Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 15, 2013

Police news for Dec. 15, 2013

Goshen News

---- — The trial of the Bristol man charged with killing a tattoo shop owner was rescheduled Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Todd A. Stewart, 36, was due to stand trial Jan. 6. He appeared in court Thursday with public defender Cliff Williams, who asked for a continuance. Judge Terry Shewmaker set a new trial date of March 3, with April 7 as an alternate.

Stewart is accused of murdering his business partner, Mark A. Miller, 44, Elkhart, in September 2012.

Miller’s body was found in a barrel near the Six Span Bridge in Elkhart on Sept. 20. Prosecutors say Miller had been shot to death before his body was placed in the barrel.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill has stated that a “business associate” of the two men reported seeing Stewart shoot Miller behind the tattoo shop they owned along U.S. 33 in Dunlap. The witness then reportedly helped load Miller’s body into a barrel in the back of Stewart’s pickup truck.

Miller’s disappearance was reported by his sister, Dawn Miller, to Elkhart County police Sept. 10 of last year.

Crash reports

Several people were injured in recent crashes responded to by Elkhart County police:

• Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash east of Elkhart Friday night.

The collision occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 14 and 17. Police said a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Payton D. Yoder, 16, Bristol, collided with a 2005 Ford Explorer driven by Jerred Stone, 36, Elkhart.

Yoder suffered head and neck pain as a result of the crash, and three passengers in the vehicle he was driving were also hurt. Rodney Yoder, 46, Bristol, suffered right leg and shoulder injuries, Raiden Yoder, 7, Bristol, suffered forehead pain, and Ashia Yoder, 5, Bristol, suffered head, neck and leg pain.

A passenger in the Ford Explorer, Courtney Lovett, 26, Elkhart, suffered leg pain.

Rodney Yoder was transported to Memorial Hospital South Bend for treatment of his injuries, which police said weren’t life-threatening. The other people hurt in the crash were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

• A passenger was hurt in a five-vehicle crash Friday night on U.S. 20 west of Ind. 15.

The mishap occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Police said an eastbound 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Perry M. Snyder, 88, LaPorte, rear-ended a 1999 Saturn driven by Shelby M. Nickel, 20, Bristol. The Saturn then collided with the rear of a 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Andrea M. Armstrong, 27, Bremen.

Police said the Snyder vehicle continued traveling east, sideswiping a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Cynthia Carpenter, 21, Bremen. The Dodge then crashed into a 2001 GMC box truck hauled by a 2004 International tow truck driven by Ricky L. Luther, 47, Goshen.

A passenger in the Snyder vehicle, Vera S. Howard, 64, LaPorte, suffered neck pain as a result of the multi-vehicle collision.

Theft/burglary reports

• Christine Guth of Goshen told Goshen police Friday that someone used her credit card without her permission to make purchases over the Internet.

• Larry Elswick of Goshen told Goshen police Friday that an attempt was make to defraud him.

• Bobby Jo Stinnett of Goshen reported a scam to Goshen police Friday.

• Franklin Creech, 43, 610 E. Jefferson St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police Saturday after allegedly taking items from the CVS store at 410 S. Main St. The police report lists the incident time as 12:23 a.m. Creech was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• Leslie R. Herman, 46, 57337 Horseshoe Court, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 2:20 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Avenue and Emerson Street. Herman was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and released on a memorandum to appear in court.

OWI arrests

The following motorists were recently arrested by Goshen police on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• Walter Glasgow, 53, 66300 U.S. 33, Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop around 5 p.m. Friday at Main Street and Waverly Avenue. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• Logan M. Draus, 20, 22963 Warbler Court, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of West Wilden Avenue. In addition to the OWI, Draus was also arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.