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January 1, 2014

Man wanted for five bank robberies arrested in Michigan

An Indiana man has been arrested in Michigan after allegedly robbing five different banks in two states.

Dennis Carl Love, 59, South Bend, was taken into custody Friday. The arrest took place during a traffic stop after Love, allegedly, attempted to rob the Martin, Mich., branch bank of PNC. Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with Kosciusko County police, captured the suspected bank robber that has plagued Michigan and Indiana since this summer, police said in press release.

FBI agents said police in Allegan County, Mich., arrested Love while he was driving a 1997 silver Ford Escort station wagon, that was originally described as the “get-away vehicle” and sought by numerous law enforcement agencies.

Officials from the FBI  were provided consent to search Love’s residence in South Bend. There they located additional evidence to implicate him in the various robberies, according to police.

It was also discovered that Love had conducted each of the five successful and two attempted bank robberies while in the possession of handgun but he never displayed it.

Kosciusko County police and Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton are working with Michigan and federal agents to place additional charges for the robbery of the Leesburg branch of the Farmers State Bank on July 12.

FBI agents are seeking an indictment on federal charges at which point Love will be transferred into federal custody in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Murder arrest

Elkhart County police arrested Travion D. Kirkland, 20, at his residence in Roseland Tuesday on a charge of murder. According to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, the investigation stemmed from the April 16, 2012 death of Jesse L. Bowen, 21, at his residence on Best Avenue in Elkhart and resulted in the issuance of the murder warrant.

Injury accidents

A passenger in a two-vehicle collision was injured at C.R. 7 and C.R. 38 near Wakarusa Monday. The crash occurred at 3:58 p.m.

According to Elkhart County police, a 1993 Ford Escort driven by Adam Kenneth Chrusciel, 44, Nappanee, failed to yield the right of way and collided with the 2007 Hyundai Entorage driven by John Wayne Bush, 68, Goshen. Suzanne Bush, 65, Goshen, was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for complaint of chest pain. Chrusciel was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way.

• A driver and passenger were injured in a single-vehicle crash Sunday at U.S. 33, south of C.R. 146 near Goshen. According to Elkhart County police, the crash occurred at 3:15 p.m. Susan Smith, 33, Cromwell, was driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus when she swerved her vehicle to miss a deer entering the roadway. The vehicle went into an embankment.

Smith and 14-year-old Matthew Smith were transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of neck pain. No citations were issued.

Criminal mischief

• A detective with the Amtrak police in Pittsburgh, Pa., told Goshen police that something appearing to be metal allegedly struck a passing Amtrak train windshield as the train was passing through Goshen at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday.

• Goshen Fire Department and police were dispatched to Goshen College Mennonite Church, 1820 S. Main St., Goshen, in reference to a fire alarm at 6:58 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, police discovered the fire alarm was intentionally pulled by someone for no apparent reason.

Theft/burglary reports and arrests

• Amanda Stover, 325 Arbor St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole items from her vehicle during the overnight hours Saturday.

• Kenneth Werntz, 905 Colonial Manor Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole recreational vehicle parts from his vehicle while parked in the driveway of his residence at 9 p.m. Friday.

• Gracelyn N. Thompson, 18, Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 7:31 p.m. Sunday. She was released with a signed memorandum to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Carolyn Eagleson, 13244 Canyoncrest Circle, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone stole her Borden Waste-Away trash can from her driveway between 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

• Gary Kyle told Elkhart County police someone entered a secured storage unit at 14998 U.S. 6 in Syracuse by cutting a lock. The incident occurred between Dec. 1 and Monday.

• Robert Chupp, 526 N. Arbutus, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole his patio set of four chairs and a table between 4 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

• Jodi Koss, Millersburg, told Elkhart County police someone obtained her personal information and created a false cellular phone account in the amount of $1,212 sometime Oct. 1.

• Elizabeth Ginther, 51263 C.R. 35, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone stole her 2001 Ford Taurus from her residence between 7:30 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday.

