Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 12, 2012

Goshen man allegedly held three captive


— A Goshen man has been arrested on multiple criminal confinement charges following an attempted burglary in Goshen early Thursday morning.

According to Goshen police, officers were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress at 205 W. Oakridge Ave. at 8 a.m. Thursday. The caller reportedly identified the burglary suspect as Johnny Lee, 26, 607 N. Main St., Goshen.

Lee had reportedly fled the home by the time police arrived. Officers then went to Lee’s home, 607 N. Main St., at 8:28 a.m. When police arrived a female exited the home and told police Lee was inside the home and had been holding her against her will. Two juveniles were also reportedly being kept in the home as well.

At approximately 9 a.m., as officers were preparing to enter the home, Lee came out of the home and was taken into custody.

Lee was charged with three counts of criminal confinement and booked into the county jail.

Man found dead at dam

Goshen police were called to the area of the Goshen dam, 308 River Vista Drive, Goshen, at 6:40 p.m. Thursday to check on an 18-year-old male. Police arrived and located the male who was pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound. The identity of the subject is being withheld until the family is notified.

Death investigated

Kosciusko County police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old male discovered by his mother Friday at their Cromwell residence.

According to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, deputies along with Syracuse ambulance and fire personnel, were called to a home at 9672 E. Excalibur Place, at 12:07 p.m. in reference to a male found unconscious by his mother. Syracuse ambulance and fire emergency responders attempted to resuscitate the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office personnel.

The coroner’s office identified the victim as Shawn Michael Leins, 18, Cromwell.

Officials are waiting on the results of a toxicology test and autopsy before making a determination as to the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected.

Theft/burglary reports

• Mingucha Service Center, 402 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police a theft occurred at the center at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday.

• Carroll Chrisman, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his billfold while he was at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, at approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

• An employee of Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, told Goshen police someone stole two iPads from the store at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday.

• Jazmine Platt, 2626 Alpine Fir Lane, Elkhart, told Goshen police someone entered her home while she was gone at 8 a.m. Monday and stole several items.

• A Walmart employee told Goshen police a female stole merchandise from the store at approximately 3:26 p.m. Thursday and then fled as he confronted her.

• Emily Gearhart, 19600 Bluestem Lane, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole her debit card between Sept. 21 and Sept. 26 and used it to make more than $160 in unauthorized purchases.

• An employee with Dimont & Associates told Elkhart County police someone removed several items from a foreclosed residence at 51678 C.R. 29, Bristol, at approximately 4:02 a.m. Aug. 21.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• An employee with Bashor Alternative School, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police an 11-year-old male student had damaged a wood table at the school at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Alcohol/drug arrests

• Jeffrey Wenger, 49, 27853 C.R. 36, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the county jail.