Columbiana County Common Pleas

LISBON — A motion to suppress evidence in a drug possession case against Travis L. Keener, 30, Glenn Street, East Liverpool, was recently granted.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge C. Ashley Pike agreed with defense attorney Coleen Hall Dailey’s assertion that the search of Keener on Sept. 9, 2016 by five or six agents of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, during which they located a syringe, a baggie of heroin and $182, was not reasonable.

The case will come for a status conference on Dec. 22.

Keener is charged with two counts of possession of drugs with a forfeiture specification. One of the possession charges involves the heroin allegedly found on the Sept. 9 date in question. The other possession charge involves cocaine allegedly in Keener’s possession on April 23, 2016.

Another motion to suppress evidence was also ruled favorably for the defense recently. Lane R. Donnalley, 19, Mill Rock Road, New Waterford, was charged with possession of drugs for allegedly having less than five grams of cocaine found during a traffic stop by St. Clair Township police on Sept. 30, 2016.

Defense attorney Joseph King argued the reason for the traffic stop was not valid. Donnalley had allegedly made a left turn out of the Echo Dell Trailer Park without using a turn signal. Pike agreed that because Donnalley was turning from private property he was not required to use a turn signal. Therefore what followed the traffic stop — the defendant’s eventual admittance about having cocaine in his underwear and the seizure of the drugs — were both thrown out.

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