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February 13, 2014

Man in trouble after selling badger online

A Warsaw man was charged for selling wildlife on Craigslist in Kosciusko County.

Indiana Conservation Officers charged Matthew M. Kerkhoff, 21, Warsaw, for selling a badger on Craigslist after receiving a tip on the 1.800.TIP.IDNR hotline. Indiana Conservation Officer Nick Vander Molen received the TIP (Turn In a Poacher) case and subsequently investigated the allegations against Kerkhoff.

It is unlawful to sell or possess protected species such as badgers, bobcats, or river otters without the proper permit from Indiana or another state. Kerkhoff sold a taxidermy mount badger. The TIP program offers rewards for information leading to the arrest of any person violating fish and wildlife laws.

Kerkhoff now faces preliminary charges of unlawful possession of wildlife and unlawful sale of wildlife which are both C misdemeanors.

Theft/burglary reports and arrests

• Martin Diaz, 1504 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, reported an unlawful entry and destruction of property at his residence to Goshen police at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

• Lucy Reyes, 917 S. Twelfth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered her residence without permission and stole two XBox 360 game consoles at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

• Timothy Holmes, 18524 C.R. 23, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole electronics, jewelry and auto parts from his residence between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

• Guadalupe Zepeda of Elkhart told Goshen police someone stole her purse while she was inside the Goshen Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St., Goshen, at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

• Sofia Gallegos, 36, 66164 Chamfers Lane, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 4:24 p.m. Tuesday. She was released at the scene with a memorandum to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Holly M. Wenger, 21, 3115 Kelsey Ave., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Kohl’s Department Store, 3802 Midway Road, Goshen, at 4:13 p.m. Tuesday. She was transported to the Elkhart County jail.

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  • Burglary suspect arrested within minutes Officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department apprehended a burglary suspect Wednesday morning, just north of Leesburg, within 12 minutes of the crime.

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  • 2 Elkhart County work release escapees reported Two Goshen men have been listed as escapees from the Elkhart County Work Release Center in Goshen.Elkhart County police reported Tuesday that John A. Eller, 48, was reported as an escapee at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Thomas M. Moser, 35, was reported as an

    July 31, 2014

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    July 30, 2014

  • POLICE NEWS FOR JULY 28, 2014: Children injured in crash Two children and an adult were taken to a local hospital Sunday with minor injuries after a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of C.R. 17 and C.R. 18, east of Elkhart.Judy K. Buckmeier, 63, was southbound in a 2014 Buick Enclave carrying three p

    July 28, 2014

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    July 27, 2014

  • Elkhart man arrested after hitting utility pole A 2007 Lincoln MKZ driven by Robert Maxey, 25, Elkhart, was eastbound on C.R. 4, east of C.R. 5 near Elkhart. According to Elkhart County police, the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole at 12:27 a.m. Friday. Maxey was transported to

    July 25, 2014

  • Abandoned animals removed from home Goshen police and Humane Society of Elkhart County officer Dan Scott were called to 416 N. Eighth Street in Goshen Thursday afternoon for abandoned animals in the unoccupied residence.

    July 25, 2014

  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

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    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

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    July 23, 2014


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