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Former Warren police officer appeals his termination

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A former Warren police officer has filed an appeal of his termination from the force.

Reuben Shaw was fired by Police Chief Eric Merkel who alleges that Shaw towed a classic car from private property to keep it for himself.

According to Chief Merkel, Shaw was investigating reports of possible trespassing on Kenwood Avenue last June, when he spotted a 1969 Chevy Nova in a garage.

Merkel says Shaw told other police officers that he'd like to have a car like the Nova so he could restore it.

Later that day, while still on duty, Shaw allegedly went back to the garage and had the Chevy towed to his own garage on Palmyra Road.

Merkel says that Shaw did not have permission to be inside the locked garage, did not have permission to take the vehicle, and violated department protocol for towing abandoned vehicles.

A grievance filed by Shaw says his termination was unjust, discriminatory and arbitrary.  The complaint alleges that the chief conducted an investigation without Shaw's knowledge or acquiescence.

Evidence in the case has been turned over to the Trumbull County Prosecutor.

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