• Randall Brandon, 319 Arbor Court, Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his girlfriend’s vehicle without permission and took several items of jewelry at 5 p.m. Sunday.

• An employee at Phillipp’s 66, 1010 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police a white female pumped $30.07 worth of gas into a white SUV at 8:41 a.m. Monday and drove off without paying for the gas. A license plate of the vehicle was obtained by the employee.

• Tiata Jones, 20, 515 W. Marion St., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Walmart Supercenter, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, on Nov. 27. Jones was released on a written promise to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Luis J. Duran, Goshen, went to the Goshen police and reported someone used his information to work in Goshen at 5:02 p.m. Monday.

• Consuela Parsons, 34, and Joshua Bailey, 27, both of Albion, were arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Walmart Supercenter, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 4:01 p.m. Monday. Both were released with signed memorandums to appear in Goshen City Court.

Vandalism reports

• Sonia Arredondo, 14 Roxbury Park, Goshen, told Goshen police someone slashed all four of the tires on her vehicle at 11:08 p.m. Sunday.

• Elizabeth A. Filer, 53450 Pheasant Ridge Drive, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone damaged a ceramic Christmas statue that was in the front yard of her residence at 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Christina M. Vela, 1807 W. Plains Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police of criminal mischief at his residence at 7:51 p.m. Monday.

• Andrea Ganger, 313 S. Fifth St., Goshen, reported damage to the front door knob of her residence to Goshen police at 9:52 p.m. Monday.

• Daniel Cervantes, Goshen, told Goshen police his vehicle was damaged while it was parked at the gas pumps at Speedway, 1906 Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 2:37 a.m. Tuesday.

Possible scam reports

• Scot L. Elion, 1113 S. Eighth St., Goshen, told Goshen police of getting a suspicious letter in the mail containing a check at noon Monday. The letter stated that he had won the “North American Shoppers Sweepstakes.” Instructions stated to call a number provided and deposit the check in his bank for “non resident UK tax” and the remaining balance would be deposited into his bank account. He realized that it was most likely a scam and did not deposit the check.

Traffic reports and arrests

• Ashley N. Davis, 21, 411 N. Main St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police during a traffic stop in the 400 block of E. Lincoln Avenue on a charge of false informing and two Elkhart County warrants at 4:14 p.m. Sunday. She was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• A Goshen man told Goshen police of two suspicious vehicles in the parking lot of First Assembly of God, 1706 W. Plains Drive, Goshen, at 11:46 p.m. Monday. Police arrived and spoke with the people in the vehicles, who then left the parking lot.

Drug/alcohol reports and arrests

• Brandon Frye, 21, Elkhart, and Quentin Barrett, 21, Goshen, were stopped by Goshen police during a traffic stop near the intersection of East Lincoln Avenue and South Fifth Street at 5:01 p.m. Sunday. Frye was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended prior and Barrett was arrested on a charge of marijuana. Both males were released on a memorandum to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Scott Cripe, 27, was driving a 1990 red GMC Safari and crashed into a Northern Indiana Public Service Co. utility pole on C.R. 14, east of C.R. 23 near Bristol. According to Elkhart County police, Cripe was located at his residence where he was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Staff at Elkhart Community Corrections, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police they had allegedly found marijuana in an inmate’s bed at 12:50 p.m. Saturday.

OWI arrests

• Tyler Coti Medford, 20, 18315 C.R. 24, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of driving while intoxicated at 6:31 a.m. Friday. Medford was driving his 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse and headed east on C.R. 30, east of C.R. 15 in Goshen and drifted off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail.

• Shawn Buchanan, 31, 53701 Mark Drive, Bristol, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 5:45 a.m. Sunday. Police observed Buchanan parked on the northside of the road on U.S. 20, west of Ind. 19. He was unconscious and in the driver’s seat with the engine running. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Garrett R. Gingerich, 28, 3115 Bentley Lane, South Bend, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated during a traffic stop for disregarding a stop sign at Jefferson and Fifth streets in Goshen at 12:17 a.m. Tuesday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

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