Fostoria illegal search lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit filed last year by a Fostoria family alleging an illegal search warrant at their residence has been dismissed.

According to documents from the U.S. District Court, the lawsuit, which had sought more than $79 million, was dismissed Friday after the state-law claims against the city of Fostoria, the Fostoria Police Department and six Fostoria police officers, the defendants, were dismissed by a judge.

The plaintiffs, Fostoria residents Ernesto Gonzales, Angelica Hernandez and a minor, had claimed law enforcement officials obtained an illegal search warrant to search their East North Street residence in April 2012 and also shot and killed their dog. The lawsuit also claimed law enforcement officers held the family at gunpoint and an officer attempted to shoot Gonzales and a 3-year-old child in his arms.

In January, the listed defendants had been partially dismissed from the lawsuit.

Last month, four law enforcement officials from Seneca County were entirely dismissed from the lawsuit.