2011-06-29 / Front Page

Archbold Man Indicted In Shooting Incident

Second Man Indicted For Auto Theft

James D. Gonzales, Jr., 24, Archbold, has been indicted on three counts of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and a single count of possession of a firearm in a liquor permit premises.

The charges against Gonzales arise from an alleged incident in which a 9mm handgun was fired in the village. The indictment against him was returned by a Fulton County Grand Jury, Monday, June. 20.

Archbold police officers received a report alleging shots being fired in the West Street neighborhood about 12:11 am, Sunday, June 5. The incident allegedly started around 11:45 pm, Saturday, June 4.

Police stopped an auto matching the description of a suspect vehicle on Co. Rd. 24 near Co. Rd. B-C. The two occupants consented to a search of the car. Officers recovered a Ruger 9mm handgun and seven hollow-point bullets.

The gun was later reported stolen from the home of Keith Bott, Archbold. Identified

Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, did not release names of the persons in the auto for an article in the June 15 edition of this newspaper, due to other pending charges.

Gonzales has been identifi ed as one of the occupants of the vehicle. In addition to the felony firearms charges, he also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Schmidt identified the second person in the car as Alicia Garcia, 30, Archbold. She has been charged with driving while her license is suspended. Car Theft

Another person indicted during the June 20 meeting of the grand jury was Matthew J. Ryan, 24, Tiffin.

Ryan, who was reportedly staying in Archbold, allegedly stole a car that was parked at the Archbold fire station during the early morning hours of Sunday, May 15.

He has been indicted on a count of theft of a motor vehicle.

After taking the car, Ryan allegedly drove to the Circle K store in Archbold, stole gasoline, and then started driving to Tiffin. He allegedly committed other theft offenses at the convenience store the same morning.

Ryan crashed the car in West Milgrove in Wood County. Reports say the vehicle was traveling 80 mph when it hit a utility pole and a tree. The impact cut the car into two pieces. Ryan was still in the driver seat when rescue units arrived.

Court records available through the Internet show a Wood County grand jury failed to indict Ryan on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

He still faces charges in Fostoria Municipal Court of speeding (80 mph in a 35 mph zone), failure to control, and disregard of safety.

He is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio. He was booked into the regional jail, Friday, June 17.

In addition to the felony charge, Ryan faces three charges of theft in Fulton County Western District Court.

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