Found on school grounds, two charged

EAST PALESTINE – Two men will appear in Columbiana County Municipal Court Thursday morning after village police found them in possession of marijuana on school property Friday.

According to a press release issued by Chief Kevin Dickey on Monday, school staff notified resource officer Jordan Reynolds around 1:30 p.m. three men were acting suspicious around a car in the high school parking lot.

William Tondo, 21, Dakota Mahon, 20, and Marcus Stanley, 18, told Reynolds they were waiting for friends, but during the conversation Reynolds saw drug paraphernalia in plain view on the front of the passenger seat, according to the report.

The car was searched and police found marijuana smoking pipes, a roach clip, a small wooden box that contained a device used to grind marijuana and 20 unknown prescription pills inside a book that had several pages cut out of the center to create a cavity.

K9 Toney and her handler, Sgt. Don Johnson were also called to the scene and did not find any additional narcotics inside the vehicle owned by Corey Welsh, according to the report.

Upon further questioning Welsh and Stanley admitted they owned the paraphernalia, the release stated.

“This incident underscores the value and importance of having a resource officer in the schools and demonstrates the continued joint effort between the East Palestine police and school district in ensuring the safety of the student and city-wide zero tolerance of illegal drugs. I commend Officer Reynolds and the high school staff for their vigilance in this matter,” Dickey said.

Welsh and Stanley will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. for one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and Dickey said in the release additional charges are possible as the case remains under investigation.