Warren Twp. man charged with having gun in school zone

Raymond Best

LEAVITTSBURG, Ohio (WYTV) – A Trumbull County school employee was in court Friday answering charges of having a gun on school property.

Raymond Best was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and misuse of historical plates. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Warren Municipal Court.

Bond was set at $2,500.

Warren Township Police arrested Best for the LaBrae School District Thursday morning after he was pulled over in a school parking lot with a loaded gun in his car, according to police.

Warren Township Police Chief Don Bishop said he was patrolling Thursday when Raymond Best drove into the parking lot of the LaBrae school complex on North Leavitt Road N.W. in a car with historical license plates.

Bishop said he didn’t recognize Best and checked his plates for validity.

Bishop said that after questioning Best about the car and whether he had any weapons, Best began screaming at him. Bishop searched the car and found the gun in a jacket on the front seat.

According LaBrae Schools Superintendent Anthony Calderone, Best was an at-will employee and worked at the school in August mowing grass. He will not be called back to work in the district.

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