Perry Twp. man pleads not guilty at arraignment in gun incident

LISBON – A Perry Township man appeared before Columbiana County Municipal Court Judge Carol Robb Thursday accused of running through a yard and arguing while carrying a loaded AK-47.

Erik Carlson, 24, Salem Grange Road, Salem, is charged with weapons while intoxicated, obstructing official business and disorderly conduct while voluntarily intoxicated. He is facing up to 300 days in jail and $2,000 in fines if convicted.

At his arraignment hearing, Carlson pleaded not guilty to all three charges, indicated he was hiring defense attorney Dominic Frank. A pretrial was scheduled for June 2. He remains on a $2,000 cash bond, which he posted on Wednesday. Carlson was reminded by Robb that a condition of the bond was not possessing any firearms.

Carlson was charged after Perry Township and Salem police responded to a call to the Springdale Street area on Tuesday for a report of a man in the street with a firearm arguing with another man. Court documents state police saw him running from the back yard at 370 Springdale St. toward the road with the gun. He was ordered to the ground and detained.

The camo-colored gun was loaded with a dual magazine containing 28 rounds. Carlson was reportedly determined to be intoxicated. The obstructing charge reportedly comes from Carlson refusing to cooperate with police and identify himself when police requested.