Man indicted in pipe bomb case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Struthers man accused of having a pipe bomb in his car last month was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury Thursday on charges of unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance and illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of an explosive device, both felonies.

Paul Trimacco Jr., 32, was pulled over for a traffic violation by Campbell police about 9 a.m. March 3 at the intersection of Seventh Street and Wilson Avenue.During the stop, it was discovered Trimacco did not have a license, and officers found a 15-inch pipe bomb in the back pocket of the passenger seat.

After Trimacco was arrested, Campbell police called the Youngstown Bomb Squad to remove the bomb.

Trimacco is no stranger to law enforcement. In September, he was accused of making up a story about a break-in at his West Lewis Street home. Police said he made up the break-in, including the fact the burglar shot him during an exchange of gunfire, to cover up the fact he accidentally shot himself earlier in the day while testing a flak jacket.

Trimacco was charged in the Sept. 17 incident with inducing panic, falsification and endangering children. He is due in Struthers Municipal Court for a pre-trial on the inducing panic July 2, according to court records.

No court date has yet been set in the pipe bomb case and Trimacco has not yet been arrested on the charges.

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