LISBON - The driver of the SUV that Salem police sought after receiving several report of shots fired at Foxes Den last week pleaded no contest Tuesday in Columbiana County Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Angel Makeda Jackson, 26, South Arch Street, Alliance, had been facing a felony carrying a concealed weapons charge. Instead, Assistant County Prosecutor Don Humphrey Jr. agreed to reduce the charge and recommend credit for two days already served and a $250 fine in exchange for Jackson's cooperation.
Judge Mark Frost agreed with the recommendation.
Salem police had received a call at 1:37 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 about shots being fired in the area of Foxes Den on Railroad Street in Salem by the occupants of a silver van/SUV. Perry Township police stopped an SUV matching the description on West State Street at Idaho Avenue and the occupants matched the description given.
Humphrey said Patrolman Don Paulin received permission from the driver, Jackson, to search the vehicle and that is when a gun was found under the front seat. The handgun had been recently fired.
When Frost and Humphrey asked Jackson about what happened that night, Jackson said she had gone out for the first time in a long while. While she was sitting at the bar, she noticed a commotion, chaos or bickering off to the left. She decided it was time to leave. Her sister's ex-boyfriend's little brother, who she knew as Manny, asked her for a ride. She agreed and both he and two of his friends, whose names she did not know, got into her vehicle.
She said they had been in a group of vehicles which had come down from Alliance and different people had been in her vehicle on the way there.
Jackson claims she did not hear any shots fired. She was adamant the gun does not belong to her, noting she has children and she would never allow guns in her vehicle.
"I work like 24-seven," Jackson said. "The one night I do decide to go out, all this happens."
The man Jackson knew as Manny, Dyron Antonia Lasean Hancock, 18, also of Alliance, faces a felony carrying concealed weapons charge. He was reportedly in the back seat with the gun within his reach. His preliminary hearing has been reset for April 22.
The other two people in the car were not charged.