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Rough start to new year for some local residents

• Updated Jan 2, 2018 at 11:45 PM

It was a rough start to the new year for at least five area residents.

At 12:19 a.m. Monday, Norwalk police initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of East League Street and Washington Avenue.

Matthew J. Goodsite, 29, of Milan, was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). He was transported to the police station, where he gave a sample of breath resulting in a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .136 percent. The legal limit for Ohio drivers is .08 percent.

Goodsite was cited for OVI, OVI over .08 and driving under suspension, police said. He was also issued summonses for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police also discovered Goodsite was wanted in Erie County for a contempt of court charge. He was transported to the Stone Church near Avery, where Norwalk police handed him over to Sandusky police.

Norwalk police handed three other cases that involved criminal charges within the first hour of the new year.

At 12:19 a.m., police responded to a report of a disturbance at 37-F Bouscay Ave. Upon arrival, Christina Jones, 25, of 37 Bouscay Ave., was charged with child endangerment. She was transported to the Huron County Jail.

At 12:44 a.m., police initiated a traffic stop at Dave’s Food Mart, 84 Benedict Ave. Gary Holland Jr., 28, of Norwalk, was charged with OVI. Holland provided a sample of his breath which resulted in a BAC of .086 — just a hair above the legal limit. After being cited, Holland later released to a sober family member.

At 12:45 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of West League and Newton streets. After a brief investigation, Cassidy Verlie, 19, and Sydney Kraus, 18, both of Huron, were charged with underage alcohol consumption. They were issued summonses and released to a sober person.

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