Ashtabula man facing several charges


ASHTABULA — Police arrested a 30-year-old man Wednesday night after he barged into a relative’s house and threatened to “mess up his bypass operation,” according to police reports.

Joseph M. Shaw, of Ashtabula, pleaded not guilty Thursday at his initial appearance in Municipal Court to assault, possession of drug abuse instruments, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and burglary. Bail was set at $2,500 cash, surety or 10 percent. 

Police say Shaw was “no longer welcome” at a relative’s West 48th Street home when he forced his way into the home around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and threatened to assault a male relative. The relative is recovering from a bypass operation, according to police.

When police arrived on the scene, Shaw took off on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, he was arrested and transported to the Justice Center, according to the report.

Shaw’s pretrial will be 10:15 a.m. Friday in Municipal Court, according to court records.

Police say Shaw is no stranger to the criminal justice system. According to Municipal Court records, he pleaded guilty in May to possession of drug paraphernalia. In previous years, he’s been convicted of criminal damaging, attempted breaking and entering, drug abuse and criminal trespassing.

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