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Local man arrested after firing gun at party

Aaron Krause • Jan 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

An area man was arrested Sunday for allegedly having a weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

The incident is in connection with a dispute during which the suspect reportedly shot the weapon into the air during a party with about 10 other people in attendance.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female who stated a fight was about to start at a Wakeman address. She further stated the subject had shot a gun into the air.

When a deputy arrived at the West River Road home, the suspect had already left in a vehicle.

Two other deputies were able to locate the car at another residence on Hartland Center Road.

The suspect, Jonathan W. Edler, 22, of 1424 Hartland Center Road, Collins, "was found to have a semi auto handgun in his possession," according to a police report. "After speaking with him it was also determined that he had been consuming alcohol as well."

The gun was a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, Major Greg Englund said.

Edler's alcohol-blood content tested at .126 percent. The legal limit for intoxication in Ohio is .08 percent.

Edler was taken to the Huron County Jail. He is being charged with having a weapon while under the influence of alcohol, a first-degree misdemeanor, and inducing panic. Authorities are forwarding the case to the law director for a review of other possible charges.

Edler was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to deputies, Edler is a registered conceal carry permit holder through the Richland County Sheriff's Office. His permit is suspended pending the outcome of this case.

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