Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 26, 2014

Suspect in New Paris threat arrested

Goshen News

---- — A man who allegedly threatened to plant a bomb in the New Paris area Monday was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Elkhart County sheriff’s detectives.

At 2:50 p.m., police arrested 53-year-old Walter Glasgow at his home in the 66000 block of U.S. 33 on a charge of false reporting, a Class D felony.

A statement from Elkhart County police reads, “Though the investigation revealed no actual threat to the community, the sheriff’s department takes a strong stance in holding those accountable for making false threats that disrupt the community and its resources.”

The phone call was allegedly made to the county 911 center at approximately 1:13 p.m. Monday.

According to Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer, police informed the New Paris Elementary School principal about the incident a little more than an hour before preparation for school dismissal Monday.

“The department was investigating, and without specific information at hand as we were preparing to dismiss, we felt we would not release (student) walkers into town without knowing anything more certain,” Thalheimer wrote in an email to The News. Thalheimer said the school’s resource officer was on-site at New Paris Elementary Tuesday morning, and the superintendent himself was there as students arrived.

“The school is exercising increased vigilance while trying to maintain a normal day,” Thalheimer wrote prior to the announcement of Glasgow’s arrest.

Crash reports

Injuries were reported in recent automobile-related crashes responded to by local police:

• A Goshen man was hurt when he was struck by a vehicle Friday night downtown.

The mishap occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue east of Main Street. Goshen police reported that David M. Matson, 22, Goshen, was crossing the street and ran in the path of a semi driven by Joshua A. Pronschinske, 32, Howard City, Mich. The vehicle struck Matson.

Police said Matson suffered lower right leg and left hip pain as a result of the crash and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital.

• A one-vehicle crash injured a driver east of Elkhart Sunday.

The collision occurred around 4 p.m. on Ind. 120, west of C.R. 17. Elkhart County police said Kevin O’Connor, 73, Bristol, was driving east in a 2012 Jeep Compass. The vehicle went off the south side of the road and struck a guard rail.

O’Connor suffered neck, back and chest pain as a result of the crash and was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Bomb threat

A bomb threat was called into Elkhart Plastics, 51703 Packard Drive, Middlebury, around 8:45 p.m. Friday, Elkhart County police reported. The caller was male. No bomb was found at the facility, according to police.

Man sentencedon drug charge

A Goshen man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week on a Class B felony count of dealing in methamphetamine.

Felipe R. Vargas, 43, a former West Wilden Avenue resident, will also serve five years on probation, according to the sentence handed down in Elkhart Superior Court 3.

Vargas was arrested after a traffic stop by Goshen police May 26 in the area of North Eighth Street and Cross Street. Police found a meth lab in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Vargas was given credit for 271 days he’s already been incarcerated.

Theft/burglary reports

• Robert Chupp, 67114 Chadwick Court, Goshen, told Elkhart County police that someone stole two handguns from his home around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

OWI arrests

The following motorists were recently arrested, and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• David Fields, 61, 10 White Pine Trail, Dawsonville, Ga., was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 12:14 a.m. at C.R. 38 and Ind. 15.

• Amy R. Anderson, 35, 278 Meadow Lark Lane, Bremen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after an automobile crash around 5:30 p.m. Friday at the intersection of C.R.s 46 and 146.

• Kyle S. Roose, 32, 215 W. Berry, Middlebury, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 1:35 a.m. Saturday at U.S. 20 and C.R. 17. In addition to the OWI, he was also arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana.

• Rachel Schoolcraft, 35, 829 S. 34th St., South Bend, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a crash on the railroad tracks near U.S. 33 and U.S. 20 around 3:45 a.m. Saturday.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• Kevin D. Jones, 30, 109 Middlebury St., Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Fifth and Middlebury streets on a felony charge of possession of marijuana. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• A staffer at IU Health Goshen Hospital told Elkhart County police Friday that narcotic vials in the care of a local fire department had been tampered with and possibly had the contents removed without permission.

• Elkhart County police were called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash around 6:45 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 6 east of C.R. 23. Police said the driver of the vehicle, Marcus Borkholder, 19, Nappanee, had consumed alcoholic beverages. Borkholder was cited on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and released.

Assault/battery reports

• An Elkhart woman told Elkhart County police that her 13-year-old son was struck by an 11-year-old student at Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, around noon Thursday.

Traffic arrests

• Goshen police arrested two men in the parking lot of McDonald’s, 2001 Lincolnway East, after a traffic stop Sunday afternoon. Michael Valerio, 21, 22349 Stonebridge Drive, Elkhart, was arrested on charges of dealing in marijuana, false informing, identity deception and on two Elkhart County warrants. Charles Lewis, 22, was arrested on a charge of driving while never receiving a valid driver’s license. Both were incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Jose Navarrete, 16135 Crimson Lane, Goshen, told Elkhart County police that between 11 p.m. Feb. 1 and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2, someone damaged the windshield and side mirrors of his 2004 Chevrolet truck while the vehicle was parked at his residence.