he had been in a physical fight with a woman in a car. When the car left the parking lot, police followed it and pulled Howell over on Ray Street. Officers said he did not have his identification card and his license was not valid.

Police smelled marijuana coming from his car, they said, and saw a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana on the passenger’s seat. A suspected marijuana cigarette was on the dashboard in plain view, according to police.

When officers searched him, they said, they found $2,015 in his pockets, with the money was separated into $100 bundles and one $115 bundle.

The woman who had been at the store had a bruised and swollen eye and her lower lip was cut, police said.

Police have charged Howell with simple assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, possession of marijuana, driving without a license and failure to carry license, as well as two counts each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who sent him to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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